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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.

The Application:

God can use godless people

God can use godless people to accomplish His will. This is illustrated perfectly through Hadad and Rezon. This teaches us that God can and will chastise His children to direct us to follow His will. We should note that this doesn’t mean that every bad thing that happens is sent of God. Surely evil and suffering are not always the result of sin. Trouble in our lives is not always sent by God. Though, there are times when He uses evil, as He did with Hadad and Rezon.

 

Pastor Chanc Strickland

HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
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Kingston Springs, TN 37082
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