Here’s a story of another kind of sadness. Shortly after Solomon built the first Temple 959 years before Jesus, the people become interested in temples to other gods. They yielded to pleasing people instead of God. They took sides in all kinds of quarrels which eventually resulted in one nation becoming two: Israel to the north, and Judah to the south.
Chapter 13 is another one of those intriguing stories about good and evil in the Bible. A question: what do you think is the meaning of the altar being split apart in verse 3?
The fate of the old prophet makes us aware of how important it is to do what God says, even though others want to change it and excuse it. Many times in your life others will try to steer you away from God, and you’ll be tempted. It’s so important to pray, have friends that want to please God and not just each other. In that way you and your friends can be part of a special group of people that God can count on to spread God’s love and peace.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Your dwelling within my heart. v. 7
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the ninth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B
Tuesdays are dedicated to Hebrew History and “The Writings.”
For the rest of this season, we read 1 Kings.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…