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 …

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 …

Through the Bible, April 21

Reading: No Scheduled Reading Thoughts and Reflections: This is the catch up for the third week of April (15-21).  No readings are planned, but below are some points to ponder based on this week’s readings. The Bible makes no bones about the extent of Solomon’s wisdom: “And God gave Solomon …

Through the Bible, April 20

Reading: Proverbs 10-12 Summary: We will continue today’s readings from the book of Proverbs, a collection of proverbs uttered primarily by Solomon.  Those found in the first nine chapters are longer.  Starting in chapter 10 they take a form that is more typical, that is two statements, the second contrasting …

Through the Bible, April 19

Reading: Proverbs 1-4 Summary: “And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore, so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt” (1 Kings 4:29-30).  That wisdom manifested itself …

Through the Bible, April 18

Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:1-3:11; 12 Summary: Old Testament books are arranged by types, not by chronology.  One of those types is sometimes called “Poetry”.  It includes the books from Job through Song of Solomon.  Maybe that title is appropriate since the largest book in this category, Psalms, is all poetic.  Others, …

Through the Bible, April 17

Reading: 1 Kings 9-11 Summary: It’s interesting that God appeared to Solomon a second time following the construction of the temple to encourage the king to faithfulness (1 Kings 9:1-9).  It almost serves as a precursor to his fall under the influence of his many foreign wives.  The description of …

Through the Bible, April 16

Reading: 1 Kings 4-8 Summary: Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem is thought to have been one of the most magnificent structures of the ancient world.  It is described as “exceedingly magnificent, of fame and glory throughout all lands” (1 Chron. 22:5). Not only that, but his prayer of dedication for the …

Through the Bible, April 15

Reading: 1 Kings 1-3 Summary: Often forgotten in Solomon’s story is the fact that he almost missed the monarchy. Thanks to intervention by the prophet Nathan and his own mother, the aged David cut short a challenge by one of Solomon’s half-brothers to the throne. David provides advice and instruction for …