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Editor’s Note: We continue our series of blogs for those who are reading the Bible with us cover-to-cover this year. Interspersed with our thoughts on our daily reading, we want to provide some tips about reading the Bible in general.

1 Kings: The Rise and Fall of a Nation Leading to Civil War (about 130 years)

The book of 1 Kings traces the history of the northern ten tribes during the civil war of Israel (called Israel in this section of the Bible). We watch as these kings all reject God and follow the practices of idolatry and wickedness.

The Rise of the Kingdom of Israel in Splendor (1 Kings 1-11)

As David passes from the scene, his legacy continues on. In both the good and the bad, David’s influence and effect is seen in the reign of his son Solomon. Notice the opening days of the new King of Israel, Solomon …

  • As the days of David’s life grows short, David proclaims his son Solomon as King of Israel. (1)
  • As the days of Solomon begin, Solomon avenges his father David upon the enemies that would undermine his leadership in the future. (2)
  • As the days of Solomon continue, Solomon requests wisdom from God to lead the people of Israel, and God gives him wisdom and riches and honor. (3)
  • As the days of Solomon are established, Solomon prepares and builds the temple of the Lord, desired and designed by his father David. (4-7)
  • As the days of the Temple construction end, Solomon dedicates the temple in a prayer that God honors for the rest of the days of the Bible. (8-9)
  • As the years of Solomon continue, Solomon turns from the Lord by not controlling his lust for foreign [read: ungodly] woman. (10-11)

It is our hope that this background information helps a bit as you read on in the Bible.

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