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B90X- A short look at the Kings

The two books of Kings have captured my attention on this lap of B90X like never before.

Not sure if it is age, experience, or what.  Maybe it is a combination of  hourglassboth.  This quote by Jean-Paul Sartre may sum it up appropriately, “The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.”

Wednesday night I had the privilege of sharing just a few thoughts with The Ananias Project at CRBC.  One of them was, just hang in there, stay faithful to Jesus, you will get it, as you grow things will get more clear and understandable.  (It looks like more than one thought, but is really, one.)

Having seen just a bit more clearly some of the more intimate details of the two books of Kings, the following short ideas are presented:

1. God is the source and giver of wisdom.  It is obscure to think that it can come from anywhere else.  Not from spots on a liver, not from bringing back the dead, not from a lifeless metal statue.  Father is the only source of wisdom.  Similarly to how Solomon asked for it and received it, we can all do the same.  ”If anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).  Pretty straightforward.

2. God is pleased to live among his people.  Father loves his creation and desires dwelling in the intimate details in each one of our lives.  When we have the inclination of our hearts turned towards Him, there is a smile, a sense of his liveliness in our lives, and his great pleasure of working in, through, and around every day.

3. God, in his grace, warns over and over again.  If we could see this one thing.  It is not always about just judgment and God out to get you or me.  It is his loving kindness that keeps him warning and warning.  He doesn’t give up easily.  He knows what is best and stays persistent in following through with us knowing that he is not giving up on us.  ”As was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5).

4.  Yahweh reigns.  There is no other.  He is greater than Dagon, greater than Molech, greater than all the Ba’als, greater than Anat, Athirat, Chemosh, Ishtar, and Marduk.  Combined. To the nth degree.  No other.  Many can’t hear, speak, or see.  Yahweh is the true and living God.  He is creator.  He is and there is no other.  He is, period.

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 41 B90X (Ps 45:16- 69:21)

The most important book to have hidden in your heart when the train is coming.

The Psalms are Such Great Reading, Eh Saints?  I love it, they are the best.

 The Psalms were written over a thousand-year period across the whole range of Old Testament history. We find prayers to God by individuals as well as prayers designed for corporate use.  Some arise out of historical or personal circumstances, while others address particular liturgical contexts.
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Day 29 B90X (1Chron 1:1- 9:44)

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.
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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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