READING THROUGH THE BIBLE: 2008
THE BOOKS OF 1 and 2 KINGS
Women at Jesus Feet, this month we are combining the books of 1 and 2 Kings in RTTB. The explanation is below. I hope you are being blessed as you continue to read through the Bible with us this year.
1 and 2 Kings combined have 47 chapters.
If you read 3 chapters a day
you will finish both books in 16 days
We've gone through the first 5 books of the Torah. We have read through the time of the Judges and the beginnings of the prophetical [office] where David was chosen of God to be King of Israel and King Saul, the people' s choice was rejected. As a result he and his son were destroyed leaving a kingdom in confusion.
Samuel, the first of the prophetical office to be raised up, set both the tone and the duties for prophets of God. He was sent to anoint David well before his time to reign. The markings of a true prophet's ministry is seen here in Old Testament times. Prophets are sent in times of trouble as well as confusion. They are sent to leaders and authorities and on occasion as God sees fit, to individuals. There are yet today, the mouth pieces of God in Israel, prophets to His Church in the earth of which Jesus is Lord and sent to the nations.
Now we've come to the unfolding and intensifying of the kings and prophets of Israel. 1 and 2 Kings. Hebrew: Sefer Melachim - Sefer (Book) Melachim (Kings).
They must be taken and read together to get the brevity of this time in Israel's history and the shaping of the nations around them. Like the books of Samuel were one book in Hebrew and later divided. So it is with the book of the Kings.
They are important to be read together to grasp the political structure being established and defined inside the two books. God allows both good and evil kings to reign, both true and false prophets. The world does not understand how or why he would do this.
But first, the most precious king of Israel, God's anointed passes from their midst.
1 Kings 1:1 Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat.
From this point, David's death is imminent. Even before he dies struggles for power and control of the throne of the Kingdom of Israel, begin to unfold. Solomon is chosen by God to reign over the Kingdom. This period of prophets and kings are exciting to read. The result of the fall of mankind escalates.
Even though I have read it many times, I am still struck by how the fall of Adam and Eve are seen so vividly in the books of the Kings. It's effects undeniable. The generations from Genesis cursed with both good and evil. How could God allow it? It is better to read the Bible and see the answer.
We must never forget the book of Genesis as we read through the Bible. As God said through Isaiah the prophet:
Isaiah 46:8-10 Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors. 9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
Just as God chose and spoke to the first man who was to lead his wife and family, God has been speaking ever since to men even in their fallen state to lead as men. David passes this legacy on to his son Solomon, despite his own failures. We have already seen why David was so very favored of God. It can be summed up in this brief passage from the New Testament: David loved God. Romans 7:22-25
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Key verses of 1 and 2 Kings --
1 Kings 2:1-4
Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying, 2 I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; 3 And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: 4 That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel...