Category Archives: 1 & 2 Chronicles

Jeremiah’s Prophecy of Judah’s Exile in Babylon for Seventy Years

By | September 6, 2021

Babylon took Israel captive “until the land had enjoyed its Sabbaths… seventy years,” a promise made “by the mouth of Jeremiah” (2 Chronicles 36:21; cf. Ezra 1:1). What was Jeremiah’s prophecy, and what were these Sabbaths that were equivalent to seventy years? Jeremiah 25:11–12 states, “This whole land shall become a ruin and a waste,… Read More »

How to Transition God’s People from One Leader to the Next: Lessons from David and Solomon

By | January 21, 2019

Any church or Christian organization can feel somewhat lost when a pastor or leader steps down, especially if he does so suddenly or resigns because of sin. In the absence of his leadership, there is a time of limbo for God’s people while they search to fill the previous leader’s shoes, or, even if an… Read More »

Virtue and Vice: Lessons from the Kings: David, Part 11

By | January 16, 2019
This entry is part 20 of 20 in the series Virtue and Vice: Lessons from the Kings

In our final look at the life of David, we see that David successfully transitioned the kingdom to Solomon. By the end of his kingdom, David had well-organized nation, including those who served in the temple (1 Chron 23–26), treasury caretakers and those overseeing external duties (i.e., overseeing labor) (1 Chron 26:20–32), the military (1… Read More »

Virtue and Vice: Lessons from the Kings: David, Part 10

By | January 9, 2019
This entry is part 19 of 20 in the series Virtue and Vice: Lessons from the Kings

One of the themes in David’s life was that David had a heart to build the temple.The background of the temple is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, what precipitated God’s promise of a house to David (i.e., a dynasty) was David’s intense desire to build a house for the Lord (i.e., a permanent,… Read More »

Virtue and Vice: Lessons from the Kings: David, Part 9

By | January 2, 2019
This entry is part 18 of 20 in the series Virtue and Vice: Lessons from the Kings

While David was a great king in many ways, we have seen that David was not perfect and that his sins affected his kingdom for the worse. One of the punishments for his sin with Bathsheba was that David would have evil against him in his house. In carrying out this theme further from last… Read More »

Virtue and Vice: Lessons from the Kings: David, Part 8

By | December 19, 2018
This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series Virtue and Vice: Lessons from the Kings

Although David became great within his kingdom, he alsosinned with Bathsheba, murdered Uriah, and wrongfully ordered a census. Thefirst two of these sins were linked, and we shall see that David’s sin led to corrosion within the kingdom. Let’s look, first of all, at how David sinned with Bathsheba and murdered Uriah. This took place… Read More »

Virtue and Vice: Lessons from the Kings: David, Part 7

By | December 12, 2018
This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series Virtue and Vice: Lessons from the Kings

We have seen that David became great as a king (2 Sam 3:1; 5:10) through the diminishing influence of the house of Saul, through moving his throne to Jerusalem while fending off his enemies, through the return of the ark to Jerusalem, and through the covenant in which God promised David an eternal dynasty. While… Read More »

Virtue and Vice: Lessons from the Kings: David, Part 3

By | November 7, 2018
This entry is part 12 of 20 in the series Virtue and Vice: Lessons from the Kings

Within 1 Samuel, we see from many passages that David’s kingdom was on the run but would be established in time. In 1 Samuel 18–20, Saul unsuccessfully tried to kill David. 1 Samuel 21–31 then records how David was on the run. The reader would see that, just as promised (1 Samuel 16:6–13; cf. 13:14;… Read More »

Virtue and Vice: Lessons from the Kings: David, Part 1

By | October 24, 2018
This entry is part 10 of 20 in the series Virtue and Vice: Lessons from the Kings

The life of David is covered in 1 Sam 16–31,  2 Sam 1–24, 1 Kgs 1–2, and 1 Chron 11–29, 61 chapters in all, which is over 5% of the Bible’s 1,189 chapters. Add his 73 psalms to this number (now 134 chapters), and David is the author or focus of 11.3% of the Bible’s… Read More »