The Wisdom of Solomon

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 1 Kings 3-5 God says to Solomon, “Ask what I shall give you.” Likewise, Jesus invites us to ask in His name for whatever we want. Solomon asks for wisdom, and in James we are told that if we ask for wisdom, God will surely give it to us if we ask in faith. God is pleased with what Solomon does not ask for: riches and honor. It is a striking thought that God is often pleased with …

Solomon Becomes King

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 1 Kings 1-2 First Kings tells the story of God’s Old Testament people from the beginning of the reign of Solomon into the kings of the divided kingdom. Books like Samuel and Kings were probably divided in two simply because of the size of the scrolls required. The Bible is very honest in describing some of the strange practices of God’s Old Testament people. Now that David is about to die, one of his sons, Adonijah, tries to …

The Help of God and the Help of Man

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Samuel 23-24 Once again, in a Psalm, David recognizes the help of God. God spoke through him. God blessed him for ruling justly. God made a covenant with him. There is also a list of the many people who had helped David by serving him faithfully as king. The help of God is foremost. But we also need people to help us. God uses people. There was Shammah who took his stand against the Philistines. There was …

Praise for Deliverance

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Samuel 21-22 These chapters are apparently appendices describing long-past events. The ideas of justice here are hard for us to understand. One help is to realize the concept of “the corporate” in the Bible. Today we emphasize individualism. But the Bible teaches that we are part of a people, and that the sins of one have a tragic effect on others in the group. This is still true today. The lives of the fathers affect the children …

A Day of Rejoicing, But

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Samuel 19-20 Having defeated Absalom, David is now to be brought back to Jerusalem. Shimei, who has thrown stones at him, begs for mercy. Ziba, who has tricked his master Mephibosheth, and Mephibosheth himself make counter claims concerning what happened. The well-respected Barzillai comes to escort David across the Jordan. It is a time for honoring the king. But there are some sour notes. The men of Judah and those of Israel argue fiercely as to who …