1 Kings 12:1-33 and 14:21-31

1 Kings 12:1-33 and 14:21-31

1 Kings 12:24Vintage message from January 23, 2000.

People have abandoned the study of God’s Word, people have abandoned the knowledge of God’s Word, and they’ve refined it down to principles of God’s Word. It is no longer the Ten Commandments, but the ten suggestions, and if it’s convenient we might follow them. And then God sent us His Son, Jesus who said, “Okay, I’ll make it easy for you. I will fulfill the commandments for you, I will live the law for you, and I will die to prove My faithfulness to My Father, and then all you have to do is believe in Me. All you have to do is receive Me…” Jesus made it simple, but in our society today we’ve reduced it down to, well, if you’ll go to church, if you do good things. We’ve taken the simplicity of God’s Word, and the understanding that God has given us and we’ve reduced it to fit our schedules, to fit our lifestyles, to fit our desires. And so that we do not have to admit that we’re sinners, so we don’t have to face the gross, ugly fact that [I] have sin issues that are gross before the throne of God, and they need to be dealt with. We don’t call it sin anymore. Oh, we call it problems, issues, or we just outright deny it and say, “This is the way I was born. God made me this way, so therefore I have to stay this way,” and we deny any issues that would cause us to have to fall on our face before the living God and be responsible to Him and His Word…

This is something you and I can grasp onto. The fact is, when God makes a promise, and especially His eternal promises to us, He does not break His promises even if, many times, we are unfaithful to Him, God is always, always faithful to His own Word, to His own promises…

We have in our life opportunities. We’ve been given God’s Word. We’ve been given a place where we can seek God, where we can know God’s heart. God has sought after us. We, like Israel, are a people who have been given a very special privilege… You and I have been given such a wonderful privilege to know our Lord and Savior… And we have to ask, as I’ve asked before…what other gods…do we seek after, other than the Lord God Who saved us?…

Do you realize, we are the byproduct of a great and loving God? He loves us tremendously, and all He seeks from us is relationship, acknowledgement, knowledge in His Word, so that we, in turn, not only experience His Love but then share that same love with those around us. The whole time while holding firm to the fact that our neighbors, our brothers, our sisters, everyone we know has issues of sin — we can love them regardless, just as God loved us regardless. But we get so caught up in seeking after other gods, looking at the things the world looks at, worshipping the things that the world worships… It’s time that we give God and His Word our full attention.

Pastor Dave Elkins