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13
Apr

1Kings 3-5

Daily Reading 1Kings 3-5 Daily Thought My oldest was 4-years old when Disney’s Aladdin premiered in the theaters. I asked her what she’d ask for if a genie appeared offering her “three wishes, to be exact. And ixnay on the wishing for more wishes.” Not a problem for my 4-year old. Abby said, “I’d wish […]

12
Apr

1Kings 1-2

Daily Reading 1Kings 1-2 Daily Thought God tells David of his son, Solomon, “Behold, a son shall be born to you who shall be a man of rest. I will give him rest from all his surrounding enemies. For his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his […]

11
Apr

2Samuel 22-24

Daily Reading 2Samuel 22-24 Daily Thought David’s heart struck him after he had numbered the people. And David said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done” (2Samuel 24:10). What David had done was count his soldiers. He wanted to know how strong he was. One million one hundred thousand men […]

10
Apr

2Samuel 19-21

Daily Reading 2Samuel 19-21 Daily Thought David mourns the loss of his son, crying aloud, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!” (2Samuel 18:33; 19:4). Who can fault a father his grief, but it lingers too long and too loud, […]

09
Apr

2Samuel 16-18

Daily Reading 2Samuel 16-18 Daily Thought Absalom, the son of David, was pretty and proud, and, for a moment, stole the hearts of the people and his father’s crown. “Now in all Israel there was no one so much to be praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the sole of his foot to […]

08
Apr

2Samuel 13-15

Daily Reading 2Samuel 13-15 Daily Thought There is irony in Absalom’s name; it means peaceful. It was not to be. When David committed adultery and murder, Nathan pronounced God’s judgment, “Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to […]

07
Apr

2Samuel 8-12

Daily Reading 2Samuel 8-12 Daily Thought Saul learned early on that the first rule of being king is protect the throne. Remove the competition. When Saul was king, David was the competition. Many times Saul tried to  kill David, but he did not succeed, and now David is king. And David said, “Is there still anyone […]

06
Apr

2Samuel 4-7

Daily Reading 2Samuel 4-7 Daily Thought David determined to bring the ark of God to the city of David, to Jerusalem. It began badly. After loading the ark of God on a new cart, the oxen stumbled, the ark thrust sideways, and “Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold […]

05
Apr

2Samuel 1-3

Daily Reading 2Samuel 1-3 Daily Thought The second book of Samuel begins where the first ends, the death of Saul, but the stories disagree. In both accounts, the Philistine victory over Saul is imminent. Saul, wounded with arrows, instructs his armor-bearer to finish the job. “Kill me,” he says. But his armor-bearer would not, for […]

04
Apr

1Samuel 28-31

Daily Reading 1Samuel 28-31 Daily Thought In those days, the Philistines gathered their forces for war to fight against Israel (1Samuel 28:1), marching by hundreds and by thousands, according to chapter 29. Saul would lose all. By war’s end, he and his three sons were dead. As the Philistines approached, Saul feared, and he turned where […]

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