Kings & Prophets

Few Christians have a deep understanding of the Old Testament kings of Israel, or the prophets and their messages. The purpose of this series is to allow anybody to quickly gain a better understanding of those things, as well as an appreciation of how that information is relevant today. The Old Testament prophets were real people who proclaimed important messages from God that have stayed true for thousands of years. Jesus and the apostles thought the kings and prophets were important, so we should, too.

It is no wonder that few Christians have deep familiarity of the kings and prophets. Christians tend to read the New Testament, while the kings and prophets are in the Old Testament. The books of the kings and prophets  are not arranged in chronological order, the history of ancient Israel and its neighbors is complex, and the geography of the region is an ever-shifting jigsaw puzzle. The language of the prophets is often symbolic or metaphorical, and the intended messages seem to be shrouded in mystery. Lastly, many people assume that Old Testament prophecies have mostly been fulfilled, so they must not still be very important.

Perhaps our attitudes would change if we thought of prophets as truth tellers, not fortune tellers. Their truths stand important today. Besides, it may be that a number of their prophecies of the future have not yet been fulfilled.

House of David

David was famous for being a great warrior and king, but he could be equally famous for presiding over a dysfunctional family.

It’s understandable, as David himself came from a somewhat dysfunctional family. He was the youngest of eight brothers and was sent to work as a shepherd at a young age. His brothers despised him, and his father had no time for him.

David’s first wife was Michal, the daughter of his enemy, King Saul. Saul took her back from David, though eventually she returned. When she made fun of David for some of his actions, she was punished by remaining childless for her entire life.

While an outlaw in exile, David married again to Ahinoam, and sometime later, he married Abigail, the widow of Nabal. He eventually married a total of at least eight wives and had numerous concubines. From these wives and concubines, he had numerous children. This set the stage for following kings of Israel to have numerous wives.

Nathan and Tamar
Primary Scriptures:
2 Samuel 13-24
Story Summary:
David’s family and its struggles
Kingdom of Israel
Circa 1020-970 BC