This is the first chapter of a commentary on 1 Kings. The book of 1 Kings displays God’s faithfulness in the midst of the unfaithfulness of His people. This chapter discusses the subtleties of character portrayal, plot and dialogue in 1 Kings 1, and how these reveal God’s purposes for His people.
Can the "fire from Yahweh" in 1 Kings 18:38 be seen as lightning? The author critically engages this possibility.
Looking at 1 Kings 9-12, this article shows how Solomon rose to power and brought great blessings of wealth to God's people and the building of the temple. At the same time the life of Solomon is discussed in terms of his faith and life. Prosperity and security are not guarantees of godliness, and idolatry is the decay of society.