Good Saturday Saints~
I just got off the phone with someone participating in the B90X challenge. He was so pumped. First, because he never thought he could keep up with the daily reading. And secondly, because he has been a Christ-follower for oh, several decades and never really had a contextual flow for the events in the Bible and now sees it. And, lastly, sees how much more present Father is in his life than ever before.
A bit of time-line to help with when and where things happened: (recall some dates are specific, others speculative based on the historian)
587 BC (all dates below) Fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians (Kings and Chronicles)
539 Fall of Babylon to the Persians
538- 515 Zerubbabel’s return and leadership in Jerusalem
520- 515 Temple rebuilding under Zerubbabel
486-465 Xerxes (Ahasueras) reigns in Persian (Esther)
483 Initial banquet described in Esther ch. 1
481-479 Greek and Persian Wars
478 Esther summoned before Xerxes, becomes queen
458 Ezra returns to Jerusalem from Babylon after Persians take over (Ezra)
445 Nehemiah returns to Jerusalem (Nehemiah)
Good work saints~ I hope all is so well for you this chilly day. Jesus bless you today as you minister missionally within your spheres of influence.
I had mentioned in an earlier email, Day 13, two of the things I am looking for in reading through the Bible this go round are points of redemption/reconciliation and dwelling/presence. These points show at a much greater clip than I had originally anticipated.
Another beautiful January morning for us to enjoy Saints~
It may seem today that you are repeating yourself and you wonder why in the world we would be reading something so similar to something written before. Why would the Holy Spirit consider the books of 1st and 2nd Chronicles to be included in the Bible if they are duplicates? Let’s look closer at what is going on.
The books of Chronicles are uniquely special. They possess a richness of texture and and interpretative challenges that surpasses that of most OT historical books. Much of the richness is due to the close parallel to the four books previous to them. Fifty percent of Chronicles is the same material found in Samuel and Kings. Yet in actuality, the remaining 50% which is not found in the previous four books, contains the rich theological and spiritual material so important to its hearers and us today.
Good morning everyone.
In finishing up 2 Kings today, we just blew through roughly 400 years in
On their way to Babylon as the City of Jerusalem falls
both the Kings books. That was a lot of names, dates, mothers, “doing evil in the eyes of the Lord”‘s, setting up and tearing down Asherah poles. Yet through it all, there were glimpses of hope in kings, people, and the presence of God. Joshiah is a bright spot in the road. While some kings reigned for a few months or a year, Josiah had the longest at 69 years. Way to go Joe! He is a great example for us to look to as a radical for the Lord.
2 Kings 14:25 Did you see the prophet Jonah made an appearance? This is the same one who heads to Nineveh to preach repentance and has a book named after himself.
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Tagged Ahab, Assyrians, B90X, Babylon, Elijah, Elisha, Hezekiah, Isaiah, Jerusalem, Jezebel, Jonah, Josiah, Kings, Luke
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.