Eyewitness Bible: Kings & Prophets
Few Christians have a deep understanding of the Old Testament kings of Israel, or the prophets and their messages. The purpose of this series is to allow anybody to quickly gain a better understanding of those things, as well as an appreciation of how that information is relevant today. The Old Testament prophets were real people who proclaimed important messages from God that have stayed true for thousands of years. Jesus and the apostles thought the kings and prophets were important, so we should, too.
Eyewitness Bible: Kings & Prophets Ep1 - A Mystery
The Apostle Paul and Ezra explain that the Old Testament is really about a mystery concealing the person of Jesus.
Scripture References: Isaiah 7, 53; Colossians 1:25-27
Eyewitness Bible: Kings & Prophets Ep2 - Last Judge, First King
Samuel is the last of the prophets who leads Israel. Near his death, the Israelites demand that God give them a king like the other nations have. God allows them to have Saul as their first king.
Scripture References: 1 Samuel; 1 Chronicles 1-10
Eyewitness Bible: Kings & Prophets Ep3 - Shepherd Poet King Sinner
David follows Saul as king of Israel. David has many great characteristics and talents, but he is beset with character flaws and bad choices.
Scripture References: 1 Samuel 16 - 2 Samuel 12; 1 Chronicles 11-19
Eyewitness Bible: Kings & Prophets Ep4 - House of David
David is a man who has a heart like God's. That does not keep him from marrying many wives, having children by those wives, and neglecting their upbringing. The ensuing havoc changes history.
Scripture References: 2 Samuel 13-24
Eyewitness Bible: Kings & Prophets Ep5 - The Book of Ruth
Ruth is the great-grandmother of David. She is from Moab and is included in the family tree of Jesus.
Scripture References: Ruth
Eyewitness Bible: Kings & Prophets Ep6 - Psalms
The Psalms are the most widely read poems in all history. About half of them are written by David.
Scripture References: Psalms
Eyewitness Bible: Kings & Prophets Ep7 - Jerusalem
David conquers the hills city of Jebus. That city is renamed Jerusalem, and becomes a special city loved by God.
Scripture References: 2 Samuel 5; 1 Chronicles 11
Eyewitness Bible: Kings & Prophets Ep8 - Wise King, Foolish King
King Solomon says he started as the wisest man who ever lived, but slowly fell into idolatry and led his country into destruction.
Scripture References: 1 Kings 1-11; 2 Chronicles 1-9
Eyewitness Bible: Kings & Prophets Ep9 - Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs
This episode gives short descriptions of three of the books of poetry in the Bible: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs.
Scripture References: Proverbs; Ecclesiastes; Song of Songs
Eyewitness Bible: Kings & Prophets Ep10 - A Kingdom Divided
Rehoboam follows Solomon as king. Rehoboam unwisely tries to be a harsh king. Ten of the tribes rebel and start their own kingdom. The rebels become known as the Northern Kingdom, and the remnant ruled by Rehoboam is known as the Southern Kingdom.
Scripture References: 1 Kings 11-14; 2 Chronicle...
Eyewitness Bible: Kings & Prophets Ep11 - No Turning Back
The kings of the Northern Kingdom lead the nation into the worship of false gods even though the prophets of God contend against them.
Scripture References: 1 Kings 15; 2 Kings 1
Eyewitness Bible: Kings & Prophets Ep12 - Changing History
The Northern Kingdom is punished by God for their worship of false gods. One notable event happens when a slave girl advises the powerful Naaman to go to Elisha to be healed.
Scripture References: 2 Kings 2-10
Eyewitness Bible: Kings & Prophets Ep13 - Save vs. Don't Save
Jonah chooses not to go to Ninevah to preach to the people, but God uses a fish to change his mind. God works through a wanton woman to show the Northern Kingdom how much they are displeasing him.
Scripture References: Jonah; 2 Kings 17; Amos; Hosea
Eyewitness Bible: Kings & Prophets Ep14 - Saving the Southern Kingdom
An evil queen takes over the Southern Kingdom, but a wise priest saves the Southern Kingdom and replaces her with a young boy.
Scripture References: 2 Kings 11-12; 2 Chronicles 13-24
Eyewitness Bible: Kings & Prophets Ep15 - A Good King?
Isaiah is one of the most famous of the prophets. Much of his work is done during the time of the good king, Hezekiah. After God grants his desire to live longer, Hezekiah makes two devastating mistakes.
Scripture References: 2 Kings 18-20; 2 Chronicles 25-32; Isaiah; Micah
Eyewitness Bible: Kings & Prophets Ep16 - End of the Southern Kingdom
King Josiah is one of the best kings of the Southern Kingdom, but his goodness cannot overcome the evil done under previous kings. The prophet Jeremiah laments as God brings the destruction of the Southern Kingdom.
Scripture References: 2 Kings 21-23; 2 Chronicles 33-36; Zephaniah
Eyewitness Bible: Kings & Prophets Ep17 - Prophecies
Isaiah and Jeremiah discuss some prophets and prophecies, as well as their overall importance to Christians.
Scripture References: 2 Kings 24-25; Jeremiah; Lamentations; Habakkuk
Eyewitness Bible: Kings & Prophets Ep18 - Dreams & Visions
Daniel is an active prophet during the time the Israelites are in exile in Assyria and Babylon. He is very influential in the royal courts.
Scripture References: Daniel; Ezekiel; Obadiah
Eyewitness Bible: Kings & Prophets Ep19 - Such a Time as This
Queen Esther saves the Jewish people from near destruction by heeding the advice of her uncle.
Scripture References: Zechariah; Haggai; Esther
Eyewitness Bible: Kings & Prophets Ep20 - Last Words
Ezra is one of the leaders who helps the Jews rebuild Jerusalem when they return from exile. Malachi is the last of the Old Testament prophets, and his words help shape the expectations for a Messiah.
Scripture References: Ezra; Nehemiah; Malachi