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.

Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs

Many people attribute Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, and most of Proverbs to King Solomon. Possibly this stems from 1 Kings 4:32, which says about King Solomon, “He spoke three thousand parables and his songs numbered a thousand and five.” He was known world-wide for his far-reaching knowledge and wisdom.

Proverbs 1 and 10 begin by specifying they are the proverbs of Solomon. Proverbs 22:17 says they are thirty sayings of the wise, and then other attributions begin being given, including to Solomon.

There are many themes that run through Proverbs, including: the importance of wisdom, the folly of adultery and prostitution, and the value of family relationships. Since Solomon likely violated many of his proverbs in his later life, it would be incredibly interesting to know at which point in his life each proverb was written. As Solomon points out, following the proverbs is the wise thing to do. They are not commandments from God, but rather are wise pieces of guidance from a multitude of wise people.

Son of Korah
Primary Scriptures:
Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs
Story Summary:
Brief description of the Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs
Kingdom of Israel
Circa 1050-930 BC