Dedication – Part 6
BY THIS GODLY COVENANT MANY OF DAVID’S OFFSPRING THRIVED WHERE THEY WOULD HAVE MET THEIR WATERLOO
When Solomon ascended the throne, he started well. Twice, he witnessed God’s presence physically, heard His voice as Moses did and spoke with God face to face. But in spite of these encounters, he later married many foreign wives in total rebellion to God’s ordinances that warned his people not to multiply wives or marry strange women.
“But King Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in unto them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave to these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines, and his wives turned away his heart.” 1 Kings 11 v 1 – 3
Solomon went further to raise altars to foreign gods and build temples for them. His wives turned away his heart to foreign gods.
“…For Solomon went after Asteroth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammorites…then did Solomon build an high place for chermosh, the abomination of Moab… and for Molech… and likewise did he for all his strange wives”. 1 Kings 11 v 5- 8.
Solomon also used his fellow countrymen as slaves, conscripting them to build his palace, God’s temple and all his building projects, which were never ending. Hence when he died his subjects ran to his son with a request of reprieve.
“Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat THE GRIEVOUS SERVITUDE of thy father AND HIS HEAVY YOKE”. 2 Chronicles 10 v 4
Because of all these atrocities God was angry with Solomon and would’ve wiped him off the face of the earth.
“Wherefore the Lord said unto Solomon… I will surely rend the kingdom from thee… Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it FOR DAVID THY FATHERS SAKE: but I will rend away all the kingdom but will give one tribe to thy son FOR DAVID MY SERVANTS SAKE. But he shall have one tribe FOR MY SERVANT DAVID’S SAKE. Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand: but I will make him prince all the days of his life FOR DAVID MY SERVANTS SAKE. And unto his son will I give one tribe THAT DAVID MY SERVANT MAY HAVE A LIGHT ALWAY BEFORE ME IN JERUSALEM.” 1 Kings 11 v 11-13, 32, 34, 36
A similar account can be given of Abijah the fourth generation from David.
“Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam…Abijah reigned over Judah. And he walked in all the sins of his father…and his heart was not perfect with the LORD HIS GOD, as the heart of David his father. NEVERTHELESS, FOR DAVID’S SAKE did the Lord give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him and to establish Jerusalem.” 1 Kings 15 v 1, 3-5
When Hezekiah was surrounded by the Assyrian army, he cried out unto the Lord and God answered him.
“I will defend this city to save it for my own sake, AND FOR MY SERVANT DAVID’S SAKE.” Isa. 37 v 35
As such, the life of an entire nation was saved and prolonged. God released one angel who slew 185,000 of the Assyrian army. The purpose of dedication is for you to enter into covenants with God that will affect you and your subsequent generations positively.
“And the Lord said unto Jehu, because thou has done well in executing that which is right in mine eye, and has done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, THY CHILDREN TO OF THE FOURTH GENERATION SHALL SIT ON THE THRONE OF ISRAEL.” 2 Kings 10 v 30.
Take a close look at this: “He hath remembered his covenant forever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; and confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant,” Psalms 105 v 8 -10.
Abraham as the father of faith did what David did; he established a godly covenant with Jehovah that affected his offspring generationally, even up to this present day. The Jews are surviving and thriving by virtue of the Abrahamic covenant.
“Now all these things happened unto them for ensample and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 2 Corinthians 11 v 11
You should go and do likewise.
Rev. Theodore Effiong, Assemblies of God Church, Calabar or Prayer To All Nations (PTAN), Prayer City, Calabar. C
Phone – +234 9030012007, +234 7031921770
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