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Keeping the Covenant Promise
Bible Passage 1 Kings 9: 1-9
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books 1 Kings, Colossians, Galatians, John.

Keeping the Covenant Promise

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached October 8, 2022

SCRIPTURE 📖
1 It happened, when Solomon had finished the building of the house of the LORD, and the king’s house, and all Solomon’s desire which he was pleased to do,

2 that the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared to him at Gibeon.

3 And the LORD said to him, “I have heard your prayer and your petition that you have made before me. I have done for you according to all your prayer. I have consecrated this house which you have built, to place my name there forever, and my eyes and my heart will be there perpetually.

4 As for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, and will keep my statutes and my ordinances;

5 then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, according as I promised to David your father, saying, ‘There shall not fail you a man on the throne of Israel.’

6 But if you turn away from following me, you or your children, and not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but shall go and serve other gods, and worship them;

7 then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have made holy for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all peoples.

8 And this house, which is exalted, will become a heap of ruins. Everyone who passes by it will be astonished, and will whistle, and they will say, ‘Why has the LORD done this to this land, and to this house?’

9 And they shall answer, ‘Because they forsook the LORD their God, who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold of other gods, and worshiped them, and served them. Therefore the LORD has brought all this disaster on them.’”

 

BACKGROUND
God appeared to Solomon the second time as he had done in chapter 3 at Gibeon. At Gibeon (then), He promised to give him the wisdom that he needed to rule the country. Here he made another promise to Solomon. He would keep the covenant which He made with David his father. But the promise depended upon whether or not Solomon and his descendants obeyed God.

They might turn away from God and worship other gods. If so, the temple would become a ruin (a building that people have broken).

Jesus promised that He would give His people everlasting life. ‘They will never die. Nobody can take them away from me’ (John 10:28). However, Colossians1:23 says this. ‘You must continue to be loyal.’ Some people may turn away from their beliefs. This may show that they were never really Christians at all. We need to have the fruit of God’s Spirit in our lives (Galatians 5:22-23).

In verse 3, God underscores the importance of the temple and explains how special the temple was. It was not merely a place for worship or for ceremonies. God says that His ‘name’, His ‘eyes’ and His ‘heart’ would always be there.

The ‘name’ means God’s honour, character, authority and strength. The ‘eyes’ means that God would watch His temple and His people. He would watch them in order to protect them and show kindness to them. The ‘heart’ should remind us how much God loves His people. He would show that love to them by means of the temple.

But if the king or his people rebelled against Him, God would destroy the temple to show His displeasure with them.

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 God will be with all those who call on Him, to protect them and show kindness to them

🔷 God’s wrath will come on generations that will show disloyalty to Him

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray God to forgive any disloyalty within your family
💥 Ask for the grace of God to be able to keep His instructions

CONCLUSION📙
God will establish us His throne in the heart and houses of those walk uprightly, in accordance with the commands of God.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections