• A Young King’s Folly

    1 Kings 12:1–24

    That Rehoboam’s decision led to the fulfillment of prophecy did not make the choice any less sinful or foolish. God uses our decisions to achieve His purposes, but that does not mean we are not responsible for our choices. We ...Read More

  • Watch Out for the Leaven of Herod

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  • Solomon Anointed King

    1 Kings 1:28–53

    James 4:17 tells us that when we know the right thing to do and fail to do it, we have sinned. Sometimes it can be hard to do the right thing, but failing to do the right thing because of ...Read More

  • David Laments Absalom’s Death

    2 Samuel 18:19–33

    David was no ordinary parent—he was the divinely appointed king and representative of the Lord to His kingdom on earth. Thus, Absalom’s rebellion was inexcusable, even though David failed to recognize that. As hard as it might be, we cannot ...Read More

  • Absalom Makes a Play for the Throne

    2 Samuel 15:1–17

    In many ways, it seems surprising that David could be so blind to the intent of his son. Yet if parents are not careful, they can overlook the actions of their children that reveal their motives. Parents should be asking ...Read More

  • Tragedy and God

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  • Justice for Ish-Bosheth

    2 Samuel 4

    Matthew Henry warns us about those who “under color of religion, murder princes, break solemn contracts, lay countries waste, hate their brethren, and cast them out.” The murderers of Ish-bosheth used the pretense of service to the king to do ...Read More

  • The Ark of the Covenant Captured

    1 Samuel 4:1b–11

    There are many people in churches all around the world who think that they are right with God simply because they attend worship services, sing in the choir, volunteer on cleanup days, or otherwise participate in a congregation’s activities. But ...Read More

  • Samson Victorious

    Judges 16:23–31

    As Christians, our goal should be to receive commendation as faithful servants of God without the attendant shortcomings and sins of the judges. We must be grateful that God uses imperfect people, for we are all sinners, but we must ...Read More

  • Samson Defeated

    Judges 16:1–22

    We fall into sin when our desires overcome our dedication to the Lord. When this happens, God is gracious to forgive us when we repent (1 John 1:8–9), but our goal should be to fight our sinful desires so that ...Read More