2009-01-09-OT12

2009-01-09-OT12 - Page 1 of 8 Old Testament 12 As she was...

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Page 1 of 8 Old Testament 12 January 09, 2009 As she was saying on November 26, …. In our last episode…. Solomon’s reign… some positive notes and negative 1 Kings _ 11 :7 So Solomon built a high place on the mount… thus he did for all of his foreign wives, the ones who were burning incense and offering to their foreign gods, and the LORD became incensed, angered against Solomon, against the one who had appeared to him twice. In response to Solomon’s wandering away, he does two things: One: he raises up a series of opponents. The word used is “satan” or sin. It is not a proper name in the Hebrew bible, or the proper name of the devil. It is the noun for one who is over against. They are foreign rulers who are raised up foreign leaders. The same as Judges, but not the same word as in Judges, but we encounter the word again in the Book of Job. In the book of Judges, what was the point? To bring them back to repentance, and worship of God. More importantly from the perspective of the Deuternomical history, God raises up a prophet to give a true reading to the events. Jeroboam. The prophet Ahijah. He tears his robe into 12 pieces. This is a key moment: 1 Kings 11:31. From this moment on, prophets figure more importantly that kings. After Saul, David and Solomon. Beginning here in 1 Kings, it’s prophets who figure. The traditional name for the Deuteronomic History is “Former Prophets” We are are in Neviem: Prophets. She prefers the name “Former Prophets” because it indicates that the whole narrative is a prophetically oriented narrative. Enables us to read Israel history from a “God’s eye view” through the eyes of the prophets. Underlying the Deuternomistic History three questions (in the notes) Question 1: How was God known in Israel and Judea in the period of the monarchy? The main answer is that prophets are raised up as the loyal opposition to the kings. Question 2: How was God’s purpose fulfilled in the military, etc.? By destruction and
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Page 2 of 8 exile, we have the fulfillment of God’s word. But inter-related… Question 3: Did God act justly? In allowing Israel to be destroyed in 722 and then letting Judea and Jerusalem 587-586. This is the question that is commonly called Theodicy: Did God act justly? This comes to the fore in the Books of Lamentation and Job. There is a repeated pattern in First and Second Kings. There is a repeated pattern: Eleven times we have the pattern that the prophetic word is given, and then given notice that the prophetic word was fulfilled. Begins at Ch 13 in 1 Kings and fulfilled in 2 Kings 23 and 25 fulfilled. Very weird story. Story is set at the fore of the divided monarchy. The Deuteronomists think it’s a very important story. It is placed in the beginning of the history of the divided kingdom.
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