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Study Guide #3b—God is Truthful

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By Kay Smith and Ruth Wood

Truth is essential to trust. Without truthfulness we cannot be in a safe relationship with someone. God’s truthfulness creates a foundation on which we can stand when our ability to trust is challenged.

1. What kinds of difficulties can make a person’s words end up not being true? Is God affected by those difficulties? Do they ever make His words untrue? why or why not?

2. If you are unfamiliar with Solomon, read I Kings 2:10-12; I Kings 3:3-14. Before Solomon became king, God made many laws, promises, and threats having to do with how His people, and particularly His kings should behave and what results would follow. We’ll just look at four of them right now:

In Deuteronomy 7:1-4 and 17:14-17 (especially verse 17), what commands did God give and why?

In II Samuel 7:12-16, what promise and what warning did God give to David and his descendents?

3. Now for the story: Read I Kings 11:1-3. What has Solomon done wrong?

What did God say would probably happen to someone who does that?

Read verses 4-8 to see if God was right. Remembering what God said in II Samuel 7, what would you expect Him to do?

To see God’s response, read verses 9-14, 23, 26.

4. If everything God says in His word is true, how should that affect us?

5. Can you think of two promises, warnings, statements of fact in the Bible, etc. that we can (and should) take seriously because God says them, even though they may not appear to be true?

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