Thursday, January 16, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 50 Monday

I Kings chapter 15

Does God issue any commands?

  • God does not speak in this chapter.

Does God make any promises?

  • God does not speak in this chapter, but Baasha fulfilled the promise (curse) made to Jeroboam by destroying all of Jeroboam's family.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • God kept the kingly line of David in place because of His promise to David. Jesus would ultimately be the fulfillment of that promise through David's kingly line.
  • The zeal of Asa to cleanse the religious practices of the people was like the zeal that Jesus showed in cleansing the temple centuries later.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • After the defeat of the northern king, Baasha, King Asa used the material of the conquered cities to build Geba and Mizpah. The New Earth will most likely be built from the conquered territory (this old earth) after the final battle when Jesus defeats Satan. Several passages in the New Testament talk about the treasures that the Christian lays up in Heaven (gold, silver, precious stones, or wood, hay, stubble) based upon his activities in this life. (See Matthew 6:19-21 and I Corinthians 3:12-13.)

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