Weekly Reading: 1 Kings 2, 3, 11, 12, 18, Ecclesiastes 5—6
“Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and distinguish between right and wrong.” –1 Kings 3:9
This week we see the reign of King Solomon and the end of the united nation of Israel. As the Lord foretold in 1 Samuel 12, God’s people broke into Israel and Judah following the downfall of David’s chosen son, Solomon. While Solomon was the wealthiest and wisest king, he failed to follow closely after God. Generations later another Son of David came along who was perfect and sinless. Jesus Christ succeeded where the kings of Israel and Judah failed, by carrying out the Lord’s will perfectly. Isaiah talked about Jesus as the Wonderful Counselor and the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). As you read this week, reflect on Jesus’ faithfulness and wisdom as you learn about failures of the kings who came before. –Nate Metler
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