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John N. Oswalt
1 and 2 Kings
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  • Embark on the study of the Books of Kings with John Oswalt to gain insights into their divine revelation within human history, challenging conventional perceptions. The Deuteronomic theology of history and the covenant's significance emerge as central themes, with Oswalt rejecting a single-author theory in favor of collaboration by court prophets, emphasizing the preservation of a righteous remnant.
  • Witness Solomon's journey amidst intricate dynamics, from throne securing to temple dedication. A neutral tone prompts independent interpretation, adding complexity to familial and political intricacies.
  • Explore Solomon's critical decisions, from alliances and compromises to a humble plea for wisdom, revealing the delicate balance between compromising choices and seeking divine guidance in navigating the challenges of leadership.
  • Embarking on Solomon's kingdom narrative, you'll explore the construction of the temple, understanding God's preference for a spiritual family, encountering detailed descriptions of symbolic elements, and contemplating the delicate interplay between physical worship representations and deeper spiritual truths.
  • Journey through Solomon's temple dedication, uncovering profound insights into God's promises, covenant, and prayer. The temple, a symbol of repentance and faith, becomes a conduit for a deep and enduring relationship between God and His people.
  • Gain insights into Israelite history views, ethical concerns in Solomon's reign, and a tragic turn leading to a prophesied divided kingdom.
  • In this lesson, you gain insights into the historical and theological aspects of the divided kingdom period, examining the intricate narratives of Rehoboam's folly and Jeroboam's idolatrous practices. The focus on human motivations and divine revelations underscores the unique perspective of Hebrew understanding. The lesson provides a comprehensive view of the complexities within the historical and theological context, emphasizing the impact of human choices on divine plans.
  • Explore Kings 14-15: pattern in recording kings, Jeroboam's fate, historical accuracy, and perspectives on Rehoboam. The lesson ends with Asa's efforts to restore faithfulness.
  • Gain insights into the historical developments of Judah and Israel, with a focus on the impact of Jeroboam, border disputes, and the rise of rulers like Baasha and Omri. The narrative underscores the theological significance of idolatry and the importance of covenant fidelity. As Ahab ascends, the lesson anticipates a pivotal phase in the struggle between Baal and Yahweh through the Elijah-Elisha narrative.
  • Explore Elijah's narrative, revealing the clash between Baalism and Yahweh, geopolitical dynamics, and the unwavering faith of key figures. The Mount Carmel confrontation showcases the exclusivity of Yahweh worship, emphasizing prayer complexities. Elijah's weariness leads to recommissioning, shaping the destiny of Baal worship in Israel.
  • This lesson offers a comprehensive understanding of Ahab's narrative, unraveling the intricate interplay of geopolitical dynamics, personal choices, and divine intervention.
  • The lesson examines Jehoshaphat's biblical account in 1 Kings, emphasizing the author's narrative structure. It unfolds his reign, contrasting Chronicles' positive view with Kings' criticism of alliances, like Joram's marriage to Athaliah. Despite ambiguities, it concludes by highlighting Jehoshaphat's 25 years of stability and covenant commitment in Judah's faithful narrative.
  • This lesson begins the second division of the book, exploring key transitions and historical details. The focus on the Moabite rebellion highlights contrasting responses from Jehoshaphat and Joram, culminating in a miraculous outcome facilitated by Elisha's intervention. Chapter 4 introduces stories symbolizing God's power over life and death, emphasizing His ability to work with available resources and bring life even in challenging circumstances.
  • Embark on a journey of humility, faith, and divine intervention as the lesson unfolds the narratives of Naaman's healing, Gehazi's downfall, an international crisis, and the miraculous abundance contrasting human scarcity.
  • Gain insights into the concluding events of the Elijah-Elisha ministry, with the anointing of Hazael and the ensuing repercussions of Baal worship. Explore the shortcomings of the kings of Judah, setting the stage for Jehu's rise and the impending climax, highlighting the consequences of deviating from God's covenant in this riveting narrative.
  • Insights into chapters 9-11 reveal a narrative of peril, courage, and revival, emphasizing faith's role in fulfilling God's promises through human agency.
  • Explore the intricate dynamics (795-722) of deceptive optimism, geopolitical pressures, and spiritual integrity in the reigns of Amaziah, Uzziah, and Jeroboam. The lesson scrutinizes the seemingly successful reigns of Jeroboam and Uzziah, emphasizing that earthly achievements hold no lasting significance without fidelity to God's covenant.
  • Explore the intricate downfall of the Northern Kingdom in the reign of Hoshea, navigating political alliances, Assyrian sieges, and theological reflections. Unveil the consequences of disobedience, the role of grace, and the enduring legacies of Hezekiah and Josiah.
  • Explore Judah's pivotal history, focusing on Hezekiah, Manasseh, Amon, and Josiah. Manasseh's 54-year idolatrous rule brings divine displeasure, contrasting Josiah's righteous reign with Covenant discovery and reforms. Reflect on national repentance, divine judgment, and the ongoing struggle for righteousness in Judah.
  • In this lesson, learn how Josiah's death triggers political turmoil in Judah, marked by shifting alliances under Jehoiakim, rebellion against Babylon, and Zedekiah's struggle to balance loyalties. The lesson encourages reflection on the complexities of human choices and the consequences of failing to heed prophetic warnings.