100 Words | Daily Devotional
Beginning on June 4th, this two-year journey takes you through the entire Bible with Key Verses, Astounding Photos, and Poignant Commentary from David Mainse. Unfortunately David passed away before all the video versions of his blog could be produced. His son, Ron picks up the torch for the remaining videos.
Videos are uploaded daily.
100 Words - YR1 May 1 - SOLOMON IN ALL HIS GLORY (Luke 12:27)
Key Verse: 1 Kings 9: 6 & 7a
But if you or your sons at all turn from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them; and this house which I h...
100 Words - YR1 May 2 - FROM WISDOM TO FOOLISHNESS
Key Verse: 1 Kings 11:4
For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David.
In the world of the ancient kings, the most common way of confirming treaties was through marriage...
100 Words - YR1 May 3 - DIVISION
Key Verse: 1 Kings 12:13
Then the king answered the people roughly, and rejected the advice which the elders had given him…
As the wall in the photograph shows, the land is divided. In the days of Rehoboam and Jeroboam, it was also divided. Friedrich Hegel, the philosopher, said, “We learn from ...
100 Words - YR1 May 4 - JUDGEMENT
Key Verse: 1 Kings 14:22
Now Judah did evil in the sight of the Lord, and they provoked Him to jealousy with their sins which they committed, more than all that their fathers had done.
“Here we go again.” This was a defining line spoken by candidate Ronald Reagan to President Jimmy Carter in an ...
100 Words - YR1 May 5 - GODLY CHARACTER IN LEADERS
Key Verses: 1 Kings 15:11 & 14b
Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as did his father David……Asa’s heart was loyal to the Lord all his days.
Here’s some encouragement for us all. While kings who did evil in God’s eyes came and went with frequency in the northern 10 tribes, now cal...
100 Words - YR1 May 6 - ELIJAH
Key Verse: 1 Kings 18:22
Then Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are 450 men.”
Who would have guessed that the odds favoured the one against so many formidable opponents? Yet that is precisely what happened. This dramatic confrontation has f...
100 Words - YR1 May 7 - SUCCESSOR
Key Verse: 1 Kings 19:12
After the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
Here we are brought to a standstill as we catch a glimpse of the stillness there is in God. Let us remember how Jesus slept while His disciples struggled with the storm...
100 Words - YR1 May 8 - SULLEN AND DISPLEASED
Key Verse: 1 Kings 20:43
So the King of Israel went to his house sullen and displeased, and came to Samaria.
Here is a prime example of a failure in godly leadership by King Ahab. The Lord arranged tests for Ahab. Ahab failed those tests! While Ahab still had his title as King, his wife, Jezeb...
100 Words - YR1 May 9 - SULKING, POUTING, ETC.
Key Verse: 1 Kings 21:4
So Ahab went into his house sullen and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him; for he had said, “I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers.” And he lay down on his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no food.
A big ba...
100 Words - YR1 May 10 - THE PROPHETIC WORD
Key Verse: 1 Kings 22:15
Then he came to the king; and the king said to him, “Micaiah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall we refrain?”
Micaiah is a prophet worth listening to. In verse 14 he makes this statement: “Whatever the Lord says to me, that I will speak.” For us who are b...
100 Words - YR1 May 11 - GUIDANCE
Key Verse: 2 Kings 1:6a
So they said to him, “A man came up to meet us, and said to us, ‘Go, return to the king who sent you, and say to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending to inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?…'”‘”
The first lesson from ...
100 Words - YR1 May 12 - THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Key Verse: 2 Kings 3:15
But now bring me a musician.
What was Elisha doing? Why, when they wanted to hear from God, would he ask for a musician? Does this make sense? Yes! For anyone who has experienced the wonderful uplifting impact of worshipping God through music, it does make sense.
100 Words - YR1 May 13 - IDENTIFY
Key Verse: 2 Kings 4:34
And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands; and he stretched himself out on the child, and the flesh of the child became warm.
Elisha identifies totally with this child. There had been an intervent...
100 Words - YR1 May 14 - CHARIOTS OF FIRE
Key Verse: 2 Kings 6:17
And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
As our key verse illustrates, occasionally God allow...
100 Words - YR1 May 15 - A LAMP
Key Verse: 2 Kings 8:19
Yet the Lord would not destroy Judah, for the sake of His servant David, as He promised him to give a lamp to him and his sons forever.
The writer of these words in our reading must have caught a faint glimpse of the glory that was to come, that of Jesus, Son of David. He...
100 Words - YR1 May 16 - THE WRONG PATH
Key Verse: 2 Kings 9:6
Then he arose and went into the house. And he poured the oil on his head, and said to him, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘I have anointed you king over the people of the Lord, over Israel…'”
God endorsed the appointment of Jehu to replace Ahab. What fresh new potentia...
100 Words - YR1 May 17 - JEHU
Key Verse: 2 Kings 10:29
However, Jehu did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin, that is, from the golden calves that were at Bethel and Dan.
Surely Jehu or some of the advisers and priests knew about the judgment of God on those who practised worshi...
100 Words - YR1 May 18 - OSKAR
Key Verse: 2 Kings 12:2
Jehoash did what was right in the sight of the Lord all the days in which Jehoiada the priest instructed him.
There are two spellings for the seven-year-old king’s name, Jehoash and Joash. What an amazing story! The boy king, under the tutelage of a priest of the God of I...
100 Words - YR1 May 19 - BONES
Key Verse: 2 Kings 13:21
So it was, as they were burying a man, that suddenly they spied a band of raiders; and they put the man in the tomb of Elisha; and when the man was let down and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet.
Imagine the surprise of the graveyard crew when...
100 Words - YR1 May 20 - RELIGION AND TRUTH
Key Verse: 2 Kings 16:14
He also brought the bronze altar which was before the Lord, from the front of the temple–from between the new altar and the house of the Lord–and put it on the north side of the new altar.
King Ahaz of Judah made slight changes in the pattern of worship in the Temple of ...
100 Words - YR1 May 21 - PEOPLE IN CRISIS
Key Verse: 2 Kings 17:18
Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel, and removed them from His sight; there was none left but the tribe of Judah alone.
God gave the 10 tribes of the north every opportunity to repent. He sent mighty prophets like Elijah and Elisha, but the leaders and the majo...
100 Words - YR1 May 22 - GOOD DECISIONS
Key Verse: 2 Kings 18:5
“He trusted in the Lord God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any who were before him.”
Hezekiah stands out as a shining light. He served the Lord completely, destroyed false religion in the land, even to breaking up the imag...
100 Words - YR1 May 23 - HEZEKIAH PRAYED AND PRAYED!!!
Key Verse: 2 Kings 19:19
Now Therefore, O Lord our God, I pray, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord God, You alone.
Our reading begins with the statement, “Hezekiah …. went into the house of the Lord.” The tearing of Hezekiah’s clothes and the...
100 Words - YR1 May 24 - A MIRACLE AND MEDICATION TOO
Key Verse: 2 Kings 20:4b-5
The Word of the Lord came to him saying, “Return and tell Hezekiah, the leader of my people,Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father; I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you.”
God added 15 more years to Hezekiah’s life by a c...