Through the Bible, April 30

Reading: 2 Chronicles 11:5-23; 13:3-21; 14:6-15:15; 17; 19; 20:1-30 Summary: Continuing our readings of material from Chronicles that is unique to this source we find additional records concerning the reigns of kings of Judah: Rehoboam, Abijam, Asa, and Jehoshaphat. Devotional Thought: Say or Do? “An ounce of action is worth …

Through the Bible, April 29

1 Chronicles 15:1-24; 22:2-19; 28:1-29:22 Summary: Today’s reading will focus on material related to David and Solomon found only in 1 Chronicles.  This includes additional information from the occasion that David moved the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem, his words of advice and wisdom to Solomon, as well as …

April Supplemental Reading Introduction

Extra Days: Supplemental Readings April 29-30             April’s supplemental readings are taken from 1 & 2 Chronicles.  These books repeat much of the same material recorded in 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings, although there is material unique to each source. The two books of Chronicles were written late …

Through the Bible, April 28

Reading: No Scheduled Reading Thoughts and Reflections: This is the catch-up day for the fourth week of April (22-28) as well as some points to ponder based on this week’s readings. The sin of Jeroboam maintains the spotlight of Scripture’s attention. His alternative religious system is one he “devised from …

Through the Bible, April 27

Reading: 2 Kings 1-2 Summary: Ahab’s son Ahaziah succeeds his wicked father, and he too must deal with God’s prophet, his father’s nemesis. In remarkable fashion, the great prophet Elijah does not die, but is escorted from his earthly existence in a whirlwind by a chariot and horses of fire.  …

Through the Bible, April 26

Reading: 1 Kings 21-22 Summary: Perhaps the crowning event (negatively speaking) of Ahab’s reign is the seizure of Naboth’s property.  For this God issues his judgment against Ahab’s house. Surprisingly, Ahab repents and God decides to postpone his punishment. Of interest is the fact that the closest alliance achieved between …

Through the Bible; April 25

Reading: 1 Kings 19-20 Summary: The saga of Ahab and Elijah continues.  Notice how in this portion of the Bible devoted to the monarchy (the books are called “Kings” after all) that Scripture’s attention is directed primarily to the ongoing confrontation between God’s prophet and the wicked king, as the …

Through the Bible, April 24

Reading: 1 Kings 16:29-18:46 Summary: Though Jeroboam is well noted for his great sin as king, it is Ahab who receives the designation of Israel’s worst king (1 Kings 16:33).  And, Scripture is sure to point out that he had help.  His choice of a wife, Jezebel, the daughter of …

Through the Bible, April 23

Reading: 1 Kings 15:1-16:28 Summary: The next kings of Judah are Abijam, Asa, and Jehoshaphat while the kings of Israel are Nadab, Baasha, Elah, Zimri, and Omri. It should be remembered that in Judah all of the kings remain in the ancestral line of David, but in Israel there are …

Through the Bible, April 22

1 Kings 12-14 Summary: It is not as the instigator of the division of the nation for which Jeroboam is best known–that had been prophesied by God (see 1 Kings 11:35) and the tribes were “given” to him.  Instead, it is because of what he did after becoming king of …