Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The

Skip Heitzig

Take your knowledge of the full scope of Scripture to soaring heights with The Bible from 30,000 Feet. In this series, Skip Heitzig pilots you through all sixty-six books of the Bible, revealing major themes, principles, people, and events from Genesis to Revelation. Fasten your seatbelt and open your Bible for this sweeping panorama of Scripture that will increase your faith in God's plan for the world-and for you.


Table of Contents

1 Genesis 1-11 Flight GEN01
2 Genesis 12-50 Flight GEN02
3 Exodus 1-18 Flight EXO01
4 Exodus 19-40 Flight EXO02
5 Leviticus 1-27 Flight LEV01
6 Numbers 1-36 Flight NUM01
7 Deuteronomy 1-34 Flight DEU01
8 Joshua 1-24 Flight JOS01
9 Judges 1-21 Flight JUD01
10 Ruth 1-4 Flight RUT01
11 1 Samuel 1-31 Flight 1SAM1
12 2 Samuel 1-24 Flight 2SAM1
13 1 Kings 1-22 Flight 1KIN1
14 2 Kings 1-25 Flight 2KIN1
15 1 Chronicles 1-29 Flight 1CHR1
16 2 Chronicles 1-36 Flight 2CHR1
17 Ezra 1-10 Flight EZR01
18 Nehemiah 1-13 Flight NEH01
19 Esther 1-10 Flight EST01
20 Job 1-42 Flight JOB01
21 Psalms 1-150 Flight PSA01
22 Proverbs 1-31 Flight PRO01
23 Ecclesiastes 1- 12 Flight ECC01
24 Song of Solomon 1-8 Flight SON01
25 Isaiah 1-27 Flight ISA01
26 Isaiah 28-66 Flight ISA02
27 Jeremiah 1-20 Flight JER01
28 Jeremiah 21-52; Lamentations 1-5 Flight JLA01
29 Ezekiel 1-48 Flight EZE01
30 Daniel 1-8 Flight DAN01
31 Daniel 9-12 Flight DAN02
32 Hosea 1-14 Flight HOS01
33 Joel 1-3; Amos 1-9; Obadiah Flight JAO01
34 Jonah 1-4 Flight JON01
35 Micah 1-7; Nahum 1-3; Habakkuk 1-3 Flight MNH01
36 Zephaniah 1-3; Haggai 1-2 Flight ZHA01
37 Zechariah 1-14; Malachi 1-4 Flight ZMA01
38 Intertestamental Period Flight INT01
39 Matthew 1-28; Mark 1-16; Luke 1-24 Flight MML01
40 John 1-21 Flight JOH01
41 Acts 1-28 Flight ACT01
42 Romans 1-16 Flight ROM01
43 1 Corinthians 1-16 Flight 1COR1
44 2 Corinthians 1-13 Flight 2COR1
45 Galatians 1-6 Flight GAL01
46 Ephesians 1-6 Flight EPH01
47 Philippians 1-4 Flight PHI01
48 Colossians 1-4 Flight COL01
49 1 Thessalonians 1-5; 2 Thessalonians 1-3 Flight THE01



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1-11

We're going back to the beginning in this first flight. Written by Moses and inspired by God Himself, Genesis means origin. From the formation of all created things and the fall of man to the flood and the fallout of man's rebellion, Genesis 1-11 chronicles the beginning of everything. It all starts here.



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SCRIPTURE: Genesis 12-50

This flight takes us through the biographical part of Genesis and God's response to man's rebellion. Four men are prominent in the formation of the nation of Israel: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Through this lineage, God would fulfill His promise of salvation for humanity.



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SCRIPTURE: Exodus 1-18

The central event in this flight through Exodus is the redemption of God's people, the Israelites, from their bondage in Egypt. We fly over Egypt and the wilderness where Israel wandered for forty years. The plight of the Israelites, their disobedience, and God's deliverance all foreshadow Jesus Christ.



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SCRIPTURE: Exodus 19-40

The Sinai Peninsula is the backdrop for this flight to Exodus, where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments along with detailed instructions for how He was to be worshiped. Miraculous signs of God's absolute power abound, along with the revelation from God that would define Israel's national identity.



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SCRIPTURE: Leviticus 1-27

Leviticus describes the worship life of the nation of Israel. We discover how the Israelites were instructed to make atonement for their sin through sacrifice. The overarching theme of this book can be summed up in one word: holiness. After centuries of captivity in Egypt, the Israelites needed a reminder of who God is, His absolute holiness, and how they were to live set apart for Him.



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SCRIPTURE: Numbers 1-36

Numbers contains two censuses of the Hebrew people. The first is of the generation that left Egypt, including how they were organized, their journey in the wilderness, and their refusal to enter the Promised Land. Due to their disobedience, the first generation of Israelites failed to enter the land God had promised; however, God remained faithful by leading a new generation into the Promised Land.



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SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 1-34

After forty years of wandering, the Israelites were finally ready to enter the Promised Land. The book of Deuteronomy can be organized around three messages Moses gave while the Israelites waited to enter the land. With the key word of this book being covenant, Deuteronomy speaks of the special relationship God established with His people.



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SCRIPTURE: Joshua 1-24

In this flight over the book of Joshua, we get to know its namesake, who shared in all the events since Exodus and held the place of military commander under Moses' leadership. We'll also get a tour of the Promised Land and follow Israel's conquest of Canaan, after which Joshua divided the land among the twelve tribes.



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SCRIPTURE: Judges 1-21

The Israelites experienced a period of victorious conquests in Canaan after Joshua's death. But as their obedience to God's laws and their faith in God's promises diminished, Israel became entrenched in the sin cycle. God divinely appointed Judges to provide leadership and deliverance during this chaotic time. Sadly, God's people repeatedly did what was right in their own eyes.



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In this flight, we'll see the godly love and courage of two very different women from very different backgrounds. And we'll meet Boaz, who became Ruth's kinsman-redeemer, a type of Christ. Although the book of Ruth is short, it is prophetically important in terms of the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Ruth's story of romantic grace places love at the center of each of its four chapters.



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SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 1-31

In this flight, we find the nation of Israel in desperate need of direction and leadership. We will meet the man whose good looks, physical stature, and success in war made him an obvious choice from a human perspective, but Israel's first king had a tragic flaw: pride. From the ashes of King Saul's calamitous reign, God raised up an unlikely man who would become Israel's next king, a man after His own heart.



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SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 1-24

David went from shepherding livestock to serving as God's sovereign king in Israel. His faith and obedience assured him military and political victory as one by one he defeated Israel's enemies. In this flight, we both celebrate David's successes and identify with his failures as we get to know this man whom God called, "a man after My own heart."

"Flight 2SAM1"
2 Samuel 1-24

  1. Introduction
    1. Three phrases can be used to outline 2 Samuel:
      1. David's triumphs
      2. David's transgressions
      3. David's troubles
    2. David's importance in biblical history cannot be underestimated
      1. Sixty-two chapters of the Bible are devoted to David
        1. There are 1,118 verses written about David
        2. David is mentioned more than any person in the Bible except one—Jesus Christ
          1. Fourteen chapters were devoted to Abraham
          2. Fourteen to Joseph
          3. Eleven to Jacob
          4. Less than ten to Elijah
      2. David's importance is reflected in these phrases: City of David, star of David, lineage of David, seed of David, house of David, tabernacle of David, offspring of David, root of David
    3. David was chosen by the Lord (see Psalm 78:67-72)
      1. God raised him up from shepherd to servant (of Saul) to sovereign
      2. Before he even came on the scene, David was overlooked; even his father didn't think he should meet Samuel (overlooked runt)
      3. Called twice in Scriptures a man after God's own heart (see 1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22)
    4. He was not perfect—he was a regular Joe with lots of flaws, which are highlighted in this book
  2. David's triumphs (2 Samuel 1-10)
    1. Despite having been chased by Saul for over a decade, "David lamented" (1:17) at the news of Saul's death
      1. This passage marks the greatness of David: not seeking revenge and not rejoicing to see Saul dead, he wept over the very person who rejected him (prefigure of Jesus)
        1. "Love your enemies" (Matthew 5:44) looks good on paper, but revenge is a lot more fun
        2. A sign that you're growing in Christ is when you can love your enemies
      2. "How the mighty have fallen" (1:25) speaks of Jonathan
        1. David and Jonathan's souls were knit together (see 1 Samuel 18:1)
        2. "Your love…[surpasses] the love of women" (1:26)
          1. David was married to Jonathan's sister Michal
          2. Things were never good between them; Saul had planned to use Michal to ensnare David
          3. David had at least eight wives
          4. David was a success in his career; he was an abject failure at home
    2. Three coronations
      1. The first coronation was private: anointed by Samuel in front of his father and brothers
      2. The first public coronation: David crowned in Hebron—king over the house of Judah (see 2:4)
        1. However, not all of Saul's sons had died—Ishbosheth was still alive
        2. Abner crowned Ishbosheth king over the eleven tribes
          1. Joab was the commander of David's army; Abner was the commander of Saul's army
          2. After David was crowned in Hebron, a seven-year conflict followed—the first civil war in Israel—between David in the south and Ishbosheth in the north (see 3:1)
          3. Abner decided to negotiate a peaceful handover of the kingdom
      3. Then all the tribes came to David at Hebron and anointed David king over Israel (see 5:1-3)
    3. David was thirty years old when he began to reign over all Israel
      1. Next step was to secure a capital; he didn't want Hebron to be the capital
      2. Jebus—Jerusalem; also chosen by God (see Psalm 78:68)
        1. Controlled by Jebusites, a Canaanite tribe left over from the old days; Joshua never took it
        2. Jerusalem was strategically located: on a hill, valleys below on one side, hills on the other; metaphor of strength (see Psalm 125:1-2)
        3. In order to be viable, ancient cities had to have their own water source—Jerusalem had the Gihon spring
      3. David took the stronghold of Zion
        1. Because of the city's location, it's not hard to defend—the Jebusites said that the blind and the lame could defend the city against David (see 2 Samuel 5:6; 1 Chronicles 11:4-9)
        2. David told his men that whoever could find a way through the shaft would be his commander—Joab
    4. Chapter 6 is an example of doing the right thing the wrong way
      1. The ark of the covenant hadn't been in the tabernacle for forty years
      2. They set the ark on a new cart (emulated the Philistines when they captured the ark); Uzzah was struck down by the Lord
      3. David ignored God's commands with regards to moving the ark; the problem may have been that David was too goal-oriented
        1. Is being sincere enough to please God?
          1. Being sincere isn't all that matters to God
          2. Abraham and Sarah had the same idea, thinking that Hagar's baby could be the fulfillment of the promise
          3. A right thing done the wrong way is still wrong, no matter how sincere someone is
        2. Three months later, the ark got to Jerusalem
    5. Chapter 7 is one of the most important chapters of the Bible
      1. The message of the Bible from this point on rests on this chapter
        1. The first words of the New Testament are: "This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham" (Matthew 1:1, NIV)
        2. The concept of Jesus as the greater Son of David comes from this chapter
        3. Mary understood this chapter when Gabriel appeared to her (see Luke 1:32)
        4. The promise found in Isaiah 9:6-7 is based on the covenant made in 2 Samuel 7:5-16
      2. God established an unconditional covenant: David will have a son who's going to build the temple, and the throne of David will be established forever (but not with Solomon)
        1. God often blends a near fulfillment and a far fulfillment into one
        2. He had two different things in mind, one immediate (Solomon) and one eventual (Jesus)
        3. David's dynasty came to an end with the Babylonian captivity in 586 BC
        4. God cursed the line of David and Solomon when Jeconiah was on the throne (see Jeremiah 22:24-30)
      3. David's line would be restored in the person of Jesus
        1. The first coming of Christ—Jesus conquered the sin of the world
        2. The second coming—He will conquer the world and rule with those for whom He conquered
      4. This explains the two genealogies of Christ:
        1. Matthew followed David's genealogical record down to Joseph
        2. Luke followed the genealogical record down to Mary
        3. Two different branches:
          1. Joseph's line goes through Solomon—the cursed branch (Jeconiah)
          2. Mary's line goes through another son of David—Nathan
        4. Because of Joseph's line, Jesus has the legal right to the throne
        5. God got around the cursed bloodline—Jesus was born of a virgin, whose genealogy goes all the way back to David, and not through the cursed bloodline
  3.  David's transgressions (2 Samuel 11-12)
    1. After twenty years, David started sliding
      1. The most vulnerable moment of David's life was 2 Samuel 11:1; when your life is at its most prosperous, you are at your most vulnerable
      2. "But David remained" (11:1); he had been a successful warrior, but those days were over
        1. If David had been in the battlefield with his troops, he wouldn't have been in the bed with Bathsheba
        2. David went out on the rooftop; the king's house is at the top of the city because Jerusalem was built on a series of hills/terraces
          1. Behold indicates a gaze; sometimes it can be impossible to avoid the first glance, but it's the double take that will get you every time
          2. "Sin: a thought, a form, a fascination, a fall" —St. Augustine
        3. David inquired after the woman
        4. David sent for her and lay with her, then she went back to her own house
          1. She conceived, so David brought Uriah home from the battle and tried to send him home, but Uriah was too honorable
          2. David sent him back to Joab with his own death warrant
    2. One sin left unchecked always leads to another: David's lust led to adultery, adultery to deception, deception to entrapment, and entrapment to murder
      1. David was burning with lust, and that led to his fall
      2. His fall led to his discontent
    3. David hid his sin for a year, although he was miserable (see Psalm 32:3-4)
      1. God was patient; since David wouldn't come to God, He went to David through the prophet Nathan
      2. Nathan told him a parable, and David, thinking it was a true story, got upset
      3. Why the indirect approach? David was blind to his own sin, so Nathan showed him his own sin in someone else's life
        1. David was given a good look at himself, and he got mad and overreacted
        2. Nathan turned the story on David
  4.  David's troubles (2 Samuel 12:15-24:25)
    1. Bathsheba's firstborn son died
    2. In chapter 13, David's daughter Tamar was raped by Amnon, the half-brother of Absalom
      1. The king was very angry, and Absalom hated Amnon
      2. David did nothing
        1. Maybe because he felt that he had no moral high ground to stand on because he did this with someone else's wife
        2. Some of us may be in a very similar category—Satan will come and say that you have no right to speak on this subject ever, especially if it's to your children
        3. But sometimes your experience of the consequences can be powerful
      3. Absalom planned to kill Amnon (two years later)
      4. At shearing time, Absalom invited all his brothers to Baal Hazor, killed Amnon, then fled
    3. David tried to reconcile with Absalom—he brought his son back but wouldn't see him for two years, which caused animosity and hatred between the two of them
      1. Absalom committed treason and stole the hearts of the men of Israel
      2. Absalom ruled for five years, sending David into exile
    4. Joab killed Absalom
      1. "The king was deeply moved" (18:33)
      2. David's great pain was caused by the lack of reconciliation before Absalom's death
        1. "This is the bitterest of all—to know that suffering need not have been; that it has resulted from indiscretion and inconsistency; that it is the harvest of one's own sowing; that the vulture which feeds on the vitals is a nestling of one's own rearing" —F.B. Meyer
        2. Years from now, it won't matter how successful your business was or what house you lived in; it will matter how you handled your relationships with your loved ones
    5. David's final days (chapters 23-24)
      1. "Although my house is not so with God, yet He has with me an everlasting covenant" (23:5)  
      2. The last chapter of 2 Samuel shows how that imperfect life which God chose, and used, ended
      3. David took a census, "That I may know the number of the people" (24:2)
        1. David did it out of pride
        2. Satan incited David to take the census (see 1 Chronicles 21:1)
        3. This is a perfect illustration of God's sovereignty—Satan tempted David and God allowed it to happen, then He restored and redeemed it
        4. David confessed to the Lord regarding his sinful intentions in taking the census
          1. Then he made a sacrifice to the Lord
          2. The Lord heeded David's prayers for the land
          3. Even though God forgave David, there were still consequences
  5. Conclusion
    1. Admit your sins
      1. 1 John 1:9
      2. Don't shift blame—own up to your mistakes
      3. Proverbs 28:13
    2. Leave your sin
      1. Make a clean break
      2. Don't return to it
    3. Replace it
      1. Romans 12:21
      2. Develop new activities, habits, and disciplines so that you don't have the time to go back to your sin
Figures referenced: St. Augustine, F.B. Meyer

Cross references: 1 Samuel 13:14; 18:1; 2 Samuel 5:6; 1 Chronicles 11:4-9; 21:1; Psalm 32:3-4; 78:67-72; 125:1-2; Proverbs 28:13; Isaiah 9:6-7; Jeremiah 22:24-30; Matthew 1:1; 5:44; Luke 1:32; Acts 13:22; Romans 12:21; 1 John 1:9

Topic: 2 Samuel

Keywords: Absalom, Bathsheba, David, Israel, Jerusalem, triumphs, troubles, transgressions



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SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: 1 Kings 1-22

After years of being a powerful unified nation under King David, Israel, because of their disobedience, became a divided nation under many different kings. This book reveals a story of good kings and bad kings, true prophets and false prophets, and faithfulness and disobedience to God.

"Flight 1KIN1"
1 Kings 1-22

  1. Introduction
    1. In 1 Samuel 8:5, Israel demanded a king so they would be like other nations
      1. What they failed to remember was that the secret of their greatness was the fact that they were unlike other nations—they had a covenant with the living God
      2. The theocratic kingdom of Israel was a type of the theocratic kingdom God will bring about after the last days
    2. Saul, the king after his own heart, was replaced by David, the king after God's own heart—not that David was perfect
      1. From a worldly standpoint, David was a success—peerless both militarily and monetarily, handsome, and courageous
      2. But David couldn't lead his family, and that brought pain and trouble for him, his family, and the people of Israel
    3. Israel was a united kingdom under the monarchies of Saul, David, and Solomon
    4. Solomon saw outward growth and political strength, but chaos on a spiritual level—all from David, who had a divided marriage and a divided heart and thus the legacy of a divided nation
  2. The united kingdom (reign of Solomon) (1 Kings 1-11)
    1. "King David was old, advanced in years" (1:1)
      1. David died at age seventy, a relatively young age; he had lived a hard life, and the years took their toll on him physically, spiritually, and mentally
        1. When a ruler is in a weak, vulnerable state, there are those who look to take advantage of that opportunity
        2. David's fourth son, Adonijah, appointed himself the next king
      2. David had promised that Solomon would be the next king; Nathan and Bathsheba reminded him of this promise when they told him about Adonijah's self-appointment
      3. Solomon was anointed at the Gihon spring
    2. 1 Kings 2: David's final instructions to Solomon
      1. David charged Solomon to "prove [himself] a man" (v. 2) by following the Lord's commands
      2. God anticipated that Israel would have a king; in the Torah, God instructed that the king should have his own copy of the Law that he had transcribed himself (see Deuteronomy 17:18-20)
    3. Solomon's "kingdom was firmly established" (2:12)
    4. Before David died, he arranged with Solomon to take care of some political housekeeping to strengthen his son's hold on the kingdom—people that David could handle, but Solomon probably couldn't (Abiathar, Joab, Shimei)
    5. "Solomon loved the Lord" (3:3)
      1. God appeared to Solomon twice and spoke with him verbally
        1. At Gibeon, the Lord appeared to Solomon by a dream at night and said, "What shall I give you?" (3:5)
        2. Solomon recognized his own inadequacy and asked for "an understanding heart" (3:9) so that he might better lead the people of Israel
      2. Solomon ruled with both his head and his heart
        1. All brains and no heart leads to pride (see 1 Corinthians 8:1)
        2. 1 Corinthians 13:2
    6. Solomon began his reign well
      1. Building the temple, restructuring the city, and building roadways
      2. He also wrote 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs (Proverbs, Song of Solomon)
    7. 1 Kings 5-10: Solomon's splendor and success
      1. Solomon established a diplomatic relationship with Hiram of Tyre to secure cedars of Lebanon as well as men from Lebanon to build the temple
      2. Over 183,000 men were employed as the workforce to build the temple; one month on, two months off
        1. 30,000 men were sent to Lebanon (10,000 per month) to prepare the lumber
        2. 70,000 carried burdens
        3. 80,000 in the quarries
        4. 3,300 supervisors
    8. The temple was the zenith of Solomon's reign
      1. The Midrash states that the center of the earth is the temple in Jerusalem
      2. Solomon's temple followed the dimensions of the tabernacle times two, except for the height, which was three times taller than the tent
        1. Herod's temple was much larger, but Solomon's was grander
        2. Solomon's temple was small—2,700 square feet—but took $11 million to build ($4,000/square foot)
      3. In the 1800s, caverns believed to be Solomon's quarries were discovered near the Damascus Gate
        1. To quarry the stone, holes were drilled in the limestone—a hole every few inches along a line, to whatever dimensions were needed for that stone—then wood was put in the holes and water was poured in intervals and in a certain sequence, so that the wood in the holes expanded and broke the stone apart
        2. The stone would be finished with hammer and chisel, then taken to the temple and slid into place—no construction aside from assembly occurred at the temple site
        3. The temple project, including all the materials, labor, etc., would cost $140,381,000 today
        4. But, as Stephen said in Acts 7:48, "The Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands"—God dwells in people
    9. God appeared to Solomon again
      1. God promised to honor His covenant with Solomon
      2. God warned Solomon that if he or his sons turned from following Him, He would "cut off Israel from the land…and this house…will [be] cast out of [His] sight" (9:7)
      3. Solomon was established and successful—and that is when a person is most vulnerable, when they rise to a place where the winds are calm
    10. Solomon's midlife crisis (see 9:10)
      1. Solomon encountered a crisis of identity, then eventually forsook the Lord
      2. This is when Ecclesiastes was written
    11. 1 Kings 10: people around the world started hearing about Solomon and his wisdom
      1. The queen of Sheba visited to test him with hard questions—riddles; Solomon answered all her questions
      2. The largest physical boundaries Israel has ever enjoyed throughout history were those of Solomon's kingdom
      3. Jesus referred to Solomon in a negative way (see Matthew 6:29)
    12. Solomon had a management problem
      1. He was a tax and spend politician: he taxed the people immensely and spent their money profusely
      2. If David was a type of Christ, then Solomon could be a type of antichrist
        1. Solomon was responsible for plunging the nation into idolatry
        2. Solomon's annual wage was 666 talents of gold (the only other use of this number is in Revelation)
      3. A king "shall not multiply horses for himself" (Deuteronomy 17:16)—see 1 Kings 4:26
        1. "Neither shall he multiply wives for himself" (Deuteronomy 17:17)—see 1 Kings 11:3
        2. Solomon flagrantly broke the commands given to the kings of Israel
    13. 1 Kings hangs on the hinges of chapter 11
      1. The first eleven chapters of the book cover a forty-year period; the second eleven chapters cover an eighty-year period
        1. First forty years: a united, strong kingdom with one king
        2. Second eighty years: a weak, divided kingdom with many kings
      2. Solomon's divided heart was a result of his multitude of wives, who turned his heart away from the Lord
      3. Solomon became consumed with himself
      4. God used him to write Scripture, but where he failed was in not following what he said he believed
  3. A cacophony of confusion (1 Kings 12-22)
    1. Two kings followed Solomon
      1. Rehoboam
        1. Solomon's son, king over Judah (the south)
        2. Driven by greed and a lust for power
        3. To establish his reign, he raised taxes
      2. Jeroboam
        1. King over Israel (the north)
        2. Recognized that the emotional center of all Jews is the temple
        3. Set up a calf and tabernacle in the southern part of his kingdom—Samaria—and the northern—Dan
    2. The kingdom was split into two
      1. The ten northern tribes became Israel
      2. The two southern tribes became Judah
    3. Both northern and southern kings were evaluated using the same parameters:
      1. Did they worship the God of Israel alone?
      2. Did they get rid of idolatry or tolerate it?
      3. Were they faithful to the covenant as David was?
      4. There were eight kings of the northern kingdom in 1 Kings (all of them brought trouble to the nation of Israel):
        1. Jeroboam
        2. Nadab
        3. Baasha
        4. Elah
        5. Zimri
        6. Omri
        7. Ahab
        8. Ahaziah
      5. There were four kings of the southern kingdom:
        1. Rehoboam
        2. Abijam
        3. Asa
        4. Jehoshaphat
    4. One of the worst kings of Israel was Ahab
      1. He and his wife, Jezebel, introduced and institutionalized Baal worship in Israel
      2. God raised up a special prophet for a special problem—Elijah the Tishbite
        1. Elijah commanded the rains to stop
        2. A famine spread across the land
      3. 1 Kings 17-22 shows this relationship of conflict between Ahab and Elijah; Ahab saw God's prophet as a troublemaker, when in reality he was his own worst enemy, and the cure was Elijah
      4. Three and a half years of famine was an embarrassment to any worshiper of Baal, the "god of fertility"
      5. The role of prophet was introduced in 1 Kings, but 1 and 2 Kings further develop this special role in ancient Israel
        1. A prophet was someone to speak on God's behalf
        2. Played the role of covenant watchdog, calling out those who didn't follow God's commands
    5. 1 Kings 18: Elijah proposed a contest
      1. He allowed the prophets of Baal to pray for about four hours to their god to set fire to their sacrifice
      2. At noon, Elijah mocked them
      3. He prayed to the Lord—a quick, effective prayer (sixty-three words)—and fire fell from heaven and consumed the sacrifice
      4. After Ahab's death, Elijah fled from Jezebel
    6. Elijah appeared in the New Testament
      1. With Jesus and Moses on the Mount of Transfiguration
      2. Moses represented the Law and Elijah represented the prophets (see Matthew 17:3)
      3. Elijah and Moses may be the two witnesses in the last days, as evidenced by the signs those two witnesses will produce (see Revelation 11:3)
  4. Conclusion
    1. After the temple had been built, Solomon prayed and asked God to condemn the wicked and justify the righteous (see 8:32)
    2. But "there is none righteous, no, not one" (Romans 3:10); God justifies the wicked (see Romans 4:5)
    3. Jesus came into the chaos of the cosmos with the cross, and the cross made it possible for God not to justify the righteous, but to justify the wicked
Cross references: Deuteronomy 17:16-20; 1 Samuel 8:5; Matthew 6:29; 17:3; Acts 7:48; Romans 3:10; 4:5; 1 Corinthians 8:1; 13:2; Revelation 11:3

Topic: 1 Kings

Keywords: commands, covenant, David, Elijah, Israel, Judah, king, kingdom, law, north, Solomon, south, temple



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: 2 Kings 1-25

Despite the many kings who took control of Israel, the nation still lacked true leadership. Second Kings continues the history of a divided Israel, and we see what happens when a nation passes from affluence and influence to poverty and paralysis.


"Flight 2KIN1"
2 Kings 1-25

  1. Introduction
    1. The events recorded in 1 and 2 Kings are similar to those of the American Civil War
      1. Israel, a nation of twelve tribes that had been united under a monarchy, was divided; the major event of 1 Kings is the division between the northern and southern tribes
      2. Ten tribes in the north: Israel
      3. Two tribes in the south: Judah
    2. The major event recorded in 2 Kings follows on the heels of that division—the collapse of the nation
    3. 2 Kings follows the parallel course of the two kingdoms—two parallel tracks:
      1. The track of righteousness
      2. The track of unrighteousness
    4. Throughout the book, God raised up good people and good kings
    5. Background
      1. The nation of Israel split in 930 BC
      2. Rehoboam was king in the south, Jeroboam king in the north
      3. The capital of the northern kingdom (Israel) was Samaria
      4. The northern kingdom collapsed and fell to the Assyrian Empire in 722 BC
      5. The southern kingdom (Judah) lingered another 132 years—when it fell to the Babylonian Empire
    6. Throughout the book, there are a few standout individuals who were truly righteous, but they were the exception
      1. Israel had a total of twenty kings after the division; all twenty were evil
      2. Judah had a total of nineteen kings and one queen; eight of the twenty were righteous
    7. The principle highlighted throughout the book of 2 Kings: sin can be forgiven in an instant, but consequences may last a lifetime
      1. Job 4:8
      2. Galatians 6:7
      3. Hosea 8:7
      4. God is a covenant-keeping God and a pursuing God—He doesn't let you stay in a place of sin and rebellion
        1. Jesus reached out to Judas Iscariot several times
        2. The church in Thyatira (see Revelation 2:21)
      5. God sent ambassadors to His people (prophets) to bring the children of Israel back to Himself
    8. 2 Kings can be divided into two sections:
      1. Chapters 1-17: the struggling kingdoms
      2. Chapters 18-25: the surviving kingdom
  2. The struggling kingdoms (2 Kings 1-17)
    1. 1 Kings ended with the ministry of Elijah; 2 Kings 2-8 introduces us to Elijah's successor—Elisha
      1. Twelve kings are highlighted in the north—from Ahaziah to Hoshea
      2. Sixteen kings are highlighted in the south—from Jehoram to Zedekiah
    2. Elisha asked for a "double portion" (2 Kings 2:9) of Elijah's spirit
      1. A double portion was traditionally the inheritance of the firstborn, indicating that he was his father's successor
      2. Elisha was asking Elijah to name him the successor to Elijah's ministry
    3. Elijah did not die—he was taken up to heaven by whirlwind
      1. God is free to break his own rule that "it is appointed for men to die once" (Hebrews 9:27)
      2. Enoch also did not die (see Genesis 5:24)
    4. Elijah will die, however
      1. Elijah appeared at the transfiguration on the mount
      2. Elijah will return (see Malachi 4:5; Revelation 11:2-17)
        1. As one of the two witnesses in Revelation
        2. Moses will be the other witness (see Revelation 11:6; Jude 1:9)
    5. Elijah performed many miracles
      1. Elisha performed even more
      2. Three of those miracles are notable:
        1. The widow runs out of oil (see 2 Kings 4:1-7)
        2. The Shunammite woman's son raised from the dead (see 2 Kings 4:8-37)
        3. Naaman's leprosy healed (see 2 Kings 5:1-19)
    6. Chapter 8 provides insight into how God keeps a covenant; when God makes a promise, He will keep it
      1. Jehoram reigned eight years as co-regent to his father, Jehoshaphat, until his father died—"and he did evil in the sight of the Lord" (v. 18)
      2. The Lord did "not destroy Judah, for the sake of His servant David" (v. 19)
      3. As He promised in Genesis 49:10, "The scepter shall not depart from Judah"
    7. Chapter 11 records a close call for redemption history—Satan attempted to destroy the Seed
      1. Athaliah—Judah's queen—"destroyed all the royal heirs" (v. 1)
      2. But Joash was hidden from the queen for six years
      3. If the line of David had ended here, there would be no Messiah
      4. Because of the promise God made regarding David's descendants (see Genesis 3:15), Judah became a target of spiritual warfare
      5. Herod killed all the infants in Bethlehem except Jesus (see Matthew 2:16-18)
    8. "Jehoash did what was right in the sight of the Lord" (2 Kings 12:2)
      1. Jehoash had a godly mentor, who was a priest
      2. His righteousness only lasted until his mentor died—then Jehoash started taking on the values of those around him (see 2 Chronicles 24:17-19)
      3. If your faith is only propped up by others, you will stumble when those props are gone
      4. It's good to have a mentor, but you need to build your own roots and receive your strength directly from the Holy Spirit
    9. Jonah had a ministry in the northern kingdom as a prophet
      1. Jonah was from Gath Hepher, about four miles northeast of Nazareth in Galilee
      2. This shows how misinformed the Pharisees of Jesus' day were (see John 7:52)
      3. This also shows that Jonah was historically an actual person and a real prophet in Israel
        1. There are inevitably those who have trouble believing the story of Jonah
        2. Matthew 12:40
    10. Another of the godly kings was Azariah (Uzziah)
      1. He became king at the age of sixteen
      2. He is probably best known because of Isaiah 6:1; he was such a good king that the nation was demoralized by his death
      3. He had two fatal flaws:
        1. He was lenient concerning the idolatry of the people (see 2 Kings 15:4)
        2. God struck him with leprosy because of his pride (see 2 Chronicles 26:16-21)
    11. Fall of the northern kingdom (see 2 Kings 17:20-23)
      1. Assyria settled other peoples in Samaria, who brought in their own worship systems and idols
      2. By New Testament times, the Samaritans had established a rival temple on a rival mountain (Mount Gerizim) (see John 4:20)
  3. The surviving kingdom (2 Kings 18-25)
    1. Sennacherib, king of Assyria, captured the northern kingdom and came close to capturing the southern kingdom (see 2 Kings 19:35)
    2. Nebuchadnezzar launched three successive attacks on Judah
      1. 605 BC—first of three deportations (see Daniel 1)
      2. 597 BC
      3. 586 BC
    3. Fall of the southern kingdom (see 2 Kings 25)
      1. Jehoahaz was only on the throne for three months before he was deposed and sent to Egypt
      2. The Egyptians put Jehoiakim (Eliakim) on the throne; he ruled for eleven years
      3. Jeremiah warned Jehoiakim not to rebel against Nebuchadnezzar, but he rebelled anyway, and Nebuchadnezzar put Jehoiachin on the throne
      4. After Jehoiachin ruled for three months, Zedekiah ruled
      5. When Zedekiah was captured, his sons were killed in front of him and his eyes were put out, so that the last thing he saw was the death of his sons
  4. Conclusion
    1. What made the difference between the two kingdoms?
      1. The kings
      2. Leaders determine legacy
      3. Good king = good outcome; bad king = bad outcome
    2. Who is the king of your heart?
      1. David prayed, "Unite my heart to fear Your name" (Psalm 86:11)
      2. "Seek first the kingdom of God" (Matthew 6:33)


Cross references: Genesis 3:15; 5:24; 49:10; 2 Chronicles 24:17-19; 26:16-21; Job 4:8; Psalm 86:11; Isaiah 6:1; Daniel 1; Hosea 8:7; Malachi 4:5; Matthew 2:16-18; 6:33; 12:40; John 4:20; 7:52; Galatians 6:7; Hebrews 9:27; Jude 1:9; Revelation 2:21; 11:2-17  

Topic: 2 Kings

Keywords: evil, good, kingdom, kings, northern, righteous, southern, unrighteous



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: 1 Chronicles 1-29

The book of 1 Chronicles recounts the lineage of King David as well as God's promise that He would establish His reign on earth through this man after His own heart. As we see how God fulfilled His promises to David, we discover how that presents a witness of His faithfulness to us today.


"Flight 1CHR1"
1 Chronicles 1-29

  1. Introduction
    1. Originally, 1 and 2 Chronicles were one book in the Hebrew Bible—Dirê Hayyāmîm, which means the words of the days or the journal of the journey of the nation
    2. This is far more than just a reporting of events
      1. It's a divine editorial—the events are recorded from a different angle
      2. 1 and 2 Chronicles cover some of the same material that was already included in 2 Samuel through 2 Kings
      3. This is not just the history of the nation; it's the history of the nation from a spiritual vantage point—the history of God working through the nation of Israel
    3. The author of these books was most likely Ezra the priest
      1. The style of the writing—words used, sentence structure, etc.—is similar to the construction of the book of Ezra
      2. Both Chronicles and Ezra seem to be written from the perspective of someone in the priesthood of Israel
      3. The last paragraph of 2 Chronicles is the same, with only a few minor changes, as the first paragraph of the book of Ezra (see Ezra 1:1-4)
      4. The topics covered in this book would be the focus of someone in the priesthood—the temple, the priesthood itself, and the theocratic dynasty of the lineage of David
    4. The book of 1 Chronicles is centered around King David; his name is recorded more than 180 times in the book
    5. 1 Chronicles can be divided into two sections:
      1. Chapters 1-9: David's rightful ancestry (a 3,000-year period)
      2. Chapters 10-29: David's royal activity (a thirty-year period)
  2. David's rightful ancestry (1 Chronicles 1-9)
    1. This section of the book covers 3,000 years of genealogical record—from Adam to David
      1. The shortest verse in the Old Testament is 1 Chronicles 1:25
      2. This is the most extensive genealogical record in all of Scripture—Adam to David, David to Jesus
    2. However, this is a highly selective genealogy
      1. If a certain lineage is not important to the main story, it's not included in this record
      2. If it's an important lineage, it continues through—to point you in a specific genealogical direction—to trace the lineage of David from the creation to the captivity of Israel to Christ
    3. The New Testament genealogical records follow the same pattern: God is at work through human history to isolate a particular nation and to preserve that nation so that nation can receive the Messiah
      1. The first seventeen chapters of the New Testament start out like this—presenting a thorough genealogical record
      2. All of Scripture is inspired by God—including this (see 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
      3. If you have a Jewish background, you understand the importance of genealogy
        1. It was all-important in ancient Israel to know your genealogical background
        2. If you wanted to sell land, you had to make sure the land wouldn't leave the tribe allotment
        3. To serve in the priesthood, you had to prove you were from the tribe of Levi—if you couldn't prove it, you couldn't serve
        4. Genealogy was vital to support claims of being the Messiah—tribe, family, lineage, etc.; specific prophecies require specific proof
      4. The genealogical record of 1 Chronicles is not meant to be interesting or exciting—it's meant to be an accurate record that goes all the way back to the beginning, as a source of reference
  3. David's royal activity (1 Chronicles 10-29)
    1. Chapter 10 records the end of Saul's reign
      1. We are given a glimpse of the divine editorial
      2. Saul died for his unfaithfulness (see vv. 13-14)
    2. The thirty years of David's reign over the united kingdom of Israel begins in chapter 11
    3. The Israelites showed an allegiance of unity and loyalty under David (see 1 Chronicles 11:1-2)
      1. The New Testament counterpart of the Old Testament directive: Hebrews 13:7-9, 17
      2. It is unprofitable for everyone involved if a leader isn't properly respected
    4. "Even when Saul was king…the Lord your God said to you, 'You shall shepherd My people Israel'" (1 Chronicles 11:2)
      1. Why was David anointed, even though Saul was still on the throne?
      2. Because Saul was an unfaithful ruler (see 1 Samuel 13:14)
    5. David is the only man in Scripture who is described as "a man after [God's] own heart" (1 Samuel 13:14)
      1. He was not perfect by any means
      2. Other translations of this phrase are:
        1. "A man after God's own mind"
        2. "A man to fulfill God's purposes"
      3. God didn't see David in his sin; rather, He saw David with the potential to be something more than his sin
        1. Think of your potential, no matter your past—what God can do with you if you will seek after Him solely
        2. "The world has yet to see what God can do through one man [or woman] totally devoted to Him" —Author unknown
        3. To have spiritual influence, you must first be spiritual
    6. The rest of 1 Chronicles records David's reign up until the next transition—the ascension of Solomon
    7. If you were to compare this book with 2 Samuel, you would find some differences:
      1. Nothing of David's struggle with Saul, which took place over a decade
      2. Nothing of David's sin with Bathsheba
      3. Nothing of Absalom's rebellion against David
      4. This is because of Ezra's audience, the Jews who had returned to Jerusalem from captivity
        1. Ezra was writing something to encourage them, not to remind them of the humiliations of the past
        2. The extraneous issues were removed, but the historical integrity was maintained
    8. History is one thing, but His story is another; God takes your history and weaves your story into His
      1. "The Lord looks at the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7)
      2. God chose David and chose to portray him in the best light, as a man after God's own heart
    9. Chapter 12 provides another example of the divine editorial
      1. The different tribes of Israel started to align themselves with David, rather than Saul
      2. Hundreds of men started to move from Saul's army to align themselves with David (see vv. 21-22)
    10. The ongoing animosity between Israel and the Philistines can be seen throughout the next few chapters
    11. Ezra provided insight into David's prayer life—David was still seeking the Lord (see 1 Chronicles 14:10)
    12. Chapters 13-16: the process of moving the ark into Jerusalem
    13. Chapter 17 is the key chapter in the book and one of the most pivotal chapters in the Bible
      1. This chapter corresponds with 2 Samuel 7
      2. David wanted to build the house of the Lord
      3. God countered and promised to build David a house dynastically—spiritually and physically (see vv. 9-14)
      4. The covenant:
        1. David will have a son who will build the temple—Solomon, the son of David
        2. The throne of David will be established forever—Jesus, the Son of David
      5. The covenant was fulfilled in immediacy by Solomon and will be fulfilled in eternality by Jesus
        1. Revelation 17:14
        2. Revelation 19:16
      6. David's dynasty was interrupted by captivity, but then Jesus would come—first to save people from sin, then to rule with those whom He saved
      7. You won't understand the New Testament unless you understand this chapter and the Davidic covenant
        1. The New Testament authors played off this passage to show the connection between Jesus and this covenant
        2. In Acts 2, Peter began his sermon at Pentecost by speaking about the Davidic covenant
    14. Temple worship is laid out in the rest of the book; David prepared the materials and plans for building the temple
      1. David charged Solomon to build a house for the Lord (see 1 Chronicles 22:6)
      2. Even though it's called Solomon's temple, it was really David's—he gathered the materials, created the blueprints, etc.
    15. Chapters 23-24: the divisions of the priests
    16. Chapter 25: the musicians and singers
    17. Chapter 26: gatekeepers and treasuries
      1. Some of the gatekeepers were from the house of Obed-Edom
      2. After Uzzah died, the ark was left in the house of Obed-Edom, "and the Lord blessed Obed-Edom and all his household" (2 Samuel 6:11)
    18. Chapter 27: chief officers and captains of the tribes
    19. Chapter 28: a public leadership meeting to announce the temple plans
    20. Chapter 29: David took an offering for the temple
      1. "And King David also rejoiced" (v. 9)
      2. "All the assembly blessed the Lord God" (v. 20)
      3. Celebration and coronation of Solomon
        1. "The second time" (v. 22)
        2. The first was in secret at the Gihon spring, because of Adonijah's revolt
      4. The summary of David's reign (see vv. 26-30)
        1. "So he died in a good old age" (v. 28)
        2. David died at age seventy
        3. He lived a hard life, and sin and fighting will age you; he probably looked older than he actually was
  4. Conclusion
    1. The entire book of 1 Chronicles has King David as its human focus; the overarching focus is the kingdom of Israel
    2. The book ends on a positive note—with the peaceful transition from David to Solomon
    3. The establishment of the united kingdom under David, then Solomon, is a foreshadowing
      1. Revelation 20:1-6
      2. The millennium will be 1,000 years of peace on earth; but why not just go directly to the eternal state?
        1. The millennium is needed to redeem creation from the curse and the tribulation
        2. The millennium is God's answer to the saints' prayers—"Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10, KJV)
        3. The millennium is needed to fulfill all of God's promises to the nation of Israel
          1. David's kingdom (see 2 Samuel 7; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalm 89)
          2. All of the prophets predicted the coming kingdom
        4. God promised that the kingdom would be earthly as well as eternal
        5. The millennium is that first fulfillment of the promise—an earthly kingdom of peace, followed by the eternal state, with the capital of New Jerusalem
        6. The renewed millennial earth will be destroyed, and God will create "a new heaven and a new earth" (Revelation 21:1)
    4. This is why evangelical Christians support the state of Israel presently in the Middle East
      1. We don't support Israel for their sake
      2. We support Israel because of the covenant God made with Abraham, the covenant God made with David, and the covenant that will be fulfilled when the Messiah comes to rule and reign in the millennial kingdom
    5. God's promise of the Messiah required the existence of a nation and the continuance of that nation
      1. If that nation were to be destroyed, then God's plan would be thwarted
      2. This is the reason for the war that goes on from Genesis to Revelation


Cross references: 1 Samuel 13:14; 16:7; 2 Samuel 6:11; 7; Ezra 1:1-4; Psalm 89; Matthew 6:10; Acts 2; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 13:7-9, 17; Revelation 17:14; 19:16; 20:1-6; 21:1

Hebrew words: Diḇrê Hayyāmîm

Topic: 1 Chronicles

Keywords: Abraham, covenant, David, Ezra, Israel, Jesus, King, kingdom, millennium, Samuel, Solomon, temple



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: 2 Chronicles 1-36

After King Solomon's reign and death, the nation of Israel went on a spiritual roller coaster ride that ended with the division of the kingdom and the people's exile. From the temple's building to its decline and destruction, we see a parallel to 1 and 2 Kings from a spiritual viewpoint.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ezra 1-10

The book of Ezra begins with King Cyrus' decree for the children of Israel to rebuild the temple at Jerusalem. Ezra tells of two different returns: the first led by Zerubbabel to rebuild the temple, and the second by Ezra to bring reformation to the people. In this flight, we see God's faithfulness in keeping His promise to return His people to their homeland.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Nehemiah 1-13

At the end of Ezra, the temple in Jerusalem had been rebuilt and dedicated, but the city walls were still in ruins. After gaining permission from the king of Persia, Nehemiah led a group to repair and rebuild the walls. Though he was met with hostility and conflict, we see how Nehemiah gathered his spiritual strength from God during trialing times.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Esther 1-10

Esther reads almost like a fairy tale: A Jewish maiden becomes queen of Persia. The villain launches an attack to destroy the Jews. In the end, his plot is thwarted by the hero and the brave maiden, who risks her life to save her people. Though the name of God isn't mentioned once in this short book, we clearly see God's providence and faithfulness in dealing with His people.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig

The book of Job opens in the throne room of heaven with a conversation between God and Satan regarding the faithfulness of a man named Job. God allowed Satan to test Job, and Satan caused Job to lose his health, wealth, and even his beloved family. But in the midst of Job's tragic circumstances, God revealed His sovereignty and faithfulness, and Job's steadfast faith prevailed.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Psalms 1-150

The book of Psalms is a collection of songs, prayers, and poetry that express the deepest of human emotions. These artistic masterpieces were compiled over a period of roughly 1,000 years from the time of Moses to the time of Ezra and the return from the Babylonian exile. As we fly over the Psalms, we'll see beautiful writings of gladness and grief, pleading and prayers, and reverence and worship—all with one overarching theme: a complete dependence on the love and power of God.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 1-31

Known for the wisdom it contains, the book of Proverbs reveals how to deal with everyday situations. But more than just good advice, it is God's words of wisdom, which we need in order to live righteously. These proverbs are universal principles that apply to all people for all times, because they speak of the character of God and the nature of man—both of which remain constant.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 1- 12

The book of Ecclesiastes records King Solomon's intense search to find meaning and fulfillment in life. In this flight, we discover some significant truths—namely, that all worldly things are empty and that life's pursuits only lead to frustration. After tasting all that this world has to offer, Solomon ultimately concluded that life without God is meaningless.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Song of Solomon 1-8

The Song of Solomon portrays a moving love story between King Solomon and a shepherdess. The story reveals the intimacy, love, and passion that a bridegroom and his bride share in a marriage relationship. Even more than the fulfillment found in the love between a husband and wife, we'll discover that the spiritual life finds its greatest joy in the love God has for His people and Christ has for His church.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 1-27

The prophet Isaiah's ministry lasted around fifty years and spanned the reigns of four kings in Judah. His prophecies are quoted in the New Testament more often than any other prophet's. In this first flight over Isaiah, we focus on his prophecies of condemnation that pulled no punches and pointed out Israel's need for God.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 28-66

Of all the Old Testament prophets, Isaiah is thought by many to be the greatest, in part because of his clear prophecies about the Messiah. In this second flight over his book, we see his continued work and how God used his prophecies of both condemnation and comfort to generate change in the individuals he encountered.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 1-20

The book of Jeremiah is a series of oracles written in the southern kingdom of Judah over a period of fifty-plus years. It speaks of judgment, the promise of restoration, and the protective hand of God over those He loves. In this flight, we catch a glimpse of the man behind the prophecies as he allowed God to speak through him in unusual ways to open the eyes of the people of Israel.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 21-52; Lamentations 1-5

The prophet Jeremiah allowed God to speak through him in unusual ways to open the eyes of the people of Israel. As we complete our flight over his book, we find the prophet reinvigorated by God's promises as he continued to prophesy Babylon's impending invasions and, ultimately, Judah's captivity. Then our flight continues over the poetic book of Lamentations, which Jeremiah wrote as he wept and grieved over Jerusalem's destruction, ending the book with a prayer for Israel's restoration from captivity.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ezekiel 1-48

Written by Ezekiel the priest, this book takes place during the second Babylonian captivity and documents the fulfillment of several prophecies from previous Old Testament books. In this flight, we see God continue to offer promises of restoration through Ezekiel, bringing the nation hope despite their tribulations.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Daniel 1-8

Chronologically, the book of Daniel links the time of the kings in 2 Chronicles to the restoration of Jerusalem in the book of Ezra. It begins with the first Babylonian captivity and ends with Daniel's vision of seventy weeks. In it, we witness both prophetic history and the four prophetic visions of Daniel, as well as powerful stories that reveal a faithful man of God who was unwilling to compromise his beliefs.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Daniel 9-12

Midway through the book of Daniel, the focus shifts from the historic to the prophetic. Daniel's four prophetic visions reveal the stunning accuracy of biblical prophecy, as well as Daniel's uncompromising faith in God's fulfillment. From the rise and fall of human kingdoms to the Messiah and the day of judgment, Daniel's visions drove him to his knees in fervent prayer for the people of Israel.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Hosea 1-14

Hosea prophesied to the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of King Jeroboam II, and he had a clear message to deliver: Israel had rejected God, so they would be sent into exile and become wanderers in other nations. On this flight, we see a clear parallel between Hosea's adulterous wife—whom God had instructed Hosea to marry—and Israel's unfaithfulness. But even as Hosea endured a rocky marriage, he continued to share God's plan that He would bring His people back to Himself.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Joel 1-3; Amos 1-9; Obadiah

Through three ordinary men—Joel, Amos, and Obadiah—God delivered extraordinary messages to His people, warning them against greed, injustice, false worship, and self-righteousness. On this flight, we witness God's patience and love for Israel, and we see how He stands ready to forgive and restore all who turn away from their sin.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Jonah 1-4

Rather than focusing on prophecy, the book of Jonah narrates a prophet's story. Jonah was blatantly disobedient to God's call, but despite his defiance, God redirected his path through a unique situation. The resulting revival in Nineveh shows us that God's grace reaches beyond the boundaries of Israel to embrace all nations.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Micah 1-7; Nahum 1-3; Habakkuk 1-3

God used three prophets—Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk—to criticize, comfort, and inspire: Micah encouraged social justice and the authentic worship of God. Nahum prophesied against the Assyrians for returning to their evil practices. And though Habakkuk didn't address Israel directly, his message assured them that evil does not endure forever. Through these prophets, God's people confessed their sins and grew confident in His salvation.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Zephaniah 1-3; Haggai 1-2

The prophet Zephaniah addressed the social injustice and moral decay of Judah and her neighbors, proclaiming the coming day of the Lord and His wrath upon the nations—both an immediate judgment and a future end-times judgment. God sent Haggai the prophet to preach to the restored community of Jews in Jerusalem after their return from exile in Babylonia. Haggai encouraged the nation to set aside their selfishness and finish rebuilding the temple, an act of obedience that would align their desire with God's desire.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Zechariah 1-14; Malachi 1-4

As we fly over the last books of the Old Testament, we first look at the expanded message of rebuilding the temple when Zechariah encouraged Israel to anticipate their ultimate deliverance and the Messiah's future reign. One hundred years after the temple was rebuilt, the book of Malachi revealed that God's chosen people had once again slid back into their sinful practices. Malachi declared God's promise of a coming messenger, John the Baptist, and a coming Messiah.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Intertestamental Period

In between the Old and New Testaments lies 400 years of history. During this intertestamental period, God chose not to speak to His people through prophets as He orchestrated people, politics, and events in preparation of the coming Messiah. Scholars have come to call these four centuries the silent years. Remarkably, the silence would be broken by a newborn baby's cry in Bethlehem.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 1-28; Mark 1-16; Luke 1-24

These three Synoptic Gospels give us our first glimpses of Jesus' life and death here on earth. Matthew, Mark, and Luke present Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah, the Servant of the Lord, and the Son of Man, respectively. On this flight, we'll see the service, sermons, sacrifices, and sovereignty of Jesus as we witness the fulfillment of many Old Testament prophecies.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: John 1-21

The spiritual depth of John sets it apart from the other Gospels, with one-third of its content dedicated to the last week of Jesus' life. Rather than focusing on what Jesus did, John focused on who Jesus is, presenting Him as God incarnate and highlighting His deity. On this flight, we'll see seven miraculous signs of Jesus, as well as seven statements that He used to identify Himself as God.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Acts 1-28

The book of Acts presents the history of a dynamic, growing community of believers that started in Jerusalem and went on to spread the gospel throughout the known world. In this book, the gospel writer Luke also recorded how the early church received the Holy Spirit, who enabled them to witness, love, and serve with boldness and courage, even when faced with persecution.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Romans 1-16

The book of Romans is the apostle Paul's letter to the church in Rome, and it focuses on God's plan of salvation for all humankind. Romans is the most systematic of Paul's letters, reading more like an elaborate theological essay rather than a letter. On this flight, we look at Paul's strong emphasis on Christian doctrine as well as his concern for Israel.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 1-16

In 1 Corinthians, Paul confronted the problems that had infiltrated the influential church at Corinth and defended his position as an apostle of Christ. He later rejoiced over their repentance and acceptance of his God-given authority. On this flight, we discover the power of a new life in Jesus as we see how Paul shared the heart of the gospel with his fellow believers.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 1-13

After Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, false teachers began spreading opposition to him in the Corinthian church. Paul sent Titus as his representative to deal with them, and most of the church repented. Paul wrote this epistle to express his joy at the turnaround and to appeal to them to accept his authority, which was confirmed by the many hardships he suffered for the gospel. On this flight, we find beautiful truths to carry with us through our own times of suffering.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Galatians 1-6

Galatians is a firm statement of the doctrine of justification by grace through faith. When Paul wrote this letter, the false doctrine of legalism and faith by works had infiltrated the church throughout Galatia. As a result, believers had traded their freedom in Christ for bondage to the old Jewish law that had been fulfilled by Jesus. On this flight, we discover the differences between law and grace as well as the practical application and results of the proper doctrine of grace.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 1-6

Who are we in Christ? In Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus, he answered that very question as he addressed a group of believers who were ignorant of their spiritual wealth in Jesus. He explained how the Christian is the bride of Christ, a temple in the Lord, and a soldier for the gospel. On this flight, we see how Paul also emphasized unity among believers, describing the church as a body that works together for a common goal.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Philippians 1-4

Referred to as the epistle of joy, Philippians contains the message that joy is possible in all of life's circumstances, including suffering. Paul wrote this very personal letter while in prison, and despite his trials, he rejoiced over the caring and generous church in Philippi and encouraged them in unity, humility, and prayer.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Colossians 1-4

On this flight, we see how the young church in Colossae became the target of a heretical attack that included angel worship, the depreciation of Christ, and reliance on human wisdom. In Paul's letter to this church, he refuted the heresy by exalting Christ as the very image of God, the preexistent sustainer of all things, the head of the church, and the first to be resurrected.



SERIES: Bible from 30,000 Feet - 2018, The
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: 1 Thessalonians 1-5; 2 Thessalonians 1-3

The apostle Paul wrote 1 and 2 Thessalonians in response to a report that some errors and misunderstandings about his teaching had crept into the church at Thessalonica. But Paul also used the opportunity to encourage the believers there, exhorting them in the Word, warning them against pagan immorality, and urging them to remain steadfast in God's truth in the face of persecution.

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