I hope you enjoyed the short series on Creationtide and were given some food for thought.
Between now and late December we will be focussing on one of the great sagas in the Old Testament – the story of the establishment of the Kingdom under Saul, through it’s growth and consolidation under David and then we leave it on the point of division at Solomon’s death.
After settlement in the Promised Land, Israel saw itself as a theocracy. From time to time God would raise up a Judge who would lead the people but, over time, the clamour for a king grew. The experience of monarchy was not, it must be said, a happy one. Saul was unstable, David – lauded as the godly king – was an adulterer and murderer and Solomon – seen as wise – enslaved people for his building projects, expanded the kingdom beyond what it could cope with and, after his death, it split in two – the northern Kingdom of Israel with Judah in the South. The stories of these flawed kings have fascinated, and informed, God’s people for thousands of years.
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with every good wish
Coordinator, Daily Devotions from the URC Project