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RMM RoundUp October 21

Thu. Oct. 20, 2016By: FBC Staff

2 Kings 2 This has happened before. God’s people rebel against him, judgment falls on the people, and God raises up a man to deliver his people. The people reap the blessing of a rescuer and finally have a sense of hope. But then the question eventually comes, “what happens when he is no longer here?” Just as the people wondered this about Moses, the people wondered this concerning Elijah in 2 Kings 2. Everyone knew that Elijah was going to be taken. Would God be absent when he is...Read More

RMM RoundUp October 20

Thu. Oct. 20, 2016By: Paul Carter with Jody Cross

2 Kings 1 2 Kings 1 is another chapter about the northern kingdom of Israel. Indeed at times it seems that the focus of the narrative is far more on the northern kingdom than on the south. The reason for that is simple: there is not much happening in the south. The southern kingdom of Judea is enjoying long seasons of relative peace and prosperity. The 41 year reign of Asa gives way to the 25 year reign of Jehoshaphat. Both sons of David are generally good men, though not without their faults....Read More

RMM RoundUp October 14

Wed. Oct. 12, 2016By: FBC Staff

1 Kings 17 King Ahab did more to stoke the anger of God more than any other Israelite king. One of the most arousing things he did was marry Jezebel and promote widespread Baal worship. God responded by sending Elijah to attack Baalism at the theological center. Baal worshippers believed that their god made rain so Elijah prays for a drought to prove that God alone controls the heavens. In dry seasons, Baal was believed to not be able to provide because he had died and must be freed from...Read More

RMM RoundUp October 12

Wed. Oct. 12, 2016By: Paul Carter

1 Kings 15 Chapter 15 is 1 Kings in miniature. In this one chapter we meet an evil king of Judah and a good king of Judah. We also see the unwavering faithfulness of God. Nevertheless, for David’s sake the LORD his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, setting up his son after him, and establishing Jerusalem, 5 because David did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and did not turn aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. (1...Read More

RMM Roundup October 7

Fri. Oct. 07, 2016By: FBC Staff

1 Kings 10 God had made a covenant with Solomon in 1 Kings 3:12-13 saying, “behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days.” And God had come through on his promise. Solomon was exceedingly wealthy, famous, and wise.  The queen of Sheba had...Read More

RMM RoundUp October 5

Wed. Oct. 05, 2016By: Paul Carter

1 Kings 8 1 Kings 8 is a long chapter - it has 66 verses and as you might imagine it covers a fair bit of ground. 2 issues in particular deserve out attention. The first issue has to do with God’s faithfulness in keeping his promises to Israel. Solomon says in his prayer that God has fulfilled all of the promises that he made to Moses: “Blessed be the LORD who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he...Read More

RMM RoundUp September 30

Fri. Sep. 30, 2016By: FBC Staff

1 Kings 2 As Solomon began the establishment of his kingdom, king David gave him some of his last counsel. David first tells Solomon to boldly obey the law and commands of God. Israel needed a king that did not do what was right in his own eyes but rather faithfully walked in the counsel of the Lord. Israel had experienced the king who was supposed to deliver them from their enemies but rebelled against God, inviting further wrath on him and the people. Israel needed a king that would be...Read More

RMM RoundUp September 28

Wed. Sep. 28, 2016

2 Samuel 24  2 Samuel 24 is one of the most fascinating chapters in the Bible! The chapter begins with a most interesting remark: Again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, “Go, number Israel and Judah.” (2 Samuel 24:1 ESV) Why would God incite David to do something that he would later punish him for doing? Does that make God the author of David’s sin? It gets even more complicated when we compare the Chronicler’s version of these...Read More

RMM RoundUp September 23

Fri. Sep. 23, 2016By: FBC Staff

  2 Samuel 19 The sensitivity of David is both a weakness and a strength in his leadership. In this chapter, he absorbs the grief of his son to the point of failing to recognize his loyal troops and neglecting the heart of the people. The emotion overwhelms him and clouds his perception of the people around him. Joab candidly confronts David about his lack of control so the king can make amends before another rebellion occurs.
 Emotions are a gift from God but often become the Devil’s...Read More

RMM RoundUp September 20

Tue. Sep. 20, 2016

2 Samuel 16 2 Samuel 16 continues the story of David’s flight from Jerusalem. It is hard to know what to make of some of these stories but collectively they illustrate the chaos and fog of war. The encounter with Ziba positively reeks of opportunism. If David is successful in mounting a comeback then Ziba will be richly rewarded. If Absalom wins the kingdom then all Ziba will have lost is the cost of the provisions. As for his claim against Mephibosheth, we never discover whether it is...Read More

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