Knowledge and Strength

“And when he [Jesus] had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but…

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A Wicked Leader

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Proverbs 29:2) The Bible talks of wicked leaders. The Pharaoh of the Exodus was wicked. When he heard God’s command to free Israel, he said, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let…

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Principles for Godliness and Wisdom

“Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad:” (Proverbs 3:9) In recent essays, we saw several positive traits about King Solomon. First, we see he obeyed God: “And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father:” (1 Kings 3:3) Also,…

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The Tower of Babel

“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach…

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Deception, Damage, Disgrace, and Destruction

“It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.” (Proverbs 31:4-5) The Bible says a lot–nothing good–about liquor: “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging; and whosoever…

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Leading a Nation to Serve the Lord

“And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.” (1 Kings 3:8) Early in Solomon’s reign as king, God made him this offer: “Ask what I shall give thee.” (1 Kings 3:5) Solomon said, “And now, O LORD my…

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God Works Through His Word

“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13) The Christian workers…

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Trusting the Lord for Grace and Wisdom

“And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.” (1 Kings 3:7) When God told Solomon, “Ask what I shall give thee.” (1 Kings 3:5), Solomon answered, “And now, O…

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Love and Obedience

“And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statues of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.” (1 Kings 3:3) When you read a story in the Bible, don’t just think of it as a history lesson, although it is that. Think of it as a way for God to…

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Solomon Loved the Lord

“And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statues of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.” (1 Kings 3:3) Solomon was one of David’s sons. He became Israel’s king when David died. As our passage says, “…Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statues of David his father:” Two…

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