Sunday service, Detlef Stegen, 23 Sep 2018
(Also the birthday 90th of uncle Heino Stegen)
Before the service Mr Tobie Vermaak reported back on their recent trip to Mocambique, where Rev Erlo Stegen opened the new church building. He preached on the two baskets of figs (Jer 24), one basket very good figs and the other basket very bad figs. Which basket does your life represent, the good or the bad figs. However, thank God, even if your life is characterised by bad figs, you can bring it to the Cross of Jesus and He can change your life to bring forth good fruit. The people understood the illustration very well and many of the approximately 800 people attending, expressed their appreciation.
1Ki 3:11 – 13
11 And God said to him, Because your request is for this thing, and not for long life for yourself or for wealth or for the destruction of your haters, but for wisdom to be a judge of causes; 12 I have done as you said: I have given you a wise and far-seeing heart, so that there has never been your equal in the past, and never will there be any like you in the future. 13 And with this I have given you what you made no request for: wealth and honour, so that no king was ever your equal.
Solomon was the son of King David and Bathsheba. We can thank God that He makes all things new and lets us triumph. The son born due to sin died. But her next son was Solomon. God loved Solomon. And He appeared to him at night and asked him what he wanted. And Solomon asked for wisdom and God granted him his wish, and added riches and honour too.
David sought to impress God’s ways on his son. Read Ps 71 and 72 where David instructed Solomon, and prayed that God would not forsake him in old age.
But even though Solomon was so wise, yet in his old age he loved many foreign women and forsook God. And God judged Solomon, so that his kingdom was divided in the days of his son. Man deludes himself if he thinks God will keep His side of the bargain while he forsakes God’s ways.