The reign of King Ahab is often described as the “dark ages” of the history of the Israelites. Ahab did more to provoke the Lord to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him, leading the entire nation deep into idolatry (1 Kings 16:33). When Elijah was finally sent to confront the entire Israelite congregation on Mount Carmel, however, he addressed not the king but the Israelites, with a deeper issue at hand. The root cause of their suffering was not solely the blame of faulty leadership; the true cause stemmed from their personal choices.Continue reading
One of the most impressive kings from the Bible is Solomon. If you read the Bible from cover to cover, you can’t escape the amazing feats of Solomon’s understanding: “And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore” (1 Kgs 4:29).
Wisdom gave Solomon the ability to accumulate an Everest of wealth: “The weight of gold that came to Solomon yearly was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold, besides that from the traveling merchants, from the income of traders, from all the kings of Arabia, and from the governors of the country” (1 Kgs 10:14-15).
This wealth came not just by trading (1 Kgs 10:28-29), but also from people who sought to listen to him (1 Kgs 10:23-25). In comparison to today’s global speakers, people from all over the world not only heard about Solomon, but wanted to see and hear him. The king even commanded a set rate year by year from those who heard him!
As you continue to read, one of those notable points in the narration of Solomon’s life was the appearance of the word “BUT”: Continue reading