Daily Encouragement

June 10 – But Solomon …

1 Kings 7:1-51
Acts 7:30-50
Psalm 128:1-6
Proverbs 16:31-33

1 Kings 7:1 — 1 Kings 6:38 says Solomon spent seven years building the temple, but we contrast that with how long he spent building his house. The temple was 60x20x30 cubits (1 Kings 6:2), while Solomon’s house was 100x50x30 cubits … approximately 4x the cubic volume.

1 Kings 7:42 — Why does God give all these details? Remember Exodus 28:2 and Exodus 28:40? For glory and for beauty. God designs beautiful things for us to enjoy and appreciate.

Acts 7:32 — Stephen reiterates the message Peter preached in Acts 3:22 – “… Him shall ye hear.” This is the key messianic prophecy of the early New Testament age; Deuteronomy 18:15 and Deuteronomy 18:18 is the source.

Acts 7:39 — “… would not obey …” is a dominant theme found in the Bible.

Acts 7:41 — Aaron claimed he cast the gold into the fire and “there came out this calf (Exodus 32:24),” but Exodus 32:4 states he fashioned it with a graving tool and made the molten calf. Here Stephen reiterates the disobedience of his people.

Acts 7:45 — Jesus and Joshua are the same name, just transliterated from Greek to Hebrew to English.

Acts 7:49 — Why the mention of the temple? Because the charge was of destroying the Temple (Acts 6:14). Stephen shows that the Old Testament allowed the Temple but did not command a Temple.

Psalm 128:1 — Next time, I’m going to keep track of how many times we’re reminded to obey the Lord, walk in His ways, etc.

Proverbs 16:33 — The control of the Virginia House of Representatives in 2017 was settled by a coin toss. Read in USA Today how people are relegating important decisions to “chance” today, but remember that even “chance” is of the Lord.

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