Jonah's about to get a crash course in the concept and need to die to self....continue reading "Jonah 2"
I think we're heading into the beginning of the end of the nation of Israel prior to the Assyrian and Babylonia defeats....continue reading "II Kings 14; II Chronicles 25"
So we finally have the house of Ahab scrubbed from Israel and Judah. Jehu meeting God's mandate and then far exceeding it in brutality to secure his authority on the throne in the north; and the Lord using the high priest and his wife to save the remaining offspring in the line of David, taking the throne at the tender age of 7....continue reading "II Kings 12-13; II Chronicles 24"
The Word of the Lord had come to pass and His judgement of the house of Ahab is coming to pass. Now Jehu is the King of Israel. Jehu must now see to the remaining members of the family....continue reading "II Kings 10-11; II Chronicles 22-23"
I'm working my way through Ecclesiastes and (in my opinion) watching Solomon flail between faith and the faithlessness that has come with all of his selfishness and worshipping other gods. He vacillates between seeing the real purpose we have in the Lord and no purpose as he walks in his own strength trying to use God's wisdom without obidience to the Lord....continue reading "Ecclesiastes 5"
Solomon is done with all-things-Temple and his palace and God appeared to Solomon and speaks to him for a second time, as He had appeared to him at Gibeon....continue reading "I Kings 9 and II Chronicles 7-8"
The Temple has been built and the Lord was faithful to fill it with His presence. Now Solomon dedicates and prays over this House of God. What a seismic moment in their history and ours. To speak into such a profound moment had to come from the Lord. No human, even the wisest one can do that without God's guidance.Read more
Solomon has had the Temple built, started on his own palace, and had Huram the craftsman oversee the making of the holy implements and the decorating and furnishing of the inside of the Temple.
Now it's time for the formal dedication of the Temple....continue reading "I Kings 8: 1-11 and II Chronicles 5: 1-14 God’s Presence"
The Temple is built and Solomon has been (twice) reminded of the importance of his obedience. Now we learn about his palace and the furnishings in the Temple....continue reading "I Kings 7 and II Chronicles 4"
Solomon worked with Hiram for the final preparations for building the Temple. He also conscripted workers and levied taxes to pay for all of his building projects, creating the first cracks of resentment that will, ultimately, divide the nation....continue reading "I King 6 and II Chronicles 3"