1 Kings (Reformed Expository Commentary)
Ryken, Philip Graham
“Philip Graham Ryken finds himself on the short list of highly–gifted expositors in this generation. In this volume, you will find biblical preaching at its best—text–driven, doctrinally-sound, Christ-centered, and practically–relevant. Dr. Ryken has done the church an enormous service by providing this excellent resource for pastors and teachers to aid in their sermon and lesson preparation. This book is also an invaluable tool to help believers in their devotional lives. Consider how few volumes contain solid, expository preaching through this often neglected book of 1 Kings. Yet this is surely one of those works—clear, compelling, scholarly, pastoral, challenging, heart-searching, and life–changing. I, myself, cannot imagine preaching through 1 Kings without first consulting this important work.”See All
Dr. Steven J. Lawson
Senior Pastor, Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, Mobile, AL
“Sadly for many North American Christians the Old Testament is a dead book, often treated merely as a foil against which to interpret the New Testament. Phil Ryken’s work goes much work goes much farther. The author, an accomplished expositor and preacher, wrestles seriously with the form and message of 1 Kings for its original audience, its place in redemptive history, and its significance for today. This volume is a model of exposition, combining thorough and responsible exegesis with a passion to communicate the life-giving power of Old Testament Scriptures for the church.”See All
Daniel I. Block
D.Phil., Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College, IL
“Ryken’s historical, literary, theological, and pastoral gifts combine to make him an excellent guide into the riches of 1 Kings. These sermons demonstrate deep understanding of and love for God, which leads to a good understanding of human beings, which in turns leads to solid application for today. This lively and reverent treatment of this book will aid pastors and small group leaders who wish to share this neglected book in engaging ways. It rewards careful reading done with a reverent heart.”See All
Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School of Samford University
“1 Kings compresses 400 years of history into about 50,000 words which tells you that it was not written first of all as a history book but as the cutting edge Word of God to His people. Philip Ryken knows this and with his usual deftness of touch he makes the narrative live, and with rare pastoral skill he applies its truth with vigor. Be prepared to find yourself troubled by the perversity of human nature and frustrated by the cycles of human foolishness. But be prepared too to find yourself amazed by the majesty of the God who reigns over all and causes the wrath of man to praise Him, and by the grace of God who in every age and stage leaves a witness to Himself and moves history forward towards the unveiling of Him who is King of kings.”See All
Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA
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.