The Divided Kingdom quickly alienates the Lord

From our daily Bible reading: 1 Kings 12-14 April 17, 2019   I wish that I could make this particular reading into two or three segments, because this is one of the most striking – and I think relevant – passages in the entire book of 1 Kings. We see here the story of how … Continue reading The Divided Kingdom quickly alienates the Lord

Solomon’s kingdom ends, and with it Israel’s Golden Age

From our daily Bible reading: 1 Kings 6-11 April 16, 2019   We’ve been talking about Solomon and the glory of his kingdom, how he was God’s chosen heir to David, and how he was the man chosen to build God’s temple. We read the story of his request for wisdom, and how God answered … Continue reading Solomon’s kingdom ends, and with it Israel’s Golden Age

Solomon squanders the favor of God

From our daily Bible reading: 1 Kings 3-5 April 13, 2019   Solomon is an interesting figure, and in many ways he is even more of a precursor to Christ than David. Solomon is the favored son, the one that God promises will sit on David’s throne in a prophecy ultimately fulfilled by Jesus. Even … Continue reading Solomon squanders the favor of God

Solomon takes the throne as God’s chosen son

From our daily Bible reading: 1 Kings 1-2 April 12, 2019   Today we’re starting into 1 Kings, reading the first two chapters, which detail David’s transfer of his kingship to his son Solomon. This is the first time that Israel has had a kingly succession, so as you would expect, it did not go … Continue reading Solomon takes the throne as God’s chosen son