Today’s reading is: 1 Kgs. 11; 2 Chr. 9:29-31; Ecc. 1:1-11
1st Kings Chapter Eleven
- The end of Solomon’s life was characterized by a departure from wisdom (1st Kgs. 11:1-8).
- His heart was turned away (vv.2-4).
- This is a danger for every believer to be on guard against (Heb. 3:12-13).
- Solomon’s devotion to the Lord became a divided devotion (1st Kgs. 11:4).
- Solomon worshipped false gods in addition to the LORD, God of Israel (vv.4-8).
- Believers are repeatedly warned against such divided hearts (1st Cor. 10:21-22; Matt. 6:24; Lk. 16:13; 1st Kgs. 18:21).
- God will not tolerate such divided hearts (Ex. 20:3-5; 34:14; Deut. 4:24; Josh. 24:19; Nah. 1:2; Isa. 42:8; 48:11).
- The Lord pronounced judgment upon Solomon for his evil, but did not (and could not) abrogate the Davidic Covenant (1st Kgs. 11:9-13).
- The Lord’s judgment upon Solomon’s administration came in the form of adversaries (1st Kgs. 11:14-40).
- Hadad the Edomite (vv.14-22).
- Rezon the Amorite (vv.23-25).
- Jeroboam the Ephraimite (vv.26-40).
- יָרָבְעָם yārābe‘ām #3379: the people will contend. רִיב riyb #7378: to strive, contend.
- Jeroboam was a mighty warrior (גִּבּוֹר חָיִל) who served Solomon as head of the forced labor of Israel (v.28; cf. 1st Kgs. 5:13-18).
- The prophet Ahijah the Shilonite proclaimed the coming Kingdom of Israel under King Jeroboam (vv.29-39).
- Jeroboam fled to Egypt until the day of Solomon’s death (v.40).
- Solomon dies, and was succeeded by his son, Rehoboam (1st Kgs. 11:41-43). רְחַבְעָם rechab‘ām #7346: the people have enlarged.
2nd Chronicles Chapter Nine
(Outline continues from Day 149)
- The summary of Solomon’s life indicates the written sources from which Ezra drew in writing Chronicles, and explain many of the “to this day” references therein (2nd Chr. 9:29-31).
Ecclesiastes Chapter One
- The theme for the Book is immediately established (Eccl. 1:2).
- “Vanity of vanities” = the ultimate vanity (emptiness).
- “All is vanity” is the great confession of human viewpoint.
- Unbelievers are limited to this viewpoint in life.
- Believers limit themselves to this viewpoint when they abandon the Divine viewpoint of God’s Word.
- The context for this viewpoint is established—“under the sun” (Eccl. 1:3).
- Physical sciences, such as genealogy (Ecc. 1:4a), geology (v.4b), astronomy (v.5), meteorology (v.6), & hydrology (v.7), fail to provide spiritual peace (v.8a) as the experimental process falls short (v.8b). This process leads the natural mind (1st Cor. 2:14), and the carnal mind (1st Cor. 3:1), to a uniformitarian, evolutionist world view (Eccl. 1:9-10), and a cyclic view of human history (Ecc. 1:11).
(Chapter One continues tomorrow)