Bible Time Period: Divided Kingdom
Israel split into rival kingdoms and fell into idolatry: help me to choose your kingship over other loves.
Until the end of chapter 8, today’s readings all take place in the north. In chapter 5, notice how each person stands in relationship to God (the king of Israel; the Israelite servant girl; the king of Aram; Namaan the Aramean). In chapter 8, a seven-year famine is announced. Famine in the Bible is a covenant curse due to Israel’s unfaithfulness to her covenant with God.
Meanwhile down south, the kingdom of Judah has enjoyed 66 years of good kings and finally peace. In chapter 8, the evil king Jehoram will take the throne in Jerusalem.
Who did king Jehoram take as a wife, and why might that choice have affected his reign?
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