God’s people the Israelites are allowed, by decree of King Cyrus of Persia, to return to their homeland. Upon arrival they realize the extent of the devastation the exile had on the city of Jerusalem. They begin work on the Temple, slowly rebuilding it.
After a series of “evil” kings, the LORD God sends King Nebuchadnezzer of Babylon into the land of Judah and exiles its king and people. Later, King Neb destroys the city of Jerusalem and the Temple of the LORD.
For a period of 70 years, the people of Judah are in semi-permanent time-out.
King Josiah’s dad and grandfather were kings, and not very good kings at all. Josiah became king at the age of 8, and it wasn’t until the 18th year of his reign that in the process of repairing the Temple a scroll was discovered. It was the Book of the Law (the Torah). King Josiah was deeply saddened at how far God’s people had strayed from Him and had the people renew the covenant with the LORD.
King Hezekiah was a good king. He helped turn the idolatry of his fellow Israelites back to the LORD. During Hezekiah’s reign, the northern kingdom of Israel was conquered by the Assyrians, which in turn, came knocking on Judah’s doorstep. The King and the people sought the LORD while under siege from Sennacherib, King of Assyria. The LORD rescued them from Sennacherib’s hand and spared them.
Jeroboam harasses Solomon, and ends up fleeing for his life.
Solomon’s successor to the throne of Israel is his son, Rehoboam. This young man chooses to defy the wishes of the people of Israel (to go easy on them as his father, Solomon, worked them hard).
Rehoboam tells them his finder is thicker than his father’s waist and they can expect to be worked harder!
Led by Jeroboam, the people of the North (Israel) divided from the people of the South (Judah and Benjamin), led by Rehoboam.
Thus the kingdom was divided in two.
King David dies and his son, Solomon, assumes the throne. The LORD asks young Solomon what he could do for him. Solomon responds by asking for wisdom so he could rule well. The LORD is pleased with Solomon’s request and further grants him wealth and fame as well.
King Solomon wrote numerous proverbs and wise sayings. There is even an example of the application of his wisdom as he settled a dispute between two young mothers over a baby.
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King David decides to count his troops, realizes that was a bad decision (after the fact), has to choose one of three punishments, and buys the porch (threshold) where the plague stopped.
Interestingly, the “porch” that David bought became the sight where King Solomon placed the Temple.
This story is rather violent in nature. A lot of killing takes place.
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Young David does what King Saul is supposed to do: fight Goliath, defend Israel. Instead, Saul depends on David to fight for what is right. And David does so with courage and conviction. David would not let Goliath get away with cursing God and His people.
And the compare and contrast saga between Saul and David begins.
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Found in 1 Samuel 16:1-13