v50: Adonijah, the son of king David, didn't even know the law of God, namely that someone guilty of a crime couldn't use the tabernacle for sanctuary as one could in other eastern countries. Much like most people today, Adonihjah thought the world's way was also God's way.
I think there is some significance to Solomon being paid 666 talents of gold, seeing as how materialistic the new world order is.
Solomon got horses from Egypt, something the king was expressly forbidden from doing in Deuteronomy.
v28: Jeroboam was apparently ignorant of his people's history
v30: Jeroboam was like many ministers today in that to him, it was all right for the people to worship God in the way they saw fit instead of going to the temple in Jerusalem as God had commanded.
v31: With many Christians, it doesn't matter how despicable or lacking in character a minister is, so long as he talks a good game and makes the congregation feel happy.
v33: Man-ordained "feasts of God" today include Christmas and Easter.
v4-6: Much like so many unbelievers, they mock and gnash their teeth at God and His prophets one minute, then pray to God and ask Christians to pray for them the next when they are in times of trouble and distress.
v18: This verse reminds me of the presumptuous way in which a lot of Christians act. They think God told or lead them to do something when it was really their own thoughts.
v27: This verse makes me think how, nowadays, everybody from politicians, to people in the media industry, to people in high positions in many other areas of life are putting a brave face on the deteriorating nature of society when, in fact, the bloom has gone from the rose.
v28: The more ungodly a country gets, the more security is needed.
v12:The good kings always kicked the sodomites out of the land. This of course included male temple prostitutes, but I think it extended to all homosexuals, or at least that’s what the text seems to indicate. Prime Ministers, premiers, presidents, and other leaders who truly want to follow God would be right in doing the same thing. The bottom line for dealing with the homosexuals in your country in a godly manner is one of three choices: either work on your homosexuality, repenting and forsaking that abomination; get out of the land; or get under the land.
v13-24: Though Asa was a good king, you don't get the sense of him having a deep personal relationship with the Lord the way David did. Evidence for this can be found in Asa's not tearing down the high places that were being used for godly worship as well as Asa's appeal for help from Ben-Hadad instead of his seeking God's guidance.
Many so-called Christians today are like Asa. They may hate the idolatry and ungodliness taking place in our land today and may even speak out vehemently against it. They may even take action against it if they are in aposition to. However, they still put up with pagan festivals such as Christmas and Easter which society has converted to observances of things to do with Christ.
Additionally, just as Asa bribed Ben-Hadad to switch his allegiance from Israel to Judah, so to do these so-called Christians think the way to remove all the abominations currently infecting our nation is to petition our antichrist government.
A Jezebel spirit and an Ahab spirit are difficult to fight. A Jezebel-Ahab type couple is no couple I want to spend my time around.
v24:Zedekiah reminds me of the kind of arrogant preachers we have in the church today.
Just (this morning) had a heads-up from the folks at the Black Dog. Turns out there is a large (and noisy) party booked for next Sunday (April 19th) the date we had set to gather again for The Amazing Jam here in Stirling. So, I consulted with some of you and made a quick ‘executive decision’ to bring the jam forward to tomorrow – Sunday, April 12th.
This Sunday, April 12th from 2 pm until 5
*Pssst! And don’t forget to check the Facebook page ‘BV Amazing Music’ for postings about more music and events in this area. There’s a lot of good stuff happening this next 2 weeks....