Friday, January 29, 2010

Bible In 90 Days: I and IIKings

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228.  Others who fought Absolom, like Joab, thought David's age made him powerless.
229.  Again, Scripture makes a distinction between Judah and Israel.
230.  David knew the Lord's promise that David's throne would last forever was conditioned on David's descendants obeying God's law.
231.  God's curse on Eli's family was not fulfilled until Solomon's reign.  Since Abiather carried the Ark, he was holy to the Lord and could not be killed.
232.  Joab's murder of Abner and Amassa caused guilt that had to be removed from Israel by Joab's death.
233.  1st indications of Solomon's disobedience to the Lord: making local sacrifices and marrying Pharoh's daughter.
234.  At the beginning of Solomon's reign, all Israelites owned their own property.
235.  Solomon took 7 years to build the Temple and 13 years to build his palace.  Was this sinful?  After all, the Lord did promise him he would have more wealth than any other ruler before or since.
236.  When Solomon dedicated the Temple, he prayed that if Israel was exiled because of sin, and Israel repented, Israel could return to the Land.
237.  Solomon also prayed for foreigners who observe that God is in Israel and come to worship Him at the Temple. 
238.  Solomon prayed "Give your people whatever we deserve, for You alone know the human heart."
239.  The poles used for carrying the Ark, as well as the Canaanites used in the labor force, were there "to this day."  This indicates IKings was written before the destruction of Solomon's Temple by the Babylonians.
240.  Was it sin for Solomon to pay King Hiram with land from Galilee?  Was Solomon being stingy by giving Hiram land of no value to Hiram?
241.  Solomon violated God's Law by acquiring many chariots and horses and wives.  He married Pharoh's daughter when God prohibited making an alliance with Egypt.  He married women from people God had commanded to be destroyed.  By building pagan temples and worshipping other God's, he introduced child sacrifice into Israel.
242.  Solomon tried to kill Jeroboam even though God told Solomon that He would tear the 10 kingdoms from Solomon's heirs.
243.  The northern tribes of Israel have refused to be ruled by a decsendant of David "to this day."  This indicates that IKings was written before Israel's exile by the Assyrians.
244.  Jeroboam disbelieved God's promise of protection if he obeyed God's Law.  That is the root cause of Jeroboam's introduction of pagan worship into Israel.  The priests and festivals were appointed by Jeroboam himself instead of God.  Anyone who wanted to could become priests.
245.  The man of God who disobeyed God's command not to eat and drink in Israel died because of his disobedience.  Was this a sign from God?  Did God plan the incident?
246.  Rehoboam introduced temple prostitution into Judah, which involved drafting children for these temples.
247.  Jericho rebuilt by Hiel in violation of God's prohibition given to Joshua.  It cost Hiel his two sons; the death of the 1st son did not stop him.  This was allowed by Ahab.
248.  IKings 16:20- Elijah's prayer "O Lord my God, why have you brought tragedy on this widow who has opened her home to me, causing her son to die?"  It is right to ask God "Why?".
249.  IKings 18:5- Ahab more concerned with his horses and mules than his subjects.
250.  At Mt. Carmel, Elijah just didn't demonstrate that God is all powerful, but that God is not finite.  God can be called on from anywhere.
251.  Ahab disobeyed God by sparing Ben hadad so he, Ahab, could get more riches.
252.  In Naboth's case, God's Law was exploited for Ahab's/Jezebel's ends.  God knew cases like this would happen when He gave the Law.
253.  Jehosaphat knew to rid Judah of temple prostitution, but still tolerated the pagan shrines.  Was it a sin to make peace with the King of Israel?


254.  When Elisha told Elijah he would go with him anywhere, was the dividing of the Jordon and Elijah's walking through it a test for Elisha.
255.  Joram knew Baal had been revealed as no god at all.  But he still thought other pagan gods were to be worshipped.
256.  Naaman's wife's maid from Israel was concerned for her master; she did not return to Israel.
257.  Did Elisha pray that his servant would see the Lord's army because Elisha was training him to be a prophet?
258.  The Officer of the Guard who doubted Elisha's word died for his lack of faith in God.
259.  Ahab's sin of marrying Jezebel affected Israel as Jehoram King of Judah married one of Ahab's daughters.
260.  King Joram, Ahab's son, was killed at the scene of Naboth's vineyard.  Naboth's sons died with Naboth when Naboth was stoned.
261.  Ahab and Jezebel were so wicked that their whole family was infected with their wickedness.  They all had to die as the Canaanites had to die, along with the family servants, friends, officials and priests.
262.  Elisha's servant was told to run for his life after annointing Jehu.  He knew Jehu was extrememly violent, just the person to be trusted to wipe out Ahab's family and Baal worship.
263.  The Lord was reducing the size of Israel.
264.  IIKings 13:23- "But the Lord was gracious to the people of Israel, and they were not totally destroyed.  He pitied them because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  And to this day he still has not completely destroyed them or completely banished them from his presence." 
265.  Ahaz sacrificed his son, worshipped at pagan shrines, made an alliance with Assyria, violated the Temple to suit the King of Assyria and took the Bronze Altar for his personal use.
266.   IIKings 16:6- The Edomites live in Elath to this day.  Shows IIKings was written while the Edomites were still a distinct tribe.
267.  Israel exiled "to this day."  Written during Israel's time of exile.
268.  IIKings 19:34- God defended Jerusalem "For my (God's) honor and for the sake of my servant David."
269.  When God made His pronouncement against Hezekiah, Hezekiah was more concerned about what happened to himself than what was going to happen to Judah.
270.  Manasseh was more wicked than the Amorites and other pagan nations.  He shed innocent blood, which had to be atoned for.
271.  Despite Judah's cleansing by Josiah, a more thorough cleansing than any other by a king of Judah, Josiah knew that Judah would still be exiled.
272.  No observance of the Passover since the day of the Judges.  The observance of the Passover was to remind the people of God's deliverence of Israel from Egypt.
273.  The specific sin that caused God to reject Judah- the shedding of innocent blood.    

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