Thursday, February 17, 2011

1 & 2 Kings

Just finished 1 & 2 Kings!  This moves us from David to Solomon, another not so peaceful exchange.  There's a good chunk dedicated to Solomon.  He was quite wise, after asking God for wisdom.  We should all do that.  We should not all later fall into adultery and idolatry like Solomon (married hundreds of women and had hundreds of concubines and managed to worship all their gods with them).  But the wisdom part is a good thing.  Fortunately, we have some access to that wisdom in the Bible!  Also, we should ask, as James tells us to do in the New Testament.

The books cover the time of Solomon through the conquest of Judah by the Babylonians.  Israel is divided in these books as well, with Israel to the north and Judah to the south.  Israel is also conquered earlier than Judah.  This is allowed due to their great sin and infidelity to the Lord.  Apparently burning your children alive on the altar of other gods doesn't go over so well...  something to consider when we consider the altar of selfishness and productivity we sacrifice our aborted children on.  But I digress.

We also have the prophets Elijah, Elisha, and Isaiah, among others.  They make attempts to call the kings and people back into line with God's commands.  Other books in the Bible come from them, and we are familiar with the Messianic prophecies found in Isaiah especially.

If I ever have a son, I'd like for us to think about naming him Josiah Paul.  Paul after my dad, but Josiah after a king of Judah.

2Ki 23:25  And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the LORD with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.

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