Through the Bible, April 26

Reading: 1 Kings 21-22 Summary: Perhaps the crowning event (negatively speaking) of Ahab’s reign is the seizure of Naboth’s property.  For this God issues his judgment against Ahab’s house. Surprisingly, Ahab repents and God decides to postpone his punishment. Of interest is the fact that the closest alliance achieved between …

Through the Bible; April 25

Reading: 1 Kings 19-20 Summary: The saga of Ahab and Elijah continues.  Notice how in this portion of the Bible devoted to the monarchy (the books are called “Kings” after all) that Scripture’s attention is directed primarily to the ongoing confrontation between God’s prophet and the wicked king, as the …

Through the Bible, April 24

Reading: 1 Kings 16:29-18:46 Summary: Though Jeroboam is well noted for his great sin as king, it is Ahab who receives the designation of Israel’s worst king (1 Kings 16:33).  And, Scripture is sure to point out that he had help.  His choice of a wife, Jezebel, the daughter of …

Through the Bible, April 23

Reading: 1 Kings 15:1-16:28 Summary: The next kings of Judah are Abijam, Asa, and Jehoshaphat while the kings of Israel are Nadab, Baasha, Elah, Zimri, and Omri. It should be remembered that in Judah all of the kings remain in the ancestral line of David, but in Israel there are …

Through the Bible, April 22

1 Kings 12-14 Summary: It is not as the instigator of the division of the nation for which Jeroboam is best known–that had been prophesied by God (see 1 Kings 11:35) and the tribes were “given” to him.  Instead, it is because of what he did after becoming king of …

Through the Bible, April 21

Reading: No Scheduled Reading Thoughts and Reflections: This is the catch up for the third week of April (15-21).  No readings are planned, but below are some points to ponder based on this week’s readings. The Bible makes no bones about the extent of Solomon’s wisdom: “And God gave Solomon …

Through the Bible, April 17

Reading: 1 Kings 9-11 Summary: It’s interesting that God appeared to Solomon a second time following the construction of the temple to encourage the king to faithfulness (1 Kings 9:1-9).  It almost serves as a precursor to his fall under the influence of his many foreign wives.  The description of …

Through the Bible, April 16

Reading: 1 Kings 4-8 Summary: Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem is thought to have been one of the most magnificent structures of the ancient world.  It is described as “exceedingly magnificent, of fame and glory throughout all lands” (1 Chron. 22:5). Not only that, but his prayer of dedication for the …

Through the Bible, April 15

Reading: 1 Kings 1-3 Summary: Often forgotten in Solomon’s story is the fact that he almost missed the monarchy. Thanks to intervention by the prophet Nathan and his own mother, the aged David cut short a challenge by one of Solomon’s half-brothers to the throne. David provides advice and instruction for …