2 Kings: Every once in a while a really evil or stupid king arises

Dr. D.A. Carson on 2 Kings 16 (from “The Love of God, Vol 1, Nov 3”) THE BOOKS OF 1 AND 2 KINGS, though they follow the fortunes of both Judah and Israel (the southern and northern kingdoms, respectively, after the division that followed Solomon’s death), lay more emphasis on Israel, the northern ten tribes. More space … More 2 Kings: Every once in a while a really evil or stupid king arises

Declining Dynasties

Quoting from “For the Love of God, Volume 1, October 13” FIRST AND 2 KINGS narrate the declining fortunes of both the northern and southern kingdoms. Occasionally there is a reforming king in one realm or the other. But on the whole the direction is downward. Some orientation (1Kings 16): (1) Although 1 and 2 Kings treat both … More Declining Dynasties

Dark days in Israel

We have reached Judges 19, a terrifying and awful account of how bad things had gotten in Israel.  D.A.Carson, in “For the Love of God, Vol 1” says “the law of the jungle has triumphed in the fledgling nation of Israel.” Indeed, Judges 19: 1 says, “In those days, when there was no king in … More Dark days in Israel

God intended this

“Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” Genesis 50:19-20 D. A. Carson says in “For the Love of God, Volume 1, Feb 17 that we should reflect on what Joseph does not … More God intended this

Carson: Religiously and theologically, Ahaz was a disaster.

Dr. D.A. Carson on 2 Kings 16 (from “The Love of God, Vol 1, Nov 3”) THE BOOKS OF 1 AND 2 KINGS, though they follow the fortunes of both Judah and Israel (the southern and northern kingdoms, respectively, after the division that followed Solomon’s death), lay more emphasis on Israel, the northern ten tribes. More space … More Carson: Religiously and theologically, Ahaz was a disaster.

Downward Trend

Quoting from “For the Love of God, Volume 1, October 13” FIRST AND 2 KINGS narrate the declining fortunes of both the northern and southern kingdoms. Occasionally there is a reforming king in one realm or the other. But on the whole the direction is downward. Some orientation (1Kings 16): (1) Although 1 and 2 Kings treat both … More Downward Trend

Right in his own eyes

Judges 17:6  In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Everyone was doing as they pleased and not according to God.  Micah steals from his mother (so much for family loyalty!) then confesses (maybe because he is afraid….his mother curses the thief, not knowing it was … More Right in his own eyes

A Model for Ministry

A commentary on our Bible reading for today, Acts 20:18-35, from D. A. Carson’s “For the Love of God” Volume 1, August 1— … I would like to draw attention to some of the features that characterized Paul’s ministry. (1) The most obvious is the fact that Paul perceived how he lived and served to … More A Model for Ministry