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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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.”
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.
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:
Good Friday Saints~~
Are you keeping at it? Reading through the Bible at the daily rate we are takes determination and discipline. The reward is that there is a delight like no other. Thank you Jesus. Even if you have found yourself a day, two days, or a week behind, don’t give up. Just purpose in your heart to daily get back at it. Just throw down an extra chapter or two and you will right back on skedge. Just get up a bit earlier every day or turn the TV off for the evening. You can do anything for 69 more days!