Semester Review & Christmas Celebration

Hi all~

Wow!  What a semester we have had!!!  It has flown by at record speed!

We studied all the kings in Israel and Judah’s history.  We began 2 Samuel in September with David being coronated as king over all Israel.  He was the greatest king in the history of the nation.  He conquered their enemies, expanded their territories and although not perfect, he was a man after God’s own heart.  In 1 Kings, upon David’s death, his son, Solomon became king.  After Solomon’s death and the anointing of his son, Rehoboam as king, the  northern 10 tribes revolted and named their own king, Rehoboam. They set up Samaria as their capital.  The southern two tribes, Judah and Benjamin, were called Judah from this point forward.  Jerusalem remained as their capital.

For the next two hundred + years the northern kingdom (which retained the name Israel) had one evil king after another.  In 2 Kings 17, Israel fell to the Assyrians (722 B.C.) and were dispersed throughout the Assyrian kingdom. God did exactly as He had promised.  He punished the people for turning away from Him, His commandments, and for worshipping pagan gods and idols.

The southern kingdom (Judah) had some good kings and some evil kings. They lasted about 136 years longer as a nation.  Some of the most notable good kings were Jehoshaphat, Joash, Hezekiah and Josiah.  But even Judah turned from God, worshipped idols and therefore fell into Babylonian captivity in 586 B.C.. (2 Kings 25).

So, through the 4 books of 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings we have covered all the Israelite/Jewish kings.

Oh wait!  There is one more King to study this semester, . . . KING JESUS!!!
Come to Merry Ministries this week as we celebrate Christmas by looking at His story and what makes Jesus the greatest king of all.

Be there or be square!

Tuesday, 5:30 pm for dinner; 6:30 pm for the Christmas music and lesson, all in the Great Hall

Wednesday, 9:30 am for Christmas music and lesson in the Sanctuary followed by lunch in the Great Hall

Even if you cannot make it to the meal, please come for the music and the message as we celebrate the birth of the King of kings!!!

And one more thing to help put you in the Christmas spirit – my little sweetie, Julia.  Check it out:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxzd5GvRAgU&feature=em-share_video_user .

You’re the best!!!

Mary

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