Author Archives: Pastor Mark

27th of Jan B90X (2 Ki 4:38- 2 Ki 15:26)

 G’deye  Blokes and Sheilas (you have to say it with an Auzy accent as you throw a shrimp on the bar-by)~
 
Is all going well for you?  I was at a Castle Rock pastor’s prayer time this morning.  Someone asked how our churches are going and what kinds of things we were doing to encourage our community of believers into holiness.  Can I just say how very proud of you all I am?  Some were so taken back by the fact that many of you would give up food or sweets or TV or computers or facebook or alcohol for any length of time, let alone for 21 days.  Then to top it off, for you to be reading the whole Bible in 90 days.  We are part of a good thing Saints.  Stay at it.  Keep your hands on the plow moving forward.
 
Were any of you as puzzled today by the story of Jehu as I was?  He is anointed king of Israel by Elisha and is commanded to rid the country of anything to do with Ahab and his family.  We know they are scoundrels.  They want to change the religion from their brand of Judaism to Baalism. Then he says, “Come with me and see my zeal for the Lord.”  Here is where it got odd, 10:18, “Ahab served Baal a little; Jehu weill serve him much.”  What?!  Whose side is Jehu on?  He then packs a Baal temple with Baal priests, gives them new robes, and as they were trying them on (my addition), Jehu snuck outside, ordered the doors locked, and sent dudes in to annihilate them all.  I had to read through it all a couple of times.  As it turns out, Jehu pulled a fast one on them.  He deceived them all.  Interesting stuff.
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Day 26 B90X (1 Ki 16:21- 2 Ki 4:37)

Good morning~
 
I will have to admit, it takes a high degree of fortitude to keep up with this pace of reading.  And boy is it worth it!  Great stuff today.
 
Key dates to jolt your memory:
971 BC  The anointing of Solomon
931 BC  The division of the United Monarchy into North (Israel) and South (Judah)
722 BC  The fall of Samaria, the capital of Israel (invader: Assyria)
612 BC  The fall of Nineveh (the Assyrian capital)
605 BC  The battle of Carchemish
605, 597, 586 BC  The three attacks on Jerusalem and the fall (invader: Babylon)
 
I have attached several charts today from a book I own, John H. Walton, Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament (1994, Grand Rapids: Zondervan).  One is a map of the kingdom at its zenith, another at the split, one is all about family and ancestry of David, another the history of the United Monarchy, and a cool one, a list of the deities of the ANE we read about.
 

Elijah calling down fire upon the altar on Mt Carmel and the prophets of Ba'al.


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Day 25 B90X (1 Ki 7:38- 1 Ki 16:20)

Good afternoon Saints~
 
OK… it is going to start getting confusing now.  (“Ha,” you say, “it already has been confusing.)
 

"Judgement of Solomon" by Raphael

Up until today we have pretty much had one big ol’ group to remember and think about.  Not any more.  Just before Solomon dies, we read of his foibles.  Because of his chasing after foreign women and consequently the gods they serve, Father says, ”I am going to tear the kingdom from Solomon’s hands and give you (Jeroboam) ten tribes.”
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Day 24 B90X (2 Sa 22:19- 1 Ki 7:37)

Good morning Saints~

Thank you for sharing some of what Father is doing in your lives and hearts because of the challenge to read the Bible or fast something to start the year.  I know that Father worked something special for each of you.  Remember to continue praying for each other.  Without the detail of prayer, anything we did would have been an exercise in futility.  Otherwise our time of prayer and fasting really would have merely been a diet.
 
As I have spent the past several days working through Saul and David, the level of bloodshed has appeared greater this go round than times past.  David’s nephew, Joab, the high ranking general in the duty of David, is a ruthless dude.  He is fiercely loyal, cunning, unfalteringly obedient, and quite a warrior.  Joab was more of a highlight for me, however, killing by others as well, was more dramatic and impacting.  I have asked Father about the level of killing and think I come to some conclusions.  See if you agree.
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Day 22 B90X (1 Sa 28:20- 2 Sa 12:10)

Happy Saturday Saints~ 
 
Jeepers, I don’t recall that much bloodshed in one day when reading this section.  Wowzers.  Joab is a fiercely loyal, cunning servant to David, eh?  What a curse David puts on his family.  Golly.
 

King David gives Joab Uriah's death sentence.

Every day when I read the section outlined for us, life principles jump out at me.  It never fails.  Even reading through some of these innocuous or gruesome sections, the nature of God and how we are to live our lives shines through.  Here are some examples:
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