And Saul, David, and Solomon (united Israel’s first three kings) were anointed by God Himself. Yet, the true biblical story of the kings of Israel is somewhat sordid.
The men were, after all, sinners.
Kings of the Bible
Saul completely disobeyed God and God removed the kingdom from him, giving it instead to David.
David was admirable in many ways, and he loved God, but his sin with Bathsheba and against her husband Uriah carried far-reaching consequences.
David and Bathsheba’s son Solomon was gifted with wisdom, yet he broke every rule the Lord gave to kings in Deuteronomy. As a direct result of Solomon’s greed and lack of compassion, the kingdom of Israel split into two under his son Rehoboam.
There is truly one great King of Israel–King Jesus. He is the only King without sin, the only King who will reign forever.
At 48 pages, Great Kings of the Bible: How Jesus is greater than Saul, David and Solomon (Christian Focus, 2014) is not an overwhelming amount of text, but it contains plenty of great information. The text is accurate to the biblical stories (albeit edited for appropriateness, clarity, and length). While Mr. Rehu does not avoid sin issues, he is careful about how he words the text.
My favorite part of the book is that after each king’s story, Mr. Rehu contrasts the life and character of that king with the life and character of Jesus Christ, showing that Jesus is in fact the greatest King of all. Children will come away with an understanding of Christ’s character and the sacrifice He made for our sins.
Every spread is beautifully illustrated in watercolor and ink by Fred Apps.
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I’d like to thank Christian Focus Publications for giving me a copy of Great Kings of the Bible by Deepak Reju in return for my honest review.
I highly recommend Great Kings of the Bible for Christian families.
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