By Robert M. Solomon, Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000 - 2012
Jot down examples where the Bible has taught you, rebuked you, corrected you, and trained you in righteousness. Share your list with others to encourage them.
Athaliah and Jehosheba
The negative forces of our culture make us wonder where we're headed as a people. We show little integrity or morality, and dishonesty is overlooked in the workplace. Kindness is often the exception rather than the rule. But don't despair. This is not a battle God plans to lose. In the end, he will prevail!
PHOTO: Jehosheba saved Joash from Athaliah (Death)
"When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal heirs. But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him away from among the king’s sons who were about to be murdered; and they hid him and his nurse in the bedroom, from Athaliah, so that he was not killed. So he was hidden with her in the house of the Lord for six years, while Athaliah reigned over the land." (2 Kings 11:1-3)
When Jehosheba saved Joash from Death he was only one year old. He was raised in secret by Jehosheba's husband, a priest named Jehoiada.
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Jezebel - Wicked Queen of Israel
Only God is deserving of our worship, not the modern idols of materialism, wealth, power, or fame. Those who disobey God's commandments for their own greedy desires should expect horrible consequences. (Revelation 2:20)
PHOTO: The infamous Jezebel, wicked and manipulating wife of Ahab, is forced out of a window by her servants.
Jezebel was a villainess whose story was told in 1st and 2nd Kings, two books in the Hebrew and Christian Bible.
In the book of 1st and 2nd Kings she is the wife of the wicked King Ahab who was king of Israel. She is the archenemy of the prophet Elijah and has been known for several clashes with him.
She has many of God's prophets killed and tried to kill Elijah when he slew her prophets of Baal.
She also indirectly murders Naboth , a man who owned a vine yard because her husband desired it. So she has him stoned. Elijah then tells Ahab that God will punish him and the Phoencian princess.
Jezebel was portrayed by Paulette Goddard on the 1953 film The Sins of Jezebel.
Picture posted by SDACN, Pilgrim Online on 13 December 2011 at 9:26:24 - 2 Kings 9:30-37 The Death of Jezebel
Naaman's Valued Servant
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Elisha Raising The Son Of The Shunammite Woman
PHOTO: Elisha Raising The Son Of The Shunammite Woman
The Shunammite woman’s heartfelt hospitality to Elisha and simple, sincere faith led to an amazing series of events. Elisha was certainly blessed. And God abundantly blessed the woman’s life during a difficult period in Israel. Still today, God often uses His people’s humble acts of service to bless both the giver and the receiver.
Painting by Benjamin West (1738 – 1820) - Elisha raises son of the woman of Shunem (1765)
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Elisha and The Shunammite Woman (2)
PHOTO: The Shunammite Woman's great faith in God through His instrument on earth, Elisha, was rewarded again years later, after a seven year famine. Elisha had warned her to move her family wherever they could find food. After a seven year absence, when she returned, her lands and former house were restored to her and her son by the king, along with all retroactive proceeds from the land for the seven years she had been gone. (2 Kings 8:1-6)
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Elisha Multiplies the Widow's Oil
A prophet died and left debts that his widow and two sons could not pay. The creditor decided to take the two sons as slaves in payment of the debt. When the widow begged for Elisha’s help, the Lord miraculously provided them with enough oil to sell and pay off the debt.
Painting by Simon Dewey - All That She Had
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Jeroboam's Wife and the Blind Priest Ahijah
Are there times when we, in spite of having excellent promises from God, ignore those promises and do things we know are sinful, hoping to gain things God has promised, but we don't trust him to deliver?
God's grace, patience and his desire for our repentance. Do not turned to practices which are sinful for security.
King Jeroboam's son Abijah became deathly sick, and Jeroboam sent his wife to seek advice and help from the prophet Ahijah, who years ago had predicted Jeroboam's rise as king. She went in disguise, possibly because she was visiting in enemy territory, or possibly to avoid publicity over her son's illness.
But Ahijah, though old and blind, was not fooled by her disguise, having been instructed in advance by God. As soon as she arrived the prophet exposed her disguise and gave her a message from God for Jeroboam.
Painting by George Henry Grenville Manton, British Isles artists - The Wife of Jeroboam and the Blind Prophet (1888)
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Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath - When Sharing Means Starving
She blurted out despairingly, "By the living LORD your God I swear that I don’t have any bread. All I have is a handful of flour in a bowl and a bit of olive oil in a jar. I came here to gather some firewood to take back home and prepare what little I have for my son and me. That will be our last meal, and then we will starve to death."
Elisha said, "Don’t worry about it, lady." Don't worry about it.
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PHOTO: Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath
Sharing by those with next to nothing may be rare, but not unheard of.
The story of Elijah's miracle in 1 Kings 17:17-24. In Elisha and the Shunammite woman - a big difference is the inclusion of Gehazi as a sort of barrier between Elisha and the Shunammite woman. The Widow of Zarephath had almost next to nothing but the Shunammite woman was well to do. God performed miracles to both.
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The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon
Women played an important role in society and were equal to men in nearly all spheres, with civil, religious and military rights and duties much like a man’s.
PHOTO: The power of an intelligent woman. The Queen acts as Solomon's equal. She knows her own worth. There is a message here for all women.
Painting by Sir Edward John Poynter (England 1836–1919) - The visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon 1881-90 (aka The Queen of Sheba before Solomon)
King Saul and the Witch of Endor
We should keep away from consulting the spirits of the dead. Stop from being lure into using the power of Satan that DO NOT come from God.
Do not go for advice to people who consult the spirits of the dead (Leviticus 19:31, see also 20:6)
Any man or woman who consults the spirits of the dead shall be stoned to death; (Leviticus 20:27)
Painting by John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) - Circe, dangerous mistress of Odysseus
Painting by Pedro Américo - King David and Abishag (1879)
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Her embittered brother Absalom demanded justice.
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(King David and Rizpah)
But what could Rizpah do? The deaths of her sons had left her in a particularly vulnerable position; she was now only a widow and a childless one at that. Her sons were the property of the Gibeonites. She couldn’t ease her pain and grief by the normal tender ministrations of washing the bodies, wrapping them in oils and spices, followed by a burial in a family grave. Her sons were just left to be fodder for the appetites of vultures or large animals.
Thr Bible said "After that, God answered prayer in behalf of the land." (2 Samuel 21:14)
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“Good in Discretion and Beautiful in Form”
Abigail was altogether different from Nabal. Her name means “My Father Has Made Himself Joyful.” Many a father is proud to have a beautiful daughter, but a wise father is far happier to discern inner beauty in his child. All too often, a person blessed with outward beauty fails to see the need to develop such qualities as discretion, wisdom, courage, or faith. Not so with Abigail. The Bible praises her for her discretion as well as for her beauty (1 Samuel 25:3).
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Michal - Woman of the Bible
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a) She was the only Prophetess mentioned in the monarchical period, and the wife of Shallum, King Josiah's wardrobe keeper. She held such great esteem, that King Josiah sought her advice when the book of the Law was found in the Temple. She prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem "because they have foresaken Me and have burned incense to other gods" (2 Kings 22:16-17). But she added King Josiah would die peacefully, because Josiah had done what was right in God's sight, and the destruction would not happen before Josiah died.
b) The name Hulda means "weasel."
Printing by Elspeth Young - Huldah - Women in the Bible
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A biblical city left defenseless by depraved ways . . . . . .
Judges records a low time in the history of Israel. God’s beloved people are repeatedly given over to sin and idolatry, and are subject to enslavement by the Philistines and others.
Engraving by Gustav Doré. around 1880 - Levite calling for vengeance for the gang-rape murder of his concubine.
The Levite carries his slain concubine after she is sodomized to death in the lawless town Gibeah (Judges 19). Gibeah was a lawless domain of the sons of Benjamin. Laish (in chapter 18) is seized by the sons of Dan. (Image from Doré´s illustrated Bible book)
Texts posted by David Tulis on 27 March 2014
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It is sadly ironic that, though identified as one of his nation’s foremost judges, Samson never made any attempt to drive Israel’s enemies out of the land. In fact, he was happy to interact with the Philistines, even to the point of marrying one of them. Though he was only interested in serving himself, the Lord would superintend Samson’s selfish choices to secure Israel’s deliverance and ensure Philistia’s demise (Judges 14:4).
Quote from John MacArthur’s book, Twelve Unlikely Heroes, https://gabbybo.wordpress.com/2015/06/05/of-lust-and-women/
Painting by José Echenagusía - Samson and Delilah (1887)
By Robert M. Solomon, Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000 - 2012
 From "Faithful to the end" A Preacher's Exposition of 2 Timothy, Copyright © 2014 by Robert M. Solomon, ISBN 978-1-62707-241-0, PART THREE: UNLIKE THE WORLD, Chapter 9 "Christian Character in a Terrible World" (2 Timothy 3:10-17), Page 137.
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2 Kings 8 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Kings+8&version=NIV
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2 Samuel 6:23 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Samuel+6%3A23&version=NIV
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