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Children's Sermons in i Kings Through Job

Children's Sermons in i Kings Through Job

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EDITED BY SIR W. ROBERTSON NICOLL, M.A., LL. D.


THE FIRST BOOK OF KINGS



SOLOMON AT GIBEON
EDITED BY SIR W. ROBERTSON NICOLL, M.A., LL. D.


THE FIRST BOOK OF KINGS



SOLOMON AT GIBEON

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CHILDRE'S SERMOS I I KIGS THROUGH JOBEDITED BY SIR W. ROBERTSO ICOLL, M.A., LL. D. THE FIRST BOOK OF KIGS SOLOMO AT GIBEO I Kings hi. 5-15. There was a farmer who had a very beautiful farm. Somebody said to him : — ' Farmer, what makes your farm so nice ? How is it you have such a very good farm ? ' The farmer said, ' I don't know. I only i<now one thing — I take very great care of the lambs.' I wish I might be able to say that I take very great care of the lambs ! We are going to think about Solomon and Gideon. Let me tell you a little about Solomon. What do you think the word means ? ' Solomon ' means ' peace,' and ' Jedidiah ' means the ' loved of the Lord '. The two together signifying ' God's darling '. Those are his two names. When he was a boy his tutor was athan. He taught Solomon many things. I cannot quite tell you how old he was at the time when we are going to think about him. I know he was ten years old when Absalom died. The Jews tell us he was very handsome, and if we are right to think, as many do, that the forty-fifth Psalm is about Solomon, and the Song of Solomon also, then we have a literal description of him. The forty-fifth
 
Psalm and the Song of Solomon were all about Jesus Christ, but they were, perhaps, about Solomon also. He was, like his father David, ' very ruddy '. He had got black hail', black as a raven's beak ; and he was very merry, very happy, and good, ' he was anointed with the oil of gladness '. He was very wise as a boy, and very good. We are going to speak a little about his being a wise boy, but I cannot quite tell you how old he was at the time we are going to think of him. But he was just made king. He went to Gibeon, a place near Jerusalem. And one night, when asleep at Gibeon, God spoke to him. Do you remember the one hundred and twenty-seventh Psalm ? There is a verse there I will read to you : 'It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrow; for so He giveth His beloved sleep'. In the German Bible it reads, 'So He gives to His beloved while they are sleeping'. And the Psalm is called, 'The llsalm of Solomon'. And many think that verse was written because God did give Solomon something while he was sleeping. So he gives to ' His darling ' His Jedidiah. We are goini>- to think about that — God giving something to iiolomon while he ivas asleep. While Solomon was at Gibeon, God spoke to him in the night, and God said to him, ' Ask what I shall give thee'. Solomon had to make the choice. I wonder what you would have chosen if God had said that to you. ow we will think about what Solomon says. He had to make a choice. He had all the world to choose from. God said, ' Anything you like, ask, and I will give it to you '. It is a very difficult thing to make a good choice. There are
 
three very good choices in the Bible, and two very bad, and two where the persons did not choose at all. Think of the three good choices. Moses made a very good choice when he did ' not choose to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter' — i.e., to be called 'heir to the kingdom,' which he could have been ; but ' chose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God '. That was a good choice, and God blessed him. Joshua made a very good choice when he told the people, ' Choose you this day whom ye will serve '. / have made m,y choice : ' As for me and my house we will serve the Lord '. And David made a very good choice when he said, when trouble was coming, ' Let me fall into the hand of the Lord, and not into the hand of man '. These were tliree good choices. Poor Eve made a bad choice when she chose the tree that was 'good for food, and pleasant to the eyes,' instead of ' the tree of life '. Lot made a bad choice when he chose pretty Sodom and Gomorrah, though the people were very wicked, because there was plenty of fruit and good grapes. These are the two had choices. But what do I mean by saying there were two that would not choose at all ? What did St. Paul say? He did not know whether to live or die. He said, ' What I shall choose I wot not ; for I am in a strait betwixt two '. So he would not choose at all, but left God to choose for him.

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