1 Kings

The Dromedaries

Jan 01

The Dromedaries    WE will read a few verses first, and at the close of them you will find the text. “Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry. And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river unto the land of the Philistines, and …

1 Kings:4:20-28

Observing the King’s Word

Oct 15

Observing the King’s Word   “Now the men did diligently observe whether any thing would come from him, and did hastily catch it.” — 1 Kings xx. 33.   You know the circumstances to which these words refer. The boastful Syrian king had been utterly defeated, and his army destroyed. He himself had fled into an inner chamber in …

1 Kings:20:33

Foundation Work

Jul 07

Foundation Work   “And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly stones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the house.”— 1 Kings v. 17.   “THE king commanded”: that is the beginning of all. Holy zeal waits for the king’s orders. But as soon as the command was given there was neither pause nor hesitation; …

1 Kings:5:17

Essential Points in Prayer

Feb 10

Essential Points in Prayer “The Lord appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon. And the Lord said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; …

1 Kings:9:2-3

“This Thing is from Me”

Jul 22

“This Thing is from Me”   “Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is from me.” — 1 Kings xii. 24.   IT is very delightful to read a history in which God is made prominent. How sadly deficient …

1 Kings:12:24

Elijah’s Plea

Nov 09

Elijah's Plea   “Let it be known that I have done all these things at thy word.”— 1 Kings xviii. 36.   THE acts of Elijah were very singular. It had not been known from the foundations of the earth that a man should shut up the doors of the rain for the space of three years. Yet Elijah …

1 Kings:18:36

Obadiah; or, Early Piety Eminent Piety

Oct 19

Obadiah; or, Early Piety Eminent Piety   “I thy servant fear the Lord from my youth.”— 1 Kings xviii. 12.   I SUSPECT that Elijah did not think very much of Obadiah. He does not treat him with any great consideration, but addresses him more sharply than one would expect from a fellow-believer. Elijah was the man of action— …

1 Kings:18:12

The Horns of the Alter

Mar 23

The Horns of the Alter   “And he said, Nay; but I will die here.”— 1 Kings ii. 30.   WE must tell you the story. Solomon was to be the king after David, but his elder brother, Adonijah, was preferred by Joab, the captain of the host, and by Abiathar, the priest; and, therefore, they got together, and …

1 Kings:2:30

Abijah, or Some Good Thing Towards the Lord

Oct 21

Abijah, or Some Good Thing Towards the Lord   “And all Israel shall mourn for him, and bury him: for he only of Jerohoam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found some good thing toward the LORD God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.”— I Kings xiv. 13.   JEROBOAM had proved false to the …

1 Kings:14:13

The Still Small Voice

Jul 09

The Still Small Voice   “And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went cut, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, …

1 Kings:19:12-13