Scripture: The word of the Lord came to Solomon: “As for this temple you are building, if you follow my decrees, carry out my regulations and keep all my commands and obey them, I will fulfill through you the promise I gave to David your father. And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel.” 1 Kings 6:11-13 NIV
Observation: God speaks clearly to Solomon about fulfilling the promise he gave to David, to always live among Israel.
Application: In reading this passage today I see a foreshadowing of what the Lord knew would come to pass, “…if you follow my decrees, carry out my regulations and keep all my commands and obey them…” I believe that the nation of Israel was destined to fail the Lord, once again, so that salvation could come to all people. Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” Romans 1:16 NIV I’m going to be selfish here; I’m glad that the Israelites made it possible for me to become one of God’s chosen people. It would be great if we had it within ourselves to honor God and never fail him, but we don’t so God sent Jesus for the sake of us all.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I’m sorry to be so selfish that I am happy for the failure of an entire nation, but Lord because of that failure I got to be grafted into your family. Thank you for sending Jesus to make that possible for me and all believers. Thank you in Jesus’ name. Amen