Last year I had a very long conversation with a pastor from Green Bay *home of the Packers, holler* about the Old Testament. That’s really where my mind set starting changing. He said we can’t understand the present without understanding our history. This applies not only to our nation’s history or our family history, but to God’s kingdom as well. *Hello light bulb!*
Sure, you might be thinking, ‘uh Nicki, that’s obvious.’ Well, maybe to you my friend, but I was struggling through the book of Numbers during that period of time…so to me, it was a little “aha” moment.
Shortly after that great conversation, I went home, picked up my Bible, started reading the book of Numbers again and quickly changed my mind. My ‘aha’ moment was gone. And I was thankful God doesn’t judge us on our high school math scores!
But the light bulb went off again this summer. I did a study by Priscilla Shire on “Jonah” and I finally felt there was an Old Testament character I could really relate to. I am so a Jonah. In fact, it literally scares the daylights out of me just how easily I could relate to Jonah.
But wait…we are here to talk about Kings! SOOOO let’s get back to it! *Don’t you love how women get so easily distracted? Drives my husband bonkers! Hee hee*
I’ve always thought of first and second Kings as a bit long winded. I mean, there is rich history in there, I know that. Tons of wonderful prophesy. It’s a pivotal point in Jewish history. And our Christian history too. But Kings didn’t really come alive to me until I started a fictional series by Lynn Austin. Wild right? I couldn’t believe fiction could get me so giddy about Kings! The intrigue, drama, prophesy and historical implications…so wild!
I didn’t know much about Lynn Austin. Just her name. But now, I am hooked. The first e-book "Gods & Kings" is free* on Kindle and Nook in case you are interested. The others you can get at your local library. Or check your church library...you might be pleasantly surprised to find them there too. Check it out and tell me what you think!
(*Prices always subject to change. Make sure it is still free before you download.)