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05/09/2018 2 Samuel Chapters 8-9 &1 Chronicles Chapter 18

As we read the history of the nation we see David’s victories described nearly identically in 2 Samuel Chapter 8 and 1 Chronicles Chapter 18.  Then, in 2 Samuel Chapter 9 we see the humanity of David and the full breadth of his friendship with Jonathan — his caring for Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth, and family.

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05/08/2018 — Psalm Chapters 25, 29, 33, 36, 39

Marvelous Psalms of David filled with praise and also prayers for forgiveness.  The first two passages of Psalm 29 caught my eyes: 1 Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;  worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. The

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05/06/2018 — Psalms 89, 96, 100-101, 105, & 132

As I read these verses we see beautiful expressions of praise.  We also see two Psalms with nearly a common theme.  Psalm 89 and Psalm 132 recognize that the Lord established David as the leader of the Nation & that is through his descendants that the one who “sits on the throne forever” (Psalm 132:11-12)

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05/05/2018 — Psalms 1-2, 15, 22-24, 47, & 68

The Psalms are mostly centered on praise and comfort.  And the 23rd is certainly one of the most read and quoted.  But what grabbed me in reading this time were the following verses: Psalm 22: 1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?     Why are you so far from saving me,     so far from

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05/04/2018 — 1 Chronicles Chapters 13-16

As I read these chapters I denoted several “repeats” of actions/individuals we have already encountered in our readings.  These “repeats” remind me that the Lord God is unchanging in His love and care of His people.  We are living as part of that promise now. (1)  The absolute critical nature of obeying God fully is

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05/03/2018 — Psalm Chapters 106-107

In Psalm 106 we see the author provide a short recap of the history of the nation of Israel, complete with the times they rebelled against the Lord and the times that he saved them following their repentance.  The Psalm ends with words of praise for all that He is doing for the nation:  48 Praise

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05/02/2018 — Psalm Chapter 133

Isn’t it interesting that in yesterday’s passages we read about some of David’s greatest victories – the reuniting of the nation of Israel, the capture of Jerusalem, victory over the Philistines, etc.  And today we have this simple Psalm, only about 60 words long. As I read this Psalm I was reminded of the passages

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05/01/2018 — 2 Samuel Chapter 5 & 1 Chronicles 11-12

I found these two books placed together this way to be a very interesting way to read scripture.   They discuss pretty much the same events but we see 1 Chronicles continuing to to look at the names of the actual people involved, thereby recording them for posterity. 2 Samuel, again, highlights why David was

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04/30/2018 — Psalms Chapters 102-104

As you read Psalm 104 did another book come to mind?  What about the first five chapters of Genesis? For the words used by this writer of the Psalm seems to capture a picture of the first 5 days of creation that concerns nature only, as distinguished from mankind.  And in verses 31-34 we see

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04/29/2018 — 1 Chronicles Chapters 7-10

Now, if you are like me and have been wondering, “why did we go from 2 Samuel to Chronicles?” today’s reading helps frame the reason.  And it can be a bit confusing at first – at least it was to me. For as we read through 1 Chronicles 9 we see a quick but short

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04/28/2018 — Psalm Chapters 81, 88, 92-93

The words of Psalm 93:3-4 remind me of the power and awesome nature of the Lord & recent events on the Cape: 3 The seas have lifted up, Lord,     the seas have lifted up their voice;     the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. 4 Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,     mightier than the breakers

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4/27/2018 — 1 Chronicles Chapter 6

As with the preceding chapters we see the history of families.  Chapter 6 provides the lineage of the family of Levi the name “Levi”, means joined.  Not coincidentally, more detail is provided for this family as proof of being descended from Levi was a requirement to be in the service of the Lord.    

04/26/2018 — Psalm Chapters 73, 77-78

My reflections on the actual Psalm are shown below.  But I believe that it is always important to look at the earthly authors of the scripture we read.  As you note, these Psalms are attributed to “Asaph.”  So, who is Asaph? Interestingly, as we will read tomorrow in 1 Chronicles 6:31-32 there were a number

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04/25/2018 — 1 Chronicles Chapters 3-5

As we continue reading through 1 Chronicles I think it is important to do a “refresher” (or maybe for some an “initial” ) overview of the entire book.  The following is provided by on the BibleTrack.org website: The history contained in I and II Chronicles spans a period from Adam all the way down to

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04/24/2018 — Psalm Chapters 43-45; 49; 84-85; 87

If you did wonder why reading genealogies yesterday was important in gaining a full understanding of God’s ultimate plan, go no further than today’s reading in Psalms.  Did you notice that all but one, Psalm 43, were written by the “Sons of Korah?” So, who are the “Sons of Korah?”  Well, back in Numbers 3

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04/23/2018 — 1 Chronicles Chapters 1-2

Now, like many who have read these chapters I had wondered why even read them — it is just a listing of names that mean nothing to us now?  Then I was blessed to lead a study entitled “Genesis Genealogies.”  This study helped show that the listing of Biblical families is ripe with history and

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04/22/2018 Psalm Chapters 6, 8-10, 14, 16, 19, 21

These Psalms reaffirm my thought from yesterday that the major difference between David and Saul was David’s passion to communicate with the Lord. In Psalm 6, & 16 we see David’s pleas to the lord for mercy and deliverance. In chapters 8, 9, & 19  we see David praise God, And in Chapter 21  David

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04/21/2018 — 2 Samuel Chapters 1-4

When we read these first four chapters we see the final details of David becoming king of Israel, including physical battles and political changes (e.g., Abner leaving Saul’s son and joining David.)  With all of the challenges he faced how did David receive the throne?  In my mind there is no doubt that we are

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04/20/2018 — Psalms Chapters 121, 123-125, & 128-130

If your Bible is like mine each of these Psalms has a heading saying “Song of Ascents.”  What id the meaning of this phrase?  There are several theories – some of which are included in Coffman’s commentary shown below” Coffman writes:  Several theories of why this group of psalms is so named are available. The

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