Google+ 06/23/13 Are You Bold Enough to Be King?

1 Kings 9:4-5

 

“As for you, if you will follow me with integrity and godliness,

As David your father did, obeying all my commands, decrees, and regulations,

Then I will establish the throne of your dynasty over Israel forever.

For I made this promise to your father, David:

‘One of your descendants will always sit on the throne of Israel.’

 

In the Old Testament, who you were and your vocation, was often determined by the lineage of your family.  In the United States, our family lineage has become less important over time and harder to trace.  With multiple marriages and constant relocations, it is often hard to track our ancestors, even if we wanted to.  Our Scripture today points out the importance of our ongoing generations.  Please listen to the sermon today as I expand even further on this concept.  Today, God offers Solomon the opportunity to renew the promise his father made with God.  Remember that David was originally a wicked man and king, being guilty of multiple atrocities.  David repented and turned away from his sin.  As a result, his son is now meeting face-to-face with God.  Because of David's repentance, his family is guaranteed to always rule Israel.  One of the acts of obedience that David discovered was letting the temple be built by someone else of God's choosing.  When David announced that he would build a temple to honor God, for all that He had done, God suggested that he NOT do that.  David was a bit offended, but was obedient.  As a result of this obedience, God revealed to David that He had chosen Solomon to build the temple.  What better news could David have received that to discover that his son had found favor with God.  Don't miss this point.  Our families depend on our faithfulness to God.  Everything we do hinges on obeying all of His commandments, decrees, and regulations.  In order to keep the covenant with God, Solomon had to agree to follow in his dad's footsteps.  Because David said yes, Solomon got the opportunity to be king.  Because Solomon said yes, his family was guaranteed the throne in Israel.  Choices have consequences.  David made good ones and bad ones, like all of us do.  If your family lineage has always said "YES" to God, hear Him offering you the opportunity to renew God's promise through Jesus Christ.  If your lineage has often said "NO" to God, it is now your opportunity to be obedient and save the rest of your family.  The choice is up to you and their are no excuses.  We are either all in or all out.  So when God comes to you and offers your family the opportunity to be "king" forever in Christ, we bold enough to say "Yes Lord!"