Through the Bible, May 23

Reading: 2 Kings 23:31-25:30; 2 Chronicles 36:13-21 Summary: After Josiah’s death, the people instated his son Jehoahaz on the throne.  But within three months the Egyptians arrived again, returning from the battle of Carchemish (see the reading introduction for May 20), and Neco took Jehoahaz prisoner and placed his brother, …

Through the Bible, May 20

Reading: 2 Kings 22:1-23:30; 2 Chronicles 35:1-17 Summary: Though Judah was in a precipitous spiritual fall and Babylon was emerging as a serious threat, one last bright spot remained for the nation’s monarchy; king Josiah.  Repairing the damage caused by both his father and grandfather would not be easy, but …

Through the Bible, May 18

Reading: 2 Kings 21; Nahum 1-3 Summary: It very well may be said that Manasseh was to Judah, what Ahab had been to Israel. Hezekiah’s wicked son undid so much of what his good father had done.  It is during his reign that God determines that Judah, too, will be …

Through the Bible, May 11

Reading: 2 Kings 18-20 Summary: It is remarkable to think of a man like Hezekiah taking the throne of Judah; one of outstanding character and zeal for God’s will having come from a home where his own brother was offered by their father as a sacrifice to a pagan god …

Through the Bible, May 10

Reading: Micah 1; 4:1-5; 5:1-6; 6:6-16; 7:18-20; 2 Kings 17 Summary: God sends one final prophet to Israel; Micah.  He is a contemporary of Hosea as well as Isaiah.  Though Micah does prophesy to Israel, he also addresses Judah.  Like Amos and Hosea before him he announces the fall of …

Through the Bible, May 8

Reading: 2 Kings 15-16; 2 Chronicles 26:3-23; 28:8-15 Summary: Azariah becomes king of Judah following his father’s death.  He is also called by the name Uzziah.  His is quite a lengthy reign (52 years) and though he begins very well and God blesses him and the nation greatly, he also …

Through the Bible, May 5

Reading: 2 Kings 14; 2 Chronicles 25:1-28; Jonah Summary: Amaziah, who takes the throne of Judah for his assassinated father, has a reign that in many ways mirror his father’s.   Like Joash, Amaziah begins well in his reign as king serving God.  Unfortunately, he also falls away from God, bringing the …

Through the Bible, May 4

Reading: 2 Kings 11-13; 2 Chronicles 24:1-22 Summary: The blood bath of yesterday’s reading is not over. Upon seeing her son, Ahaziah the king of Judah, and her brother, Joram king of Israel, killed by Jehu, Athatliah moves quickly to seize power in Judah.  To do so she must eliminate …

Through the Bible, May 3

Reading: 2 Kings 8:16-10:36; 2 Chronicles 21:1-21 Summary: Jehoshaphat’s son, Jehoram (sometimes also called Joram), becomes the king of Judah while Ahab’s son Joram (yes, both men have the same name and it can get confusing) still reigns in Israel.  Ahaziah then succeeds his father Jehoram in Judah. The interesting …

Through the Bible, May 2

Reading: 2 Kings 6:1-8:15 Summary: Elisha remains the Bible’s point of focus during his life.  His varied activities involve causing iron to float, single-handedly thwarting an entire foreign army’s efforts,  foretelling future events, and weeping over the calamities that would befall God’s people.  Elisha has as much direct dealing with …