Tag Archives: The book of Kings

Is this art? Is this goodness? Is this how God saves and rescues us as we de-construct the world?

Art Prize When I was in Grand Rapids MI last week I caught the tail end of Art Prize, which is a pretty big deal. A number of civic minded philanthropists and business owners sponsor some significant cash prizes for … Continue reading

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How Ahab is exposed to be a petty thief rather than a king by sparing a life, and how another is shown to be a king as he is executed with brigands.

The Walking Dead (spoiler alert) Season 6 ended with meeting Negan. I have seldom seen a portrayal of evil as compelling as Negan. The situation is simple. Rick and the company of survivors we’ve been following are now vassals of … Continue reading

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Elijah Slaughters the Priests of Baal

I’m preaching this week on 1 Kings 18, that great passage of prophetic confrontation. It is paradigmatic of prophetic confrontation. Here we finally had binary “proof” that Yhwh is God and Baal was not and after the big showdown Elijah … Continue reading

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Israelite Oracles vs. other ANE Oracles

Notes: Israel indictment oracles are far more common than in ANE oracles. Israel oracles most often call for covenant faithfulness while ANE oracles most often call for ritual faithfulness Israel prophets are covenant enforcers while ANE prophets are ritual enforcers. … Continue reading

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Introducing Elijah: The Power of God in a man who suffers from hunger and thirst

Politics and Civilization Evolves in Biblical Storytelling We’ve been following the movement of God’s redemptive relationship with Israel through a series of men Judges/Priests: Moses through Samuel Kings: Saul, David, Solomon, Jereboam With the transition to kings the tension moved … Continue reading

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What is so brilliant and important about God in the book of Kings continually demanding that the kings follow God’s precepts

“Never confuse the specific sovereign with the principle of sovereignty itself. The person who has the power us subordinate to something else.”

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How to Corrupt the Golden Kingdom

 Why is it that gold is the perpetual image our hearts long for? consider the fact that before we discovered it was such a good conducer there was really no practical use for the metal besides adornment, yet it was … Continue reading

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