Monthly Archives: May 2012

Ecclesiastes 6:10-7:4 — How one can find what is good

For most of the first half of Ecclesiastes, Solomon focused on what is meaningless in life.  And now in the last part of Ecclesiastes 6, he essentially takes the part of the skeptic and says, “It’s all well and good … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:9 — The emptiness that comes from discontentment

I’d be happy if only I just had… How would you complete that sentence?  “A wife?”  “A better job?”  “More money?” The problem is that if you’re discontent now, you’re probably never going to be content no matter what you … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 — The futility of trying to manipulate God

To some people, God is like a genie.  We ignore him most of the time, keeping him in a bottle in the back of our closet or drawer.  But when we need something, we pull him out and ask him … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 4:13-16 — The fleetingness of popularity and advancement

The most popular player on a football team among the fans is the backup quarterback. That’s the general rule for most teams unless you have a superstar quarterback.  Whenever the starting quarterback isn’t doing well, the fans are always calling … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 4:5-12 — The emptiness that comes when work consumes us

Solomon tackles two opposite problems here.  First, in verse 5, the person who doesn’t work at all, where Solomon says, The fool folds his hands and ruins himself. I don’t think much needs to be said here.  I think it’s … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 4:4 — The emptiness of living in a dog eat dog world

“It’s a dog eat dog world.  So do whatever it takes to get on top, even if you have to step on others to do it.” That’s the attitude of many people in the world today.  They see life as … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 4:1-3 — The emptiness of joyless work

Looking at the overall context of chapter 4, I’m guessing that when Solomon is taking about people suffering through oppression, he was probably talking about people who were oppressed as slaves.  People who are not working out of enjoyment, but … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 2:17-3:22 — The meaningless of self-centered work

Everyone searches to find meaning for their lives.  And many of them, especially men, but women as well, seek for it in their work.  For many, that’s where there self-esteem comes from.  And for the career-minded, that’s where they seek … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 2:12-16; 3:11-21; 8:7-15; 9:1-9 — If this life is all there is…

One can’t go very far into Ecclesiastes without seeing the viewpoint Solomon argues from.  Whether he truly believed it or not, or is simply taking the argument of a person living apart from God, is a point of contention, but basically he … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 — The emptiness of hedonism

“If it feels good, do it.” That was the cry of the ’60s, a time when drugs and the sexual revolution took off. What was the result?  Broken marriages, broken homes, broken lives.  The rise of divorces, the rise of … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 1:13-18 — The limits of philosophy

It’s the one question that everyone asks.  And it is the one question that can never be answered by human wisdom.  And yet people, intelligent people, wise people all strive to answer that one question.  What is it? “Why?” “Why … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 — What’s new?

It’s always so cool to go out with my 2 year old daughter.  Everything is still new to her.  Things that I take for granted, are still fresh and exciting to her. How do we lose that childlike view on … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 1:1-2 — The search for the meaning of life

It seems appropriate here to take an interlude from Kings and Chronicles and look at the book of Ecclesiastes, having come to the end of the historical account of Solomon’s life. And here in Ecclesiastes, we have his reflections on … Continue reading

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I Kings 11:14-41; II Chronicles 9:29-31 — When God disciplines

Is God punishing me?  Sometimes when people are going through tough times in life, they ask that question. Actually, I think that most of the time, we bring hard times on our own selves.  The hard times we go through … Continue reading

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I Kings 11:1-13 — Spiritual adultery

I was talking to a student recently, and he told me that his wife was counseling a friend whose husband was apparently having an affair.  My student was friends with the husband, and what my student told his wife was, … Continue reading

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I Kings 10:1-13; II Chronicles 9:1-12 — How the world should see us

How do the people see you?  What do they hear about you? Solomon is an example for us all, when it comes to this.  When people spoke of him, they spoke of his great wisdom.  So much so, that the … Continue reading

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I Kings 9:10-13 — Giving less than our best

Solomon was wise in many ways, and apparently a sharp businessman.  But sometimes, he would get too sharp.  We see this in his dealings with Hiram, the king of Tyre.  Hiram had been a friend to David, and was now … Continue reading

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II Chronicles 7:11-16 — If we desire to see healing for our land

This is probably one of my favorite passages in scripture.  And probably one of the most important if we desire to see healing in our land. Solomon had prayed that if God allowed disaster to come upon Israel because of … Continue reading

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I Kings 9:1-9; II Chronicles 7:17-22 — How to lose everything

Solomon had everything.  Wealth, power, wisdom, everything he could’ve wanted.  And God told him that as long as he and his descendants followed him with all their hearts and obeyed him, their dynasty would continue forever, and that God’s eyes … Continue reading

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I Kings 8:22-53; II Chronicles 6:12-42 — A prayer for the temple of God

As I look at the prayer Solomon prayed for the dedication of the temple, I see many things we should be praying about our own lives as the temple of God. One thing Solomon prayed is that the temple would … Continue reading

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I Kings 8:1-11; II Chronicles 5 — What makes the temple, the temple

Solomon made a beautiful temple.  Its beauty was unsurpassed by anything else ever built in Israel up to that time. And yet for all its beauty, it was just a building.  A beautiful building, but just a building nonetheless.  And … Continue reading

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I Kings 5-7; II Chronicles 2-4 — A God that cannot be contained…yet is.

When you read about the temple that Solomon built, it’s really amazing to think about how beautiful it must’ve been.  I would’ve loved to have seen it. But for all its beauty, Solomon said, But who is able to build … Continue reading

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I Kings 3-4 — Who our gifts are for

All of us are given gifts by God.  But sometimes, it can be easy to forget who these gifts are really for.  And it’s not for ourselves, nor for our glory.  Rather, it is to be used to serve others … Continue reading

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I Kings 3; II Chronicles 1 — Mirroring the values of God

It’s like a dream isn’t it?  God asking you what you would like to have and then granting it.  What would you have asked for? I could think of a lot of things.  My house loan paid off.  A better … Continue reading

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I Chronicles 5:18-26 — Forgetting God

I suppose this is out of chronological order, but I do kind of want to deal with this before I get to Solomon’s story. It’s the story of the Reubenites, Gadites, and half-tribe of Manasseh.  These were the people that … Continue reading

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I Chronicles 4:9-10 — Freed from the hurts of the past

Before I go on to the life of Solomon, I’d like to touch on two more stories found in the early part of I Chronicles. Here we find the life of a man named Jabez.  We hardly know anything about … Continue reading

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I Kings 2:10-12; I Chronicles 29:26-30; Acts 13:36 — Fulfilling our purpose

And so we go on to the final footnote to David’s life.  And of all people, it’s given by Paul, in his sermon to the Jews in Pisidian Antioch as he preached the death and resurrection of Christ. And he … Continue reading

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I Chronicles 3:4 — Open to wounds from a friend

Just a footnote to the footnote on David’s life.  🙂 I won’t be touching most of I Chronicles 1-9.  It’s mostly just a list of names.  I will touch on a few stories from there, and I’ve already pointed out … Continue reading

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I Kings 2:5-46 — A time for judgment

I won’t lie and say that this passage doesn’t bother me to some extent, namely David’s charge to Solomon concerning Joab and Shimei. His orders concerning Joab bother me not because Joab didn’t deserve death.  Joab should have been punished … Continue reading

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I Kings 2:1-4 — What it means to be a man

Be a man! How often in society do we hear this charge to the young men.  And even in the Old Testament, fathers gave their sons this charge.  On David’s deathbed, he told Solomon who was to succeed him as … Continue reading

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I Chronicles 29:10-20 — Where everything comes from

While I was preparing breakfast this morning, I had my eye half on a short documentary about Randall Cunningham, a former NFL quarterback.  Among the things mentioned in the documentary was his faith in Christ.  A faith that had to … Continue reading

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