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.

Wise King, Foolish King

Family Issues. Extenuating circumstances. Excuses. King Solomon had all of those by the truckload. He overcame some of those types of things, but not many.

Solomon’s father was King David. David had murdered the first husband of Solomon’s mother just to cover up the fact that he had gotten her pregnant during an affair, a horrible sin made worse by the fact Bathsheba’s husband was a prized warrior away fighting for David. God punished David by allowing that baby to die at birth.

Although it isn’t perfectly clear, it is possible that Bathsheba was the last of David’s eight wives; Solomon was the oldest of her living children and tenth of David’s living sons. Solomon was part of the deadly competition to become David’s successor. Through Bathsheba’s persuasion, David chose Solomon as his successor, and elevated Solomon to kingship before he died.

King Solomon
Primary Scriptures:
1 Kings 1-11, 2 Chronicles 1-9
Story Summary:
Solomon becomes king, marries many foreign wives
Kingdom of Israel
970-930 BC