The Prophet and the King

READ : 1 Kings 19-20 Elijah the prophet was “a man of like nature with ourselves” says James. At this point he experiences the modern phenomenon of “burnout.” He had been so brave, but now the threat of Jezebel sends him running. The story shows that God knew he needed rest and food. We must put the spiritual first, yet always realize we are human beings who have physical limitations. Most people do not work hard enough for the Lord, …

Victory for Truth

READ : 1 Kings 17-18 During the reign of wicked Ahab, king of Israel, God raised up a true prophet, Elijah. He told Ahab there would be no rain, and there was none. During the famine God provided for Elijah, first through ravens and then through a widow. To the widow he spoke those words repeated over and over in the Bible, “Fear not.” This is God’s message to us also, to not be afraid, whatever the problem, for God …

In the Sight of the Lord

READ : 1 Kings 14-16 The rest of 1 Kings and the book of 2 Kings alternates between describing the kings of Israel and the kings of Judah. The Bible provides reliable historical accounts but it is not interested simply in facts. It describes how God deals with people in history depending on their response to Him. Rehoboam did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and was punished by losing much of his wealth to the king …

Division of the Kingdom

READ : 1 Kings 12-13 It is God’s will that His people should be united, but sin causes division. Solomon is dead. Now, as God had warned, the kingdom is divided. Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, seeks advice as to what his policy should be in response to the request of the people. They want him to remove the yoke of taxation Solomon had laid upon them. The old men tell Rehoboam to “be a servant to this people.” It …

Rise and Fall of the Kingdom

READ : 1 Kings 9-11 After the dedication of the temple, the Lord again appeared to Solomon and promised to bless him if he remained faithful but to punish him if he did not. There follows a description of the greatness of Solomon and of how he impressed the queen of Sheba. Solomon’s downfall came because he married unbelieving wives. They led him to worship idols. He did not cease to worship the Lord, but he “was not wholly true” …