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07/20/2018 — Hosea Chapters 1-7

A bit of background — Hosea is the first of the so-called Minor Prophets. Interestingly, these twelve prophets are comprised in one single book in the Hebrew Bible and are called “the Twelve.”  Except for the name of his father,Beeri, we do not know anything about the background of this prophet. Hosea worked in the

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07/19/2018 — 2 Kings 18; 2 Chronicles 29-31; Psalm 48

When comparing 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles I denote an interesting point to me.  2 Kings 9-12 relates the fall of Samaria so we see the Northern Kingdom coming to ruin.  Then, in 2 Chronicles 30 we see Hezekiah, the good king of  of Judah, invite the Northern Kingdom to participate in the restoration Passover. 

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07/18/2018 — Isaiah Chapters 23-27

Chapter 23 completes the prophecy of the nations near Israel, referring to Tyre.  Then we enter a new series of Isaiah’s prophecies — those regarding the final judgement “in that day.” And as you read take note of the number of times the expression “in that day” is written throughout chapters 24-27.  Numerous commentators agreed

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07/17/2018 — Isaiah 18-22

In these chapters we see prophecies regarding Cush (present day Ethiopia,) Egypt, Babylon (again,) Edom, Arabia, and Jerusalem??. That’s right — Jerusalem, the capital of the Southern Kingdom – Judah.   I was perplexed – why is Jerusalem included in this list of “foreign” nations?  Coffman writes: This oracle appearing here against Jerusalem says that, “If

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07/16/2018 — Isaiah Chapters 13-17

Chapter 13 is the beginning of multiple chapters (chapters 13-23) in which Isaiah prophesies the fate of 12 nations surrounding Israel.  In these chapters; Babylon, Assyria, the Philistines, Moab, and Damascus (Syria.) And, as we have seen with other prophecies, these came to fruition hundreds of years after Isaiah’s prophecy. While much of the wording

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07/15/2018 — 2 Chronicles Chapter 28 & 2 Kings 16-17

Returning to the history lessons — When you read of the evil of Ahaz (worshiping Baal, sacrificing his sons in fire, shutting the doors of the Lord’s temple, etc.) can’t you envision why the nation needed prophets?  And reflect on the Lord’s grace in sending them, giving the nations’ another chance. While reading of the

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07/14/2018 — the book of Micah

As customary, a bit of background — Micah’s prophecies were directed to Judah under the kings Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah (around 750 – 700 BC.) He therefore was a contemporary of Isaiah, Hosea and Amos. We probably best know Micah best for the fulfillment of his prophecy referring to Bethlehem as the birthplace of the

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07/13/2018 — 2 Chronicles Chapter 27 & Isaiah Chapters 9-12

Wasn’t today’s reading from Isaiah outstandingly beautiful and prophetic!  So beautifully written that the words of Chapter 9:6-7 were incorporated directly into one of the most glorious works of music ever written, Handel’s “Messiah.”  And the prophecy continues in Chapter 11. In keeping with a theme we have seen in several other prophecies I focus

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07/12/2018 — Amos Chapters 6-9

In these final chapters two verses caught my mind: Amos 7:7-8  This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand. 8 And the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Amos?” “A plumb line,” I replied. Then the

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07/11/2018 — Amos Chapters 1-5

As with Isaiah it is important to recognize a few background notes in Amos’s prophecy.  First as stated in Chapter 1:1 Amos was directing his prophecy towards the Northern Kingdom of Israel most likely during the reign of king Jeroboam II (793 – 753 BC.)  Amos was a contemporary of Hosea who was also prophesying

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07/10/2018 — Isaiah Chapters 5-8

So many chapters of Isaiah contain prophecies of the coming Messiah that we could do a full study just on that topic.  We certainly see prophecies in these chapters.  But there were two short verses that spoke to me on the inspired nature of Isaiah’s prophecies — both referring to the naming of his sons:

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07/09/2018 — Isaiah Chapters 1-4

As we begin reading the inspired words of Isaiah & other prophets I hope you saved (or can find) the little “Summary of the Prophets” I attached several weeks ago.  The summary is a good aide in tracking the timeline, the nations, and the kings the prophets are addressing. From those notes you can see

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07/08/2018 — 2 Kings 15; & 2 Chronicles 26

A couple of highlights for me.  First, back in 2 Kings 14:26-27 we saw the Lord personally intervene and save Israel (again.) However, in 2 Kings 15 we see the prophecy of the destruction of the Northern kingdom, Israel begin: 29 In the time of Pekah king of Israel, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria came and took

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07/07/2018 — the book of Jonah

So, why do we go from 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles to “Jonah?”  Well, 2 Kings 4:23-25 gave us the answer in that our reading now fits into chronology of Jonah’s life: 23 In the fifteenth year of Amaziah son of Joash king of Judah, Jeroboam son of Jehoash king of Israel became king in Samaria,

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07/06/2018 — 2 Kings Chapter 14; 2 Chronicles Chapter 25

I was struck by two aspects of today’s reading. (1) The first is that be reading Kings and Chronicles concurrently we see details we may otherwise overlook.  In today’s reading 2 Kings 14:19 speaks to the assassination of Amaziah 19 They conspired against him in Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachish, but they sent men after

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07/05/2018 — 2 Kings 12-13 & 2 Chronicles 24

To me one of the marvelous aspects of this reading program is I find myself reading not only the history of Judah and Israel but re-discovering details I had either never really put into focus or remembered. This happened during today’s reading.  After all of the miracles Elisha had performed and the guidance he offered

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07/04/2018 — 2 Kings 9-11

As we remember the declaration of our Nation’s freedom today our reading also discusses a freedom of sorts — Jehu’s removal of the family of Ahab from leadership of the the Northern Kingdom, Israel.  And I was taken that the earning of freedom is often accompanied by the shedding of blood. While we do not

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07/03/2018 — 2 Kings 5-8

As I read through the narrative of Naaman and Naaman’s initial refusal to follow Elisha’s instructions I was reminded of a passage we read much earlier in 1 Samuel 15:22 when Samuel is speaking to Saul: 22 But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? 

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07/02/2018 — 2 Kings Chapters 1-4

So, a monumental occasion — Today we have now reached the half-way-point in our reading plan as we are on day 183. (only 182 more days in the year) And we continue our “history lesson,” picking up with Ahab’s son, Ahaziah & reading significantly about Elijah and Elisha.  As I read today I was struck

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