Posts Tagged: Yahweh

2 Kings 10:16 – Faltering Zeal

It seems as if some people who start out well in serving the Lord continue in their zeal for Him, whereas others fall away. How and why they turn is certainly a complicated dynamic. We see this in the account of Jehu. Back when Elijah was prophet over Israel, Yahweh had given him Word that…

2 Kings 8:12 – Why Elisha Wept

The prophet Elisha had quite a lot of interaction with the kings of Syria that resulted in a number of dramatic events.  Actually the Ben-Hadad noted in the Bible as king of Syria, but not distinguished as such, was both father and son.  Because Elisha performed his many deeds for about 60 years, he would…

2 Kings 5:20 – Gehazi’s Greed

The account of the Syrian commander Naaman and the prophet Elisha is one that teaches us much about the ways of God.  The underlying narrative is that in the Ancient Near East (ANE) there was a territorial concept about the gods.  Deriving from the Genesis 11 account of the Tower of Babel where Yahweh came…

2 Kings 3:27 – Human Sacrifice

The demonic realm hungers for blood. We’ve all heard about satanic rituals where blood is shed or even drank, so there’s certainly enough information and proof that adherents of darkness who follow Satan and his minions perform abhorrent practices.  Have you ever wondered why, or to what end? First, it’s important to understand there are…

1 King’s 19:10 – Elijah’s Lament

Elijah obeyed the Lord and received His blessings for his faithfulness, but that didn’t stop the prophet from fearing for his life at the hand of man.  Because of the tasks that God had Elijah perform, his life was constantly in danger.  In his human frailty, he grew weary and depressed.  Yet, Yahweh came to…

1 Kings 18:21 – Leaping and Limping

If someone is leaping, can he also be limping at the same time?  That’s a strange question, isn’t it? Apparently according to the writer of 1 Kings, that’s a distinct possibility. In the days of the prophet Elijah, the wicked King Ahab ruled over Israel – the Northern Kingdom.  He was so evil and far…

1 Kings 14:13 – Something Pleasing

Those who have read any number of my essays may have noticed that I’ll often comment upon unusual or obscure passages of Scripture to tease out what may be the thinking behind what is written.  Of course, I have no unique communication with the authors of old and must sometimes speculate what’s going on behind…

1 Kings 10:5 – No Breath in Her

Imagine yourself a monarch – a king or queen – in the time of Solomon.  The queen of Sheba was such a ruler.  Because of Solomon’s fame, this queen heard about him from the distant land in which she lived.  Sheba is considered to be the modern day country of Yemen, to the far south…

1 Kings 3:1 – Foreshadowing

The Bible contains numerous instances of foreshadowing, where an event occurs that shows a hint of what will come in the future. Right off the bat in the account of Solomon’s reign, we see this situation. Solomon was the Lord’s anointed to continue as king over all Israel following the death of his father David….

1 Kings 1:5 – Deadly Presumption

In the life of King David we see how deadly presumption can be, and how it can work against the interests of God. David was a man after God’s own heart. He never followed any god but Yahweh. Regardless, he was still a man and subject to the sin of the flesh. This led him…