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“Care For the Hair Under There” Day 59 B90X (La 2:1- Eze 12:20)‏

“Care For the Hair Under There”  

Rendition of Ezekiel's vision of the wheel and creatures.

 I know that on Sunday, I mentioned that Jeremiah was full of drama.  I should have waited just a few days to give the “drama” label to Ezekiel.  My, my, my.  Without a doubt if there is anyone in the Bible any more dramatic than Ezekiel it has yet to be seen.  His vision, making maps of Jerusalem, eating scrolls, lying on his side for over a year, then flipping over and lying on the other for 40 days, eating Ezekiel 4:9 bread, shaving his head with a sword, cooking with human dung (changed to cow fortunately), cooking pots and meat, repetition of words and pictures, not mourning for his wife’s death, useless vines, eagles, comparing Jerusalem to prostitutes, it goes on and on. Continue reading

Day 58 B90X (Jer 48:1- Lam 1:22)

Good work Saints!  I get many great words of encouragement from some of you which propel me to further discipline and faithfulness.  We are about a good thing! 

"Jeremiah Lamentations" Chagall

Lamentations-  Originally the title of the book was “Ah, how!” from the Hebrew words ‘ek ah.

This short book is not connected to a specific author or prophet, however, tradition puts it in the lap of Jeremiah.  It is mainly composed of funeral songs for Jerusalem.  Since Jeremiah does not deport in the exile, he has time to survey the damage left by the departure of the presence of Father.   The year is 586 B.C., the Babylonian King is furious with his Vassal Zedekiah who would not keep his word.  The temple is completely sacked and the city is left in piles of rubble.  The people weep from the feeling that God has abandoned them.  The poems show the people’s sense of guilt, confession, and repentance as they realize how deeply they have hurt God by their sin and unfaithfulness. Continue reading

Day 57 B90X (Jer 33:23- 47:7)

 Hey there Saints~

 Just a couple of days and we will be 2/3′s of the way through the Bible!  Stay faithful friends.  This is such an important thing we are a part of.  Experiencing all of God’s words like this is so very cool. 

 Today’s reading was captivating for Christie and I.  We sat on our couches this morning sharing back and forth about some of the things we were reading that captured our attention.  The Casi Cielo wasn’t bad either.  I especially enjoy reading through Jeremiah because so much of it is his story mixed in with his message.  Unlike Isaiah which is so much just pure prophetic poetry.

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Day Twenty Eight B90X (2 Ki 15:27-2 Ki 25:30)

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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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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