1 Kings 18:17-18 Who’s the Real Troubler?

1 Kings 18:17-18 (KJV)
And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?
And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.

Ahab accused Elijah of causing all the trouble in Israel. Elijah turned it around and said the troubler of Israel was Ahab. 

Elijah had:

  • Preached that there would be no rain
  • Trusted that the Lord would care for him
  • Helped to build the faith of the widow and her son

Ahab had:

  • Forsaken the commandments of the Lord and
  • Followed Baalim 

There was famine and drought and with it much loss. But the troubler of Israel was not the praying preacher. The troubler of Israel was the unbelieving king. 

Our country is pointing fingers at Christians today as if we are the problem in the world. Truly our world has problems but, just as it was in Elijah’s time, the troublers today are not the Christians. The troublers right now, the ones causing unrest and harm, are those who have rejected God for the gods of this world. 

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1 Kings 18:17-18 Who’s the Real Troubler?

Luke 12:41 For Those Who Hear It

Luke 12:41 (KJV)
Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?

Earlier in the chapter the Bible says, Luke 12:1 (KJV)
In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

He spoke the truths of this passage to His disciples first of all, but Peter understood they were meant to make it to all. 

  • They were not to be hidden
  • They were to be proclaimed from the housetops
  • They were to do as the wise steward
  • They were to have their loins girt and their lights lit
  • They were to judge and discern what is right

The Word of God is for those who hear it first of all. But it is also for those who never hear and do not know every bit as much. 

Luke 12:47-48 (KJV)
And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

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Luke 12:41 For Those Who Hear It

1 Kings 14:27 Something Not As Valuable

1 Kings 14:27 (KJV)
And king Rehoboam made in their stead brasen shields, and committed them unto the hands of the chief of the guard, which kept the door of the king’s house.

I am prone, I know, to apply this passage to the church. However, its application belongs foremost to a nation. 

Rehoboam let the nation slip.

  • They built high places instead of worshipping at the a temple
  • They suffered the Sodomites in their land
  • They copied the abominations of those nations the LORD had cast out

In consequence, Egypt, a picture of the world, took away the treasures in the house of the LORD

Think of it. This is likely when the Ark, the Tabernacle, the Altar of incense, the golden candlestick, along with Solomon’s shields of gold, were taken – by that which represents the world. 

Rehoboam’s response was to make shields of brass. Not as valuable, not as beautiful. Not as heavy, but enough of all of that to give the air of what they used to have in the Temple. 

America has gone after the way of the world and has lost most of her spiritual treasures to the world. I am afraid that to a great extent, Christians have responded by making something not as valuable, not as weighty, not nearly as beautiful, but possessing an air of what we used to have. 

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1 Kings 14:27 Something Not As Valuable

1 Kings 12:18 Never The Wise Choice

1 Kings 12:18 (KJV)
Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the tribute; and all Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. Therefore king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.

That Rehoboam made a mistake in following the counsel of the young men, is apparent. That he did so willfully, not so much. This whole situation could be described as one of those “They had already decided to leave, they were just looking for an excuse.” 

  • They were always a trouble to David
  • They were festering under Solomon 
  • They merely took advantage of the leadership change as their excuse

Rehoboam was correct in assuming he would get their tribute. Though he had pressed for more than was mete, that he had authority to do it is without question. 

It was the other group, under Jeroboam who rebelled. 

Right, wrong, or indifferent, rebellion is never the wise choice of action. 

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1 Kings 12:18 Never The Wise Choice

1 Kings 10:2 A Man of Understanding

1 Kings 10:2 (KJV)
And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.

Once the Queen had communed all that was in her heart, Solomon told her all her questions. He hid nothing from her. 

It is one thing to give counsel and instruction to someone who is open and honest. It is an entirely different thing to give that same instruction to someone who has a secret agenda, who is withholding in their heart, who does not honestly seek the answers but only asks out of obligation or to bring a trap. 

Solomon had supernatural wisdom to discern the heart. None of the rest of us have that. But it is still a matter of wisdom to discern when it’s time to quit giving out our counsel and when we are in a good position to continue. 

It was after all, Solomon who wrote, (under inspiration of the Holy Spirit) Proverbs 17:28 (KJV) 
Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

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1 Kings 10:2 A Man of Understanding

1 Kings 8:4 Happening in America

1 Kings 8:4 (KJV)
And they brought up the ark of the LORD, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, even those did the priests and the Levites bring up.

Such treasures there were, that were in the Temple Solomon built!

The ark of the covenant was there
This chapter says that within it was only the table of stone which Moses put there. Hebrews 9:4 says that it also had Aaron’s rod that budded and a pot of manna. Two possibilities to reconcile this apparent discrepancy are:

  • That 1 Kings means that the only written thing inside the ark were the tables of stone.
  • That Solomon may have removed Aaron’s rob and the pot of manna and placed them in some other part of the Temple, perhaps alongside the Tabernacle.

The tabernacle of the congregation was there
King David had made a separate tabernacle to keep the Ark in prior to the building of the Temple. The Tabernacle of the congregation, that Moses and supervised the construction of, had been in Gibeon until this time. Now that the Temple was completed it was dismantled and tucked away inside the Temple. Let it not become a competing place of worship.

None of these objects ought to have been worshipped. But each of them had been vital to the life and testimony of Israel for the previous 480 years.[1]


[1] 1 Kings 6:1 (KJV)
And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD.

Such things as these were tragically taken away by Babylon. What a terrible thing to so decline that we come to a place where our history can be stolen from us.

This is happening in America right now.

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1 Kings 8:4 Happening in America

1 Kings 6:4 It Happens

1 Kings 6:4 (KJV)
And for the house he made windows of narrow lights.

So many of our traditions are based upon what was, at one time, a necessity. We often progress passed the necessity, forget what it was, but continue in the culture. I’m not saying it is wrong, just that it happens. 

Solomon made windows of narrow lights in the house of the Lord. I’ve pastored two churches now, both feature narrow windows in the sanctuary area. It’s not that we need that style of window anymore. We have electricity and the ability to put light, lots of it, wherever we wish it to be. But the tradition remains. 

Few homes have similar windows. Perhaps more modern church designs will avoid them too. 

I imagine the same is true of the tradition of very tall ceilings in the sanctuary. At one time those tall walls and ceilings provided for windows very high that could be opened to allow the heat out of the building. I cannot imagine what it must have felt like to be in Spurgeon’s Tabernacle, for instance, with three thousand people and no air conditioning. Tall ceilings with windows at the top allowed for the hot air to rise, be released through those windows and a cooling breeze to move through the people below. Today we just like the appearance of that high ceiling. 

I am a traditionalist. I like things that are old fashioned, including narrow windows and high ceilings. But they are not essential to a building being the house of the Lord. They are only traditions that have become pleasing to the eyes.

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1 Kings 6:4 It Happens

Luke 10:20 Rather Rejoice

Luke 10:20 (KJV)
Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

I wonder how many Christians today have terrible trouble with this lesson from Our Lord Jesus Christ?

Jesus had commissioned the seventy who returned with glowing reports of great ministry results. 

Jesus informed them that, as a matter of ministry, He beheld Satan fall from heaven. He gave them such power, such effectiveness, and such protection as to decimate the work of the devil. 

And then Jesus cautioned them. They must not rejoice in their power, their results, or even in Satan’s fall. They were to rejoice that their names are written in heaven. 

My guess is that every professing Christian knows he is to rejoice most that He is saved. We’re “supposed” to report that as the best day of our life. But you’d have a difficult time believing it to be true from the tweets on Twitter they give come Sunday morning. It seems pretty apparent that what we’re rejoicing in is full houses, packed pews, salvation professions and baptismals stirred. 

I am not terribly sure myself how to go on and on talking about my salvation without it seeming to be repetitive or self-glorifying. But I am sure our Saviour taught His disciples that it is much more worthy of rejoicing in that the results of our ministries. 

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Luke 10:20 Rather Rejoice

1 Kings 3:2-4 Be At Your Gibeon

1 Kings 3:2-4 (KJV)
Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the LORD, until those days.
And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.
And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.

It was not until Solomon offered sacrifices at the tabernacle, which was at that time in Gibeon, that God appeared to him. Having no house built in the name of the Lord, the people had developed the habit of creating their own places of worship. It was not so much that these were expressly forbidden, but that they were not to replace the Tabernacle.

Having a favorite place to go to worship and commune with the Lord, such as a private “prayer closet,” is noble and perfectly acceptable, even encouraged. Allowing that to supplant regular and faithful worship at the place that God has chosen, which is the house of God, today, the local New Testament Baptist Church, is not merely a mistake but altogether a sin.

In recent months, during the COVID 19 pandemic, many followed the recommended guidelines to stop the spread of the virus and stayed away from houses of worship. I did not follow that guideline personally but have little problem with those who did. I have, however, witnessed a trend in some of those who stayed home. They are now saying that they experienced fellowship with the Lord at home much more meaningfully than they ever did at church. May I say it bluntly? They are deceived. It is not possible to experience God except in the place where God has chosen. We must remember that there is another spirit in the world. That spirit is a liar. That spirit seeks to lead souls away from the Lord. And that spirit will happily give people a sense of wellbeing and peace, even worship, so long as that worship in not directed to the God he hates.

Have a place for private worship. But don’t worship there only. Be at your Gibeon. Be at the house of the Lord where God has led you to unite.

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1 Kings 3:2-4 Be At Your Gibeon

1 Kings 2:4 A Father’s Desire

1 Kings 2:4 (KJV)
That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.

God made an unconditional promise to David. But His promise to Solomon was conditional. It had an “if” attached to it. 

As a father of adult sons and having now reached an age where the gray hairs are prevailing, I envision King David here praying that his son and his son’s sons, keep their conditions. We know it does not happen. We know that God fulfills His promise to David “legally” through Solomon and “naturally” through Nathan.

Every godly father wishes his children grow in the faith and pass the very same faith down to their children, yet the Bible teaches us that, in the last days, there will be little faith left. One of Satan’s most effective tactics in accomplishing this is the lie that our father’s faith remains intact, even when we have adjusted it to fit in our own culture. It is a declination that leads to heartbreaking abandonment of the faith once delivered.

It is true that our own father’s faith is not exactly like that of 100 or 200 years ago, let alone 2000. The current generation is not the first to accept decline. But it is also true that to decline further is no help to the trouble.

As my hairs grow gray, and as I approach what are surely my final decades[1] on the earth, my heart’s desire and prayer is that my children, and my children’s children, stubbornly cling to the faith, and the practice of it, that they have witnessed in me.


[1] If not years.

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1 Kings 2:4 A Father’s Desire