Seeing God In Bible History

During the summer prepare to preach from I Kings, the early half of a Hebrew book. Another summer, from II Kings. To us this double book relates history; to the Hebrew believer it consisted of prophecy, or “teaching-preaching” (W. E. Sangster). Make ready here, not to teach Bible history, but to declare the will of God for his nation, then and now. To help get started read Unger’s Bible Dictionary, 1957: “Kings, Books of”; “Solomon”; “Elijah.”

To show the layman what to look for: “The Hand of God in Bible History” (8:57). I. God’s Blessing on a Golden Era. A. A brilliant beginning for a ruler.

B. An opportunity to erect a church edifice. II. God’s Judgment on His People. A. Their disloyalty to God. B. Their division of the land. III. God’s Message through His Prophet. A. A call for a revival. B. A plea for restoration of God’s rule. This is not an outline of the book but a working guide.

In each case that follows, the Bible materials all come from the context. “God’s Plan for a Young Man’s Life” (3:5). I. The Lord Grants Him Freedom of Choice. II. Blesses for Choosing Wisely. III. Gives Much More than He Asks. Any young man here today has a still larger opportunity. “God’s Blessing on a Church Builder” (5:5). Chapter 8 abounds in riches for the pulpit. Plant all sorts of seed-thoughts now, and use them in later years. Let a sermon grow.

“God’s Blessing on Our Public Prayers” (8:27). I. God’s Presence in This Church. II. The Prayers of God’s Leader. III. The Petitions of His People. Many a layman needs pulpit guidance so as to pray in church. So does every boy or girl. No exhortation or scolding! Teach in love!

“God’s Blessing on Our Nation” (8:56a). Save this for Thanksgiving time. “God’s Blessing on ...

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