Like a row of dominoes, all evils flow from breaking the First Commandment about not worshiping false gods. Not only do King Ahab and his wicked wife Jezebel worship idols, but really, they worship themselves. They “Want what they want when they want it”! Hear the story of conspiracy to commit murder and robbery. God uses the holy man Elijah to bring God’s message of justice to the wicked King.
We’ve come to the end of our readings from the First Book of Kings. Thirteen weeks ago, at the beginning of summer, we began the book with the story of the death of great King David, followed by the reign of his son, King Solomon. The beautiful Temple for God was built…but then right away, Solomon abandoned that one and went to worship the cheap, false gods in their temples that must have been like shacks, compared to the great Temple. Like a row of falling dominoes, wicked king after wicked king bring God’s people down with them. From the top of greatness at the beginning, we are left with something disgusting. Instead of the King and the Queen dying and having a great funeral, they both die with their murdered bodies just thrown on the ground for dogs to lick their blood.
There’s a saying: “As you live, so will you die.” Your life stretches before you. What kind of choices for God will you make?
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
As I live, so will I die.
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the thirteenth and last week 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…