Applications from 1 Kings
The Story: 1 Kings 11:14-24
Solomon lived a full, rich life. He had accomplished much, but in the end he failed to keep his relationship with God. Because of this God would bring his reign to an end.
In 1 Kings 5:4 we read of Solomon telling Hiram that he has peace on every side: “But now the LORD my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent.” Now that he has failed to keep God’s covenant and statutes God will send adversaries against him. Hadad (v.14) and Rezon (v.23) would be these adversaries. His kingdom would go from a golden age of peace and prosperity to a time full of constant bickering at the hand of God from these adversaries.
There Are Consequences For Sin
There are consequences for sin. Of course for the unbeliever this consequence is death. As believers, in spite of our sin, we are allowed to enter eternity sinless and for the rest of time be with God. This seems to be somewhat of the case for Solomon.
- V.1- He sins.
- V.11 – God says he will take away the kingdom.
- V.12 – God says he can rule the rest of his life. With only this information it would seem there is no consequence for his sin.
But we should note that just because the God leaves Solomon on the throne does not mean there are no consequences of his sin. God raises up Hadad an adversary who hates Israel and will harass Solomon and his kingdom for the remainder of his reign. God also raised of Rezon with a similar hatred.
There are consequences for sin. Just as Solomon faced consequences so will you and I. He was able to keep his position (so are we), but trouble presented itself because of his sin. We may lose our testimony and even spend the rest of our lives suffering from the scars of our sin.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082