1 King 6
Judges 13 – The Birth of Sampson. Sampson would be the next judge of Israel. His parents were without children until later in life. When the angel appeared to Manoa’s wife it was unexpected and it frightened her. She was told about the child growing in her womb and what his mission would be. After telling Manoa about the message, he needed to hear from the angel how to raise this “special child”. The child was to be raised according to the law of the Nazarite or Natzrite which requires that the child not to be given any liquor, to not cut his hair, and eat nothing that was unclean.
Psalms 103 – Bless the Lord, O My Soul. How does our soul bless the Lord? By walking in obedience to Him in all that we do. The Lord forgives our inquities if we ask it of Him and turn our lives to listen to Him. Our lives are finite that is 75 or 80 if our health holds up but He is from everlasting to everlasting – infinite. When allow Him to be our fear and dread, He walks with us in paths of righteousness for His name not ours. The Lord loves all of mankind but finds special joy in those who walk according to His commands as sure as the heavens are high above the earth. Mankind will pass away but His faithfulness will never pass and nor does His word.
Proverbs 9 – The Way of Wisdom. Folly, just like Wisdom, has a voice and she knows how to use it to her benefit. Those who walk in the pathway of the wise grow wise just like the foolish grow more foolish. Sin is pleasurable and it meets a physical need in our life but in the end it bites like a snake.
Isaiah 41:1-20 – Fear Not, for I am with You. In this world of trouble, we have a solid foundation in Christ Jesus to stand on. Our strength is not in the power of the animal nor in the spirit of mankind but in the Spirit of the Lord. The foundation of the world is shaking and in dire need of the Lord. War threatens to take peace from the Lord but our faith is not in the world, it is in the Lord.
1 King 6 – Solomon Builds the Temple. Seven years after the start of construction the Temple was finished which was in Solomon’s 11th year as king. Solomon went to great lengths to ensure that the temple was built exactly as David had envisioned it. The temple was built to be the “one place of worship” but it wasn’t end all be all of their worship or at least it wasn’t supposed to be. No matter how opulent the construction, it would never take the place of “obedience to the Lord”. In the same way, no matter how much we do to make ourselves look good, it will take the place of obedience. The Lord would have been content to have the wilderness temple as small as it was and have everyone being obedient to the Lord than to have a temple and disobedience.