1 Kings 7:1-14 Solomon's House
1 Kings 7:40-51 Solomon's Temple is Finished! Click here to watch a documentary on the Holy Temples of Jerusalem and the Ark of the Covenant [produced by the Biography channel, 1996]
1 Kings 8:1-11 The Temple, Occupied, and Then... 3D computer graphic "flyover" of Solomon's 2nd Temple, ie, the one built by Herod the Great around the time of Jesus
1 Kings 8:41-53 The Prayer for the Strangers Among Us, Part 7 of Solomon`s Prayer at the Temple Dedication
1 Kings 9:1-9 King Solomon’s Second Vision interesting archeological find of a palace compound near Gezar Solomon's 40 years--- started well ,
1 Kings 9:10-15 Solomon Drifts! but ended with confusion...
1 Kings 12:20-24 Rehoboam Reaps (no audio)
Another Perspective, from the eyes and work of Jewish Roman General and Historian of the 1st Century, Titus Flavius Josephus and his book, "The Antiquities of the Jews"
Josephus, Book 7-The First of King David's Three Major Failures Deacon/Lay Leader Joshua Justice 20 July 2016
David is fully king, with a following of his people, and wars against his opposition past and won. In 2 Samuel chapters 1-9, his victories and leadership decisions are recorded, while Josephus gives more detail to thoughts and perception. By 2 Samuel chapters 10-11, David is fighting against the Ammonites who had reached out to surrounding groups to form alliances against the growing power of Israel. Joab, though considered a wild man and a murderer, has ascended in military leadership and David needed to watch carefully the strength of factions within his administration. He seemed to have control of Joab, but then, instead of fighting by him as was normal for kings in that time, David made the first major mistake of his kingship--he stayed home while his army went to war. And, that decision proved to be fateful and deadly, not only to Uriah, but eventually to David's administration...
Josephus, Book 8-Solomon and the Temple Deacon/Lay Leader Joshua Justice 17 August 2016 addressing 1 Kings 5-7
Josephus now goes into many of the specifics of the Temple of Solomon. complementing the information found in 1 Kings 5-7. Built on a grandiose scale, with as little sound as possible on the actual site, Solomon's Temple became one of the major wonders of the world. The pillars which announced the rising sun daily were grand enough to become legendary, and the other articles of the temple were just as rich. Solomon's Temple, the home of the Glory of God in Israel, and the fulfillment of King David's dream to honor Jehovah.
Josephus, Books 9 and 10 - Jeroboam vs Rehoboam Deacon/Lay Leader Joshua Justice addressing 1 Kings 14
The Golden Age of Israel~wonderful while it lasted, but upon Solomon's death, that period came to an end. Rehoboam is now the king of the two tribes comprising Israel, and Jeroboam, who led the rebellion against Rehoboam's heavy handedness, is king of the 10 tribes south of Isreal and known as Judah. Rehoboam, building on his father Solomon's tradition, decides to bulk up fortifications and set aside stores for possible sieges. Although he started poorly by listening to the young men rather than the wiser older advisors of his father, he did try to strengthen and take care of Israel, but as he aged and gathered power, he slipped farther and farther from the honest worship of Jehovah. Jeroboam used religion for political reasons and did what he could to keep his people home and satisfied with a modified form of worship. It was not what the Lord ordained, and there are consequences...
Josephus, Book 8 - From Jeroboam to Ahab's End Deacon/Lay Leader Joshua Justice 14 September 2016 addressing 1 Kings 14-22
Jeroboam and Rehoboam have had their days, and now Asa (the son of Abijam, grandson of Rehoboam), a good king, takes over and tries to correct Judah's course. Asa turned to God early in his reign and operated in faith, but time and power have a dulling effect on the senses if one does not actively remain centered in humble faith and reliance on the God of the universe. Overall, he ruled fairly well for 41 years. His son, good King Jehosophat then took over. Israel had a different line of succession - Baasha, son of Ahijah, and commander of the armies of the second King, Nadab (Jeroboam's son), took over as the third king of Israel. He assassinated Nadab at the siege of Gibbethon and usurped the kingdom in 953 B.C. Baasha stayed on the throne for 23 years, exterminating the entire line of Jeroboam, as had been predicted. He also incurred the wrath of God, gaining the same prophecy as had been given to Jeroboam, which is then fulfilled by one of the next to take control, Zimri. And then comes Omri and Ahab...
A Study in the books of 1 & 2 Kings
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The Kings vs The Prophets from the Bible Project
Death in the Pot!! 2 Kings 4:38-41 Pastor Billy Robertson 13 August 2017 notes
Elisha had returned from his living at the home of the Shulamite during a time of famine in Israel Visiting with the School of the Prophets, he asks his followers to set up a large pot and prepare a meal for the group, but something goes terribly wrong. By being open to just any fruit of the ground, and not being careful to know the properties of the gourd, the meal that should have been life-giving, now held death. The prophet, a shepherd to these prophets in training, shows the power of their God when he provides an antidote of meal--a picture of the Bread of Life--to save them from a deadly mix of a man's foolishness with the things known to be gifts of the Lord to provide health and life.
Josephus-Book 10 Sennacherib Assaults Jerusalem, Hezekiah & the People Return to the Lord, &Sennacherib Meets His Death Deacon/Lay Leader Joshua Justice 2 Kings 18 & 19
Book 10 of the Antiquities opens with the tale of the Great King (Sennacherib) and his assault on Jerusalem. Hungry for more lands, riches, and power, he also goes after Egypt and other surrounding lands, hoping to draw the Israelites into a fight that would allow him to sack all the kingdoms, and especially the riches of the Jews. It did not work out so well for him, or his armies. It also set the stage for the Jews to return to a closer connection with Jehovah, and showed them that, yes, God is in charge.
From Patterns of Evidence--potential finds pointing to King Hezekiah's War on Idolatry