1 Kings

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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...

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596382084
  • Publisher: P&R Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Series: Reformed Expository Commentary Series
  • Pages: 619
  • Sales rank: 1,096,958
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Introduction xi

Preface xv

Part 1 King Solomon: Money, Sex, and Power

1 King Me! (1:1-10) 5

2 A Royal Conspiracy (1:11-31) 18

3 Long Live the King! (1:32-53) 30

4 David's Last Words (2:1-11) 42

5 Putting the Kingdom First (2:12-46) 56

6 Solomon's Wish (3:1-15) 70

7 The Wisdom of Solomon (3:16-28) 84

8 Solomon's Kingdom (4:1-21) 96

9 The Peaceable Kingdom (4:22-34) 108

10 Materials and Labor (5:1-18) 121

11 This New House (6:1-13) 134

12 Inside Solomon's Temple (6:14-38) 147

13 Better Homes and Gardens (7:1-12) 160

14 The Furniture in God's House (7:13-51) 172

15 The Ark of the Covenant and the Glory (8:1-11) 186

16 Solomon's Blessing (8:12-21) 199

17 Solomon's Dedication (8:22-30) 211

18 Solomon's Intercession (8:31-53) 223

19 Solomon's Benediction (8:54-66) 237

20 Solomon's Choice (9:1-28) 249

21 Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (10:1-13) 261

22 Sic Transit Gloria Mundi (10:14-29) 274

23 A Real Tragedy (11:1-8) 287

24 The Fall of the House of David (11:9-25) 302

Part 2 Divided Kingdom: The Wages of Sin

25 Two Nations, under God (11:26-43) 317

26 A House Divided (12:1-24) 330

27 Gods That Fail (12:25-13:10) 344

28 The Man of God from Judah (13:11-34) 357

29 A Sickness unto Death (14:1-20) 370

30 Like Father, Like Son (14:21-15:8) 383

31 A King after David's Heart (15:9-24) 395

32 The Sins of the Fathers (15:25-16:7) 407

33 Three Bad Kings (16:8-28) 418

Part 3 Prophet Elijah: The Power of Prayer

34 A Man like Us (16:29-17:6) 433

35 Daily Bread, Saving Grace (17:7-16) 444

36 Look, Your Son Is Alive! (17:17-24) 454

37 The Real Troublemaker (18:1-18) 466

38 No God but God (18:19-29) 480

39 The Lord, He Is God (18:30-40) 492

40 God's Firekeeper (18:36-45) 504

41 I Have Had Enough, Lord (18:46-19:8) 516

42 The Still Small Voice (19:9-18) 529

43 No Turning Back (19:19-21) 541

44 God Unlimited (20:1-43) 553

45 Sour Grapes (21:1-29) 565

46 Thy Word Is Truth (22:1-53) 576

Index of Scripture 589

Index of Subjects and Names 609

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