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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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07/01/2018 — Obadiah; and Psalms 82-83

When I started this reading I was at first perplexed as to why these scriptures had been placed where they are by the creator of our reading plan.  I had thought that Obadiah’s prophecy came later in the history of Judah.  However, several commentators stated that the exact time of the book is not known

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06/30/2018 — 2 Chronicles Chapters 19-23

As I read through these chapters I was, again, reminded of the cycle of following/not following the Lord the nation of Judah performed.  And, again, I was  reminded of the blessings the Lord extends to His people when they obey.  I think an excellent example is Jehoshaphat in Chapters 19 and 20.  We see the

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06/28/2018 — 1 Kings Chapters 20-21

Reading through these passages a few things popped out.  First, after all that they had connived  together I find it ironic that Ahab was willing to give Jezebel (the real motivator of the family) along with the rest of his wives to King to  King Ben-Hadad (re: 2 Kings 20: 2-4.) 2 He sent messengers into

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06/27/2018 — 1 Kings Chapters 17-19

Now, if you are like me, isn’t it hard to envision 3 consecutive  chapters of Scripture that would make a better holiday movie or television reality show — the miracles Elijah performed with the widow of Zarephath; the challenge given to & the results the Lord provided for the prophets of Baal; and the angel

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06/24/2018 2 Chronicles Chapters 10-12

These Chapters in 2 Chronicles pretty much repeat what we read yesterday in 1 Kings.  As with yesterday’ s reading we see the division between Israel and Judah and the creation of the “Divided Kingdom.” But we also see the grace of God in that when Rehoboam “humbled himself” the Lord prevented the destruction of

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06/23/2018 — 1 Kings Chapters 12-14

As we enter into this point in the history of Israel we need to keep in mind a reality that will “play-out” over the remainder of our readings.  This event is so critical I think we should “set the stage” a bit. David had joined and Solomon had ruled over all of the 12 Tribes

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06/22/2018 — Proverbs Chapters 30-31

As we covered in the introduction to Proverbs Solomon did not pen Chapters 30-31.  Agur wrote Chapter 30 and King Lemuel; Chapter 31.  Interestingly, Proverbs 30 is the only scripture where Agur is mentioned & Chapter 31  the only scripture referencing King Lemuel.  Some scholars feel that since King Lemuel is not recorded in any

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06/21/2018 — 1 Kings Chapters 10-11 & 2 Chronicles Chpt 9

About 5 days ago we read about the marvelous expansion of Solomon’s kingdom.  Yet we recognized that there were some “harbingers” that all was not well with his “heart-relationship” with the Lord. In 1 Kings 10 and 2 Chronicles 9 we continue to be awed with the wealth and wisdom that is described.   Solomon was

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