1 Kings 1:8-10 (5/18/17)
What Attracts You • May 18, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* Notice how Abiathar (bad priest) was attracted to Adonijah (the bad king). * Both guys were seeking a name for themselves. * But Zadok (the good priest), Benaiah (the warrior), and Nathan (the prophet) were all attracted to David (the good king). * The conniving, brand-building, ambitious, self-seeking man refused to hang around those who were faithful to the one true king. * Question - who is attracted to you and who are you attracted to? * All too often we see pastors staying away from certain people because what’s in them doesn’t jive with what’s in the others. * vs 32-25 - it was the prophet, priest, and warrior who made Solomon king! * We need to represent Jesus as king, and the only way to do it is to be like these guys!
1 Kings 1:15 (5/18/17)
Redemption • May 18, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* What do you think of when the name Bathsheba is mentioned? * Now, how about Esther? * Both women ended up in the same spot - in a position to influence the most powerful man on the planet. * Both women got the king moving in the right direction and it positively affected their culture. * This is a picture of God’s redemption - He can make a message out of our mess if we let Him. * Also notice - both women needed someone to get them moving in the right direction. * Esther needed Mordecai and Bathsheba needed Nathan.
1 Kings 1:52 (5/18/17)
Mulligan • May 18, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* This verse shows us the very first words out of Solomon’s mouth. * Two oversvations: * 1) What he DID say: * Essentially, “it’s not my decision to put you to death - it’s yours” (Adonijah) * Solomon was showing mercy and giving Adjonijah a mulligan. * It would be Adonijah’s choice. * 2) What he DID NOT say: * “You have nothing to fear.” * Adonijah had everything to fear, but it would be based on his own behavior. * Solomon’s first act was to show mercy, but he did it in such a way that struck fear in the heart of this man.
1 Kings 3:26 (5/19/16)
Separator • May 19, 2016 • Benham Brothers
• 1 Kings 2:2 - David encouraged Solomon to act like a man - this kills the gender debate. • God makes us who we are - we just need to be that person. • So what does a real man do? He relies on God, just as Solomon did when he asked for wisdom. • Solomon's first test to show his wisdom was with two women fighting over a baby. • When the SWORD entered the equation, we see Two Perspectives: • 1) Solomon's perspective - the sword represented discernment. • Solomon needed to distinguish between who was right and who was wrong. • The sword penetrates, pierces, and divides - it reveals the real from the fake. • God's Word is our sword and we must use it to discern good from evil. • 2) The women's perspective - the sword represented death. • One woman grew harder and one woman softer. • The fake mom wanted to kill the baby to appease her selfishness. • The real mom was willing to let go of what she had, whatever the cost. • Look at today - do we use God’s Word? How do people respond to it? • The real from the fake are put to the test - who will stay true whatever the cost?
1 Kings 3:24 (6/4/15)
Divide • June 4, 2015 • Benham Brothers
Solomon asked for the ability to DISCERN between good and evil. Because of this, God granted him wisdom in all things. True wisdom, accoding to God and seconded by Solomon, is the ability to distinguish between good and evil. The removal of distinction has always been one of Satan's key strategies. Satan hates white, loves black, and knows the only way to get people from white to black is through the strange shade of grey. Romans 1 - depraved mind: you cannot distinguish between good and evil. What gives us the ability to discern between good and evil? The truth of God's Word! Solomon's first opportunity came when two moms argued over a baby. Solomon didn't know which way was the right way. So he brought out a SWORD! The Word of God is our sword! The moment the sword came into place the REAL mom was divided from the FAKE mom. Through the use of the sword Solomon had the wisdom he needed to make the decision. This is why Jesus says He didn't come to bring peace but a sword - to separate the real from the fake.
1 Kings 5:3-5 (5/24/18)
My God • May 24, 2018 • Benham Brothers
* Solomon referred to God as his father’s God. * Then he referred to Him as “my God.” * This is a great picture for how a dad should raise his son. * Imagine young Solomon hearing his dad in a meeting with his advisors, only to hear him say, “Let’s pray and ask God.” * Or he sees him up early in the morning on his knees praying. * David definitely had his issues, but he modeled for his boy the importance of a personal relationship with God. * This created an appetite in Solomon for the same type of relationship. * 1 Kings 17:12 - this widow was a gentile and needed an experience with Almighty God so He could become “hers.”
1 Kings 6:11-13 (6/12/14)
God's Presence • June 12, 2014 • Benham Brothers
Solomon was sparing no expence at the building of God's temple. He even used cut stones to lay the foundation, which would never be seen. God liked what He was seeing so He spoke to Solomon to encourage him. What God told Solomon, however, had nothing to do with the building. He knew Solomon was building a temple for His presence to remain, so God reminded Solomon the true cause of His presence remaining. It wasn't because the building was so nice - it was due to obedience to God's commandments. God's presence would not fill the incredible building Solomon built unless God's people obeyed His commands. God's presence in our lives is the same way - no matter what type of "good" you're doing in the world it won't bring God's presence - only obedience will.
1 Kings 7:21 (6/12/14)
Two Pillars • June 12, 2014 • Benham Brothers
Solomon erected two decorative pillars at the entrance of the temple so everyone would be reminded of God. One pillar was named Jachin, a priest who's name means "God will establish." This pillar was a reminder that God is in control and He will establish His purposes on the earth. The other was named Boaz, David's great grandfather who's name means "In God is strength." This pillar was a reminder that it's not by our strength that we do anything - it's by God's strength! The temple signified God's presence, so if you were going into the temple you had to pass these two pillars. They were a reminder of God establishing Israel as a nation and that it was by His strength it was accomplished. These two represent the bond between king and priest in the establishment of God's kingdom. The king ruled and took dominion and authority in the establishment of his kingdom. The priest represented the heart of God to the people and was the vehicle through which people experienced God's grace and mercy. In the OT they were separate, but in the NT they are one in Jesus - He was the king of kings and the great high priest. Revelation 3 & 6 reveals that now we are kings and priests as well. We take dominion and authority to bring God's kingdom on this earth and we represent God to the world. But we must always remember, it's God's deal to establish it and it's by His strength that we do it.
1 Kings 8:63 (5/25/17)
Sacrifice • May 25, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* The essential element of love is sacrifice. * You know how much you love someone by how much you’re willing to sacrifice for them. * Solomon’s willingness to sacrifice so much proved His love for God. * Flocks and herds represented money back then. * Can you imagine getting to 100k and realizing you have 42k more to go? * This is sacrificing an animal every 4.2 seconds for a solid week without stopping. * Two observations: * 1) The way we live can be a thanks-offerings to God. * The way we work, talk, think, serve, etc - all can say “thank you” to God. * 2) Our very lives themselves are to be living sacrifices to the Lord. * Today, people want salvation without sacrifice. * They don’t want to give up anything - or they only want to give up “most” things. * Luke 14:33 proves this is impossible. * One of the reasons this is believed is because of faulty theology. * We hear that Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice so we have to do nothing. * We have to be willing to pick up our own cross before we will truly be saved. * Every day we have an opportunity to offer ourselves as a sacrifice to the Lord.
1 Kings 10:1-9 (5/26/16)
Hard Questions • May 26, 2016 • Benham Brothers
• The Queen of Sheba recognized that Solomon’s God was blessing his nation more than the others. • Notice the progression: • Solomon’s excellence drew attention. • The queen asked hard questions to test him. • He responded with wisdom from God. • She had an encounter with God because she had an encounter with God’s man. • The same was true of Jesus. • We need to be students of the Word and “always be prepared” to answer the questions that come our way. • Especially now - what is going on and what do we do?
1 Kings 10:14 (5/24/18
666 • May 24, 2018 • Benham Brothers
* 1 Kings 10:14 - This is simply an observation, but the amount of gold Solomon brought in was 666 talents in weight. * Solomon used this gold to build all sorts of stuff, much of which drew his heart and the peoples’ hearts away from God. * His heart turned from the God of gold to the gold of God. * John 6:66 - Satan’s plan is to keep you from living a “whatever the cost” life. * If he can do that he wins. * Look at the number of Christ’s own disciples walked away because His message had gotten too hard for them. * Is your pursuit of gold (money, influence, etc) keeping you from God? * Let it go, whatever the cost.
1 Kings 11:3 (5/26/16)
The Beginning of the End • May 26, 2016 • Benham Brothers
• Solomon had lots of people praise him for his brilliance. • This is where things started to go south. • Abe Lincoln said, “a man is truly tested by the praise he receives.” • Notice the progression: • 1) Strategy overtook the Spirit - his wives were of royal birth. • He created alliances with the surrounding nations. • He started thinking politically more than principally. • 2) Sensual pleasure overtook spiritual power - his wives multiplied. • These two are linked - the more of one the less of the other. • Even the wisest man who ever lives still needed to be led by the Spirit.
1 Kings 12:7 (5/25/17)
Servant Leader • May 25, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* The smartest people in the kingdom gave great advice - to be the best leader you have to be willing to serve those you lead. * A leader who puts others’ interest above his own garners loyalty from those he leads. * They will want to follow him not because he was their leader, but because they loved him. * They would trust him because they knew he had their best interest at heart. * You want to be a better leader? * Look at those who follow you, discover their needs and pain points, and help them - put them ahead of you. * But do it with a true heart of compassion - everyone can sniff a fake. * When you serve them, watch what happens. * Note - look at how the older advisors answered the king as opposed to the younger ones. * They gave him a principle through which he could make his own decision. * The younger ones simply told him what to do. * In his own pride, Rehoboam followed the poor advice of the younger group.