1 Kings

1 Kings

by Philip Graham Ryken
     
 

Dynasties, fractured kingdoms, prophecies of coming hardships—the book of 1 Kings is a grand, sweeping narrative of the beginning of the downfall of God's people. Its size and scope may seem intimidating, but Phil Ryken shows us in this biblical, doctrinal, practical, and Christological commentary how this imposing book can be divided into three key sections.

Overview

Dynasties, fractured kingdoms, prophecies of coming hardships—the book of 1 Kings is a grand, sweeping narrative of the beginning of the downfall of God's people. Its size and scope may seem intimidating, but Phil Ryken shows us in this biblical, doctrinal, practical, and Christological commentary how this imposing book can be divided into three key sections. First, the stories of Solomon focus on the themes of money, sex, and power, inviting us to learn from Solomon's example. Will we use these things wisely for kingdom purposes, or foolishly abuse them for selfish gain? Then the middle of the story, on the divided kingdom, shows the destructive consequences of sin among the people of God—especially the sin of idolatry. The final section demonstrates the power of prayer to the true and living God, as exemplified in the life and ministry of God's prophet Elijah. Phil Ryken brings out the key themes of these three sections and illustrates how they come together in their focus on the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially his kingly and prophetic offices. This is an excellent resource for those who want a devotional aid and will help Bible expositors reliably teach a redemptive-historical view of this important Old Testament book.

Editorial Reviews

Liam Goligher
1 Kings compresses 400 years of history into about 50,000 words which tells you that it was not written first of all as a history book but as the cutting edge Word of God to His people. Philip Ryken knows this and with his usual deftness of touch he makes the narrative live, and with rare pastoral skill he applies its truth with vigor.. Be prepared to find yourself troubled by the perversity of human nature and frustrated by the cycles of human foolishness. But be prepared too to find yourself amazed by the majesty of the God who reigns over all and causes the wrath of man to praise Him, and by the grace of God who in every age and stage leaves a witness to Himself and moves history forward towards the unveiling of Him who is King of kings.
Paul House
"Ryken’s historical, literary, theological, and pastoral gifts combine to make him an excellent guide into the riches of 1 Kings. These sermons demonstrate deep understanding of and love for God, which leads to a good understanding of human beings, which in turns leads to solid application for today. This lively and reverent treatment of this book will aid pastors and small group leaders who wish to share this neglected book in engaging ways. It rewards careful reading done with a reverent heart."
Daniel I. Block
"Sadly for many North American Christians the Old Testament is a dead book, often treated merely as a foil against which to interpret the New Testament. Phil Ryken’s work goes much work goes much farther. The author, an accomplished expositor and preacher, wrestles seriously with the form and message of 1 Kings for its original audience, its place in redemptive history, and its significance for today. This volume is a model of exposition, combining thorough and responsible exegesis with a passion to communicate the life-giving power of Old Testament Scriptures for the church."
Dr. Steven J. Lawson
"Philip Graham Ryken finds himself on the short list of highly-gifted expositors in this generation. In this volume, you will find biblical preaching at its best—text-driven, doctrinally-sound, Christ-centered, and practically-relevant. Dr. Ryken has done the church an enormous service by providing this excellent resource for pastors and teachers to aid in their sermon and lesson preparation. This book is also an invaluable tool to help believers in their devotional lives. Consider how few volumes contain solid, expository preaching through this often neglected book of 1 Kings. Yet this is surely one of those works—clear, compelling, scholarly, pastoral, challenging, heart-searching, and life-changing. I, myself, cannot imagine preaching through 1 Kings without first consulting this important work."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596382084
Publisher:
Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing
Publication date:
05/06/2011
Series:
Reformed Expository Commentary Series
Pages:
636
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

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Meet the Author

Philip Graham Ryken is president of Wheaton College. He is Bible teacher for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, speaking nationally on the radio program Every Last Word. Dr. Ryken was educated at Wheaton College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and the University of Oxford, where he received his doctorate in historical theology. He and his wife, Lisa, have five children.

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