Monthly Archives: April 2011

Stubbornness in sin — 2 Kings 13-15

As we enter into the era of the divided kingdom, it will be important to pay attention to some key phrases, in order to keep the stories straight in your mind. The biblical writer in 2 Kings is telling the … Continue reading

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United Kingdom to Divided Kingdom — 1 Kings 10-12

A few helps: Sheba (as in “Queen of”) — a kingdom on the southern Arabian penisula, roughly equivalent to modern day Yemen (though probably smaller). It’s location made trade with the riches nations in the world easy. The Queen of … Continue reading

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The dedication of the Temple — 1 Kings 7-9

What a wonderful time in the history of Israel that we are reading about in today’s reading. It was a time of unprecedented peace, prosperity, and religious awareness. Solomon’s intellectual powers and faithfulness were seemingly at their peak. The loosely … Continue reading

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A House for the LORD — 1 Kings 4-6

Solomon’s story is truly an example of what can happen, when the LORD is blessing us. Today’s reading continues with Solomon’s meteoric rise in power, wisdom, and riches. In short order Solomon has organized his government and exercised wide control … Continue reading

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Establishing Solomon’s kingdom — 1 Kings 1-3

David, in our reading today, is at the end of his life and reign, but that doesn’t mean that the excitement is over. The transition from David to the next king turns out to have a few bumps. As David … Continue reading

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The man after God’s own heart — 2 Samuel 22-24

With today’s reading we finish the book of 2 Samuel, and 95% of David’s life. The writer of 2 Samuel gives us here, at the end of the book and toward the close of what is known about David’s life, … Continue reading

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Perilous times continue — 2 Samuel 19-21

God wasn’t kidding, when he told David that the sword wouldn’t depart from him. God, by the way, never kids, never bluffs, never says something that He doesn’t mean. And for David, the “hits” keep on coming. When is a … Continue reading

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