Bible Time Period: Royal Kingdom
You established a kingdom on your servant David and promised him an eternal throne: Establish your kingdom in our midst.
These chapters mark the close of the Royal Kingdom, and you are two-thirds of the way through your 90-day challenge!
As you read today, don’t miss God’s promise to King Solomon at the start of chapter 9, and the conditions attached to it. The covenant God made with Israel through David is continuing through Solomon.
King Solomon wrote thousands of proverbs, many of which are preserved in the book of Proverbs. Read chapters 1 and 2 of that book if you’d like to read some of his insights into the importance of wisdom. That provides an interesting (and ironic!) backdrop to the events of these chapters. According to Moses, Israel’s king was not to multiply horses, wives, or large amounts of silver and gold for himself. Solomon seems not to hold stock in this command, with dire results.
Key Verse to Remember from the Period of the Royal Kingdom
“…I will make for you [David] a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth … Moreover the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house when your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever” (2 Sam 7:9, 11-13).
What prophecy is given to Jeroboam in 11:26-43, and what hope is given for the long-term outlook of David’s dynasty and the kingdom?
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