Thy Strong Word reveals the light of our salvation in Christ through study of God’s Word, breaking our darkness with His redeeming light. Each weekday, two pastors fix our eyes on Jesus by considering Holy Scripture, verse by verse, in order to be strengthened in the Word and be equipped to faithfully serve in our daily vocations.
Thy Strong Word is hosted by Rev. Brady Finnern, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Sartell, MN, and graciously underwritten by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation.
1 Kings 9: The LORD appeared to Solomon
Rev. Curtis Deterding, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Myers, FL, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 1 Kings 9.
The LORD appeared to Solomon a second time, I Kings 3:5 was the first. He brings beautiful words of promise, “I have heard your prayer”, “I will be putting my name there forever”, and in faith, “I will establish your throne over Israel forever.” Yet, there is a big “IF” inserted. If he is not faithful, there will be destruction, slavery, and disaster. The LORD shows the seriousness of our sins. Our sins can lead us away from Him, which not only separates us from our loving God now, but can also separate us from Him forever. Thanks be to God in Christ whose love is beyond any love on earth, may He help us to rest in that grace. “O Holy Spirit, incline our hearts back to You. Keep us in the one true faith that we may find rest for our souls and trust in Your powerful name. In Your name, Amen”
1 Kings 8:54-66: The LORD blesses through Solomon
Rev. David Fleming, associate pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Executive Director of Spiritual Care with DOXOLOGY, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 1 Kings 8:54-66. Learn more about DOXOLOGY and the Respite Retreats for pastors at doxology.us.
Solomon blessed and made peace offerings for God’s people. He asked the LORD to be with them, to keep them in the faith, and that the Word may be near to them. This is our prayer for ourselves, our families, and our church. The next time your pastor gives the benediction at the end of service, pay extra attention to the enactment of God’s Word for you and receive this good gift of blessing from Him. “Lord God, Heavenly Father, as You blessed the Israelites through Solomon, bless us by placing Your name upon us. Be near us, keep us in the faith, and the Word be near to our hearts. Lord help us. Amen”
1 Kings 8:22-53: It’s time to pray.
Rev. Kevin Parviz of Congregation Chai V Shalom, St. Louis, Missouri joins host Rev. Brady Finnern of Messiah Lutheran, Sartell, MN to study 1 Kings 8:22-53.
It’s time to pray. Solomon stood before the Lord’s altar with all of Israel and pleaded with the LORD. He asked for the Lord’s mercy to help them be faithful as He was faithful, faith for the unbelievers, forgiveness when we sin, and providence in all trials (especially in famine, pestilence, blight, drought, and battle). We ask the LORD to help us to pray to Him who if faithful, not just in case brokenness comes because it will. “O Holy Spirit, help us to pray as sin comes before us. When this occurs, give us the words of Solomon that we may look to You and that Your grace will be upon us. Lord have mercy. Amen”
1 Kings 8:1-21: The presence of God who keeps His promises
Rev. Jason Shockman of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, West Salem, WI joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 1 Kings 8:1-21.
The temple is ready. The ark of the covenant is in the Holy Place and leaders and many nations gather to see the place that God would dwell. Solomon reminds the people that it is the LORD that keeps HIs promises and they are able to see God’s handiwork that brings hope for the future. We pray for the same reflection to remember that God keeps His promises and we can look forward in hope that our temple, the LORD JESUS, is the final sacrifice for our sins. “Lord God, You dwell among us, and in a world that does not keep their promise, You are faithful until the end. Point our eyes back to You that we may live according to Your will. In Christ, Amen”
1 Kings 7:13-51: The temple, the palace, the furnishings...Oh my!
Rev. Timothy Sims of St. John Lutheran Church in Chester, IL joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 1 Kings 7:13-51.
Bronze pillars, stands, sea of cast metal, oxen, cherubim, palm trees, and lions...oh my. The LORD gave Solomon a very detailed list of furnishings to assure that everyone knew where to be made clean by the water and the bloody sacrifices. In the Temple everything was covered by gold, showing the purity and sacredness of God’s presence. We may not have churches made of gold, but we do have the presence of our LORD whose blood cleanses us from all sin. Come into the presence of the LORD around the Word to receive a glimpse of what it was like in the Temple and what it will be like in heaven.
1 Kings 7:1-12: Building the Palace
Rev. Gregory Alms of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Catonsville, MD joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 1 Kings 7:1-12.
The Temple has been built after seven years of work. As Solomon was a King he was to make a place to live, work, and care for his family. It reminds us much of our own country’s political centers: The White House, the Capital, the supreme court chambers, the house, and the senate. These places are where the LORD guides our nations to keep order and peace. Paul encourages Timothy to pray for everyone, especially kings and all who are in high positions, so should we pray for our leaders and ask for the same wisdom that the LORD granted to Solomon. “Heavenly Father, we bring to You our political leaders: President, Vice-President, Governors, Senators, Congressmen, and local leaders. As they do Your work of keeping order, fill them with wisdom and faith. Lord have mercy. Amen”
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