People-Pleasing

The Reading for Today: 1 Kings 13—14

God-fearing to people pleasing—this is what happens when God’s people split in two. It is the story of mostly evil kings. Even the account of the “man of God” in chapter 13 reminds us of what can happen when we are not careful about the company we keep.

Evil at the top as well as at the grass roots have the two nations turn away from the Lord. Look at how God’s people treat the Lord after all that God has done! God brought them from slavery to freedom. How tragic—just after the Temple is built, it is emptied as the people leave and worship idols elsewhere.

How strong are your resolves to live in the Temple of the Lord’s risen body?

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This is the ninth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B
Tuesdays in this season are dedicated to 1 Kings.

The Center Collapses

The Reading for Today: 1 Kings 11—12

Solomon’s shame—he no longer practices what he is said to have preached in Proverbs. His attraction for foreign women results in adding to his harem, along with their idolatrous practices. God removes the sacred canopy of divine protection. It is the beginning of the split of God’s people into two nations. The story is in the center of 1 Kings—a center that collapses. Only one tribe, Judah, remains faithful to the one Temple where all the tribes were to converge.

Place all your trust in the Lord alone; everyone else has feet of clay. Pray for those in spiritual leadership that they be faithful to the Lord. When tempted to criticize, “Let the one without sin cast the first stone!”

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This is the eighth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B
Tuesdays in this season are dedicated to 1 Kings.

Hinges

The Reading for Today: 1 Kings 9—10

A hinge is a small piece of hardware, securing the movement of a great door. When two are carefully in place, the heaviest of doors floats on air. A slight touch of the hand opens it easily.

There are hinges in the interaction between God and Solomon in chapter 9. The first is the tiny word “IF.” “If you walk before me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness …” The second hinge is the little word “THEN.” “Then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever.”

While God loves us without any “IFS, ANDS, or BUTS,” there are conditions when it comes to having a relationship with the Lord. Just as in marriage, as we see in Hosea, God demands us to be faithful to God alone. Are you?

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This is the seventh of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B
Tuesdays in this season are dedicated to 1 Kings.

Hinges


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The Reading for Today: 1 Kings 9:1-9

Well, the Temple is all done and now Solomon finds himself with some quiet time with God alone. God appears to Solomon. Listen closely to what God says to him…and to you and me as well.

The whole future of God’s promises to Solomon and to his people are like a great door that will open and close if the hinges are oiled and the door is set perfectly into the hinges. Such a great door feels like it is floating on air when it is suchet this way and can be opened just by pushing against it with your finger. The two hinges for God’s message today are “if” and “then.” If Solomon acts with the same goodness of heart of his father, the great King David, and if he stays close to God, then the doorway to God’s future will open wide. But if the conditions are not met, the doorway to God will be closed tight.

What do you think and feel from this reading? God has some wonderful things in mind for you, just as God had for Solomon. Just dream about the years to come, and picture what you might be doing, and what you might be feeling.

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This is the seventh of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B
Tuesdays in this season are dedicated to 1 Kings.

Prayer of Dedication

The Reading for Today: 1 Kings 7—8

Until the Temple was constructed, the Ark of the Covenant, which contained the Ten Commandments, was portable, resting inside a tent moved from place to place during the Exodus. That there would be a temple means that the People of God had not only come to rest in the land that was promised them, but that they would have a magnificent center of worship in the heart of Jerusalem, their sacred city.

Follow closely Solomon’s prayer of dedication. Tragically, we will soon read how the people did not honor God as Solomon did. People would direct their adoration to what is not God, abandoning the deepest meaning of the Temple. Are you tempted in the same way?

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This is the sixth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B
Tuesdays in this season are dedicated to 1 Kings.