1 Kings 9; 2 Chronicles 8; 1 Timothy 5

At the end of twenty years, in which Solomon had built the house of the LORD and his own house, Solomon rebuilt the cities that Hiram had given to him and settled the people of Israel in them. 2 Chronicles 8:1-2 ESV

At the beginning of 2 Chronicles 8, Solomon has finished his major building projects and the people of Israel are settled. The rest of the chapter recounts some more of accomplishments of Solomon, from building and fortifying cities to appointing divisions of priests.

The LORD appeared to Solomon…And the LORD said to him, “I have heard your prayer and your plea, which you have made before me. And as for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked…I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David… 1 Kings 9:2-5 ESV

After Solomon finished the LORD’s house, his palace, and his other building projects, the LORD appears to him for the second time. This time the LORD declares that He will fulfill His promise, the permanent establishment of David’s royal throne, as long as David’s sons follow Him. However, God warns that if David’s sons turn away from Him, He will cut Israel off from the land He gave them.

In 1 Timothy 5, Paul gives Timothy some rules and warnings for the Church, just as God gave rules and warnings to Solomon. After his instructions, Paul charges Timothy to keep them fairly.

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality. Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure. The sins of some men are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later. So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are no cannot remain hidden. 1 Timothy 5:21-22, 24-25 ESV

Paul warns against treating people within the church unfairly due to prejudice or partiality. He also tells him to keep himself pure, not engaging in the sins of others. Paul knew there would be times in Timothy’s life, just like there are times in mine, when others tempt you to sin. I am instructed, just as Timothy was, to keep myself pure and to not take part in their sin.

Dear God, please help me follow You and Your ways, instead of following others into sin. Please also help me to treat others fairly and without partiality, just as Timothy was instructed to. In Your Holy Name, Amen.

Nathanael (nborger2017)

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