Tag Archive: 1 Kings 22

Miracles and Massacres

“God works so hard to get his people’s attention!  Even when man is at his worst, God does not forsake him.  In fact, it is frequently during times of spiritual crises that God shows his power most dramatically.  Surely this is true for both Judah and Israel during the reigns of Jehoshaphat and Jehoram in the south and Joram in the north, for God brings wonder after wonder upon his people.

Yet through all of this God is largely ignored by his people.  Yet through all of this God is largely ignored by his people.  So it is that punishment comes — the eradication of sin is seen as a terrifying force.  The consequences are certain, even if sometimes delayed.  And the same principle is true for the Edomites, against whom God will bring Obadiah to prophesy.”

Read: 2 Kings 8:16-22, 2 Chronicles 21, 2 Kings 3:6-27, 1 Kings 22:45 & 50, 2 Chronicles 20:34

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

“King Jehoshaphat of Judah is also rebuked for joining in alliance with his northern brethren.  Apparently the lesson to be learned is that God demands strict obedience even when certain acts seem entirely appropriate — perhaps even righteous — according to human notions.  But God also shows his readiness to forgive a penitent King Ahab.”

Read:1 Kings 22:29-40, 22:48-49, 22:52-53, 2 Chronicles 18:28-34, 2 Chronicles 19, 2 Chronicles 20, 2 Kings 1, 2 Kings 3:1-3

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Ahab & Jezebel

“Two of the most wicked people who ever lived just happen to be married to each other — King Ahab of Israel, already described as the most evil king to rule Israel, and his wife, Jezebel, whose name even centuries later will be used to describe a treacherous woman.  Ahab, however, is now seen in one of his best lights, as Israel is attacked by the Syrians of Aram.  In an effort to get Ahab’s attention, God gives him the victory, only to rebuke him for what is an uncharacteristically merciful act on Ahab’s part.”

Read:1 Kings 20, 21, 22:1-28, 2 Chronicles 18:2-27

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Two Kingdoms in Contrast

“A quarter of a century has passed since the once-powerful nation of Israel divided into two kingdoms.  Judah, blessed with two good leaders in Asa and his son Jehoshaphat, will remain largely faithful to God.  Both men will bring about reforms in Judah and reinstate appreciation for the law.

In Israel, by contrast, none of the next seven kings will bring moral enlightenment to an idolatrous nation, and civil war will continue to divide God’s people.  It is a sober reminder that God’s people will, through the ages, face division and strife when they forsake their God.”

Read: 1 Kings 15:8-34, 2 Chronicles 14, 1 Kings 14:19-20, 2 Chronicles 13:20, 2 Chronicles 15, 2 Chronicles 16, 1 Kings 16, 1 Kings 22:41-44 & 46-47, 2 Chronicles 17

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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