A new teaching series beginning on Sunday, September 17. Solomon was the son of David, the chosen king of Israel and Judah. He reigned for forty years, and his was a time of prosperity and peace. But he was also a ruthless tyrant, a bedroom idolater, and ultimately a broken man.
His life is a story of human triumph and weakness. From the peculiar circumstances of his parents’ marriage to his rise to power at the edge of a blade to his glistening Temple constructed for the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to his failure to raise a wise heir leading to the ultimate decline of his kingdom, it is recorded in sometimes painful detail for all to see.
To study Solomon is an epic journey back to Early Iron Age Israel, to a place of warfare, intrigue and unimaginable wealth. Join us.
If you would like to catch up on some of Pastor Erik DiVietro’s previous writings on David and the early kingdom of Israel and Judah, here are some links:
Some Historical Context – a quick summary of important context for David’s kingdom.
All Those -Ites in the Bible – some quick notes on the people groups in the Old Testament
Yahweh and Shaddai – the relationship of the names of God in the Bronze/Iron Age Levant.
The Book of Ruth – a 17 part study through Ruth, which serves as a foundation narrative for David’s rule over Judah.
Lame Men at the Table of the King – David’s compassion for Saul’s crippled son Mephibosheth.
Joab the Psycho – a brief biography of David’s cousin and general, Joab.
Ittai the Gittite – a study of David’s little known, loyal Philistine commander
Uriah the Hittite – a look at the man who David ultimately murdered to conceal his adultery.
Absalom the Usurper – David’s son Absalom and the palace coup that ultimately led to Solomon’s succession.
Abishag the Shunammite – How God’s HESED is present even in the strangest places.