Archive | August 2017

Was Solomon Saved – Who’s Your Partner

Last time we said –

1 Kings 7:1 told us it took Solomon 13 years to build his house which means Solomon has been king in Israel now for a while. Solomon started the temple in his 4th year and it took 7 years to build the temple plus 13 years to build his own house. Solomon has about 24 years as king now.

And then, It happens.

Now the first physical temple is built in Jerusalem, by King Solomon, David’s son. Solomon prays during the temple dedication starting in 1 Kings 8:31. Then notice, after the temple dedication, the Lord appears to Solomon a second time.

1 Kings 9:1-10 KJV  “And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished the building of the house of the Lord , and the king’s house, and all Solomon’s desire which he was pleased to do,
[2] That the Lord appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon.
[3] And the Lord said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
[4] And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments:
[5] Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.
[6] But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them:
[7] Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people:
[8] And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the Lord done thus unto this land, and to this house?
[9] And they shall answer, Because they forsook the Lord their God, who brought forth their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other gods, and have worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath the Lord brought upon them all this evil.
[10] And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, when Solomon had built the two houses, the house of the Lord , and the king’s house….”

Notice God told Solomon, if you or your children turn from following me, I will cut off Israel out of the land. 1 Kings 9:6,7.

We know scripture tells us Solomon’s heart was turned away from God and we know Israel lost their land and it was not until May 1948 when Israel recaptured their land.

So how could a guy, after God appeared to him twice, turn away from God? Scripture tells us Solomon loved many strange women. Why does this matter? Because the strange women Solomon loved and married did not have the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Those strange women served false gods.

Starting in 1 Kings 9:16 and beyond,  God tells us Solomon marries Egypt’s Pharaoh’s daughter. Solomon gave the Queen of Sheba whatever she wanted in 1 Kings 10:13. This is the reason Solomon’s heart was turned away from the Lord.

1 Kings 11:1-2 KJV  “But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites;
[2] Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.”

Paul tells believers the same thing in 
2 Corinthians 6:14-17 KJV  “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
[15] And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
[16] And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them ; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
[17] Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing ; and I will receive you,”

God warned Solomon about not taking wives from the following nations:
~ Egyptians
~ Moabites
~ Ammonites
~ Edomites
~ Zidonians
~ Hitties

Don’t marry from these peoples. Why?
~ They do not serve the same god as the Lord. They serve false gods.
~ They will turn your heart away from the Lord God Almighty.

And when did they turn Solomon’s heart away from God? We will look at that next time. Until next time.

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Was Solomon Saved Part 2 – Dreams

Last time we said:

Keeping our title of this post in mind, what do we learn so far?
– Solomon knew God – he loved the Lord.
– Solomon walked in the ways of the Lord.
– Solomon knew God showed his father David great mercy.
– Solomon knew his father David walked in God’s ways with an upright heart.

Based on what is recorded in scripture, was Solomon saved?

When God asked Solomon, What shall I give you, Solomon asked for a heart change.  He wanted God to give him an understanding heart so he could judge between good and bad. And notice what God replies.

God’s answer to Solomon’s request? God tells Solomon, normally people ask for one of three things:
~ long life
~ riches for themselves
~ the life of their enemies

1 Kings 3:11 KJV  “And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;”

But you asked for yourself understanding to discern judgment, I have done according to thy words.

God gives Solomon what he asks for PLUS MORE . God adds to what Solomon asked for and gives him things he did not ask for:
~ riches
~ honour
And if you walk in my ways to keep my statutes and commandments, as thy father David, then I will lengthen thy days,
~ long life

1 Kings 3:13-14 KJV  “And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.
[14] And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.”

And Solomon awoke and it was a dream, verse 15.

We learn from this, God speaks to us when we are sleeping physically in our flesh. God speaks to us in dreams. So when you dream, you should keep a pad and pencil next to your bed so when you wake, you write every single thing down that you remember from the dream. Especially write every word from a conversation. Ask the Lord to help you write everything down. Then write all the symbols and colors you remember. Pay attention to every detail including were you walking to or from or standing still. Then you take scripture to help you interpret symbols.

Getting back to Solomon, we read God gave Solomon wisdom.

1 Kings 5:12 KJV  “And the Lord gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him: and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a league together.”

For us to understand Solomon and ask if he were “saved”, we need to stick with his life story. I am not going into all the detail but I want to look at the overall picture.

After Solomon’s dream and God speaking with Solomon in his sleep, in 1 Kings 6 God records it is 480 years after Israel came out if bondage in Egypt, in the 4th year of Solomon’s reign and in the month of Zif (the 2nd month) Solomon starts building the temple. We are told it took 7 years to build the temple and in the month of Bul (the 8th month) the temple was finished.

Solomon built his house too and after the building was done,  then we read in 1 Kings 8, in Jerusalem, at the feast of dedication, in the month of Ethanim  (the 7th month) the temple is dedicated and Solomon prays “if any man” in 1 Kings 8:31 -1 Kings 9:1.

1 Kings 7:1 told us it took Solomon 13 years to build his house which means Solomon has been king in Israel now for a while. Solomon started the temple in his 4th year and it took 7 years to build the temple plus 13 years to build his own house. Solomon has about 24 years as king now.

And then, It happens. We will pick it up from here next time. Until next time.

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Was Solomon Saved?

When we say the word, “saved” we use that word because it is more a New Testament word. Scripture teaches us the Old Testament saints had to keep the law for salvation. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ came to fulfill the law and we are justified by his blood atonement at the cross. And through faith in Christ and his blood paying our sin debt, we are saved. As Paul explains we must believe that in our heart and confess Jesus with our mouth.

Some people think they can loose their salvation based on their works. If they do something bad, they think they can loose their salvation. Salvation is not based on our works at all but on what Jesus did at the cross. Yet, some people do not want to believe God’s word on the issue.

Even some  “seasoned” believers think if someone stops believing, they can loose their salvation. Scripture tells us,

Ephesians 1:10-14 KJV  “That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
[11] In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
[12] That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
[13] In whom ye also trusted , after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
[14] Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”

Notice once someone gets saved, becomes a true believer, God seals them. We are sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise. We have another example of God sealing believers in the tribulation. God seals 144,000 Jews. 12,000 from each of the twelve tribes of Israel. Once God seals them, do you think they can loose their salvation? No.

But let’s look at Solomon. Was Solomon saved? Yes or No? We know Solomon was King David’s son and Solomon was set up by God to rule and reign over Israel after David. We also know God spoke to Solomon and asked him what he would like from God.

1 Kings opens with David is old and getting ready to leave this world. Solomon is set up as king. David dies in chapter two and in chapter three, God speaks to Solomon. Notice when God spoke to Solomon?

1 Kings 3:4-5 KJV  “And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.
[5] In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.”

Notice, it was night time and Solomon was asleep. God appeared to Solomon while Solomon’s body/flesh was sleeping. God spoke to Solomon in a dream. This would indicate that while our body, our flesh sleeps, our spirit man is awake. How do we know this? Because when God asked Solomon a question, Solomon answered God. Solomon’s body was sleeping and Solomon had a dream and it was in that dream where God spoke to Solomon.

Do you dream? Do you hear from God in your dreams?

Then notice how Solomon answers God. Solomon did not just answer God, Solomon acknowledges first –
–  He knows God walked with his father David.
–  Solomon notices God’s great kindness to David in giving David a son to sit on the throne.
–  Solomon acknowledges his own inability by saying he is but a child and he does not know how to do things. (I can relate)
Then Solomon answers God and makes his request.

1 Kings 3:9 KJV  “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?”

Keeping our title of this post in mind, what do we learn so far?
– Solomon knew God – he loved the Lord.
– Solomon walked in the ways of the Lord.
– Solomon knew God showed his father David great mercy.
– Solomon knew his father David walked in God’s ways with an upright heart.

Based on what is recorded in scripture, was Solomon saved?

Next time, we will look at God’s answer to Solomon. Feel free to read ahead. Start at 1 Kings chapter 3 and read through to the end of chapter 12.

Until next time.

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Changes – It’s In The Seed Part 2

Last time we said –

So the tomatoes growing on a stalk are a creation. The corn is a creation. The baby is a creation. But the believer is a completely new creature. And Paul said to the  Colossians, you are dead. The old you is dead.

Scripture likens physical death of a believer as sleep. So the question is, when we sleep, is our soul and spirit sleeping or just our body? We will explore that more later because we are looking at “seed” here.

One great example Paul uses for believers to understand what kind of body we will have in eternity is laid out in 1 Corinthians 15. There were some people teaching there is no resurrection from the dead once a person dies. Paul told them they were wrong and Jesus Christ himself is our example.

1 Corinthians 15 starts with Paul explaining what the gospel of salvation is in verses 1 – 11 . Then Paul explains the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15 verses 12 – 31 . Then notice how Paul explains the resurrected body by using examples of different flesh in verses 32 – 49. And Paul likens this to “seed” in verses 35, 36 and 37. Then look at verse 44 –

1 Corinthians 15:44 KJV  ” It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.”

And Paul concludes the chapter explaining all believers will not fall asleep ( die in the flesh ) but all will be changed.

The body we have now, in the flesh, is from the seed of Adam. So when you look at that tomato seed or corn seed you say this is tomato seed and will grow tomatoes. Or this corn seed is of corn and will grow more corn. And we, as humans, are seed from Adam and we grow more Adams, humans.

But if you are born again, born of God, you are a new creature. A whole new being created from the seed of the word of God. And that new creature is living inside your mortal body, your flesh. But one day, God is going to remove you from your fleshly body and give you a new body.

I post 1 Corinthians 15 so you can read this for yourselves.

1 Corinthians 15:1-58 KJV  “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
[2] By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
[3] For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
[4] And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
[5] And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
[6] After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
[7] After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
[8] And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
[9] For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
[10] But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
[11] Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.
[12] Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
[13] But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
[14] And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
[15] Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
[16] For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
[17] And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
[18] Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
[19] If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
[20] But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
[21] For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
[22] For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
[23] But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
[24] Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
[25] For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
[26] The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
[27] For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted which did put all things under him.
[28] And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
[29] Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?
[30] And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?
[31] I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
[32] If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.
[33] Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
[34] Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
[35] But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
[36] Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
[37] And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain :
[38] But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
[39] All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
[40] There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
[41] There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
[42] So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
[43] It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
[44] It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
[45] And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
[46] Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
[47] The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
[48] As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
[49] And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
[50] Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
[51] Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
[52] In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
[53] For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
[54] So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
[55] O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
[56] The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
[57] But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
[58] Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

Until next time.

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