September 23, Reading 1 – 1 Kings 15:1-32

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SAA Notes

A bad king has a good son! For three thousand years the world has been reading this wonderful testimony to Asa in verse 14. What will the succeeding generations know of you? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they knew this, too, of you?

SJA Notes

“He did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and walked in the way of his father, and in his sin which he made Israel to sin.”

These words are a repeating refrain as we walk through the books of Kings and Chronicles.

We see here that Jeroboam’s son rejected God as well. As a king he led Israel away from rather than towards God.

However! There is another repeated (although not as frequently) refrain,

“And [King’s Name] did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, as David his father had done.”

So we have these two refrains, and it’s easy to think of them as one about doing evil and one about doing good. And they are!

But it is more than that. We know David wasn’t perfect. There can seem to be a contradiction here with righteousness and sin being present in the same person.

“… Because David did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and did not turn aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.”

And previously in chapter 14,

“… And yet you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commandments and followed me with all his heart, doing only that which was right in my eyes,”

And again back further in chapter 11,

“So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and did not wholly follow the LORD, as David his father had done.”

How do we make sense of this? How was David held up by the Lord as someone who wholly followed His commands?

Making sense of this can ONLY be done through Jesus! Through Him, He is the lense through which we SEE, through which we make sense of everything.

He is our righteousness, just as He was David’s righteousness. David will stand in Jesus just as we will on that last day.

David’s sins are forgiven, the record of his debt cancelled (Colossians 2:13-15) – Just as with us!

* Mighty God Above,

Praise Your Name! Thank You that in You the Son, Jesus, we stand!

Thank You that it is His righteousness that we stand in, and nothing of ourselves.

Thank You for Your grace that saves us! Giving to us what we do not deserve.

Thank You for that wonderful gift, our faith in You.

Amen.

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