by George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
Down through the ages many kingdoms have risen and fallen. The word kingdom is made up of two words: king and domain. A kingdom is where the king has dominion. From the beginning God has had a Kingdom for His people. God has planned all the good things for His creation, but time has proven His creation would rather serve the kingdoms of this world, rather than rule and reign in God's Kingdom. When God created Adam, He made him a king.
"And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." Genesis 1:28
God gave Adam complete dominion over His whole creation. He was to subdue (bring into subjection) everything God had created for him to enjoy and prosper. God gave Adam total power and authority. He even allowed Adam to name His whole creation.
"And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof." Genesis 2:19
Adam was given a mind like no one can imagine. He named every beast, bird, fish, tree, and plant. He even named all the insects. God had total faith and trust in Adam's decisions. We discover after sin entered into the Garden, Adam even named his wife Eve. God only gave Adam one restriction that he was not to do:
"And the Lord God commanded the man, saying of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." *** Genesis 2:16-17
This was the only restriction God put in Adam's life. We know the rest of the story. When confronted by God, Adam declared:
". . . the woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat." Genesis 3:12
Not only had Adam rebelled against God's commandment, now he would take no responsibility for his actions, stating it was God's fault he sinned because God had given him the woman. When the woman was questioned, her excuse was:
". . . The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat." Genesis 3:13
Since God created the serpent, therefore it was God's fault the serpent beguiled her. So again God got the blame. In Adam and Eve's eyes, they were not responsible for their actions. Man has not changed today. Most who call themselves Christian do not want to be responsible for their actions. This is why insurance companies build high rise buildings to hold the files of the Adams and Eves in the earth today. There never was a kingdom so easily lost, nor has any man who ever lived fallen further then Adam.
Esau's Lost Kingdom
Another kingdom was lost when Esau sold his birthright to Jacob. Esau was the firstborn of the twins of Isaac and Rebekah. The first born always had the heirship, or when Isaac died Esau would have become the patriarch of the family. He would have become the king of his father's domain.
Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field. Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents, Genesis 25:27. Spiritually speaking, Esau was a man of the world and Jacob was caretaker of the home. Esau came in one day from the field and was hungry. For a mere bowl of beans, Esau sold his birthright (the right of the firstborn) to his brother Jacob. The Word gives us insight into why Esau sold his birthright:
"Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright." Genesis 25:34
Esau despised his birthright. Today many despise their birthright in God. They may not sell out for a bowl of beans, but they do sell out for a bottle of alcohol, a shot of drugs, a fast woman, fast boats, airplanes, a fancy car, or a better job.
Then there came the day Esau was to receive the blessing from his father, Isaac (Isaac is a type of Jesus). Rebekah went to great lengths to deceive her husband so Jacob could receive the blessing. This was accomplished by making savory meat for Isaac, and making Jacob to appear to be Esau. The deception worked, and Isaac blessed Jacob.
Rebekah, like many in the church today, failed to realize Esau could not receive the blessing from Isaac because he had no birthright, so she went about in the flesh to bring about God's purpose.
There are many Rebekahs in the church system today trying to work out their salvation in God in the flesh. They believe their "busy-ness" in God is what He desires from them. They fail to realize their good works and good intentions are not what God desires. Then what does God desire from His people so He can bless them? Their birthright is assured, because as Jesus related:
"Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." John 15:14
We have been assured by Jesus' Word:
"Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you." John 15:15
Everything Jesus hears of His Father, He has made known to us.
When Jacob received the blessing from Isaac, they sent him to Rebekah's people to take a wife. When Esau knew Jacob was going to take a wife, he did what many in the church system allow their children to do:
"And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father; Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham's son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife." Genesis 28:8-9
Esau took wives of the heathen to spite his parents. Then he took more wives:
"Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan; Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Aholibamah the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite:" Genesis 36:2
The Bible warns:
"Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?" II Corinthians 6:14
We are not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. This is especially true in marriage. Esau sold his birthright, lost his father's blessing, became rebellious against his parent's wishes, and lost his inheritance in God. What did God think of Esau? The prophet Malachi records:
"I have loved you, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? Saith the Lord: yet I loved Jacob. And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness." Malachi 1:2-3
God hates those who have squandered their birthright in Him for the things of this life. God laid Esau's mountains (kingdoms) and his heritage (children) waste. How did Esau make out in life after he sold his birthright, lost his blessing, and rebelled against his parents? God allowed us to know the answer to this question in Paul's letter to the Hebrews:
"Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears." Hebrews 12:16-17
Esau was a fornicator who could not be true to his wives. He was also a profane person (a common worldly person). When Esau discovered the error of his ways, he could find no place for repentance, though he sought it with tears. God knew Esau hated his birthright. The Bible is very clear what will become of those who sell their birthright in God.
"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins," Hebrews 10:26
Esau knew his heritage in God. All his life he was told of the righteous ways of his grandfather, Abraham. He knew the righteous ways of his father, Isaac. He knew what his birthright represented, and yet he hated it.
Esau found no place for repentance. When we sin against God and forsake our birthright in Him we are no longer convicted of our sin. When we are no longer convicted of our sin, there is no need to repent. Esau was not convicted of his sin until he lost his father's blessing. Then it was too late, and like many today he rebelled against his father. Esau lost his kingdom. Never has there been a kingdom sold so cheaply.
King Saul's Lost Kingdom
Another person who lost his kingdom was King Saul, Israel's first king. The people demanded that God give them a king as other nations. Even though the prophet Samuel pleaded with the people and warned them about turning their back on God, Israel demanded a king. God chose Saul, the son of Kish, a Benjamite, to be their first king. Samuel spoke the following of Saul:
". . . a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people." I Samuel 9:2
Saul stood head and shoulders above any man in Israel. The only problem with Saul was he had no leadership ability. Israel's king looked good to the people, but he was selfish, and had a persecution complex. When Samuel came to the house of Kish to anoint Saul king over Israel, he could not be found.
"Therefore they inquired of the Lord further, if the man should yet come thither. And the Lord answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff." I Samuel 10:22
Saul not only lacked the qualifications to be king, he had no desire to be king. Desire is the first qualification for leadership. Speaking of the leadership in the church, Paul informed Timothy:
"This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work." I Timothy 3:1
In leadership, one's first and only desire should be to please God. Saul never had a heart to serve God. His whole desire was to serve self.
"Saul reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years over Israel, Saul chose him three thousand men of Israel; whereof two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and in mount Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin: and the rest of the people he sent every man to his tent." I Samuel 13:1-2
Saul chose an army of three thousand men, of which two thousand were with him and one thousand was with his son, Jonathan.
"And Jonathan smote the garrison of the Philistines that was in Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, Let the Hebrews hear." I Samuel 13:3
This was clearly Jonathan's victory. But who desired the credit? Saul had no military expertise. This was God's victory, but who claimed the glory?
"And all Israel heard say that Saul had smitten a garrison of the Philistines, and that Israel also was had in abomination with the Philistines. And the people were called together after Saul to Gilgal." I Samuel 13:4
Saul took all the glory. This was the beginning of Saul's downfall. Isaiah the prophet proclaimed:
"I am the Lord: that is My name: and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images." Isaiah 42:8
Saul wanted all the glory. He would not give credit where credit was due. It was Jonathan who had hazarded his life and the life of his men, yet Saul took all the credit.
"And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering." I Samuel 13:9
Saul was not a priest, and therefore was not to offer sacrifices before the Lord. But he began to get high and lifted up in self. He began to believe anything he did was acceptable before God. How like many big named ministers today. Because the people lift them up, they believe they are acceptable in God's sight.
"And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him. And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash:" I Samuel 13:10-11
When Samuel came, he asked Saul what he had done. Saul began to make excuses. First, it was Samuel's fault because he had not come within the appointed time. Then it was the people's fault because some had left Saul. Then it was the Philistines fault because they had amassed themselves to regain what Jonathan had taken from them. The sure sign of weakness is when a leader will not take responsibility for his actions, and the actions of his people.
"And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which He commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever." I Samuel 13:13
Samuel admonished Saul because he had not kept the commandments the Lord had given him. If he had kept God's commandments, God would have established Saul's kingdom forever,
"But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after His own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over His people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee." I Samuel 3:14
While Saul was taking the glory for Jonathan's victory, and offering an unacceptable sacrifice before the Lord, Samuel was at Jesse's house anointing David to be king over Israel. David was a man after God's own heart.
This was the beginning of Saul's lost kingdom. Saul would reign for some years yet, but he did not learn from his mistakes. Saul, like many today, did not have a repentant heart. He justified every mistake.
There came another time God used Jonathan and his armor bearer in another great victory for Israel:
"And Saul tarried in the uttermost part of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree which is in Migron: and the people that were with him were about six hundred men." I Samuel 14:2
Saul's army of three thousand had dwindled to six hundred. Saul had declared all the people to fast, not knowing Jonathan and his armor bearer were going to engage the Philistines. Because of Jonathan's faith and courage, when he and his armor bearer came to the enemy, God put terror in the enemies' hearts, and they began to kill each other.
"And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked: and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went on beating down one another." I Samuel 14:16
When Saul saw the enemy flee, he and all Israel followed and killed the Philistines. But the people were weakened because of the fast. Again, this was God's victory, for which Saul would take the glory. As Israel followed the Philistines into the woods an honeycomb dropped and Jonathan took his staff and put it in the honeycomb and ate of the honey. The Word records that when he did his eyes were enlightened, I Samuel 14:27. Jonathan knew nothing of the orders of his father to fast. When one of the people informed Jonathan of his father's order, Jonathan's words were:
". . . My father hath troubled the land: see, I pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey." I Samuel 14:29
Jonathan's eyes were enlightened by the honey to see the sins of his father. Honey represents the Word of God. God is trying to enlighten our eyes as to how kingdoms are lost. Because the people were weakened and hungered by the fast . . .
". . . the people flew upon the spoil, and took sheep, and oxen, and calves, and slew them on the ground: and the people did eat them with the blood." I Samuel14:32
God had commanded Israel not to eat meat with the blood in it. He had not ordained Saul's fast, and because of this Saul caused the people to sin, a sin punishable by death. Saul realized what he had done:
"And Saul built an altar unto the Lord: the same was the first altar that he built unto the Lord." I Samuel 14:35
This was Saul's first altar he built to the Lord. Saul was filled with fear because he knew God had forsaken him, and because of the people's weakened condition, they were not able to totally destroy the Philistines. Saul built this altar to the Lord because he knew he had to face the Philistines again in battle.
"And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go down after the Philistines? Wilt thou deliver them into the hand of Israel? But He answered him not that day." I Samuel 14:37
Saul finally got around to asking counsel of God, but God refused to answer him.
"And there was sore war against the Philistines all the days of Saul: and when Saul saw any strong man, or any valiant man, he took him unto him." I Samuel 14:52
Time passed, and God sent Samuel to Saul:
"Samuel also said unto Saul, The Lord sent me to anoint thee to be king over His people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the Lord. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass." I Samuel 15:1 & 3
God gave Saul direct orders that they were to smite Amalek and destroy everything. All the people and all the animals were to be put to the sword. So Saul went up and had total victory over the Amalekites.
"But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly." I Samuel 15:9
God had given Saul a direct order to utterly destroy everything of the Amalekites, but in his greed and lust he refused to destroy the best of the flock. He only allowed the people to destroy the vile and the refuse, keeping everything else for himself. He also refused to kill Agag because he respected Agag's position more than he did the commandment of God.
"Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying, It repenteth Me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following Me, and hath not performed My commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night." I Samuel 15:10-11
God's and Samuel's hearts were grieved because of Saul's failure to follow God's direction. Saul chose to go his own way, and do his own thing.
"And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the Lord: I have performed the commandment of the Lord." I Samuel 15:13
Again, Saul justified his disobedient actions, trying to cover up his sin in the eyes of one who had Spiritual discernment.
"And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?" I Samuel 15:14
Samuel did not need to see the sheep. God had informed Samuel already of what Saul had done. Instead of repenting, Saul said:
". . . They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed." I Samuel 15:15
Saul proclaimed, "They have brought. . .". Again, it was the people who were to blame. Saul took no responsibility for his actions or the people. Saul's excuse was they saved the animals so they could sacrifice unto God. Saul expected Samuel to believe his actions were pure in the sight of God. Samuel admonished Saul:
". . . When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed thee king over Israel?" I Samuel 15:17
When Saul was little in his own eyes. . . Saul was no longer little (unimportant) in his own eyes, he was high and lifted up in self, answerable to no man or to God. Samuel told Saul:
"And the Lord sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed. Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the Lord, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the Lord." I Samuel 15:18-19
Saul did evil in the sight of the Lord. Even when he was confronted with his sin, he tried to justify his actions.
"And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites." I Samuel 15:20
Saul said he had obeyed the voice of the Lord. In the same breath, he declared he brought Agag alive. His words were hollow and his lips did lie. His lie continued:
"But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in Gilgal." I Samuel 15:21
Again, Saul blamed the people for his failure. Again, he confessed God's commandments with his mouth --- that all the animals were to be destroyed.
"And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king." I Samuel 15:22-23
To obey the voice of the Lord is the only sacrifice God demands of us, and it is the only sacrifice acceptable to the Lord. As Samuel informed Saul, rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as iniquity (lawlessness) and idolatry. Because of Saul's rebellion and stubbornness, God rejected him from being king. Saul finally repented:
"And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned; for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice." I Samuel 15:24
Saul feared the people. How many leaders standing in pulpits today fear the people, more than God? They fear the loss of their congregations, the loss of revenue, and the loss of position. Because these pastors refuse to deal with the sin of the people, they rob the people of their inheritance in God. Like Saul, these try to justify their failures. Because of this, the people become more carnal, than Spiritual, and vote them out to hire another hireling. Saul's sin had found him out. He repented with his mouth, but his heart had not changed.
"Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord. And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the Word of the Lord, and the Lord hath rejected thee from being king over Israel." I Samuel 15:25-26
Saul did not want the people to know he had been rejected of the Lord. Samuel informed Saul he had rejected the Word of the Lord. The word rejected goes deeper then just refusing to do as the Lord directs. The word rejected means "to despise and refuse to be obedient." Saul lost his kingdom because he despised direction from God or anyone else. He was disobedient and rebellious. How like many of God's people today. They are disobedient to God's Word and rebellious against all authority. Saul was rejected because he rejected the Word of the Lord. Can the disobedient and rebellious of today expect any less fate than Saul?
When Samuel turned to walk away, Saul took hold of Samuel's mantle and tore it:
"And Samuel said unto him, The Lord hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbor of thine, that is better than thou." I Samuel 15:28
The tearing of Samuel's mantle represents touching God's anointed. This was the last straw. Saul, like many today, did not heed the admonition of the Lord:
"Saying, Touch not Mine anointed, and do My prophets no harm." I Chronicles 16:22
Saul had touched God's anointed:
"And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the Lord repented that He had made Saul king over Israel." I Samuel 15:35
The Lord repented of His decision to give the kingdom to Saul. We know the end of the story. Saul and all his sons were killed by the Philistines. Saul had no qualifications to be king. Today many who stand in the pulpits have no qualifications to be there. Their only hope of success is to yield completely to the voice of the Holy Spirit, yet many reject the Word of the Lord and continue to teach the precepts and doctrines of men. These, like Saul, will lose their kingdom potential.
Solomon's Lost Kingdom
We found that Saul had no leadership qualities, but we discover the next man who lost his kingdom had all the leadership qualities and was given wisdom far above all his peers. Solomon was the son of David. His mother was Bathsheba. It was said of Solomon's birth:
"And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the Lord loved him." II Samuel 12:24
No son ever had a more favorable beginning. He was the son of a beloved king, and his mother was one of the most beautiful women in the kingdom. But most of all it is recorded the Lord loved him. Before David died he made sure Solomon was made king, although Solomon was not his eldest son. When Solomon was made king:
". . . Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places." I Kings 3:3
Solomon loved the Lord, but his heart was not absolutely pure. He sacrificed and burned incense in the high places. Even from the beginning, he took part in idol worship. Even though he loved David his father, he did not walk completely in his footsteps. David proclaimed:
"I will praise Thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto Thee." Psalm 138:1
Instead of Solomon singing God's praises before the gods, he sacrificed and burnt incense (offered praise) before false gods. After Solomon became king, the Lord appeared to him in a dream and asked him, "What shall I give thee?"
"And now, O Lord my God, Thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of Thy people which Thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore Thy servant an understanding heart to judge Thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this Thy so great a people?" I Kings 3:7-9
Solomon realized he was very young to have such responsibility over such a multitude of people. All he asked from the Lord was an understanding heart so he could judge between good and evil. All Solomon desired was to be able to judge the people righteously. The word translated judge has the meaning of "govern."
"And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hath asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days." I Kings 3:10-13
God told Solomon all He would do for him because he did not ask for long life, riches, and the life of his enemies. He promised him a wise and understanding heart, riches, and honour. Who could ask for more? But there was one stipulation:
". . . if thou wilt walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days." I Kings 3:14
God had entered into a covenant relationship with Solomon. A covenant must be kept by both sides, or the covenant is not binding on the covenant maker, which in this case was God Himself. But Solomon had God's promise that if he would walk in His ways, keep His statutes (law) and commandments (hear God's voice), then He would lengthen Solomon's days. But as soon as Solomon became king, he began to play politics:
"Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh's daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he made an end of building his own house, and the house of the Lord, and the wall of Jerusalem round about." I Kings 3:1
Solomon made affinity with the Pharaoh of Egypt. The word affinity means "to make a marriage." Solomon married Pharaoh's daughter. This was a political marriage. It was common in the East, if a ruler did not want trouble with a neighboring country, he would make a political marriage to have a common bond. From the beginning God informed His people that in marriage the man becomes one flesh with his wife, Genesis 2:24.
Egypt represents the world. So he could be politically strong, Solomon became one flesh with the world. This was the beginning of Solomon's downfall. To completely understand where Solomon failed, we must take another look at the commandments God gave Moses concerning Israel when they demanded a king.
"When thou art come unto the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me; Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the Lord thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother. But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt; to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the Lord hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way. Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold." Deuteronomy 17:14-17
These were specific orders given as to how a king was to order his life. The king was not to multiply horses to himself. The Word records:
"And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen." I Kings 4:26
The king was not to lead his people back to Egypt. Yet one of Solomon's first acts was to become politically involved with Egypt. In addition, the king was not to multiply wives unto himself, because, as God warned, they would turn his heart away.
"But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hitites; And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart." I Kings 11:1 & 3
God also commanded a king not to multiply to himself silver and gold because wealth would also turn his heart away from God.
"Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold," I Kings 10:14
The amount of gold Solomon received in one year was six hundred and sixty-six talents --- 666 talents. This is the only place in the Bible the number 666 appears except in Revelation 13. Solomon broke every commandment God spoke to Moses concerning the kings of Israel. Solomon became obsessed with wealth, and what wealth would do. He completely forgot why God gives us the power to get wealth:
"But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day." Deuteronomy 8:18
God gives us the power (ability) to get wealth. Why? It is to establish His covenant. The apostle James admonishes us:
"Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts." James 4:2-3
We need to ask ourselves, "Do we desire wealth to establish God's covenant in the earth, or do we desire it so we can consume it on our own lust?" Solomon desired to consume wealth on his own lust.
". . . Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house." I Kings 7:1
Solomon did not build a home, he built a mansion. With Solomon, his downfall was houses, horses, chariots, and strange wives. Today God's people lust after fine houses and big, expensive cars. Are their hearts any different than Solomon's?
"For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father." I Kings 11:4
From the beginning, Solomon sacrificed and burned incense in the high places. He never separated his heart totally toward God. Every broken commandment of God drew his heart further away, until his heart turned totally away from God.
"For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father. Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon." I Kings 11:5-7
Solomon worshiped all the strange gods of his heathen wives. Solomon, like many today, because they are blessed of God, falsely believe everything they do is acceptable in God's sight.
"And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice," I Kings 11:9
God was angry with Solomon. David, Solomon's father wrote:
"God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry (with the wicked) every day." Psalm 7:11
As we read this Psalm we need to omit the italicized words (with the wicked) because these were added by the translators. David's Psalm should read: "God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry every day." Psalm 7:11. When we do not perform God's Word, then we can expect God's righteous judgment in our lives. God was angry with Solomon, and His judgment was sure.
"And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the Lord commanded. 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." I Kings 11:10-11
Another kingdom lost! Never had a man been so endowed with wisdom, wealth, and God's blessings who failed so miserably. Solomon not only lost his earthly kingdom, he lost his eternal relationship with his heavenly Father. When God blesses us with wealth, power, and authority it does not guarantee we are home free. We must develop our walk and our relationship with the Father of Lights. If we do not do this, we like Solomon will fail.
After Solomon's death, the nation of Israel was split. God gave the ten northern tribes to Jeroboam, the son of Nebat. Jeroboam was Solomon's servant who fled to Egypt. This fulfilled God's promise to Solomon of rending the kingdom from him and giving it to one of his servants.
The death of Solomon was around 930 B.C. When Israel was divided, the ten northern tribes retained the name of Israel. Rehoboam, Solomon's son, was given one tribe, the tribe of Judah. The twelfth tribe, the Levites, had no inheritance in the land. Rehoboam reigned in Jerusalem. Jeroboam set up his kingdom in Ephraim. The ten northern tribes of Israel only lasted two hundred and ten years. During that time Israel had twenty kings. Every one did evil in the sight of the Lord.
To list all the names of Israel's sins would be impossible because there were so many. They became a nation completely devoid of any presence of God, His principles, or His ways. They became worse than the heathens. They had no moral standards. They offered their children as human sacrifices to Molech. They married heathen wives. They became murderers. They openly mocked God and worshiped every false idol of the heathen. Isaiah recorded what their relationship with God had become:
"But they rebelled, and vexed His Holy Spirit: therefore He was turned to be their enemy, and He fought against them." Isaiah 63:10
God had chosen the whole nation of Israel to be His chosen people. Now He had become their enemy to destroy and disperse them all over the earth. In 721 B.C. God allowed the Assyrians to take Israel captive. They moved the heathen into Israel's cities and country side. The land of milk and honey, Israel's promise land was given back to the heathen. Assyria dispersed the ten northern tribes so they would never again become a mighty nation. Judah did not do much better. The prophet Jeremiah gives us insight to both Israel and Judah:
"The Lord said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? She is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot." Jeremiah 3:6
God spoke to Jeremiah that Israel's idol worship was harlotry. Israel had become a whore. We need to know and understand that God considers idol worship whoredom. We also need to know and understand anything can become an idol in our lives: cars, boats, airplanes, houses, jobs, and relationships. Anything that consumes our time and money can become an idol. It does not have to be a statue in the corner. Then Jeremiah speaks about Judah:
"And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto Me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it." Jeremiah 3:7
When Rehoboam and Jeroboam were made kings over their respective kingdoms, Jeroboam did evil immediately, but Rehoboam served the Lord three years in the ways of David, II Chronicles 11:17. When Judah saw Israel go a whoring after other gods, Judah went the same way. God called Judah, Israel's treacherous sister. The word treacherous means "deceitful."
"And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also." Jeremiah 3:8
When God saw Israel had committed adultery, He gave her a bill of divorcement. This meant their dismissal and rejection. Even when God's judgment fell on Israel, and they were taken captive, Judah did not repent, but went a whoring after all the idols Israel and the heathen had served.
"And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks. And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto Me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the Lord. And the Lord said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah." Jeremiah 3:9-11
God declared that Judah never returned to God with their whole heart, but only feignedly. The word feignedly means "deception, disappointment, falsehood, deceit, fraud, in vain, and wrong." Judah is a perfect picture of the church system today. They have learned all the right things to say, but their lives show their deception, deceit, and fraud. Their lives have become a lie. They have taken the name of the Lord in vain. The name of Christ means nothing to them. As Jesus proclaimed:
"This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoureth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." Matthew 15:8-9
Paul put it plainly in his letter to Timothy:
"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." II Timothy 3:5
These only have a form religion. They have no overcoming power in their lives. They are professers, and not possessors. Judah's kingdom lasted one hundred and thirty-five years longer than Israel's, but God allowed the Babylonians to overthrow Judah and carry them captive to Babylon where they would be slaves seventy years. The Lord spoke:
"And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down." II Kings 21:13
Wiping a dish (plate) clean and turning it upside down was an ancient custom of rejection. It meant that person could no longer eat at that table. God rejected both Israel (Samaria) and Judah (Jerusalem). But through Jesus Christ, both have a way back to God's Kingdom. They can be accepted in the eyes of the beloved, but only by the blood of Jesus. As Jesus stated:
" . . I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." John 14:6
No man can come unto the Father, but by Jesus Christ. This includes all of ancient Israel and Judah. Today many still believe the Jews are God's chosen people. We need to know Israel is not the Jews. Israel was a nation of people. The Jews are not a nation, they are a religious order. God chose Israel as His ancient people. He never chose the Jews. Jesus proclaimed when He was addressing the Jews:
"They answered and said unto Him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham." John 8:39
By Jesus' words, we know the Jews were not of Abraham's seed. They had rejected the words of Abraham and the Old Testament and followed the Babylonian Talmud. Therefore Jesus told them:
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." John 8:44
By God's Word we know both Israel and Judah were rejected by God. They lost their kingdoms, and turned away totally from Him. When God sent His only begotten Son to be their Saviour, He was rejected by those to whom He was sent. By Jesus' words we know:
". . . I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Matthew 15:24
The whole house of Israel were lost sheep. Again, they rejected God; and cried out, "Crucify Him!" Jesus did not recognize the Jews as the lost sheep of the house of Israel. He recognized them for what they were, children of their father the devil. The Jews, Pharisees, Sadducees, and Herodians were the religious orders of Jesus' day. He thinks no more of the religious orders of this day than He did in His day.
From the beginning of time, God has labored to find a people He could turn His Kingdom over to. He is looking for a people who are after His own heart, to whom He can call friend and give them His everlasting Kingdom, Daniel 7:27.
Today God's chosen people are His Kingdom people, those who have the Kingdom within, who are clean through and through, who have been washed by the water of the Word. These are those who have matured and can partake of the strong meat of the Word. God has a Kingdom. His Kingdom will be set up on earth. In Jesus' revelation to John on the Isle of Patmos, He declared:
"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever." Revelation 11:15
The Kingdom of God is for His Christ, His anointed ones. God is going to reign through His Christ. The seventh angel sounds the end of God's judgment upon the unsaved. But by Jesus' words, we also know His judgment is going to be upon those who have not come to maturity in this age:
"And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the Kingdom of heaven. But the children of the Kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 8:11-12
This is God's warning to all who do not take the His Word seriously. Those who remain children are those who refuse to live their lives by God's glorious Word. Jesus declared the children of the Kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness, where there will be weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth. This is the wrath of God. Luke even described this event in more detail:
"When once the Master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us: and He shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in Thy presence, and Thou hast taught in our streets. But He shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are: depart from Me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the Kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out." Luke 13:25-28
God has a Kingdom for His people. This Kingdom is for all who desire to enter in. But there are terms and conditions we must meet if we are to sit down in the Kingdom with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all God's prophets and saints. The price is high. It means giving up everything and dying to self. This is why Jesus proclaimed:
"Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Luke 12:32-34
If our hearts (our minds) are on the treasures we have in this life, then we have no treasure in heaven (the Spiritual realm of God). Jesus proclaimed His Kingdom was for the little flock. The Kingdom is not for the called. The Kingdom is for the chosen. By Jesus' words we know:
"For many are called, but few are chosen." Matthew 22:14
Today many believe because they go to church and call themselves Christians, they are home free. The teaching that states God accepts you as you are is true, but He also accepts you as you are to change you into His image and likeness. If we refuse His transforming, even though we are called, we will not be chosen to walk into His New Day.
Peter, who was given the keys to the Kingdom, spoke of many lost kingdoms:
"For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;" II Peter 2:4 - 8
We need to ask ourselves, "Is our righteous soul vexed with the world, ungodly, unethical, and immoral activities, or do we just go along?" All these, including the angels, lost their place and promise in God. John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way for Jesus. He warned all who came to be baptized:
"And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire." Matthew 3:10
John was referring to God's people as trees. We are called trees of righteousness. If we do not produce the good fruit of the Spirit in our lives, then we will be hewn down and cast into the fire. The fire is the judgment or wrath of God.
God has a Kingdom to be gained or lost. God has given us many examples in His Word of lost kingdoms, and why they were lost. We can learn from the failures God has recorded in His Word, or we will be destined to repeat them. It is the Father's good pleasure to give us the Kingdom.
He has given us all the tools to accomplish this. The tools He has given us come through the Holy Spirit anointing. We can use them or deny them. What we do with God's tools determines our fate.
Will we enter into the Kingdom walking and leaping and praising God, or will we be cast out into outer darkness, where there will be weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth. The choice is ours to make --- a kingdom lost or eternity gained.
This is the day we need to choose if we are going to walk in the ways of God or the ways of the world. We need to heed the words of Joshua, the great man of God:
"And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15
As Joshua proclaimed, "Choose you this day whom you will serve." Will you serve the idols of the heathen, or will you serve God? Joshua's heart was set. He, and his whole house, would serve the living God. Joshua will sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of God. Will you be there?
The following is an outline of the contents of this book for Further Discussion:
The Kingdoms of This World or God's Glorious Kingdom
Subdue and Take Dominion
Adam and Eve's Lost Kingdom
Esau's Lost Kingdom
King Saul's Lost Kingdom
Solomon's Lost Kingdom
Israel's Idol Worship
Israel's Treacherous Sister, Judah
The Lost Sheep of the Whole House of Israel
The Lost Children of the Kingdom
"Who Are God's Chosen People?"
"Fear Not Little Flock"
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give