July 21, I Kings 11:9-22
Some of the stories in the Old Testament of what God did seem a bit peculiar to me and this is one of them. We begin with the fact that God is not happy with Solomon for his disobedience. The text actually says that God was angry, I know some pharisees who try to say it's a sin to get angry, apparently not. Then we're told that God spoke to Solomon concerning his disobedience. How did He speak? Was it directly as with Moses and Samuel or was it through a prophet as with Nathan and David? Questions like this bother me but I suppose that if I needed to know God would have been more specific. Two items that I find significant in this are (1) that we're not told if Solomon showed any form of repentance (contrast this to Nathan and David). And the second is the issue with Hadad the Edomite. Here is a man who's been living in Egypt for years and for all we know prospered there, but now that David is dead he decides to go get even. Again I have these nagging thoughts, did Hadad harbor a spirit of revenge for the entire time or did God stir up the memories and emotions? The way the text reads seems like the latter. Here's the basic lesson I get from this, first remain obedient to God because in those times when we're not obedient God can raise up an adversary against us.
Today's workout, back biceps intervals.
Step up, pull up, burpee, biceps curl, jump rope, row, windmill, T.