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1 Kings (Reformed Expository Commentary)

Ryken, Philip Graham

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Listen to a series of sermons by Philip Ryken from 1 Kings.
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Dynasties, fractured kingdom, prophecies of coming hardship—the book of 1 Kings is a grand, sweeping narrative of the beginning of the downfall of God’s people. Its size and scope may seem intimidating, but Phil Ryken shows us in the biblical, doctrinal, practical, and Christological commentary how this imposing book can be divided into three keys sections.

First, the stories of Solomon focus on the themes of money, sex, and power, inviting us to learn from Solomon’s example. Will we use these things wisely for kingdom purposes, or foolishly abuse them for shellfish gain? Then the middle of the story, on the divided kingdom, shows the destructive consequences of sin among the people of God—especially the sin of idolatry. The final section demonstrates the power of prayer to the true and living God, as exemplified in the life and ministry of God’s prophet Elijah.

Phil Ryken brings out the key themes of these three sections and illustrates how they come together in the focus on the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially his kingly and prophetic offices. This is an excellent resource for those who want a devotional aid and will help Bible expositors reliably teach a redemptive–historical view of this important Old Testament book.

  • Chapters 1–11: The stories of Solomon focus on the themes of money, sex, and power: Will we use them wisely for kingdom purposes or foolishly abuse them for selfish gain?
  • Chapters 12–16: The material on the divided kingdom shows the destructive consequences of sin among the people of God—especially the sin of idolatry.
  • Chapters 17–22: These chapters demonstrate the power of prayer to the true and living God, as exemplified in the life and ministry of God’s man Elijah.

The focus throughout 1 Kings is on the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially in his kingly and prophetic offices.

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