1 Kings 11: The Downfall of Solomon

1 Kings 11: The Downfall of Solomon

There is an interesting contrast between 1 Kings 10 and 11. In 1 Kings 10, a pagan, an unbeliever, meets Solomon and comes away as a believer, saying “Blessed be the LORD your God who delighted in you…” (1 Kings 10:9). Now in 1 Kings 11, we see King Solomon depart...
1 Kings 11: The Downfall of Solomon

1 Samuel 3: When God Speaks

How do we hear God when He speaks? First Samuel 3 shows us a picture of God’s faithfulness to speak to us even when we have ignored Him in the past. When God Speaks In 1 Samuel 3, we read that Samuel was serving God without yet knowing Him. The same thing happens...
1 Kings 11: The Downfall of Solomon

Judges 16: The Consequences of Disobedience

Samson’s story reveals a sad but common pattern: instead of celebrating the One who gave him his gifts, he preened his ego and applauded himself. He trusted in his own abilities, foolishly believing that the gifts of the Lord would remain with him even though he was...
1 Kings 11: The Downfall of Solomon

Judges 6–7: Severe Mercy

The human tendency is to rely on our own resources instead of the Lord. Knowing this, God made it abundantly clear to Gideon that His hand alone would save Israel—it was not human might that defeated Israel’s enemies. The Severe Mercy of God The Israelites repeated...
1 Kings 11: The Downfall of Solomon

Judges: In Need of a King

Civilizations and circumstances change, but the human heart does not. Every one of us has to choose whether we will rebel against God or whether we will submit to His will. The book of Judges exemplifies this pattern. In it, the people of Israel go through seven...