The Kingdom: Saul, David, and Solomon

This Fall at Risen Life Church and Gateway Community Church we did a Sermon series on the Kingdom in Israel.  We took a quick look at the lives of kings Saul, David, and Solomon.  Over the course of 11 weeks we moved from 1 Samuel 9 to 1 Kings 11.  That is a lot of material to cover in 11 weeks.  It was a challenge to incorporate that much narrative into such a short amount of time.

It was fun for me to have a sermon that touched on the life of each one of these three kings.  1 & 2 Samuel and 1 Kings are so rich with theological truth that this series was truly a blessing for us as pastors as well as for our congregation.  Of these three sermons I believe my last sermon on Solomon is my favorite.  Solomon in the early chapters of 1 Kings gives us such a wonderful picture of Christ that it is hard not to just fall down and worship as you read the narrative that has been recorded for us in scripture.

In the lives of each of these kings we see ourselves and the burden of our humanity, the sovereignty of God interacting with the human will, grace and forgiveness, consequence and punishment, promise and fulfillment, sin and righteousness, blessing and cursing, rebellion and dominion, and shadows of the coming King, Christ.  These narratives are so powerful, filled with emotion, contrasts, irony, and truth, that they arrest the mind and pierce the heart.  If you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear, the lives of these kings teach us about God and what God desires of us as faithful servants that follow Him.

If the early history of the kingdom of Israel, during the reigns of Saul, David, and Solomon, is a blind spot in your Biblical understanding I highly encourage you to listen to the entire series HERE.  I enjoyed preparing and preaching the three sermons I had the opportunity to preach in this series and offer them to you below for your teaching and enjoyment.  As always I love to hear your feedback.  Enjoy!

Sermons from the Kingdom Series by Jared Jenkins:

Solomon is Anointed King - 1 Kings 2-4  audio
The Demise of Saul - 1 Samuel 27 - 2 Samuel 2:7  audio

God Looks at the Heart: The anointing of David -1 Samuel 16-19  audio
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