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Esther – “for such a time as this”

December 29, 2014

Esther is one of only two books (the other being Song of Solomon) that does not contain God’s name, yet His providence appears on every page.  The events of the book took place in the Persian empire during the reign of Ahasuerus, also known as Xerxes, around BC 460.  It begins with the removal of […]

Nehemiah – “rebuild the wall”

December 22, 2014

When Nehemiah received word that “the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates are burned with fire”, he wept and prayed to God, petitioned King Artaxerxes, and prepared to return (Nehemiah 1-2). He told the officials there, “You see the bad situation we are in, that Jerusalem is desolate and its gates burned […]

Ezra – “rebuild the house of the Lord”

December 15, 2014

The Lord spoke through the prophet Jeremiah to Cyrus king of Persia and told him to let His people return from captivity to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple, sending with them the articles Nebuchadnezzar had taken from there (Ezra 1).  Around 50,000 people returned (2).  They began offerings and the rebuilding of the temple (3).  […]

1-2 Chronicles

December 8, 2014

Much of the information in 1-2 Chronicles can also be found in 2 Samuel and 1 Kings.  Yet some material is exclusive to the chronicles.  1 Chronicles contains a detailed genealogy from Adam through the family of David (1-3), including the sons of Jacob/Israel (4-8) and those who lived in Jerusalem (9).  It also mentions […]

2 Kings 18-25 – “I will remove Judah also”

December 1, 2014

After the fall of Israel (2 Kings 17), Judah continued under the reign of King Hezekiah who “did right in the sight of the Lord… (and) trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel;…”  When Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and seized them, defying God (18), Isaiah […]

2 Kings 14-17 – “Israel was carried away”

November 24, 2014

During a string of kings in Israel (2 Kings 14-16), the king of Assyria came and captured seven cities in the land of Napthali and “carried them captive to Assyria” (15:29).  A few years later he captured Damascus “and carried the people of it away into exile” (16:7-9).  “Then the king of Assyria invaded the […]

2 Kings 1-13 – “Elisha the man of God”

November 17, 2014

When Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven, he left his mantle and a double portion of his spirit with Elisha (2 Kings 2:1-18).  While staying at Jericho Elisha purified the water of the city; and while going from there to Bethel he cursed some “young lads” who mocked him, resulting in two bears […]

1 Kings 17-19 – “the word of Elijah”

November 10, 2014

During the days of the divided kingdom the prophet Elijah appeared suddenly on the scene and told Ahab king of Israel, “As the LORD, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” (1 Kings 17:1).  God provided for Elijah through […]

1 Kings 12-16 – “war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam”

November 3, 2014

When King Solomon died, “his son Rehoboam reigned in his place” (1 Kings 11:43).  “Jeroboam (Solomon’s servant who rebelled against him) and all the assembly of Israel” pleaded with him to lighten the hard service Solomon had placed upon them, but he would not (12:1-15).  “When all Israel saw that the king did not listen […]

1 Kings 1-11 – “Long live King Solomon!”

October 27, 2014

When David became too old to continue as king, he appointed his son Solomon, Bathsheba’s son, to be king (1 Kings 1).  After delivering his parting words to Solomon, David died; and then Solomon carried out several deaths on behalf of his father.  “Thus the kingdom was established in the hands of Solomon.” (2).  The […]