Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 18, 2015

“Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Kings Chapter 7.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Kings+7&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Now Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.  2 He built the house of the forest of Lebanon; its length was 100 cubits and its width 50 cubits and its height 30 cubits, on four rows of cedar pillars with cedar beams on the pillars.  3 It was paneled with cedar above the side chambers which were on the 45 pillars, 15 in each row.  4 There were artistic window frames in three rows, and window was opposite window in three ranks.  5 All the doorways and doorposts had squared artistic frames, and window was opposite window in three ranks.

6 Then he made the hall of pillars;  its length was 50 cubits and its width 30 cubits, and a porch was in front of them and pillars and a threshold in front of them.

7 He made the hall of the throne where he was to judge, the hall of judgment, and it was paneled with cedar from floor to floor.

8 His house where he was to live, the other court inward from the hall, was of the same workmanship.  He also made a house like this hall for Pharaoh’s daughter, whom Solomon had married.

9 All these were of costly stones, of stone cut according to measure, sawed with saws, inside and outside; even from the foundation to the coping, and so on the outside to the great court.

10 The foundation was of costly stones, even large stones, stones of ten cubits and stones of eight cubits.  11 And above were costly stones, stone cut according to measure, and cedar.  12 So the great court all around had three rows of cut stone and a row of cedar beams even as the inner court of the house of the Lord, and the porch of the house.

13 Now King Solomon sent and brought Hiram from Tyre.  14 He was a widow’s son from the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in bronze;  and he was filled with wisdom and understanding and skill for doing any work in bronze.  So he came to King Solomon and performed all his work.

51 Thus all the work that King Solomon performed in the house of the Lord was finished.  And Solomon brought in the things dedicated by his father David, the silver and the gold and the utensils, and he put them in the treasuries of the house of the Lord.”  1 Kings Chapter 7:  Verses 1-14 and 51.

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King Solomon was wise and skillful in building both the house of the LORD and in building his own house.  Hiram of Tyre was also wise and skillful in making the bronze items for the house of the LORD.

We too may be wise and skillful literally or figuratively in building our house.  Figuratively, we may have our finances in perfect order.  We may have our health in perfect shape.  We may have well-behaved children in the best schools.  We may live in a dream home in the best neighborhood.

But, if the LORD has not blessed us and built our house for us, it is all for naught.

“1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman keeps awake in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.

3 Behold, children are a gift of the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.

4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.

5 How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies in the gate.”  Psalm Chapter 127.

Other doctrine focuses on the will and skill of man.

But, Reformed Doctrine focuses on the will and skill of God.

Other doctrine focuses on what man does for God.

But, Reformed Doctrine focuses on what man receives from God.

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house;  and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.  Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.  The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house;  and it fell—and great was its fall.”  Matthew 7:24-27.

Which doctrine is built “on the rock”?

Other doctrine built on man’s alleged free-will?

Or, Reformed Doctrine built by God through His Almighty Actions specified in “TULIP”?


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