1 & 2 Kings (Program #12) – The Reign of Jehu Over Israel
Many prominent figures of the Old Testament are important not only because of the actual events associated with their lives historically but also because they represent or typify something greater and more significant than themselves. For example, in the New Testament, Moses still typifies the law and similarly Elijah represents the prophets. Of course, Moses and Elijah were godly and used by Him to advance His purpose in the Old Testament age. But there is another Old Testament figure that was utterly evil and led God’s people into idolatry and inequity and is also referred to in the New Testament typifying the idolatry and inequity that still consume many of God’s people today. Today we come to consider the evil prophetess Jezebel from the books of 1 & 2 Kings.
The mighty prophet Elijah was a clear type of John the baptist in the New Testament. John the baptist was mighty and most assuredly he was clothed with the Spirit of power as was Elijah. But John’s most critical role was to announce and usher in Christ. Centuries before Elijah ushered in Elisha. Just as Elijah was a type of John the Baptist, the prophet Elisha typified Christ and the New Testament ministry of grace.
1 & 2 Kings (Program #10) – The Reign of Ahaziah Over Israel & Rapture of Elijah
In 2 Kings, the might prophet Elijah was taken up from the earth into the heavens in a whirlwind. At that moment Elisha who had been with Elijah picked up his mantle and the Spirit of God descended upon Elisha. This moment marked the transition from the ministry of Elijah to the ministry of Elisha. But is that all that was represented by this transfer? Actually if we understand the clear types and symbols of the Old Testament, we can see that in reality, this story unveils the transition from the Old Testament to the New.
1 & 2 Kings (Program #9) – The Reign of Ahab Over Israel (2)
In the Old Testament history of Israel, God often resorted to miracles either to save His people Israel from a fierce enemy or to establish in the faith of the people that He, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob was the only true God. Often these miracles were performed through the ministry of the prophets, such as Jeremiah or Isaiah or Elijah. In fact, most people considering Elijah probably think first and foremost of him as man of great power and mighty miracles. Yet he himself when he was threatened by the evil prophetess Jezebel was powerless to perform even the simplest of miracle to save himself. Instead he ran away and hid himself. Until Jehovah came to him not in a earthquake or in the wind or in the fire but rather the great and powerful God came to Elijah the way He most often comes to you and me; in a gentle and quiet voice.
1 & 2 Kings (Program #8) – The Reign of Ahab Over Israel (1)
In the Old Testament we find the record of the deeds of many of the great and powerful men of God. Of all of these, perhaps none was more mighty and performs more miracles than the prophet Elijah. In a way Elijah typifies and represents all of the prophets of the Old Testament, even appearing with Moses on the mount of transfiguration when the Lord Jesus revealed His glory to some of His disciples.
The first appearance of Elijah in the Bible is in 1 King 17, where he is called by Jehovah to confront the evil King Ahab, whose heart had been fully turned away from the God of Abraham to the idols of Jezebel, his wife.
1 & 2 Kings (Program #7) – The Divisions of the Kingdom of Israel
The Lord has committed much into the hands of His people. For example, in the Old Testament, Israel bore the responsibility of maintaining Jehovah’s testimony on the earth. One of the key factors that the Lord was very eager to maintain among His people was their oneness because their oneness reflects His oneness. “The Lord is one”, the Old Testament people would declare and it is true. So following the reign of Solomon, when the nation of Israel was split into two sections; a northern kingdom under the rule of Jeroboam, Solomon’s servant and a southern kingdom, under Rehoboam, Solomon’s son. This was a grave matter to Jehovah. So it should be also to us today. As we consider and study the history of God’s move among His people, the testimony of the oneness of God’s people continues to be a vital matter to Him and it’s a matter that is far too often taken for granted by His people.
1 & 2 Kings (Program #6) – The Reign of Solomon (5)
Solomon reigned during the height of the nation of Israel’s glory. But he did not reign in life. Romans 5:17 says “those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” We are continuing in our life study of 1 Kings today, but if you stay with us, we believe that you will hear a unique word about King Solomon and how it applies to us, the believers in Christ today.
1 & 2 Kings (Program #5) – The Reign of Solomon (4)
Prayer is a popular subject among all the people of all faith on the earth today. But what kind of prayer is God looking for? Today we are continuing the life study from the Old Testament book of 1 Kings chapter 7 and 8 where we see the building of the temple and specifically the matter of worship to God and prayer.
1 & 2 Kings (Program #4) – The Reign of Solomon (3)
More than a thousand years before the birth of Christ, in 1012 B.C. that was 480 years after God had brought the children of Israel out of Egypt, Solomon began to build the temple, the House of Jehovah. Today on the life study of 1 Kings, we are going to talk some aspects of the temple that I am pretty sure that you have never heard before.
1 & 2 Kings (Program #3) – The Reign of Solomon (2)
We all remember the inspiring story of King Solomon in the Old Testament. As the new king over Israel the Lord agrees to grant him one request. Solomon touches the Lord’s heart by asking for wisdom in order that he could rule over Israel in a just manner. For centuries, men have admired Solomon and long to be like him and have the wisdom that God blessed him with. Surely his wisdom was great, but consider for a moment: how it compares to the wisdom that is our blessing as God’s New Testament called ones. In 1 Corinthians 1:24, Paul writes “But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” and in verse 30, “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom to us from God: both righteousness and sanctification and redemption.”