Our goodness is the enemy of God’s best for us
1Kings 1-2 / Acts 10-12

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1:32-35 Then King David ordered, “Call Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada.” When they came into the king’s presence, the king said to them, “Take Solomon and my officers down to Gihon Spring. Solomon is to ride on my personal mule. There Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet are to anoint him king over Israel. Then blow the trumpets and shout, `Long live King Solomon!’ When you bring him back here, he will sit on my throne. He will succeed me as king, for I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and Judah.”


10:15 The voice spoke again, “If God says something is acceptable, don’t say it isn’t.”

11:19-24 Meanwhile, the believers who had fled from Jerusalem during the persecution after Stephen’s death traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch of Syria. They preached the Good News, but only to Jews. However, some of the believers who went to Antioch from Cyprus and Cyrene began preaching to Gentiles about the Lord Jesus. The power of the Lord was upon them, and large numbers of these Gentiles believed and turned to the Lord. When the church at Jerusalem heard what had happened, they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw this proof of God’s favor, he was filled with joy, and he encouraged the believers to stay true to the Lord. Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith. And large numbers of people were brought to the Lord.

OT Flash Points

Solomon’s reign begins, installed by King David

NT Flash Points

Peter is sent to Cornelius’ house, God begins to save gentiles
Antioch became the center of growth
Barnabas, then both he and Paul, preached there for a year
Peter is put in prison but is released by an angel
Herod, accepting the people’s worship is eaten by worms


Living the life of faith – choosing God’s choice
Enemy of God’s best for me – good choices made on my own

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