Applications from 1 Kings
The Story: 1 Kings 11:25-43
God is sending adversaries against Solomon. Jeroboam will be the next one. God sends Ahijah the prophet to Jeroboam to instruct him that God will give him 10 tribes of the kingdom to rule over. God gives Jeroboam a similar list of “if-then” statements we read for Solomon. (v.38 cf 3:14).
Solomon dies after 40 years as king. Rehoboam is made king in his place. The life of the wisest King in history comes to an end. Solomon’s end is a great illustration of 4 biblical truths. I would like to use these as our application for this passage.
Everything Under The Sun Is Vanity
“Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.” – Ecclesiastes 2:11
For a thing to be considered vanity, there is the lack of real value. Solomon took an inventory of his life:
- All the works my hands built = Vanity
- My labor = Vanity
Solomon concluded that all in this life and on this planet is truly lacking in real value. What about your life? Have you come to realize that everything under the sun is vanity? So many live and die with only their earthly labor to show for it. Please don’t mistake my intentions. You cannot beat a good day of work. However, there is so much more to life. Realize that all is vanity, but the work we do for Christ will last far beyond this world and this life.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082