1 Kings 14:1–15:24; Acts 10:1-23; Psalm 133:1-3; Proverbs 17:7-8
The Kings Slept with Their Fathers and Their Sons Reigned in Their Stead
And the days which Jeroboam reigned were two and twenty years: and he slept with his fathers, and Nadab his son reigned in his stead. – 1 Kings 14:20
And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And his mother’s name was Naamah an Ammonitess. And Abijam his son reigned in his stead. – 1 Kings 14:31
And Abijam slept with his fathers; and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead. – 1 Kings 15:8
And Asa slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father: and Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead. – 1 Kings 15:24
The kings lived, reigned, and the kings died, as did their fathers. And just as the kings reigned after their fathers, so their sons reigned in their place. We all have an appointed time to live, a set time to reign, and an appointed time to die. What we do with our “time to reign” is written down in the books of heaven. Did we obey and serve the Lord and lead others to Jesus, or did we spend our “time to reign” seeking after other gods and using our time leading others into idolatry?
Reign – to possess or exercise power and/or authority.
On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: and he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, and saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven. – Acts 10:9-16
How Good and Pleasant it is for Brethren to Dwell in Unity
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. – Psalm 133:1-3
A Precious Stone
A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: Whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth. – Proverbs 17:8
This verse seems to mean different things in different translations. However, to me, this verse is saying – Any way you look at it, a gift is precious! It is as precious to the one giving it as it is to the one that receives it.
Prosper – to become strong and flourishing