Nothing Stops God’s Will

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King James Bible Study – [And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. – Mark 8:34]

Date: Monday, May 27, 2024
Chapters: I CHRONICLES 28, I KINGS 1, PSALMS, 72, 127
Message: Nothing Stops God’s Will

Hello My Friend,

I just talked to my mom on the phone from the hospital, she answered it by herself, and this is the first time she had been able to do that since she had her stroke. While I was there are the hospital yesterday she started reading the numbers on the clock and that also was a first since the stroke. She cried happy tears as my brother, nephew and I did as we watched her getting excited about seeing them. I know she has a long way to go, but this is major progress from the lifeless body that I saw just the day before. God, is awesome and always has a plan and nothing and no one can alter that plan. I do fear that this is only a temporary recovery, but I will take whatever time God gives us and cherish it.

[Matthew 6:31-34  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  32  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  34  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.]

When God told David, [2 Samuel 7:12-13  And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.  13  He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.] I do not think that he fully comprehended was being said as I know I would have a hard time with it as well. Nevertheless, things were falling into place just as he said they were, only there were some people who were set on making sure that it did not.

The Book of 1 Kings, contains twenty-two chapters, the author of the book is Jeremiah and it was written to Israel. The timeline for these events took place between 1015 BC to 897 BC. The purpose of the book was to record God’s dealings with His people from King Solomon, through the division of Israel, and the reigns of Ahab and Jehoshaphat. What we are to learn from the book is that compromise always comes with a cost, [1 Kings 11:11  Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.]

David, probably thought that the troubles of his family were over, after all, he just spent his last days setting things in order for when Solomon would reign, but that was not the case. As we begin the reading of 1 Kings, David, became very frail, so frail that his servants thought that a young woman might liven him up, but it did not work. When David’s eldest son, Adonijah learned that his father’s health he took things into his own hands.

[1 Kings 1:1-6  Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat.  2  Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat.  3  So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the king.  4  And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and ministered to him: but the king knew her not.  5  Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. 6  And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so? and he also was a very goodly man; and his mother bare him after Absalom.]

[And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying,] David, lacked one thing as king, he did not rule his household under the Law of God. Perhaps it was all the wives, but I am pretty sure that his kids got away with things because they were princes and pretty much got whatever they wanted. The difference between him and Absalom is that Adonijah was not good looking and he actually thought that that would be to his advantage. He enlisted the help of Joab and a priest to make it all happen before David found out. However, when the prophet Nathan heard what was going on he called Bathsheba and enlisted her help to let David know what was going on.

[1 Kings 1:11-12,15-18  Wherefore Nathan spake unto Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, saying, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith doth reign, and David our lord knoweth it not?  12  Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel, that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son Solomon. 15  And Bathsheba went in unto the king into the chamber: and the king was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto the king. 16  And Bathsheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the king said, What wouldest thou?  17  And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest by the LORD thy God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne.  18  And now, behold, Adonijah reigneth; and now, my lord the king, thou knowest it not:]

[that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son Solomon.] You see, both Solomon’s and Bathsheba’s lives were in danger here as had Adonijah had succeeded in making himself king, it would have overthrown prophecy. Well, David, was not going to let another son attempt to take the throne from him, he called for Nathan, and Zadok, the priest.

[1 Kings 1:22-25,28-30  And, lo, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan the prophet also came in.  23  And they told the king, saying, Behold Nathan the prophet. And when he was come in before the king, he bowed himself before the king with his face to the ground.  24  And Nathan said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Adonijah shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne?  25  For he is gone down this day, and hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king’s sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest; and, behold, they eat and drink before him, and say, God save king Adonijah. 28  Then king David answered and said, Call me Bathsheba. And she came into the king’s presence, and stood before the king.  29  And the king sware, and said, As the LORD liveth, that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress,  30  Even as I sware unto thee by the LORD God of Israel, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne in my stead; even so will I certainly do this day.]

[that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress,] David, may have gotten into some messes when he got out of God’s will, but God still saw him as the apple of His eye because he was faithful to Him. He assures Bathsheba that Solomon will be king and right then and there tells Nathan what needed to be done.

[1 Kings 1:31,33-35  Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth, and did reverence to the king, and said, Let my lord king David live for ever. 33  The king also said unto them, Take with you the servants of your lord, and cause Solomon my son to ride upon mine own mule, and bring him down to Gihon:  34  And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there king over Israel: and blow ye with the trumpet, and say, God save king Solomon. 35  Then ye shall come up after him, that he may come and sit upon my throne; for he shall be king in my stead: and I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah.]

[cause Solomon my son to ride upon mine own mule,] A king riding on a mule was actually the most noblest thing to do as it showed the people that he was humble, honest, and dedicated to his people. And while all these people were celebrating Adonijah being king before he was even anointed, Solomon was anointed as king.

[1 Kings 1:36-40  And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king, and said, Amen: the LORD God of my lord the king say so too.  37  As the LORD hath been with my lord the king, even so be he with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord king David.  38  So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, went down, and caused Solomon to ride upon king David’s mule, and brought him to Gihon.  39  And Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet; and all the people said, God save king Solomon.  40  And all the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them.]

[the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy,] Let me tell you, people will switch sides in a heartbeat if it meant they would get a more prominent position or could lose their position. Nevertheless, God will stop at nothing to get us to fulfill His purpose for us. David was the only father to see his son become king. Keep in mind also that when He tells us that we are not to do something, He means that too, and will not hesitate to make us look like fools in our attempt to overthrow His will. While all these people were celebrating Adonijah being king before he was even anointed. As we continue in the reading of 1 Chronicles, David, drummed up the last bit of energy he had and Solomon declared the king.

[1 Chronicles 28:2-5  Then David the king stood up upon his feet, and said, Hear me, my brethren, and my people: As for me, I had in mine heart to build an house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and for the footstool of our God, and had made ready for the building:  3  But God said unto me, Thou shalt not build an house for my name, because thou hast been a man of war, and hast shed blood.  4  Howbeit the LORD God of Israel chose me before all the house of my father to be king over Israel for ever: for he hath chosen Judah to be the ruler; and of the house of Judah, the house of my father; and among the sons of my father he liked me to make me king over all Israel:  5  And of all my sons, (for the LORD hath given me many sons,) he hath chosen Solomon my son to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of the LORD over Israel.]

[among the sons of my father he liked me to make me king] David, was not boasting of all his accomplishments, he was simply stating the fact the his reign was appointed from God as well as Solomon’s. Here is this feeble man, one who was once a great man of war, so strong that he killed two hundred Philistines and brought back their foreskins to king Saul in order to win his favor. He was not ashamed to let everyone know that Solomon was going to more than just build the temple, he was going to be used by God to bring His own Son into the world. However, their peace, prosperity, and protections as a nation was dependent not only on the nation staying faithful to God, but Solomon as well. David, goes on to stress that Solomon’s success rests on God being a constant in his life.

[1 Chronicles 28:6-10  And he said unto me, Solomon thy son, he shall build my house and my courts: for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father.  7  Moreover I will establish his kingdom for ever, if he be constant to do my commandments and my judgments, as at this day.  8  Now therefore in the sight of all Israel the congregation of the LORD, and in the audience of our God, keep and seek for all the commandments of the LORD your God: that ye may possess this good land, and leave it for an inheritance for your children after you for ever.  9  And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.  10  Take heed now; for the LORD hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it.]

[if thou seek him, he will be found of thee;] Jesus, is never too far to be found, but the key to finding Him is actually seeking Him. Jesus, does not force Himself upon anyone, He does not bribe anyone to come to Him, but He does invite all to come to Him. In fact, He stands at the door and knocks on every heart that has the slightest faith in God, and if they are truly seeking Him, then they will open the door to let Him in, [Revelation 3:20  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.]

David, was not ashamed to let everyone know that Solomon was going to more than just build the temple, he was going to be used by God to bring His own Son into the world. David, also knew that while God is the one who chose Solomon and his lineage to rule Israel, it was all contingent upon Solomon’s faithfulness to God, as well as the rest of Judah’s. However, their peace, prosperity, and protections as a nation was not going to be a solo effort, this was one that needed to be an effort of all the people. Now, David, hands Solomon the plans for the temple and encourages him to move forward.

[1 Chronicles 28:19-21  All this, said David, the LORD made me understand in writing by his hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern.  20  And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.  21  And, behold, the courses of the priests and the Levites, even they shall be with thee for all the service of the house of God: and there shall be with thee for all manner of workmanship every willing skilful man, for any manner of service: also the princes and all the people will be wholly at thy commandment.]

[behold, the courses of the priests and the Levites,] David, assures Solomon that God will be with him to assist and guide him at least until the work of the temple is complete. However, he was going to need the help of the priests and Levites to do accomplish it. We cannot do the work that God calls us to do alone, we need other like minded people of the same faith and faithfulness to God. There is also something else to consider, we will not leave this earth until we have finished the work that God has sent us to do, [Hebrews 12:1-2  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.]

I am sure that David was thinking of his own sons failures who died as a result of not training them up as he ought to have that led him to tell Solomon to make sure that his heart needed to be right with God before he did anything for Him. We cannot hesitate when it comes to God, if we are going to contemplate these things, then all that will do will bring us to question Him all together, which is why David tells him be strong and do the work that was instructed of him to do. However, praying for him was not a bad idea either, in fact, it was probably the most important thing for him to do, which is what he did.

[Psalms 72:1-5,8-9  A Psalm for Solomon. Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king’s son.  2  He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.  3  The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.  4  He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.  5  They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations. 8  He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.  9  They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.]

[judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.] This, of course, is not really Solomon that is being talked about here, it is Jesus. However, he does go on in his prayer to reveal a little bit of prophecy regarding Solomon.

[Psalms 72:11-14,17-20  Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.  12  For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.  13  He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.  14  He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight. 17  His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.  18  Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.  19  And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.  20  The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.]

[He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence:] We somehow get it through our heads that when we mess up we have to make these things work on our own, but that is not the truth. The truth is, we can do nothing without Christ, we need Him every hour of every day, and in everything we do, otherwise, Satan will attempt to lead us away from God’s calling and we could lose out. And if it is not in God’s will, it is not going to happen. While the people were celebrating David making Solomon king, Adonijah and the fools who supported him were oblivious to what was going on until they heard cheering and the sound of a trumpet.

[1 Kings 1:41-43,47-48  And Adonijah and all the guests that were with him heard it as they had made an end of eating. And when Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, Wherefore is this noise of the city being in an uproar?  42  And while he yet spake, behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest came: and Adonijah said unto him, Come in; for thou art a valiant man, and bringest good tidings.  43  And Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah, Verily our lord king David hath made Solomon king. 47  And moreover the king’s servants came to bless our lord king David, saying, God make the name of Solomon better than thy name, and make his throne greater than thy throne. And the king bowed himself upon the bed.  48  And also thus said the king, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which hath given one to sit on my throne this day, mine eyes even seeing it.]

[God make the name of Solomon better than thy name,] David, was the only father to see his son become king as it was he would have died before his son would actually become king. Is it not great how God intervenes, and even though we mess up, He still fulfills His promises to us. It is just like Jesus said about those who receive Him after His passion, [John 14:12-13  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.]

The key to being successful in our calling is not necessarily in what purpose we get out of it, it is in our having allowed God to direct our steps. Whatever it is that God has purposed for us, let us do it with all our might because when we become feeble the only comfort we will have is that we have finished our course pleasing God.

[Psalms 127:1-5  A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.  2  It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.  3  Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.  4  As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.  5  Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.]

[they labour in vain that build it…the watchman waketh but in vain.] The key to being successful in our calling is not necessarily in what purpose we get out of it, it is in our having allowed God direct our steps where He took them. I will tell you that I have been educated in many things from holistic healing to electronic technology, and had many jobs. While everything I experienced was not a complete loss, the reason none of it stuck was that it was not always God’s will for me. Everything we go through actually does have a purpose, and eventually God will tell us what we need to do to fulfill it. Every work that we do, regardless of whether it is serving Him in His ministry or our secular job needs to have God’s hand upon it, otherwise, it is vain, [1 Corinthians 15:10-11  But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.  11  Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.]

Jesus Christ Revealed/Magnified: [Psalms 72:13-14  He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.  14  He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.]

Today’s Prayer: God, You have appointed all of us for some purpose, may we be used to be a testimony of the life You have given us through Your Son, and not an example of what happens if we are not. You are my life, I am nothing apart from You, I do not want riches or fame, all I want is to know Your will for my life and how I am to obtain that. Lord, lead me and guide me, give me Your power to walk with You everywhere I go, the wisdom and understanding to make the right decisions, and give me Your strength and courage to do what You have called me to do. I ask these things in Your name, Jesus. Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,
Christina

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