II Samuel 7
“Nathan assured David God would bless his efforts to build God a house (II Samuel 7:3). It seemed obvious that God would want that, so there was no need to consult the Lord. But it wasn’t God’s will (verse 7). Even the “”obvious”” should be tested by God’s revelation.
In betraying Jesus, Judas obey men rather than God (John 11:57). The church was built by men who did the opposite (Acts 5:29).”
II Samuel 8-11″ ”
David went from displaying God’s grace (II Samuel 9:3) to doing the Devil’s work—lying and murder (11:6-15). See John 8:44. “”Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall”” (I Corinthians 10:12).”
II Samuel 12
“David saw the evil in the actions of the fictitious rich man, but he failed to see that he had in principle done the same thing (II Samuel 12:1-7). It’s so much easier to see the evil of others, but ours concerns us most.
Lazarus’ life was in danger because he was evidence that Jesus could raise the dead (John 12:10-11). Those who hate Jesus also do not have the best of intentions for those who turn others to Him.”
II Samuel 13-14
“David’s sin was adultery and murder (II Samuel 11). Seeds sown bear a like harvest, as Nathan had warned (12:10-12). The murder was paid for by the death of the child (verse 18), the death of Amnon (13:28-29), and eventually the death of Absalom (18:14-15). The adultery was paid in the defilement of his daughter (13:14) and the public shame in his concubines (16:22). Though delayed, God’s justice is sure.
II Samuel 15
“Have you ever said, “”If I were running things, I would do it right””? That’s the Absalom syndrome (II Samuel 15:4). God knows whom to appoint.
Jesus “”took upon him the form of a servant”” by coming to earth (Phil. 2:7). Before finishing His work, He perfected the picture (John 13:4-5).
Day and night He keeps us safe (Ps. 91:5-6). Those who know His name will be set on high (v. 14). “”Thou shalt call His name JESUS”” (Matt. 1:21).”
II Samuel 16-17
“Shimei was of Saul’s house (II Samuel 16:5). He was alive because David had not exterminated Saul’s family, yet he called David a bloody man and rejoiced in his misfortune (verse 8). He later had a bitter meal on those words (19:16-20). A fool rejoices in the misfortune of others.
Where you put down roots now will determine what kind of fruit you bring forth in old age (Psalm 92:12-14).”
II Samuel 18
“David sent Joab to lead a part of his army (II Samuel 18:2), despite his ruthless dealing with Abner (3:27). Absalom died for it (18:14). Be careful to whom you entrust authority and responsibility.
Jesus is not a way, truth, and life (John 14:6). “”The”” means that there is no other. Therefore no one will come to the Father who does not come by Him.”
II Samuel 19-20
“The kingdom had been preserved, and the king was on his way back to restore the old order (II Samuel 19:15). In the midst of what should have been a celebration, petty jealousies caused strife and even rebellion among God’s people (19:41-20:2). How many revivals have been withheld or interrupted because believers refuse to get along with one another?
II Samuel 21-22
“Famine came in David’s day over Saul’s unfaithfulness to a promise made in the time of Joshua (II Kings 21:1-2; Joshua 9:15). Time is less relevant to an eternal God than to men, and there is no statute of limitations on our commitments to Him.
How can a “”church”” that pollutes itself with the world claim to be the house of God (Psalm 93:5)?”
II Samuel 23
“Those who wrote the Old Testament were not unaware of the Spirit’s inspiration (II Samuel 23:2). “”All Scripture”” is God’s Word (II Tim. 3:16).
It’s a false peace that is there only in pleasant circumstances. The true peace from Jesus endures through the worst tribulation (John 16:33).
Have you ever considered what would have happened to your soul without the Lord’s help (Psalm 94:17)?”
II Samuel 24
“David seems to have feared man more than God (II Samuel 24:14). He simply recognized that while God could do more than man, because of mercy He wouldn’t do as much.Thank God for His mercy!
They preferred a robber to Jesus (John 18:39-40), and this robber was also a murderer (Mark 15:7). This world may not like criminals, but they still prefer their company to that of those who condemn their sin.”
I Kings 1
“Fifty men running before you are not enough when you have exalted yourself (I Kings 1:5). Let God promote you (Psalm 75:6-7). Promoting yourself leads only to shame (Proverbs 3:35).
Why does the world so desperately insist on evolution? Because creation shows the identity of the true God (Psalm 96:5).
How much do you love God? Take the Psalm 97:10 test.”
I Kings 2-3
“When the things we ask for in prayer please the Lord (I Kings 3:9–10), He is able to give us “”exceeding abundantly above”” what we ask for (verses 11–14)—or that we even think about asking for (Ephesians 3:20).”
I Kings 4-5
“God gave Solomon the things that kings would normally ask for but that Solomon didn’t request (1 Kings 4:1–28). But other kings had these things too. It was the wisdom he asked for that set him apart from all others and made him famous (verses 29–31).
Before Jesus died, He could say, “”It is finished”” (John 19:30). We should strive to be able to do the same (John 9:4).”
I Kings 6-7
” Solomon set up the pillars in the porch of the Temple and gave them names (I Kings 7:21). “Boaz” means “in it is strength,” but this was no boast on Solomon’s part. The reason he was confident of the strength in the pillar was in the name of the other pillar—Jachin. That means “He shall establish.” What God establishes has the strength to stand as a support as long as God lives. He established His church (Matthew 16:18).
I Kings 8
“When God is given His proper place (I Kings 8:6), He will fill the place where He resides (verse 10). His proper place is on the throne of our hearts, and when He is there, He will still fill His residence (Ephesians 5:18).”
I Kings 9
“Our position in Heaven is secured by Jesus’ promise (John 10:28), but our position on earth depends on obedience (I Kings 9:4–9).
Why read the Bible? It was written to produce faith (John 20:30–31). Paul confirmed that it has that effect (Romans 10:17).
When you are doing righteousness, you can do so openly (Psalm 98:2). It’s those who are doing evil that want to hide their works (John 3:19).”
I Kings 10-11
“The half was not told me”” (I Kings 10:7) doesn’t mean she heard half of it but less than half. The Bible is a fair-sized Book with a lot to say about God and Heaven, but assuredly we have heard less than half. It is mathematically impossible to tell half of something that is infinite.”
I Kings 12
“The leader was wrong (I Kings 12:1–15), but Jereboam was just as wrong to divide God’s work because of it (verses 16–33). Apply that yourself.
Pay attention to exactly what God said (John 21:23). He’s responsibile for only what He actually said, not what people say He meant.
You don’t have to be perfect to have your prayers answered (Psalm 99:6–8). But begin your asking by asking forgiveness.”
I Kings 13-14
“When you know what God said to you (I Kings 13:9), don’t let anyone talk you out of it (verses 16–19). If God had really wanted to tell the prophet something different, He obviously could tell him directly.”
I Kings 15-16
“The “”perfect”” heart of Asa (I Kings 15:14) compelled him to remove even him mother from being queen for idolatry (verse 13). He was of that worthy sort that love Jesus more than mother or father (Matthew 10:37).
Pharisees tried to be good without being merciful, but that’s part of being good. So is enduring consistency (Psalm 100:5).”
I Kings 17-18
“The widow thought her child was going to die and that obeying God would only hasten the inevitable (I Kings 17:12 ). In truth, obeying God is the only reason her son lived (verses 21–22).
Setting wicked things before our eyes will cause those things to cleave to us (Psalm 101:3), give us a froward heart, and make us companions of the wicked (verse 4).”
I Kings 19-20
” Elijah’s forty-day trip to Horeb, which is Sinai (I Kings 19:8), must have reminded him of Israel’s forty years in the wilderness and their experience at that mountain. He had failed (verses 1–4), but so had they. God gives second chances and keeps His covenant. Don’t let discouragement and disappointment in yourself stop you. Listen for God’s still, small voice (verse 12) and get back in the battle.
I Kings 21
“Even one as wicked as Ahab can stay the judging hand of God by repenting (I Kings 21:27–29).
The Second Coming isn’t mysterious or complicated. He’s coming the way He left (Acts 1:11)—personally to Earth.
The hymnwriter said, “”Change and decay in all around I see,”” but He who changes not (Psalm 102:27) will abide with you.”
I Kings 22
“When a preacher tells you what you want to hear, it doesn’t mean he’s telling you the truth (I Kings 22:6, 12). The true prophet has greater concerns than your smile (verse 14).
His benefits include forgiveness, health, deliverance, blessings, and material provision (Psalm 103:2–5). Notice what is listed first. Forgiveness is more important than health or possessions.”
II Kings 1
“When a nation departs from the true God, their only alternative is to enquire of false gods (II Kings 1:3). That explains a lot in America today.
The church is exclusive—only the saved get in (Acts 2:47). That doesn’t mean it has to be small; people should be added every day.
They shouldn’t have been surprised that He walked on water (Matthew 14:26). He can also walk on the wind (Psalm 104:3)!”
II Kings 2-3
“Even in a pleasant situation, it takes pure water for fruit (II Kings 2:19). Make sure the source is pure (vs. 21). So is the water of the Word. Only what the Bible itself says will have the real blessing of God upon it.
Because God remembers His covenant (Ps. 105:8) and promise (vs. 42), we are to remember His marvelous works (vs. 5) and talk about them (vs. 2). Don’t forget!”
II Kings 4-5
” Naaman was a great man with his master (II Kings 5:1), but neither could do anything about his leprosy. He needed one servant to point him to the source of healing (verse 3) and more servants to persuade him to go to the source of cleansing (verse 13). These are the roles of God’s servants: pointing and persuading. If the great ones of the earth depend on servants, which ones are truly the great (Matthew 20:26-27)?
II Kings 6
“The Lord’s army was greater than Syria’s (II Kings 6:16). The 200,000,000-man army from the east (Revelation 9:16) is also less than God’s (Heb. 12:22 ) if our eyes are only opened to see.
The disciples went to the Temple to pray (Acts 3:1). The man went to beg from people. Those who talked to God had what he really needed.
We can’t “”utter the mighty acts of the LORD”” (Ps. 106:2), but we can try.”
II Kings 7-8
“The doubting servant of the king didn’t believe opening the windows of Heaven would be enough to meet the needs of the impoverished people (II Kings 7:2). God showed him he could meet their need without opening the windows of Heaven. So what kind of blessing can the faithful giver expect? God does open the windows of Heaven for him (Malachi 3:10)!
Notations and thoughts by Terry Frala