Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 30, 2015

One Hope, One Tribe, and One City: “one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Kings 11:14-43.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Kings+11&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“29 It came about at that time, when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him on the road.  Now Ahijah had clothed himself with a new cloak;  and both of them were alone in the field.  30 Then Ahijah took hold of the new cloak which was on him and tore it into twelve pieces.  31 He said to Jeroboam, “Take for yourself ten pieces; for thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Behold, I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and give you ten tribes 32 (but he will have one tribe, for the sake of My servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel), 33 because they have forsaken Me, and have worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of Moab, and Milcom the god of the sons of Ammon; and they have not walked in My ways, doing what is right in My sight and observing My statutes and My ordinances, as his father David did.  34 Nevertheless I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand, but I will make him ruler all the days of his life, for the sake of My servant David whom I chose, who observed My commandments and My statutes;  35 but I will take the kingdom from his son’s hand and give it to you, even ten tribes.  36 But to his son I will give one tribe, that My servant David may have a lamp always before Me in Jerusalem, the city where I have chosen for Myself to put My name.  37 I will take you, and you shall reign over whatever you desire, and you shall be king over Israel.  38 Then it will be, that if you listen to all that I command you and walk in My ways, and do what is right in My sight by observing My statutes and My commandments, as My servant David did, then I will be with you and build you an enduring house as I built for David, and I will give Israel to you.  39 Thus I will afflict the descendants of David for this, but not always.’”  40 Solomon sought therefore to put Jeroboam to death;  but Jeroboam arose and fled to Egypt to Shishak king of Egypt, and he was in Egypt until the death of Solomon.

41 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon and whatever he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the acts of Solomon? 42 Thus the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years.  43 And Solomon slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of his father David, and his son Rehoboam reigned in his place.”

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The one hope that Solomon and his descendants had was that they would have one tribe including Jerusalem “the city where I have chosen for Myself to put My name.”  Verses 32 and 36.

So to speak, we too only have one hope, one tribe, one city.  

Our one hope is Christ.  “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”  Hebrews 6:19-20.

Our one tribe is the Church:  “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, …”  1 Peter 2:9.

Our one city is the Heavenly Jerusalem.  We are “… looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”  Hebrews 11:10.  “And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.”  Revelation 21:2.

It is all we need. 

In summary, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;  one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.”  Ephesians 4:4-5. 


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