Word of Life

Bob James

Read: Proverbs 3:1-8 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (v. 5) These are words that you can live by, aren’t they? I want to live by them, and I hope and pray that you do too. So write God’s words on your heart. In other words, I pray you know what he says, and you believe what he says. I pray God’s words give you clear direction of what you …

Get Wise

Bob James

Read: Proverbs 2:7-15 Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path. (v. 9) Do you think much about right and wrong? Do you talk much about what is right and wrong in the world? This proverb encourages us to see the role that wisdom plays in understanding right from wrong. It celebrates the victory of wisdom, but it also warns of the horrible, evil alternative to wisdom. Verses 13-15 show where evil leads: to hurtful, slanderous …

Give Me, Lord!

Bob James

Read: Proverbs 2:3-5 Yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding. (v. 3) You have likely been to a sporting event where they give away free T-shirts. At half-time or some other break in the action, the cheerleaders walk up and down the sidelines and throw or shoot the shirts to various parts of the crowd. People stand and wave for the shirts to come their way. They cry out, “Up here! Up here! Me! …

One Greater Than Solomon (Part 2)

Laura N. Sweet

Read: Matthew 22:34-46 If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son? (v. 45) About 1,000 years after the glorious kingdoms of David and Solomon, a son is born in their royal line. He is not born in a palace, cradled in comfort; he grows up in humility and obscurity in a backwater town of the Roman Empire. But this heir to David’s throne is not what he seems! He speaks words of wisdom greater than those of …

One Greater Than Solomon (Part 1)

Laura N. Sweet

Read: Psalm 72:1-17 May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him! (v. 11) We have spent some time looking at the life of Solomon, but what are some things we can take away for ourselves? What role do we see Solomon playing in Scripture? One reason Solomon is significant is as a “type” of Christ. His glorious reign at the height of Israel’s greatest age anticipates the eternal reign of Christ over his kingdom. Psalm 72, we …

The End of Solomon

Laura N. Sweet

Read: 1 Kings 11:29-43 And Solomon slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David. (v. 43) Nathan the prophet stood boldly in the king’s throne room and announced, “You are the man!” (2 Samuel 12:7). He publicly proclaimed David’s sin of taking Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife, and arranging to have Uriah killed in battle. David was struck to the core of his being. “I have sinned against the LORD,” he confessed (v. 13). David’s repentance is recorded …