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A wise head to bear the crown - 1 Kings 3:1-28

This is a sermon by Scott McKay from the morning service on 29th April 2018.

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1 Kings 3:1-28 – A wise head to bear the crown

Introduction

            The Genie of the Lamp

            The God of the Bible

            Level 1: Solomon is an example

            Level 2: Solomon is a shadow

 

Solomon’s Wavering (3:1-5)

            Solomon’s choice of allies (v1)

           

            Solomon’s choice of a wife (v1)

 

            Solomon’s choice of place to worship (v2-3)

 

            Solomon’s choice to love the LORD (v3-4)

 

Solomon’s Wish (3:5-15)

            Solomon recognised God’s faithfulness (v6)

 

            Solomon perceives his own weakness (v7)

 

            Solomon focuses on the benefit of others (v8-9)

 

            Solomon asks for discernment (v9)

 

Solomon’s Wisdom (3:16-28)

          Justice for everyone (v16)
 

          Justice that is perfect (v27)
 

          Justice fused with mercy (v27-28)
 

Conclusion
 

Questions: 1a) Can you identify areas of your life where you are making unwise choices? 1b) What can you do in order to minimise your wavering in regards to your trust in God? 2a) How is ‘love for the LORD’ manifest in your life? 2b) What form of extravagance is it taking? 3) What are the warning signs in your life that you need to pay attention to this morning? 4a) How would you evaluate your praying compared to Solomon’s? 4b) What could you begin to do to make your prayers mirror his? 5a) How do we now obtain wisdom? 5b) What will it look like for you to pursue wisdom? 6a) What have you understood about God’s justice? How has that encouraged or challenged you?

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