Without Exception (1 Kings 3:1-3)

We live in a time when everything has an exception. Think about how many products have exclusions or exceptions. Every drug commercial warns about a myriad of side effects to such a degree that all the exceptions will make you not want to try the drug after all. How many commercials have a lawyer at the end of the ad quietly and quickly saying, “Some exclusions apply” or reading off some long list of exclusions? Perhaps one of the worst exclusions that we find on a box or in an advertisement is, “Some assembly required.” “Some assembly required” typically means you will be working on building this project for more than two hours. Life seems to be full of exceptions and loopholes. But this is a dangerous idea when it comes to our spiritual walk with God. We are going to see this problem exemplified in King Solomon in 1 Kings 3…

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