the lord tests the heart
By Michael Farbstein
June 12, 2020
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1 Kings 9:1-10:29
In today’s passages, we see a stark contrast between the great King Solomon of 1 Kings 9-10 and the Ethiopian eunuch of Acts Chapter 8.
Solomon is the builder of the God’s temple, and the richest man of all time. He is much like Adam in the Garden of Eden. He was given access to vast resources, and the wisdom and power to create and accomplish whatever he set out to do. God entrusts him with much, but asks that he “walk before me faithfully with integrity of heart and uprightness, as David your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws.”
The Ethiopian Eunuch is a servant. Commentators say that the combination of "eunuch" together with the title "court official" indicates a literal eunuch, who would have been excluded from the Temple by the restriction in Deuteronomy 23:1. Much has been taken from the Eunuch, while much was given to Solomon. Solomon built the temple; the Eunuch cannot set foot in it.
But it is the Eunuch who longs for God, just as David did (see Psalm 130). The Eunuch studies the Book of Isaiah without the aid of the interpretation of the Temple priests and rabbis, which were denied to him by his unfortunate circumstances. He eagerly responds when the Apostle Philip explains its meaning, and shares the Gospel with him. We see the Eunuch “rejoicing” at God’s provision. Solomon went on to worship foreign gods.
“The Lord tests the heart.” [Pro.17:3] I hope and pray that my day to day comforts and achievements do not blind me to a heartfelt allegiance to the Lord.
If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
— Psalms 130: 3-4
Prayer to start with: Read Psalm 130 again as you begin. Lord, give me the heart of David. Thank you for your provision in my life. Thank you for my circumstances. Thank you for how you draw me to you.