The crazy things we do for love, right? Look at this passage, and try to see if you can find what’s wrong with it
Now (A)King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, (B)“You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love.
1 Kings 11:1-2
It begins and ends with love, did you notice? If there is love, What could possibly be wrong here? If Scripture exposes what’s in king Solomon’s heart, and since he stands in contrasts (our key word for this series) with King Jesus… Have you ever wonder what is in Jesus’ heart?
In Scripture we read about the content of our King’s heart. We read that some times He expresses deep compassion, like in the Beatitudes and when He laments over Jerusalem. In other occasions, His displeasure is evident, like when we pronounces woes against Scribes and Pharisees.
But according to the Bible, there is one thing that is above all the rest, in our King’s heart.
There is something that moves and influences everything He does.
And not, it is not us.
In contrast with king Solomon, whose heart was going against what the Lord prescribed (yep, love is not a good reason to follow what God clearly prohibits) , we can rest assured that the heart of our King is always in the right place. And at the very top of that heart is a deep love for His glory and honor.
Yes, the Beauty of Jesus Christ is fuelled by His desire of making it clear : there is no other one like Him.
And out of that desire to show His glory flows His sweet, persistent, secured, intentional, never-changing love for His people. His love for us is secured, not because of our performance, but because by loving us He clearly displays His glory.
Of course, He being like no other, His love for His people is also like no other love. His love can actually restore us back to Him. But, How? How is that possible? Since our condition without Him is so bad, due to our sin, that even our ability to love is stained (remember Solomon?), How is ti possible for His love to restore us?
The answer is simple and crazy: Because He gave Himself for us.
His righteousness is imputed on us, our sin was imputed on Him.
I have been (AJ)crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives (AK)in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, (AL)who loved me and (AM)gave himself for me.
8 (A)I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that (B)though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
2 Corinthians 8:8-9
That, beloved, is what is at our King’s heart.
Gracia & Paz