June 5, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we are continuing in Romans, and read the last four chapters in 2 Kings.

June 5: Romans 14, 2 Kings 22, 2 Kings 23, 2 Kings 24, 2 Kings 25 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Romans 14. Some are weak in faith and those who are strong and can eat everything should not look down on vegetarians and vegans. Some observe the Lord’s day on the first day of the week, others still say “Sabbath is Sabbath.” Tolerate each other according too the law of liberty, for whatever is not of faith is sin, and it is not for you to judge. The law of love tells us not to flaunt one’s free drinking in front of an alcoholic among other things, for that could cause him to stumble.

2 Kings 22, Josiah is king of Judah and Hilkiah the priest finds the book of the law. The reading of the law pricked their conscience.

2 Kings 23. Having repented Josiah restored the worship and even tore down the quarters of the male shrine prostitutes and ended idol worship,but alas, too late. There still came impending judgment on Judah, Josiah died in battle at Megiddo. After that came the reign and captivity of Jehoahaz, after which Jehoiakim became king of Judah.

2 Kings 24. Things go from bad to worse, Judah was overrun by enemies,  Jehoiachin becomes king of Judah and is taken captive, Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem and made Zedekiah nominal king of Judah.

2 Kings 25. Then came the fall and captivity of Judah.  Gedaliah was made Governor of Judah and Jehoiakin was released from prison. Thus ends 2 Kings.

June 4, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we are continuing in Romans, and read three chapters in 2 Kings.

June 4: Romans 13, 2 Kings 19, 2 Kings 20, 2 Kings 21 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Romans 13. Submit to government, follow the laws, pay our taxes, love your neighbor and put on Christ.

2 Kings 19. The prophet Isaiah assures deliverance from Sennacherib’s threat. Hezekiah’s prays for deliverance and Isaiah delivers the word of the LORD concerning Sennacherib. That night the Angel of the Lord slayed 185,000 men, and Sennacherib was defeated and died not long after.

2 Kings 20, Hezekiah is ill unto death, but he prays to the LORD, and his life is extended another fifteen years. From Babylon comes  envoys, Hezekiah shows them every treasure in his palace, for in doing so he thinks “There will be peace for our time” just like Neville Chamberlain did before WWII.

2 Kings 21, Manasseh became King of Judah, doing more evil in the sight of the LORD than even the surrounding countries. After his death Amon Reigned and died, followed by his son, Josiah.

June 3, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we are continuing in Romans, and read two chapters in 2 Kings.

June 3: Romans 12, 2 Kings 17, 2 Kings 18 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Romans 12.  We shall offer ourselves as living sacrifices to God, Serve God with the spiritual gifts He has given you, do it as members of one spiritual body, behave like a Christian, bless those who persecute you, overcome Evil by Good.

2 Kings 17. Hoshea was the last King over Israel, the defeated Israelites were carried captive to Assyria, and Assyria then resettled Samaria with their own people.

2 Kings 18, Hezekiah Reigned in Judah, and was threatened by the Assyrians. Sennacherib boasted against the LORD, but Hezekiah still trusted that the LORD would deliver his people. The chapter ends with a standoff.

June 2, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we are continuing in Romans, and read two chapters in 2 Kings.

June 2: Romans 11, 2 Kings 15, 2 Kings 16 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Romans 11. Israel’s Rejection is not total, but because of their rejection of the Gospel salvation has come to the Gentiles. Israel’s Rejection is not fatal, all Israel will be saved according to Scripture. The chapter ends with a Doxology, if you are in the habit of memorizing Scripture, this would be a good passage to memorize

2 Kings 15. The parade of Kings of Israel and Judah continues.  Azariah reigned in Judah, Zachariah reigned in Israel, Shallum reigned in Israel, Menahem reigned in Israel, Pekahiah reigned in Israel, Pekah reigned in Israel, Jotham reigned in Judah, all in chronological order recorded.

2 Kings 16. This is a short chapter and deals with Ahaz , king of Judah and his dealings with the king of Assyria.

June 1, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we are continuing in Romans, and read three chapters in 2 Kings.

June 1: Romans 10, 2 Kings 12, 2 Kings 13, 2 Kings 14 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Romans 10. Israel too needs the Gospel, “ if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” It is true, in the Gospel “there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek,” but Israel rejects the Gospel.

2 Kings 12, the Temple had fallen in disrepair, so Jehoash repaired the Temple. Hazael, king of Aram threatened Jerusalem but withdrew after Joash paid the ransom. After forty years reign Joash died and was succeeded by Amaziah.

2 Kings 13. One more history chapter. Jehoahaz Reigned in Judah, Jehoash Reigned in Israel, Elisha died and Israel Recaptured some cities from Syria.

2 Kings 14, Amaziah firmly ruled in Judah,  but he followed the law of Moses: “every man shall be put to death for his own sin.” After a victory over the Edomites he became proud and tried to conquer Israel. This failed completely, and instead Israel broke down part of the wall of Jerusalem and raided the Temple. Finally,  Jeroboam II became king of Israel, died and his son Zechariah succeeded him.

 

May 31, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we are continuing in Romans, and read one chapter in 2 Kings.

May 31: Romans 9, 2 Kings 11 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Romans 9. After the glorious chapter 8 Paul turns his attention to  Israel and their rejection of Christ, they are, after all God’s Sovereign Choice and the Children of Promise. God administers justice as he seed fit “As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated,” and Israel’s unbelief is “Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

2 Kings 11. This is a  chapter full of palace intrigue: Athaliah, daughter of Ahab and Jezebel takes seizes power over Judah and reigns for six years. Finally, Joash is crowned King of Judah, and Athaliah was put to death. After all, she had put Baal in the temple.

May 30, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we are continuing in Romans, and read one chapter in 2 Kings.

May 30: Romans 8, 2 Kings 10 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Romans 8. This chapter is too important for comments. Read it; together with all the Old Testament references, then read it again. Let it sink in.

2 Kings 10. This is a killings chapter,  Ahab’s seventy sons killed, Ahaziah’s forty-two brothers killed, the rest of Ahab’s family killed, worshipers of Baal killed, and finally the death of Jehu.

 

May 29, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we are continuing in Romans, and read two chapters in 2 Kings.

May 29: Romans 7, 2 Kings 8, 2 Kings 9 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Romans 7. Thanks to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are free from the Law when we belong to Him. Yet, we struggle with sin; “ For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.” The chapter ends up with “ O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” It all makes sense in chapter 8.

2 Kings 8. The King Restores the Shunammite’s Land, and then Hazael murders Ben-Hadad. Then the chapter lists two more kings of Judah, Jehoram and Ahaziah.

2 Kings 9, Jehu, a man of action was anointed king of Israel, Joram of Israel was killed, Ahaziah of Judah was killed, and finally Jezebel suffered the most humiliating and violent death possible.

 

May 28, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we are continuing in Romans, and read three chapters in 2 Kings.

May 28: Romans 6, 2 Kings 5, 2 Kings 6, 2 Kings 7 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Romans 6. The three most important truths are:  “Reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. and “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

2 Kings 5. Naaman’s Leprosy is Healed. This was so important that Jesus mentioned it to the self righteous Jews, proving they were not that special.  Elisha refused payment for healing Naaman, but his servant Gehazi accepted payment instead, so he becme leprous instead of Naaman.

2 Kings 6. Elisha makes an ax head float, The Floating Ax Head, the Syrians ary to capture Elisha from which we ger the quote”Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” But then Syria Besieged Samaria with famine.

2 Kings 7. When the siege was about to succeed Elisha prophesied “Hear ye the word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.” During the night the Syrians fled and four lepers discovered it. After feasting they went and told the good news to the besieged.

May 27, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we are continuing in Romans, and read two chapters in 2 Kings.

May 27: Romans 5, 2 Kings 3, 2 Kings 4 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Romans 5. This is a great chapter and tells how faith triumphs in trouble, one quote: “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” And so it is: Death came through one man, Adam, but “if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” Let that sink in.

2 Kings 3. There is trouble all around: Moab Rebels Against Israel. Israel calls for Judah and Edom to help.  They gather their armies and horses, but after seven days without water they call for Elisha. He tells them to dig ditches in the desert. They obey, and without rain the ditches are filled, they all got water and quenched the rebellion. Then they punished Moab, but the King offered his firstborn son as a burnt offering. This was too drastic even for Israel, so they drew back.

2 Kings 4, Like Elijah, Elisha multiplies a widow’s oil, like Elijah, Elisha Raises a person from death, this time the Shunammite’s Son. Elisha purifies a pot of stew, and at another time he feeds one hundred men. with twenty small loaves of bread, and there are leftovers, much like Jesus did, but on a much smaller scale.