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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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06/20/2018 — Ecclesiastes Chapters 7-12

After 12 inspired chapters of musings in Chapter 12 we come to Solomon’s inspired conclusion to the purpose of life in just one verses: 13 Now all has been heard;     here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments,     for this is the duty of all mankind. Also, in this day’s reading

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06/19/2018 — Ecclesiastes Chapters 1-6

In college I remember needing a few credits in a “social science,” so I took an “Introduction to Philosophy” class (based on what I gained I only took the one…)       In the class I was introduced to the teachings on “nihilism.”  Nihilism is a philosophy based on the concept  of “the rejection of all religious

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06/18/2018 Proverbs Chapters 27-29

As you read the very first verse in today’s reading does it remind you of another verse: Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. What about James 4:13-14? James 4:13-14  Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that

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06/17/2018 — Proverbs Chapters 25-26

Just a couple of real-world points that struck me in these verses — first I think English majors would crown Solomon the “king of similes” for the creative ways he uses “like” to make wonderful points of comparison. Secondly I believe that Proverbs 25:24 is the third time at this point  in our reading (one

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06/16/2018 — 1 Kings Chapter 9; & 2 Chronicles Chapter 8

In these chapters we certainly see the expansion of Solomon’s kingdom but we also begin to have more insight and foreshadowing that all was not “well” in this kingdom.  For example: In 1 Kings 9:11 we see Solomon try to “pawn off” some “worthless cities” to Hiram (interestingly 2 Chronicles 8:2 indicates that Hiram gave

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06/15/2018 — Psalms Chapters 134, & 146-150

So, after reading the first word of the verse verse would we all agree that these are Psalms of praise?  But did you denote that one of our favorite hymns is, basically one of these Psalms set to music?  I admit that I did not until a commentary made the reference.  It is Psalm 148

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06/14/2018 — 2 Chronicles Chapters 6-7 and Psalm 136

We see in Chronicles and will see in our return to 1 Kings that the Lord accepts & His glory fills  “Solomon’s” temple.   Yet, we also see a foreshadowing of what will happen to the nation 2 Chronicles 7:19-22 19 “But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and

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06/13/2018 — 1 Kings Chapter 8; & 2 Chronicles Chapter 5

As I read these concurrent passages I was struck at how magnificent the pageantry of the celebration must have been, even greater than last month’s Royal Wedding.  But I was also taken by another reality in 1 Kings 8:5  — 3 When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the priests took up the ark, 4 and

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06/12/2018 — 1 Kings Chapter 7; & 2 Chronicles Chapter 4

In these chapters we see King Solomon complete the furnishings of the Temple and they are magnificent! Another concept: 1 Kings 7:  It took Solomon thirteen years, however, to complete the construction of his palace. Note that the details in Kings and Chronicles relay that his own house took longer to build and was larger

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06/11/2018 — 1 Kings 5-6; & 2 Chronicles 2-3

OK — so now that we have completed several of the writings of Solomon (Song of Solomon and Proverbs) we now return to the history of Solomon and God’s chosen nation. And what an impressive way to start — Solomon’s construction of the temple.  David had set aside the materials and for the construction Solomon

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06/10/2018 — Proverbs 22-24

As we read these chapters we denote that from Proverbs 22:17 through all of Proverbs 23-24 24 the verses are entitled “30 Sayings of the Wise.”  I did a bit of background seeking and really found nothing specific.  Commentators seemed to agree that these are, simply, 30 “wise sayings” as denoted by Solomon, inspired by

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06/09/2018 — Proverbs 19 – 21

Again, as we read these three Proverbs there are several that catch my eye.  But the one that provides wisdom that I have needed in the past are: Proverbs 19:14 “Houses and wealth are inherited from parents but a prudent wife is from the Lord.” Proverbs 20:3  “To do what is right and just is

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06/08/2018 — Proverbs Chapters 16 – 18

As I read through these passages another common thought emerged: Proverbs 16:1  To humans belong the plans of the heart,  but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue. Proverbs 16:9  In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Can you see it?  We often make our decisions

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06/07/2018 — Proverbs 13-15

As I read through the following Proverbs an old quote popped into my mind: Proverbs 13:16   16 All who are prudent act with knowledge,     but fools expose their folly. Proverbs 14:7   7 Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips. Proverbs 15:2  2 The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the

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06/06/2018 — Proverbs Chapters 10-12

You may have noted that the subject of the first 9 books was wisdom.  This next section is entitled “Proverb of Solomon” and are miscellaneous in subject material.  In fact as I read these chapters I was reminded a bit of Chinese “fortune cookies.”  Except of course the words of Proverbs are the inspired word

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06/05/2018 — Proverbs Chapters 7 – 9

I do not think you could read Chapter 8 and not be overcome with the importance of “wisdom.”  In particular I found great truth in v. 12 — Wisdom is found together with prudence i.e.,  “carefulness, good sense.” 12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;     I possess knowledge and discretion. The multiple verses on the inspired

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06/04/2018 — Proverbs Chapters 4-6

During our reading from Proverbs have you, perhaps, been thinking “Why have we gone from reading the “history” books on Solomon’s reign i.e., Kings & Chronicles and have read the Song of Solomon and are now in Proverbs?”  I do not know for sure but it appears that the developer of our reading plan placed

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