I did speak of this in my last blog how that Solomon married many wives and they tempted him to make idols to their foreign gods.  Sometimes children suffer because of the waywardness of a parent especially the man.  Now it was time to hand the kingdom over to his son Rehoboam.  What he didn’t know was that God had already determined to separate the kingdoms into two parts because of Solomon’s disobedience.
I am speaking about this from we who are parents (I have made mistakes too) who must be careful how we conduct our lives.  Solomon’s disobedience not only affected his son, but generations to come.
Rehoboam’s life was not an upturn either.  In a kingdom when things begin to slide it goes down first. We must also be careful of this in church life and also in our own family life.  Here I would like to quote Hebrews 2:1-3, “Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things lest we drift away.” Then to verse 3, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation.” We must give this attention or we will drift.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
In I Kings 3 we are told about the beginning of the reign of Solomon.  With my knowledge of God as far as the Old Testament I am not sure of some of the first acts of Solomon.  However I don’t know if I have a good way of judging either.  Now Solomon went to a high place which is questionable.  The high places seemed to have a mixture of truth of God and idol worship (error).  It kind of reminds me of the Christmas season before us.  We just finished Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  I wonder how many of these people were thinking of Christ who became a Man laid as a baby in the Stable manger in Bethlehem. 
Solomon after making one thousand animal sacrifices was told by god to make a wish.  He makes a good choice and that is because he is young he needs wisdom to be able to run the nation left by his father, David.  God was pleased that he did not ask for riches and honor.  God gives him the wisdom he needs but also gives him riches too.  Solomon becomes, as man knows, the wisest man of his time.
Now what does that speak to me? In James 1:5 it is said, “If any of you lacks wisdom let him ask of God who gives to all men liberally and upbraideth not and it shall be given him.”
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
It seems to me that David had already purposed that Solomon was to be king in his place.  However there was a plot that another son of David, Adonijah who was seeking to be king. He was the oldest of David’s sons but not the one David purposed to be king.  Perhaps we could use the word logical here but god does not follow logic the ways we do.  Also I cannot always have my own answer to all the logic of the Bible especially some of god’s ways of the Old Testament.  I possibly would have thought about the affair of David and Bathsheba, the killing of her husband, the death of the illegitimate child and now Solomon her son.  When I see these things I say, “This is my God. I want to know Him better than I do.”
God’s ways are not always my ways.  They are as high as the Heavens and the Earth.  Now as I look at myself.  If I were God would I have chosen me to preach His word calling me away from constant drunkenness and chasing women?  This grace may well have been greater than David’s, but here I am so I must constantly preach the very word by which I am saved.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling  

 
What is here in our beginning verses today is that all the flesh eating birds are called to a feast of the captain and armies of those that came against Israel and were destroyed on the mountains east of Israel.  My interest is that these carrion birds are called together in the same manner in Revelation 19:17-18.  It is because of the destruction of kings and armies that came against Christ in that chapter.  However  I have never felt that this was the same incident and our story here should happen before Christ comes to reign.
What I do want to say is that God says in verse 21 that  he will set his glory among the nations and that all the nations will see his judgement which he will  exert upon them. This could be at the same time that God the Father said to Jesus Christ the son of David in Psalms 110:1, "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool."  After that we find the call to the carrion eating birds.
After this it is all about peaceful Israel and God's love for them.  Now what is my attitude towards Israel? Is there peace in my heart when I think about God's ancient people?
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
Although I am only supposed to write about verses 13-23 the whole chapter 38 shows us that God is in complete control.  I have heard preachers expound this and I did write a commentary possibly about 30 years ago but to say I have this one altogether I cannot.  However it is true because Ezekiel says, “The word of the LORD came to me.” This brings me to what John says in his first chapter, “In the beginning was the Word.  This Word was God and created all things and was made flesh and dwelt among us.”
God says, “I will put hooks in your jaws.” Much of this can be symbolism however.  Then in our verses today we have the nations to the west saying, “Is this what you are intending to do?”
Notice when God speaks of what He will do the word I is used.  He also uses the words My jealousy and My wrath.  What can be blind rage and purpose in the heart of man can be fulfilling what God is intending.  This speaks volumes to me as I spend time in the Word of God. The end is, “They shall know that I am the LORD.”
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
It was because of Solomon's disobedience Israel was separated to the Northern kingdom and Judah the Southern kingdom.  Israel was designed to be one nation from Abraham.  This prophesy from verse 15-28 speaks of a time when Israel will be put back together again.  Can God do it? He certainly can.  When we look at the New Testament especially the book of Revelation we will know it will happen.  I would like to say it is all because of Christ, but I don't have space enough to tell you that here.
You will notice that all those sticks have a name Judah, Ephraim, Joseph etc...  also as you look at the former chapters the people were to ask what all this meant. 
Now I want to explain that Ezekiel was to not only tell them that it would happen, but why it would happen.  As I want to use this in my own thought too.  I not only must read the Bible with the purpose of heart as to not only what will happen, but why.  Then we will tell people what will happen and in many cases why.  
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
When Abraham was called, God began with one man a people for His name.  In the course of years Israel failed miserably.  In our verses today the word of God came to Ezekiel.  He speaks to him how His anger was kindled about how they lived disgracing God all the way.  This anger goes to verse 23.
Then in verses 24 on, God says all good things about the distant future of Israel because He has done it.
Now as I look at the future of our present Christianity I find there are glorious things coming too.  However I believed God may have been a little perturbed at some of the things that have happen in past and present Christianity.  The parables of Matthew 13 and Revelation 2 & 3 give accurate descriptions of our present day Christianity.  However I must look into my spiritual mirror all the time to see where I am in all this.
​Written by Pastor Curt Darling

Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
First of all Ezekiel is given a commission to go to the Israelites. God says to him that it isn’t going to be pleasant because of their rebellious ways and their words might sting a little. I have been fortunate to have worked around Christians for the last 60 years, but I do know that in many parts of the world even Christians are not that fortunate.  However these people Ezekiel was to go to were God’s ancient people. They should have been different.
What he was to speak to them was the very words of God.  Now he saw a hand with the scroll of a book in the hand.  In that book were lamentations and mourning and woe.  God then tells Ezekiel to eat the scroll.  He did and it was as sweet as honey in his mouth.
What is God demonstrating to him?  To devour the book means to digest everything in it.  The same should be with our Bibles.  I have sought to devour it and digest it.  Sometimes it is sweet as honey and there is bitterness there too.  The whole 66 books are there for me to devour and shame on me if I don’t.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
The first thing I would note that Ezekiel was a captive.  He then speaks of the heavens opened and seeing visions of God. 
Ezekiel then says about the Word of the Lord coming to him.  I want to note here that when the Bible was complete (Old Testament first then New Testament later) we have enough to live a holy life before God.  There is no excuse because the book is not that large and we need to get a translation that is understandable.  However we will probably never master it.
​This may be a parallel to Psalm 137 which begins with, "by the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down year we wept when we remembered Zion." We could look at that Psalm as a big minus but Ezekiel was getting a big plus.  What a vision that was.  He said that was visions of God.  
I would at this time attempt to say what these four living creatures are all about with their four different faces and their straight forward movements.  Just read and study the whole picture.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
I find a truth in these verses that if a person is set against God, and now in our generation Christ Jesus, nothing seems to be able to persuade him to the truth.  Abraham's true children would have accepted Him.  Jesus accuses them about being from their father the devil.
In saying the above, the Bible presents the fact that the people of the world fall into two families.  Those hearing Christ (family of God) and those who have nothing to do with Him (family of the devil). I suppose I should say here, "Where do you fit in?"
No one of them could convict Jesus of sin because there was no sin ever in Him.  2 Corinthians 3:21 says that He knew no sin meaning that He was not even attracted to sin.  Jesus accused them of not hearing God's words.  This meant what Jesus spoke were God's words.  I want to always hear what God has to say to me.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling