1Chronicles 15-17

Daily Reading 1Chronicles 15-17 Daily Thought David had learned to trust God when he was about to do something. When he was young, David fought a battle against Goliath, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord […]


1Chronicles 12-14

Daily Reading 1Chronicles 12-14 Daily Thought The Chronicles follow the Samuels and the Kings, and there is a sense that we are reading the same thing over again. The death of Saul and his sons in 1Chronicles 10 was told before in 1Samuel 31; David’s mighty men, listed in 1Chronicles 11, were listed before in […]


1Chronicles 9-11

Daily Reading 1Chronicles 9-11 Daily Thought The movie “Blindside” begins with a monologue, “One Mississippi. Joe Theismann, the Redskins quarterback takes the snap and hands off to his running back. Two Mississippi. It’s a trick play, a flea flicker, and the running back tosses the ball back to the quarterback. Three Mississippi. Up to now the play’s been defined by […]


1Chronicles 7-8

Daily Reading 1Chronicles 7-8 Daily Thought Ner was the father of Kish, Kish of Saul, Saul of Jonathan (1Chronicles 8:33). Saul, the first king of Israel, began well, and his faithfulness is revealed in the name he chose for his first son, Jonathan, “The Lord Gives.” Saul looked to God as the giver of good. […]


1Chronicles 6

Daily Reading 1Chronicles 6 Daily Thought One of the lists in 1Chronicles 6 is “the men whom David put in charge of the service of song in the house of the Lord” (v 31): Heman the Singer (v 33) and his two brothers, Asaph, who stood on his right (v 39), and Merari to his […]


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 […]


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), […]


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” […]


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 […]


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, […]

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