Monday, May 1, 2017


Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 9-10

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).


The Timna Valley is located in southern Israel in the southwestern Arabah, approximately 30 km north of the Gulf of Aqaba and the port city of Eilat, where Solomon built his fleet of ships for international trade. The area is rich in copper ore, and has been actively mined for at least 3,000 years, from the time of Solomon onward. These great rocks are known as Solomon’s Pillars.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.


Key Verse: 1 Kings 9: 6 & 7a

But if you or your sons at all turn from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them; and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast out of My sight.

The first years of Solomon’s reign were glorious. He was busy leading his people into great prosperity, international fame, and peace in the then known world. In Europe, Greece and Rome were just beginning to emerge into prominence. Solomon had it made…except for the matter of obedience to God! God, knowing what would happen, was driving home the absolute necessity of obedience. In this most important matter, Solomon was a failure. Yes, we know that he loved God. In 1 Kings 3:3 we are told that Solomon “loved the Lord.” His actions in these early years would seem to prove that. However, there remained the issue of full obedience.
We do not obey God to get admission to Heaven; we obey God because our entrance into Heaven is secure by God’s grace through faith. Jesus made it totally clear that those who really love Him are those who obey Him. He said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). Let’s take a moment for a New Testament reading in John 14: 8-21.


Lord God, I have sinned and come short of Your Glory. Forgive me for my disobedience. I humbly ask for more grace to obey You more fully than ever. In and through the One who always obeyed fully, my Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen!


When I visit Solomon’s Pillars (pictured above), my imagination is fired up with the thought of those early miners and the open smelters which were refining copper and other metals. When I visit Solomon’s chariot city of Megiddo, I can almost see the great stables full of huge war horses (pictured below).

Yours for obedience in doing all God has purposed, now and throughout eternity,


P.S. Below are pictures of Elat (“Elath”in our reading -1 Kings 9:26) and a model of Solomon’s chariot city of Megiddo.

Standing in Elat, Israel, looking across the Red Sea (the Gulf of Aqaba). Just beyond the hotel, which is in Israeli territory, you can see the mountains of Moab in Jordan.

Model of ancient Megiddo.



14 thoughts on “Monday, May 1, 2017

  1. Holding you in prayer, this morning, dear David. Nice to see you on the vlog, Ron. Disappointed in Solomon. Peace be still, fellow saints in the Lord!

    “Faith, walking in the dark with God, only prays Him to clasp its hand more closely.” Phillips Brooks

    “The Shepherd does not ask of thee
    Faith in thy faith, but only faith in Him;
    And this He meant in saying, ‘Come to me.’
    In light or darkness seek to do His will,
    And leave the. work of faith to Jesus still.”
    Streams in the Desert, Cowan, May 1

    Spicing it up with Southern Gospel music, Gaithers Gospel
    The Old Country Church [Live]

    • Thank you for the Gaither music link. When I look at those singing there…I think of the many that have gone on to be with their Lord.
      Praise God for Bill and Gloria…many were ministered to through their gospel music.

  2. Bless you Pastor David for today’s posting, your prayer, the scripture link, your vlog together with Ron. And I pray for a special anointing of the Lord on you and Ron and Ann and Norma-Jean, Reynold and Kathy, Nizar and Elaine and all your children and grand and great grandchildren, this day and always.

    Yes, how sad that Solomon started so well, but ended up so poorly.
    Lord help us to keep our eyes on You and to follow Your ways, every moment of each day and every day of our lives, I pray in your Might Name Jesus, Amen.
    Felt led to share this song: Perhaps it is familiar to most of you.

    “Oh the blood of Jesus
    Precious blood of Jesus
    Oh the blood of Jesus
    It washes white as Snow.”

    Thank You Jesus for that Precious blood that You shed for us on Calvary!!

  3. God bless everyone today! so love the music!
    off to Bible study, praying the Lord to send me a good room mate, need to clear my debts, need to make some money somehow, not really comfortable with a room mate UNLESS it is someone from God!
    Will talk to Community Resources, maybe post a note that I am able to do child care in the evenings, a few hours a week; have Criminal Search
    don’t know what else to do! Help me Lord!
    we have a Provincial election happening; need prayers who to vote for!


  4. Lord God, I read of an immigration situation in which someone really needs Your favour; the daughter of a Christian friend and leader, is in dangerous peril with drugs; a neighbour is causing utter havoc here for everyone; a dear Christian friend’s grandson has been dealing with a precarious brain tumour for the past six months and faces endless treatment and rehab. Everywhere we turn, someone is in a struggle and often worse predicament than ours. Lord God, You know what each and everyone of us needs. You see the truth and veil lifted from our transparent lives. Let us bow humbly before You, oh Gracious and Mighty King, that we may be worthy servants of Your Name. We ask for Your divine intervention in all our lives, whereby Your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. All the glory and honour and praise be Yours. Amen, amen, and amen.

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