(July 26, 2014)
I had three smaller thoughts as I read through these chapters, and one rather more significant thought. First, though, the minor thoughts. The first was the blessing of equality that exists in knowing that rules and laws apply to kings as well as servants (Solomon’s violation of the Lord’s law brought condemnation on him despite his status). Second, seeing God and hearing His voice is no ultimate solution – we still must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling (a fact which makes me feel less horrible about losing my testimony for a short while, despite the miracles that I had seen in my life prior to that time). Third, I have always wondered about fighting prophesy. If Solomon didn’t believe the prophesy about Jeroboam, why fight him? If he did, then surely he knew it would come to pass – so again, why fight him?