Pastor’s Blog

Taking A Break

It is time for Pastor Bob to take a break from writing this blog.  Thanks for following our readings over the past few years.  Hopefully I will be able to pick it up again some where down the line. Pastor Bob

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I Kings 11:9-13

The first and great commandment among the 10 is that we are to have no other god besides the Lord God.  Solomon has just violated this commandment.  He has violated it by turning to all the women and all the wealth and all the glory that he was getting from being the coolest guy on…

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I Kings 11:1-8

Do you remember how we mentioned earlier that people do not survive extreme prosperity very well?  Solomon was the smartest, richest, coolest guy in the world.  But, it didn’t last.  And what was his downfall?  Women.  Not that women are bad in general.  Quite the contrary.  But these particular women were not good for Solomon…

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I Kings 10:23-29

God had said to Abraham back in Genesis 12 that he would bless him and make his name great.  And, in I Kings 3 God had declared that he would give riches to Solomon as well as wisdom.  And now, as our reading today indicated, this was all coming true.  God always honors his promises.…

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I Kings 10:14-22

Cool shields of gold. Cool throne of ivory. Cool cups of gold. Cool apes and peacocks. Everything about Solomon was, well, pretty cool.  Solomon majored in “cool”.  It does give one pause that the weight of the gold he got in one  year was 666 talents, but I don’t suppose 666 was an evil number…

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I Kings 10:1-10

The queen of Sheba comes to get a first-hand look at this king who was wise, and what she saw took her breath away.  She was amazed at how he spoke and what he knew, as well as the extreme prosperity of the land and of his royal court.  This queen came with her own…

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I Kings 9:15-28

The period when Solomon was king over Israel is called the golden age of God’s people.  It was an age or prosperity and advancement, the likes of which the nation had never see, and never would see again.  Solomon was a builder, and he did indeed build.  Everywhere one looked there was some construction project…

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I Kings 9:10-14

Have you ever given a gift to someone and they did not like it?  How did that make you feel?  The matter becomes a little more complicated when the gift you are giving is sort of payback for something the other person had first done for you.  Solomon has gotten as much cedar timber from…

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I Kings 9:1-9

Solomon was a really fortunate man.  He actually had God appear to him, twice.  And the Lord spoke a very clear word of direction in his life.  Obey me and I will bless you.  Turn from following me and disaster will land upon you.  Pretty simple and straightforward, don’t you think?  The same word comes…

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I Kings 8:62-66

So what’s the one thing that catches your eye in our reading today?   It has to be the sheer amount of sacrifices made by Solomon in the dedication ceremony.  It is absolutely incredible!  There were 22,000 oxen.  Can you imagine killing that many oxen in one day, or even in a week?  Wow!  And…

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