A Bloody Fulfillment of Prophecy

In today’s Bible reading* we see the fulfillment of Elijah’s prophecy to annihilate Ahab and Jezebel and their descendants. King Jehu was God’s anointed king and appointed for this purpose. (2 Kings 9:6-7) And fulfill it he did! Ahab had seventy sons, all of whom were beheaded at Jehu’s request. (2 Kings 10:7) Jezebel was…

Beware of Corrupting Influences

It’s bad enough that Ahab and Jezebel were exceedingly evil. But today’s Bible reading* tells that God was angered because they caused other people to sin. They were corrupting influences on other people’s lives. (1 Kings 22:21, 25) When Naboth refused to sell Ahab his vineyard, Jezebel forged her husband’s signature and seal and convinced…

Solomon Dedicates the Temple

Today’s Bible reading* includes the completion of the Temple’s construction and when Solomon dedicates the Temple. We’re told that Solomon took almost twice as long (thirteen years) to build his ornate palace complex as he did to build the Temple (seven years). At first glance, it sounds like he cared more for his own house…

Benefits of the Fear of the Lord

Twice in today’s Bible reading* are statements concerning the fear of the Lord. This is a common theme in the Book of Proverbs. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD prolongs life,but the years of the wicked are…