Daily Encouragement

June 13 – The Road to Damascus

June 13
1 Kings 11:1-12:19
Acts 9:1-25
Psalm 131:1-3
Proverbs 17:4-5

1 Kings 11:1 – This is the first use of the phrase “strange women.” Solomon himself will warn us about them in Proverbs 22:14 and Proverbs 23:33.

1 Kings 11:7 – God told Moses that the Israelites were to destroy their pictures, molten images, and “quite pluck down” their high places (Numbers 33:52). Not to build more!

1 Kings 11:9 – God does get angry over sin (Isaiah 12:1). Many successive kings of Israel would experience the anger of the LORD (2 Kings 17:18).

1 Kings 11:23 – Solomon would have had no adversaries except when He decided to turn his heart from the LORD, the LORD strirred up opposition.

1 Kings 11:38 – What was the conditional offer to Jeroboam? A Davidic dynasty if Jeroboam would only obey.

1 Kings 12:8 – Each generation would like to ignore the wisdom of the previous. This verse reminded me of the “Millennial Job Interview.”

1 Kings 12:16 – Sounds similar to 2 Samuel 20:1?

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Acts 9:3 –  Even today people talk about a “Road to Damascus” moment.

Acts 9:16 – God did not call Saul to prosperity, but rather to suffer for the name of the LORD!

Psalm 131:1 – The testimony of a devoted follower who walks in the way of the LORD. He knows God will bring down the haughty (2 Samuel 22:8), and will humble the lofty (Isaiah 2:11, Isaiah 5:15). He knows not to despise the day of small things (Zechariah 4:10).

Proverbs 17:4 – God talks about the poor 172 times in the Old Testament and has special concern for them. Christian ministries have been historically focused on helping the poor physically and spiritually! Americans gave $123 billion last year to religion-related causes.

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