Monthly Archive: April 2016

30
Apr

1Chronicles 3-5

Daily Reading 1Chronicles 3-5 Daily Thought First Chronicles begins with 9 chapters of names, family genealogies fulfilling God’s promise to Abraham, “I will multiply your offspring as the sand that is on the seashore” (Genesis 22:17). One long list after another, but look closely, there are shiny objects hidden in the sand. For example, the […]

29
Apr

1Chronicles 1-2

Daily Reading 1Chronicles 1-2 Daily Thought The books of the Chronicles begin with the genealogy of humanity, which, of course, begins with Adam (1Chronicles 1:1), when “God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). After Adam came “ Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech (1Chronicles 1:1-3), […]

28
Apr

2Kings 23-25

Daily Reading 2Kings 23-25 Daily Thought A siege is slow relentless death, and, in the original Hebrew, the fall of Jerusalem is told in one long methodical  twelve-verse sentence (2Kings 25:1-12, English introduces periods to ease the read). “The ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month” […]

27
Apr

2Kings 20-22

Daily Reading 2Kings 20-22 Daily Thought That Hezekiah enjoyed prosperity was obvious. An envoy of visitors bearing gifts sent by the king of Babylon became an excuse to show off. “Hezekiah welcomed them, and he showed them all his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his armory, all that was […]

26
Apr

2Kings 18-19

Daily Reading 2Kings 18-19 Daily Thought Hezekiah removed the high places. The high places were set on hills near cities where people could worship and bring offerings, often to foreign gods, sometimes to the true God. How many times have we heard of kings, “they did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, […]

25
Apr

2Kings 15-17

Daily Reading 2Kings 15-17 Daily Thought It was like the vows of a wedding. The Lord spoke to Moses, “I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the […]

24
Apr

2Kings 12-14

Daily Reading 2Kings 12-14 Daily Thought Elisha was old and sick and would soon die, and Joash king of Israel rushed to his side. King’s don’t run to anyone, but this was the prophet of God. “My father, my father!” cried Joash, “The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” (2Kings 13:14). It seemed a strange […]

23
Apr

2Kings 9-11

Daily Reading 2Kings 9-11 Daily Thought When Baasha became king of Israel, he secured his throne by putting an end to the dynasty of Jeroboam. “He left to the house of Jeroboam not one that breathed, until he had destroyed it” (1Kings 15:29). Zimri, in turn, did the same to Baasha. “When he began to […]

22
Apr

2Kings 6-8

Daily Reading 2Kings 6-8 Daily Thought Blaise Pascal, 17th-Century French philosopher, proposed that at the very least belief in God is a good bet. God cannot be proved or disproved rationally, he argued. If God is, there is great gain in believing in him and great loss in not. If God is not, then neither […]

21
Apr

2Kings 4-5

Daily Reading 2Kings 4-5 Daily Thought Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master and in high favor, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. This mighty man of valor showed up at the door of Elisha with horses and chariots, silver and […]

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