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Commentary on 1 Kings 6-8 (Solomon Builds the Temple)

| November 27, 2015

In chapters 6-8, the author reports the building of the temple that would become the permanent “home” of God among the Israelites. Verses 1-10, in chapter 6, tell us that temple construction began in 966 BC, Solomon’s fourth year as king. The project was completed and the temple dedicated 7 ½ years later. This structure […]

Does God Reveal Things Through Dreams?

| November 25, 2015

In 1 Kings 3 God tells Solomon, in a dream, that He will bless him with incredible powers of wisdom and discernment. He will also give him riches and honor during his lifetime. All of these promises did come to pass, so are we to conclude that dreams are a normative means for God to […]

Commentary on 1 Kings 3 (Solomon Asks for Wisdom)

| November 23, 2015

The books of 1 and 2 Kings were originally a single work, but were separated into two parts when they were translated into the Greek New Testament (the Septuagint). The Septuagint also combined Samuel and Kings into a four-part history of the monarchy of Israel (First, Second, Third, Fourth Book of Kingdoms). The author of […]

Commentary on Psalms 51 and 139 (Psalms of David)

| November 11, 2015

Psalm 51 is traditionally thought to be David’s lamentations for his sins against Bathsheba and Uriah. As the psalm begins, David asks for God’s forgiveness. Why God? Because even though David sinned against Bathsheba, Uriah, and others, it is God whom he has grieved the most. When we sin, we sin first and foremost against […]

Commentary on Psalms 23, 27 (Psalms of David)

| November 6, 2015

The Book of Psalms is a collection of five sets of books that were combined into a single biblical book. The psalms are primarily praises and prayers for temple worship or personal devotion. The 150 psalms were composed over a period of about 1000 years, starting in the time of Moses (1400 BC) and stretching […]

Commentary on 1 Chronicles 28-29 (Death of David)

| November 4, 2015

1 and 2 Chronicles were originally a single work that was separated into two books when it was translated into the Greek Septuagint. The Chronicles was written to the Jewish people after they returned from Babylonian exile in the 6th century BC.  Jewish tradition holds that Ezra was the author of Chronicles, but scholars are […]

Commentary on 2 Samuel 13-18 (Absalom’s Rebellion)

| October 30, 2015

Chapter 13 begins with an ominous declaration: Amnon loves Tamar. Amnon is David’s firstborn son and heir to David’s throne. His mother is Ahinoam. Tamar is the daughter of David and Maacah. Maacah and David also have a son named Absalom, so Absalom and Tamar are brother and sister. Tamar is Amnon’s half-sister. Amnon wants […]

What Is the Age of Accountability?

| October 26, 2015

In 2 Samuel 12:23, David speaks about his dead 7-day-old child, “But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” This verse implies that David believes he will see his child again in the afterlife, in […]

Commentary on 2 Samuel 11-12 (David and Bathsheba)

| October 23, 2015

In previous chapters, Israel has been at war with the Ammonites, but they have not yet completely defeated them. As chapter 11 begins, David sends the army to finish off the Ammonites once and for all. They have retreated to a city named Rabbah, so David’s forces are besieging Rabbah. David, however, does not travel […]

Commentary on 2 Samuel 7 (The Davidic Covenant)

| October 19, 2015

Some time after David has placed the ark in Jerusalem, a palace has been built for him, and he has a period of rest from his enemies, he decides that he should build a temple to house the ark (God’s home on earth). David communicates his plans to Nathan, the prophet, and Nathan affirms his […]

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