Thursday, August 17, 2017

And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed  and burned incense at the high places. 1 Kings 3:2

How are you this sunny day? I hope you have something special planned for this weekend since our summer weekends are dwindling down. Today we are visiting friends on Shelter Island.This is a once a year trip so we look forward to it every year. Life on Shelter Island seems to take us back 50 years. Many of the homes are 100 years old, but have been restored to their former glory. If you ever get a chance to go there, take it! Drive to Greenport, on the north shore of Long Island, take the ferry and you will be amazed at how quiet life is there!

I have been very occupied this week with my daughter Rachel home until Friday, and writing for a Bible study app that I may be hired to do on a regular basis. My husband asked me to write a letter as well, so I have not forgotten all of you my friends in all of this. I want to share a little about this Bible lesson that I am working on. The verse for today is what I am using,  and is about KingSolomon. The whole time that I am writing about this chapter I want to yell at Sol, "Don't do that any more, you are putting the entire nation in jeopardy.! Don't you know that this is forbidden! What exactly do I mean? Offering sacrifices to God on the high places. Pagan gods are worshiped there. Doesn't  the Lord God Almighty deserve to be  worshiped  in the right way? How can Our King  the leader of all of Israel lead God's people with such actions. He is far from perfect, but then again so am I.

There are a lot of unanswered questions here, so we can't come to any conclusions. All of God's word leads us to the same conclusion. Man is fallen , sinful and left to his own devices he will self destruct. All of his wonderful word leads to our need for a Savior. Solomon probably thought that he was loving God and walking in His ways. Compromise came in and a wife who was Pharoah 's daughter. Not at all what God had planned for him. How does this apply to our lives? It displays a life that opened itself to compromise, which gave the enemy a foothold and led to Solomon's demise.We can glean much from this. I have been sobered as I have studied his life. The man known for wisdom was an unwise King. I have to be honest with you, I don't know if You or I could have made any better choices.

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