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Living in Exile

Posted by Ding Ying on

While serving in exile, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were again pressured to worship a golden image which represented the pride and arrogance of King Nebuchadnezzar. When brought before the King, they remained ‘stubborn’ in their faith and would rather die in the fiery furnace than disobey...

Esther's Steadfast Spirit

Posted by Pastor Gilbert Tan on

Imagine that you are Esther from what we see in Esther 2. 1. Esther was orphaned. She did not have any other family members with her, other than her cousin Mordecai. 2. Esther was like her fellow Jews who lost their home and taken into captivity into a foreign land. 3. Esther was...

Living under Human Government

Posted by Eileen Wong on

In this pagan society, Daniel fought to balance his loyal service to Babylon with his ultimate obedience to God. Yet in spite of his disagreement with Babylon’s policies, Daniel gave his life to serve the nation. The book of Daniel is thoroughly political, revealing the power of God’s sovereign...

Faithful to His Promises

Posted by Pastor Kelvin Yong on

Hoshea was the last king of the north as God's judgement finally came upon Israel some 200 years after the nation was divided. This was however not caused singularly by Hoshea although he was definitely also a contributor. In fact it was said of him that he did evil in the eyes of the Lord but...

God Judges out of Mercy

Posted by Esther Siew on

The people of Israel would have known from their parents and priests that, according to the Law, suffering and exile would be the consequences of living apart from God's way (Deut. 28). The prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Amos, reminded the people of this again and again. Though these...

No Darkness Can Hide God

Posted by Debbie Loh on

King Manasseh of Judah led God’s people astray, and they sunk into idolatry and injustice. Manasseh’s actions were heinous—he installed idols of the gods of Canaan in the holy temple of Jerusalem. Manasseh’s actions were monstrous—he burned his children according to the practices of the...

The Servant Who Did Not Know God

Posted by Pastor Kee Sue Sing on

A series of terrible kings ruled Northern Kingdom of Israel without a break. One evil, rebellious king after another leading God’s people deeper and deeper into rebellion and idolatry. And when we compare Jehu (the 10th King) to the other kings (18 in all) of Israel, we see that he was the best...

The Quiet Presence of God

Posted by Pastor Mike Ngui on

In chapter 18, Elijah had just proven himself to be prophet of the Lord, Yahweh. Yahweh reveals Himself in consuming fire in response to Elijah’s prayer. Elijah then kills all 850 prophets of Baal. He then prays for rain and the drought ends. He supernaturally outruns King Ahab’s chariot to get...

Seek Good, Unbiased Counsel

Posted by Adeline Ting on

In earlier chapters, we read of how Jeroboam fled to Egypt and stayed there until Solomon’s death (1 Kings 11:40). After Solomon’s death, Jeroboam returned from Egypt to appeal to the new King Rehoboam to lighten the yoke that King Solomon has put on them on behalf of the people (1 Kings...

Solomon's Remarkable Request

Posted by Andrew Chua on

Imagine being the newly minted King. King Solomon, was offered as it were, “a wish of a lifetime”. Solomon could have asked for anything, instead he asked for a discerning heart. What would you ask for? And what would that be?