1 Kings 4 … Consider His Blessing in Abundance

Under King Solomon’s rule the people would enjoy God’s Blessing in Abundance; His Blessing prophesied to Abraham almost 1,200 years earlier.

“By Myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice,”  (Genesis 22:16-18).

His Covenant promises would be renewed with Abraham’s son Isaac, “Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham. I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed;” (Genesis 26:3-4); and then with Isaac’s son, Jacob, “And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants. 14 Your descendants will also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed,” (Genesis 28:13-15).

Some 400 years later, God’s Covenant promises would again be defined and confirmed to His servant Moses through the Mosaic Covenant (Exodus), and then again to Joshua, who would ultimately lead God’s people into the Promised Land.

And now, finally, God’s people are experiencing His Blessing in Abundance, His Proven Promises as His Covenant People.

Consider His Blessing in Abundance

  • His Blessing in Abundance Proven through PossessionJudah and Israel were as numerous as the sand that is on the seashore in abundance; they were eating and drinking and rejoicing, (4:20).
      • “Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses… Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.” (Joshua 1:3,6).
  • His Blessing in Abundance Proven through ProvisionNow King Solomon was king over all Israel. These were his officials…Solomon had twelve deputies over all Israel, who provided for the king and his household; each man had to provide for a month in the year… 21 Now Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms…; they brought tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life. 22 Solomon’s provision for one day was…, (4:1-2,7,21-22).
      • “No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you,” (Joshua 1:5).
  • His Blessing in Abundance Proven through PowerFor he had dominion over everything west of the River, from Tiphsah even to Gaza, over all the kings west of the River… (4:24).
      • “Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them,” (Joshua 1:6).
  • His Blessing in Abundance Proven through Peace…and he had peace on all sides around about him. 25 So Judah and Israel lived in safety, every man under his vine and his fig tree, (4:24-25).
      • Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go,” (Joshua 1:9).
  • His Blessing in Abundance Proven through PrudenceNow God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore, (4:29).
      • “…be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success,” (Joshua 1:7-8).

How do we respond to His Blessing in Abundance?

His Blessing in Abundance has been promised to all those who would become His Covenant People through faith, beginning with Abraham, “For what does the Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,’” (Romans 4:3).

But God Himself declared there would be a New Covenant, one that would not depend on the faithfulness of man to uphold, but on God alone, Who promised to pour out His Blessing in Abundance.

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. 33 “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more,” (Jeremiah 32:31-34).

And when we come into His New Covenant through faith in what Christ accomplished through His death on the cross, we receive His forgiveness of sins and His Holy Spirit, Who promises to reside in our hearts. As His Covenant people, we too can enjoy His Blessing in Abundance.

  • Let us take Possession of His Promises in His Word.
    • For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and I will surely multiply you.” 15 And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise. 16 For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute. 17 In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast… (Hebrews 6:14-19).
  • Let us rely on His Provision for this life.
    • Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (Ephesians 1:3).
    • …seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust, (2 Peter 1:3-4).
  • Let us submit to His Power to defeat the enemy.
    • The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
      But victory belongs to the Lord,
      (Proverbs 21:31).
    • Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts,” (Zechariah 4:6).
  • Let us abide in His Peace wherever He sends us.
    • “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful,” (John 14:27).
    • “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world,” (John 16:33).
  • Let us develop a life of Prudence as we put into practice the wisdom of His Word.
    • But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him, (James 1:5).
    • But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does, (James 1:23-25).

Let’s Grow Together!

 

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