Having A Basic Understanding of Some Old Testament Truths
Part 336 – A Brief Recap Of Some Events From I Samuel – II Kings
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1. What did Hannah promise God with her request to have a child?
She said: “... I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head” (I Samuel 1:11).
She kept her word in giving the child over to Eli (I Samuel 1:21-28).
Regarding no razor coming on his head… Numbers 6:1-6 and Judges 13:1-5
Because of her deeds, she had five more children (I Samuel 2:18-21).
2. Why did God reject Eli the priest and his house?
Because his sons were evil (I Samuel 2:12-17 and I Samuel 2:22-26) and he himself kicked at the Lord’s offering and honored his sons above the Lord (I Samuel 2:27-34).
“Sons of Belial”. Belial is translated here from the Hebrew word “בְּלִיַּעַל”. That term means: “worthless, good for nothing, unprofitable, base fellow, wicked” (Strong’s # 1100). Since we are contextually talking about Eli’s sons, we know their father is not literally named Belial, therefore we know this term here and in other places is to be taken as to mean those who are disciples of evil. This concept is clearly a way God looks at sinners (I John 3:8-10).
This term is translated as “Belial” throughout the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 13:13, Judges 19:22, Judges 20:13, I Samuel 1:16, I Samuel 10:27, I Samuel 25:17, I Samuel 25:25, I Samuel 30:22, II Samuel 16:7, II Samuel 20:1, II Samuel 23:6, I Kings 21:10, I Kings 21:13, and II Chronicles 13:7).
The Hebrew term (Strong’s #1100) is also translated as “wicked” (Deuteronomy 15:9, Job 24:18, Psalms 101:3, Nahum 1:1, and Nahum 1:15). “Ungodly” (II Samuel 22:5, Psalms 18:4, and Proverbs 16:27; 19:28). “Evil” (Psalms 41:8). “Naughty” (Proverbs 6:12).
The New Testament as a Greek term “Βελίαλ” translated as “Belial” and that word has an Hebrew origin (II Corinthians 6:14-18). It essentially has the same meaning as the Hebrew term.
Eli’s sons were not following the instructions concerning sacrifices to God (Leviticus 3:3-5) but served their own bellies (Isaiah 46:10-12).
In reference to I Samuel 2:35-36 see I Kings 2:27
Eli’s sons died as God said and Eli’s death can from falling off his seat (I Samuel 4:10-18).
3. Who made Samuel a prophet?
The Lord (I Samuel 3:1-21).
Samuel was the Lord’s man (I Chronicles 29:29, II Chronicles 35:18, and Acts 13:20).
Samuel was not the only prophet to have the Lord call unto him (Exodus 3:1-4:31, I Kings 19:1-18, Isaiah 6:1-13, Jeremiah 1:4-19, Amos 7:12-16, Jonah 1:1-2, Jonah 3:1-2, Acts 9:1-18, etc.).
Samuel was also a judge (I Samuel 7:6 and I Samuel 7:15).
4. What did the Philistines know and learn about the ark of God?
They knew that the presence of God meant destruction from THEIR KNOWLEDGE of what happened in Egypt (I Samuel 4:1-9). They chose to fight against Israel, won, and took the ark (I Samuel 4:10-22). After bringing into their lands, they LEARNED that God would smite them for such. When they brought the ark to Ashdod their idol “Dagon” was destroyed, the people were smitten with emerods [tumors] (I Samuel 5:6-7). The then took the ark to Gath and the men there were given emerods in their private parts (I Samuel 5:8-9). Ekron was next and faced the same thing which led them to cry out to send the ark away (I Samuel 5:10-12). They returned the ark of God after building a cart and putting offerings [ignorantly] therein (I Samuel 6:1-18). Once given to the men of Bethshemesh they looked in the cart and were smitten with a slaughter for looking in there (I Samuel 6:19-21).
5. What did Israel need to do to be delivered out of the hands of the Philistines?
“(1) And the men of Kirjathjearim came, and fetched up the ark of the LORD, and brought it into the house of Abinadab in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD. (2) And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjathjearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD. (3) And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines” (I Samuel 7:1-3).
They did as commanded and the Lord subdued the Philistines (I Samuel 7:4-17).
Exodus 23:22 and I Samuel 12:20-25
6. Since Samuel’s sons walked contrary to the right ways, what did the elders of Israel ask for?
They wanted a king to be like the other nations (as prophesied – Deuteronomy 17:14-20). God permitted it, though He saw such as a rejection of Himself (I Samuel 10:19) as their king, but had Samuel warn them that this would be to their hurt in the long run (I Samuel 8:1-22).
Judges were SUPPOSED to judge justly (Deuteronomy 16:18-19).
Times of perverted judgment were called “evil times” (Amos 5:4-13).
Many times, the kings of Israel caused them to err and brought what God warned. We shall see this as we proceed through the O.T. (Isaiah 3:12, Isaiah 9:16, etc.).
7. Who was chosen to be the first king in Israel?
Saul (I Samuel 9:1-11:15).
Saul was a “choice young man… goodly”, but the Lord did not judge men on such a standard (I Samuel 16:7).
A seer (9:9) is a prophet and a term we read about throughout the “Old Testament” (II Samuel 24:11, II Kings 17:13, etc.).
There were “high places” because the temple was not yet built (I Kings 3:2).
Samuel knew Saul was coming ahead of time (Amos 3:7).
Samuel told Saul to stand still so that he could shew him the word of God (cf. Deuteronomy 5:5).
Anointing with oil (I Samuel 16:13 and II Kings 9:1-6).
Samuel stood faultless before Israel and reminded them of part of their history and exhorted them to obey God as he reminded them of the consequences of obedience and disobedience (I Samuel 12:1-25). This was the judge “passing the torch” to the king.
8. What foolish actions did Saul take that resulted in him being rejected by God as the king?
He offered an unauthorized offering to the Lord (I Samuel 13:1-14) and he did not destroy all of the Amalekites as God instructed (I Samuel 15:1-31).
Priests were to offer sacrifices (Leviticus 7:34-35). Unless God instructed otherwise (II Samuel 24:18-19).
In the midst of this all, Israel erred in eating blood (I Samuel 14:31-33; cf. Genesis 9:4, Leviticus 3:17; 7:27; 17:10; 19:26) because Saul had caused them to be weak by forbidding eating anything (I Samuel 14:24-30).
9. Who was anointed to replace Saul as king?
David, the son of Jesse (I Samuel 16:1-13).
A man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22).
10. What did Saul do when an evil spirit troubled him?
He sought someone who was cunning on the harp which led to David being brought unto him (I Samuel 16:14-23).
11. When Israel feared Goliath, who stepped up to defeat him?
David knew the battle was the Lord’s, so he took him on a defeated him after hearing the challenge Goliath made in defying the army of the living God (I Samuel 17:1-54).
12. Was Saul supportive of David?
No, he conspired against him, tried to kill him, set traps, caused his own son (Jonathan) to protect David, chased David into the wilderness, etc. (I Samuel 18:1-30:31). In all of this, David would not do wrong to Saul or seek to kill Saul to defend himself (I Samuel 24:1-22).
13. Who, contrary to Saul’s law, went to the witch of Endor to enquire of the then dead Samuel?
Saul (I Samuel 28:1-15). For this, Saul’s death and his son’s deaths were on the morrow when God delivered Israel to the Philistines again (I Samuel 28:16-20).
Exodus 22:18, Leviticus 19:31, Leviticus 20:6, Leviticus 20:27, Deuteronomy 18:9-14, I Samuel 28:3-25, Isaiah 8:19-20, Malachi 3:5, Acts 19:18-19, and Galatians 5:19-21
14. What did David do when he received the news that Saul and Jonathan died?
David mourned, lamented, was made king by the people of Judah, battled with Israel, battled with the house of Saul, but ultimately was made king over all of Israel. After that, they conquered Jerusalem and defeated the Philistines too (II Samuel 1:1-5:25).
David was lied to about what happened to Saul and held the liar responsible (II Samuel 1:1-16; cf. Matthew 12:37).
We read of the book of Jasher (II Samuel 1:18; cf. Joshua 10:13), which is one of many we do not have access to today. For a study on this, see this article: http://www.wordsoftruth.net/wotvol16/wotbulletin04172016.html
David had Judah taught to use the bow (II Samuel 1:18; cf. I Chronicles 12:1-2).
David was hurt over the death of Jonathan (II Samuel 1:26) because of their close relationship (I Samuel 18:1 and I Samuel 20:17; cf. Proverbs 18:24).
David sought God’s counsel in what to do (II Samuel 2:1) as was his way at this time (I Samuel 23:2, I Samuel 23:4, I Samuel 23:9-12, I Samuel 30:7-8, etc.).
Violence between Israel and Judah continue until Ishbosheth’s murder, which David avenged (II Samuel 4:1-12).
David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David (II Samuel 5:7; cf. I Kings 8:1, I Chronicles 23:25, Psalms 2:6, Psalms 87:2, Psalms 132:13, Psalms 135:21, and Hebrews 12:22-23; 28).
Yet, though right in many ways, consider how foolish he was to take more wives and concubines (Deuteronomy 17:14-17) even though the Law of Moses allowed it.
15. After the Philistines were defeated, what error caused the death of Uzzah?
Israel was bringing back the ark of God and Uzzah touched it, to prevent it from falling, without authority to do so (II Samuel 6:1-11).
He wasn’t a Levite and the error all started with their improper transport of the ark to begin with. For the explanation of this, consider this text: I Chronicles 13:1-15:29
16. Why, though Nathan erringly gave permission, did God say David could not build Him [God] a house [temple]?
God told David He never asked for it, and then went on to reveal that He had plans for David’s son [Solomon] to build Him a house (II Samuel 7:1-21).
17. Who was Mephibosheth and what did David do for him?
Mephibosheth was the son of Jonathan and he was lame in his feet. David sought him out and cared for him (II Samuel 9:1-13).
David kept his word (cf. I Samuel 20:14-17).
David, knowing she was married to Uriah, sent messengers and took her (II Samuel 11:1-4). She became pregnant with his child (II Samuel 11:5). David had Joab arrange for her husband to come home to be with his wife to conceal his fathering of the child (II Samuel 11:58). Uriah was too honorable to sleep with his wife while he should have been at war (II Samuel 11:9-13). David then arranged to have him at the front lines of battle so that he would die (II Samuel 11:14-24). He then took Bathsheba to be his wife (II Samuel 11:25-27).
Leviticus 20:10, Proverbs 6:20-35, Matthew 5:27-30, and James 1:13-16
Here being purified from her uncleanness (Leviticus 15:19-33).
For discussion, consider why God acted one way when He was displeased in the past (Genesis 38:6-10) and differently here (II Samuel 11:27) in light of the following: Psalms 18:50 and Luke 1:31-33.
19. What happened after David sins regarding Bathsheba and Uriah?
Nathan the prophet exposed David’s hypocrisy (cf. Romans 2:1-23) with the story about a ewe lamb (II Samuel 12:1-9). David was then told the sword would NEVER depart from his house and, even though David confessed his faults, the child was going to die (II Samuel 12:10-23).
Consider how David’s transgression gave the enemies of the Lord the ability to speak evil of the Lord and how the Lord feels about that (Ezekiel 36:20-23). The principal of a child bringing shame on his or her father (Proverbs 19:26; 28:7).
20. Who was Solomon’s mother?
Bathsheba was Solomon’s mother (II Samuel 12:24).
21. What did Amnon do to his sister Tamar?
He was attracted to her “was so vexed, that he fell sick for his sister Tamar” (II Samuel 13:1-4). Through Jonadab’s advice, he pretended to be sick, got her to aid him, and then raped her (II Samuel 13:5-19).
22. What did Absalom do to his brother Amnon?
He conspired against him and had him killed him for raping Tamar (II Samuel 13:20-29).
23. Though David mourned Amnon, was he forgiving toward Absalom?
David mourned Amnon (II Samuel 13:30-36). However, he also longed to go to Absalom (II Samuel 13:37-39). Joab saw David’s conflict and had a woman feign herself as a mourning widow to bring David to a point wherein he would allow Absalom’s return from his flight (II Samuel 14:1-22). To answer the question, YES, David was forgiving and allowed Absalom to return (II Samuel 14:23-33).
24. Who won the hearts of Israel and conspired against David causing him to flee his throne?
Absalom, with the help of David’s counsellor Ahithophel (II Samuel 15:1-23). David asked God to turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness (II Samuel 15:31). ***REMEMBER THAT!
25. What command did David give concerning the ark of God?
“(25) And the king said unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city: if I shall find favour in the eyes of the LORD, he will bring me again, and shew me both it, and his habitation: (26) But if he thus say, I have no delight in thee; behold, here am I, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him. (27) The king said also unto Zadok the priest, Art not thou a seer? return into the city in peace, and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz thy son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar. (28) See, I will tarry in the plain of the wilderness, until there come word from you to certify me. (29) Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of God again to Jerusalem: and they tarried there” (II Samuel 15:24-29).
26. What did Ziba report to David concerning Mephibosheth?
He told David that Mephibosheth went to restore his father’s kingdom to him (II Samuel 16:1-4). THIS WAS A LIE (II Samuel 19:24-30).
27. Why did Ahithophel hang himself?
Ahithophel’s counsel was considered as if he was an oracle of God (II Samuel 16:20-23). However, Absalom chose Hushai’s counsel over his (II Samuel 17:5-16). So, when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed he hung himself (II Samuel 17:23).
28. David previously chose not to kill Shimei (II Samuel 16:9-19), as you read forward in II Samuel did that prove to be a good decision?
Yes, in the immediate, for Shimei repented of his errors (II Samuel 19:9-23). However, we shall later read that Solomon had problems with him (I Kings 2:36-44).
29. After David regains the throne, why was there a three-year famine in the land?
“...It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites… “(II Samuel 21:1-2).
30. What happened when David numbered Israel?
While the context is not clear here in what caused David to err (II Samuel 24:1), we later read that Satan moved David (I Chronicles 21:1). This would be similar to what we read about Job (Job 1-2). David transgressed, numbered Israel against Joab’s attempt to persuade him otherwise (II Samuel 24:2-9). Gad the prophet showed David his transgression, though David already felt it in his heart (II Samuel 24:10-14). God sent a pestilence that killed 70,000 (II Samuel 24:15). An angel came to Jerusalem for destruction, but David confessed his error (II Samuel 24:16-17). David went and purchased land and built an altar to God (II Samuel 24:18-25).
31. Was the passing of the throne from David to Solomon smooth?
No. Adonijah exalted himself to be king. Nathan hand to send Bathsheba to David to remind him of Solomon’s rightful place on the throne. Nathan and Bathsheba had to arrange for Solomon’s appointment (I Kings 1:1-53).
32. Why did Solomon have Abithar the priest banished?
“(26) And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get thee to Anathoth, unto thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death: but I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou barest the ark of the Lord GOD before David my father, and because thou hast been afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted. (27) So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto the LORD; that he might fulfil the word of the LORD, which he spake concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh” (I Kings 2:26-27; cf. I Samuel 2:30-36).
33. Though Solomon loved the Lord, what was his “only” problem?
He, as did the children of Israel, sacrificed in the high places (I Kings 3:1-4).
Sacrifices were to be done in the tabernacle (Leviticus 17:3-6).
This was winked at (Acts 17:30) throughout the O.T. (II Chronicles 33:17).
34. When Solomon could have asked for anything from God, what did he request?
To have wisdom (I Kings 3:5-15). He then showed that wisdom when two harlots brought a problem before him (I Kings 3:16-28).
Solomon’s wisdom was renown (I Kings 4:29-34, I Kings 10:23-24, and Luke 11:31).
This gives us an opportunity to consider some things about wisdom in connection to Solomon and application to ourselves (Proverbs 2:6, Proverbs 3:13, Proverbs 4:7, Proverbs 8:11, Proverbs 14:33, Proverbs 23:4, Ecclesiastes 7:12, Ephesians 5:15-17, and I Corinthians 3:18-19).
35. Did Solomon pursue building the temple as God told David he would?
Yes, Solomon did see to it that the temple was built in Jerusalem as God desired and the ark of the covenant was brought to it. They sacrificed to God and Solomon spoke to the people (I Kings 5:1-9:1).
36. Beyond helping with the construction of the temple, what else did Hiram help with in Solomon’s kingdom?
Solomon’s navy (I Kings 9:26-28).
37. Why did the queen of Sheba visit Solomon?
She heard of the fame of Solomon and wanted to test him with hard questions, gave him gifts, and received from Solomon “all her desire” (I Kings 10:1-13).
38. As Solomon became great in all things, what caused God to raise up adversaries against him all of his days?
Adversaries were risen against Solomon all of his days (I Kings 11:25), including Jerobaom (I Kings 11:27-40), because he loved many strange women that caused him to err (I Kings 11:1-10; cf. Deuteronomy 7:1-4 and Nehemiah 13:23-27). Solomon KNEW BETTER (Proverbs 6:24 and Ecclesiastes 7:25-28).
39. Did God plan to remove the kingdom from Solomon?
God would NOT remove the kingdom from Solomon because of His promise to David (I Kings 11:11-12 and I Kings 11:34-35; cf. II Samuel 7:15-16). However, He planned to remove all but one tribe (Judah) from Solomon’s son (I Kings 11:13 and I Kings 11:32; cf. Psalms 69:35 and Hebrews 7:14). The tribe of Benjamin would partially remain too, because they shared Jerusalem with Judah (II Chronicles 11:1, Nehemiah 11:4, and Jeremiah 6:1).
40. What events led to the division of the children of Israel?
As previously noted, Solomon’s sins was the starting point (I Kings 11:1-43). The events thereafter were Rehobaom’s choice to follow the advisement of the young men to increase the burden on Israel (I Kings 12:1-15) which caused a rebellion and ultimately the choice of ten tribes to appoint Jeroboam as their king (I Kings 12:16-24).
41. What did Jeroboam do to prevent Israel from returning to the house of David?
He built two altars in Dan and Bethel so that the children of Israel could offer sacrifices without going back to Jerusalem. He made an house of high places. He also made priests of the lowest people which were not of the children of Levi. For, he feared that if they went back to Jerusalem they’d return to Rehoboam the king of Judah (I Kings 12:25-33).
This is a HUGE event in the history of Israel. This event was followed by king after king in Israel (I Kings 12:25-33, I Kings 16:1-2, I Kings 22:51-52, II Kings 3:1-3, II Kings 10:29-32, II Kings 13:1-6, II Kings 13:10-11, II Kings 14:23-24, II Kings 15:8-9, II Kings 15:17-18, II Kings 15:23-24, and II Kings 15:27-28) and ultimately led to the destruction of these ten tribes (I Kings 14:15-16 and II Kings 17:20-23).
This all led to the destruction of the house of Jeroboam as well (I Kings 13:33-34 and I Kings 14:1-14).
Priests of the lowest people which were not of the children of Levi (II Chronicles 11:13-17). The Levities were supposed to be the priests (Deuteronomy 18:1-8).
Baasha killed the house of Jeroboam and took the throne, but did not depart from the ways of Jeroboam (I Kings 15:25-34).
42. Who was prophesied of regarding the tearing down of Jeroboam’s altar?
43. Why did God have the prophet who came to Jeroboam killed?
Because he disobeyed God’s instructions through the belief of a lie from the “old prophet” (I Kings 13:4-32).
Believing a lie is no excuse for sin (Proverbs 19:27, Jeremiah 29:8-9, Ephesians 4:14, Ephesians 5:6, and Colossians 2:4-23).
You’re not excused for being led away by someone else (Isaiah 9:16, Ezekiel 13:9-16, Matthew 15:1-14, and II John 1:6-11).
Even if an angel spoke to the old prophet, the man of God should not have strayed from what the Lord commanded him (Galatians 1:6-9).
44. What was the difference between Abijam and Asa?
Abijam, son of Reheoboam, transgressed (I Kings 15:1-8) while his son Asa did what was right in the sight of God (I Kings 15:9-24).
“But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the Lord all his days… But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days” (I Kings 15:14 and II Chronicles 15:17).
45. How did the death of Elah come about?
Through the conspiracy of his captain of half his chariots, Zimri (I Kings 16:8-10), who then took the throne in Israel (I Kings 16:11-14). His reign lasted SEVEN DAYS. He killed himself after the people appointed Omir king (I Kings 16:15-18). After Zimri’s death, Omri took the reign partially but also half the people followed Tibni. Omri’s people prevailed. Tibni died. Omri then reigned (I Kings 16:20-22).
46. After the mess in Israel with Elah, Zimri, Omri, and Tibni, who took the throne in Israel?
Ahab, who did MORE to provoke God than any king before him (I Kings 16:29-33).
About Ahab: “But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up” (I Kings 21:25).
47. Did Elijah bring good news to Ahab?
No, he told him of the drought he would bring about through his prayer (I Kings 17:1-7). Elijah was capable of performing miracles such as feeding himself, the widow, and her son with very little for a long time to healing her dead boy (I Kings 17:8-24). Elijah will also bring about the ceasing of the drought through prayer (I Kings 18:36-46). See: James 5:13-18
48. What did Elijah do to show the difference between himself and the false prophets of Baal?
Ahab brought the charge of Elijah starting trouble and Elijah told Ahab to gather together all Israel at mount Carmel with the 450 prophets of Baal that sat at his wife’s table. He then exposed their false deity by a challenge to consume a sacrifice on an altar by calling for fire from Heaven. Elijah mocked their false gods that didn’t answer, while showing the power of God through His calling fire from Heaven that most certainly did work. He then killed all those false prophets (I Kings 18:17-40).
Consider some things about all of this: Deuteronomy 18:20-22, Isaiah 44:15-20, Jeremiah 2:19, and James 5:13-18
49. What happened when Jezebel decided it was time for Elijah to die?
He fled to a cave where God reassured him that he was not the only faithful one left, but there were still 7,000 who had not bowed to Baal (I Kings 19:1-18; cf. Romans 11:1-5).
Though there be many who think they’re faithful, there will always only be a few (Matthew 7:13-23, Matthew 22:1-24, Luke 13:23-24, and Luke 18:8).
Always a remnant of the faithful (Isaiah 1:1-9 [cf. Romans 9:27-33], Isaiah 10:20-22, Jeremiah 23:1-3, and Revelation 3:4).
For discussion, what happened to the courageous Elijah (Proverbs 28:1) of the previous chapter? How could that relate to you (I Corinthians 10:12)?
50. Who did Elijah “cast his mantle upon”?
Elisha, who will follow him and minister unto him (I Kings 19:19-21) and then ultimately fill his shoes as a prophet (I Kings 19:16 and II Kings 2:15).
God delivered them into his hands with the expectation that Ahab would destroy them (I Kings 20:1-30). However, Ahab won the battles and agreed with Benhadad to keep him alive contrary to the will of God (I Kings 20:31-34). The prophet of the Lord taught a lesson to Ahab and others in showing that God expected Ahab to do as told (I Kings 20:35-41). Since Ahab chose to let his enemy live God decided he would lose his life in exchange for Benhadad’s (I Kings 20:42-43). They should have learned from Saul’s past mistakes (I Samuel chapters 15-16).
52. What happened to Naboth?
He refused to sell his land to Ahab, so Jezebel (Ahab’s wife) forged her husbands name, set up Naboth to be falsely charged of blaspheme, stoned to death, and then took his land for her husband (I Kings 21:1-16).
Ahab escaped sure punishment for this when Elijah prophesied of it because he humbled himself before God. However, God’s judgment was going to fall on his son’s days (I Kings 21:17-29).
Jezebel would not be unpunished either. She would be eaten by the dogs by the wall of Jezreel (I Kings 21:23).
53. Why did Micaiah the prophet get cast into prison?
Ahab was killed and Micaiah confirmed to be right (I Kings 22:29-40).
54. What kind of reign did Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, have?
He walked in the right ways, the ways of Asa his father, removed the sodomites from the land, made peace with the kings of Israel, but did not remove ALL the high places (I Kings 22:41-50).
He did remove high places in Judah, so we are left to conclude that he just did not remove them all (II Chronicles 17:1-6).
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