Hello! Today concludes the Solomon chapter and retells the drama between Rehoboam and Jeroboam about who should be king and what type of political polices should exist. The tensions between these two divide Israel for the remainder of the Biblical canon into the northern and southern kingdoms, which in Jesus' day would be understood as Judah and Samaria. It's super super important to revisit this story as we prepare to enter into the Gospel's so that we can have an open mind to who these "wicked" Samaritans are.
Scripture to Read
Questions to Consider
What does this teach you about God?
Which king would you follow? Rehoboam or Jeroboam? Why?
What does the division of ancient Israel say to our own current political climate? What can we do to change it?
- My Thoughts -
This reading made me think of this video from (former) mega-church pastor Francis Chan. Chan's production team makes a beautiful video as he processes the seemingly impossible task of unity. But is it? Take a listen if you have the time for another 12 minute video haha.
If this interest you another great website with meaningful accountability articles for Christians is https://jackasstheology.com (I find the name funny but I apologize if this offends you)
Praying the Hymns
Our hymn today is "He is Born" from our hymnal. The hymn is another traditional French carol. I invite you to sing, hum, or meditate on the music.
[Refrain] He is born, the holy Child,
play the oboe and bagpipes merrily!
He is born, the holy Child,
sing we all of the Savior mild.
1 Thru long ages of the past, prophets have foretold his coming; thru long ages of the past, now the time has come at last!(Refrain)
2 O how lovely, O how pure is this perfect child of heaven; O how lovely, O how pure gracious gift to humankind!(Refrain)
3 Jesus, Lord of all the world, coming as a child among us, Jesus, Lord of all the world, grant to us thy heavenly peace.(Refrain)