Church and Bible
This blog is the result of many hours of study and research from my dissertation requirement to graduate from Bible college. Instead of leaving this work sit on a shelf collecting dust, I thought to share it with everyone in the prayerful hopes that it would help you and many others expand in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and to help you to grow in your Christian faith and ministry.
So, I’ve created a blog to post my work. I literally have thousands of pages to add so please leave me some blog posts and let me know your thoughts.
Here is the premise of my dissertation which is broken down into various categories and subcategories on my Church – Bible blog.
I believe any Biblical effort or work worth its salt should find its foundation in the word of God. This work, “Building the Biblical Church to Bridge the World” is a multi-faceted work that examines how to build a Biblical church based on the word of God to build God’s kingdom. This work is based on the following:
1 Kings 11 and 2 Chronicles 9 records for us the height of King Solomon and the nation of Israel. It’s the closest the nation of Israel ever came to fulfilling what God had intended for them. At the height of the kingdom, Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, is visited by the Queen of Sheba.
1 Kings 10:6-8
“And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.”
“Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.”
The Queen of Sheba recognized the wisdom of Solomon, the glory of the kingdom and the character and manner of his servants. Scripture implies through the words used that she inquired and asked council from Solomon. She picked his brain. She sought his ways, his knowledge, his understanding and wisdom. She went back to her country and followed the wisdom and glory of Solomon and his kingdom.
1 Kings 10:13
“And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants.”
Shortly after in 1 Kings 11, Solomon falls and the nation of Israel is divided. God determines to rend the nation from Solomon in the days when his son is king, yet he promises to leave one tribe (1 Kings 11:11-13).
With fate confronting him, Rehoboam, the son of King Solomon ascends to the throne. The people come to Rehoboam and request he lighten the load and make their yoke lighter in their service and work. With the testimony of the Queen of Sheba who followed his father’s wisdom and surrounded by the old wise men who served under his father and who were undoubtedly influenced with years of wisdom and experience obtained by serving under King Solomon, Rehoboam is faced with a major decision.
The outcome is determined by Rehoboam’s decision between the council of two generations. The generation of the old wise men which had served under Solomon and had obtained wisdom contrasted with his companions of his generation who were grown up with him who had no wisdom or life experience. Now they are his advisors as he is seated on the throne. 1 Kings 12:6-11 (parallel passage: 2 Chronicles 10) details Rehoboam’s action and the consequences of his decision.
“And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people? And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.”
“But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him: And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter?”
“And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins. And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.”
The key issue and key mistake Rehoboam made was that “…he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him…”
The key phrase in this passage is “…and which stood before him…”
The young men stood before him. Why did he not have some of the wise men standing before him? He surrounded himself with those who had no wisdom or life experience. There seems to have been a gap between the old men and the young men. Was it that the old men did not relate to the young men to teach them?
Were they not passing on life as recorded in 2 Timothy 2:2? Were the young men rebellious and prideful where they would not listen? They obviously thought they knew more than the old wise men did. They thought they knew the answers and Rehoboam thought they knew best as well.
1 Kings 12:12-14 (parallel passage 2 Chron 10:12-14)
“So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day. And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men’s counsel that they gave him; And spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.”
Instead of leaning on the wisdom and experience of the old wise men, he instead chose to act on the counsel from the young men who had no wisdom or life experience. The result of Rehoboam’s bad counsel and decision?
1 Kings 12:19 (parallel passage 2 Chron 10:19)
“So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.”
The kingdom was divided.
He could have avoided the disastrous consequences that followed had he of chosen the counsel from the men who had wisdom. Ultimately this was the result of the disastrous consequences of Solomon’s fall in 1 Kings 11 and 2 Chronicles as God purposed it. However, it was Rehoboam who failed in his responsibility to utilize the decades of wisdom and life experience from those whom God had provided to give counsel.
Ironically as if God is saying don’t make this same mistake, God uses Solomon to instruct us in Proverbs 22:17-22 to:
“Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips. That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee. Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?”
This is what the basis of this research aims to do. To hear the words of the wise, apply the heart toward knowledge, trusting in the Lord, and discovering the written things in counsels and knowledge from His word and from those who have obtained wisdom and life experiences.
The purpose is to share this wisdom and these life experiences to the body of Christ to aid in fulfilling the mission that God has intended for the church.
My prayer is that the Holy Spirit will use this work in your life to grow you in your Bible knowedge, your faith, help you in your church ministry and to assist you in your personal walk with Jesus Christ.