Today, in between Romans and 1 Corinthians we are reading one chapter in Proverbs and three chapters in 1 Chronicles..
June 10: Proverbs 7, 1 Chronicles 10, 1 Chronicles 11, 1 Chronicles 12 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Proverbs 7, keep the Law, Seek wisdom and above all, stay away from harlots! They will use every trick to get you!
1 Chronicles 10, Saul fell on his own sword and his Sons were killed.
1 Chronicles 11, David was made King over Israel, then he conquered Jerusalem and it is from then on called the City of David (as opposed to the town of David, which is Bethlehem). David’s mighty men and some of their deeds are listed.
1 Chronicles 12, David’s Army grew and grew, David’s Army at Hebron and the men were numbered. With so many volunteers to join the Army there was joy in Israel.
Today we are reading one chapter of Proverbs and three chapters in 1 Kings.
May 20: Proverbs 6, 1 Kings 14, 1 Kings 15, 1 Kings 16 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Proverbs 6 warns against cosigning documents with neighbors, condemns sluggards of their sleepy and lazy habits and points to the destruction of wicked men. It tells about the seven detestable things to the LORD, and finally it takes a dim view of adultery, a sure way to destroy yourself and others.
Not much good in 1 Kings 14, it tells of judgment on the house of Jeroboam and his death, and Rehoboam taking over power and his death.
1 Kings 15, the evil king Abijam Reigned in Judah. After his death Asa became king over Judah and he was a good king. Meanwhile in Israel Nadab reigned, and after him Baasha both doing evil things in the eyes of the LORD.
1 Kings 16 displays a depressing list of kings over Israel, Baasha, Elah, Zimri, one worse the the other, finally culminating with Ahab, the worst of them all, setting up Baal worship in Israel.
Five Old Testament. chapters today.
April 17: Proverbs 5, Judges 15, Judges 16, Judges 17, Judges 18 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Proverbs 5 tells of the perils of adultery.
Judges 15, Samson defeats the Philistines with the jawbone of an ass.
Judges 16, the telling of Samson and Delilah and how he finally got captured. In his death Samson slew many more than when he lived.
Judges 17, the telling of Micah’s Idolatry.
Judges 18, as the Danites had failed to take their allotted land from the Philistines they wandered around and finally settled in Laish and renamed the city Dan. Micah’s idols leads to no good.
Today there are three chapters to read.
March 19: Proverbs 4, Deuteronomy 17, Deuteronomy 18 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Proverbs 4: Wisdom is supreme and there is security in wisdom.
Deuteronomy 17, Anyone worshiping other Gods must have justice administered, including stoning. You will elect a King and he must be an Israelite, not gathering riches or take many wives. He must read the scroll of the Law all the days of his life.
Deuteronomy 18, the LORD is the Inheritance for Priests and Levites, No Wicked Customs!, The LORD will raise up a Prophet like Moses.
Today there are three chapters to read.
February 26: Proverbs 3, Numbers 10, Numbers 11 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Proverbs 3 continues to tell of the benefits of wisdom. The verses most often quoted are ” Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will direct your paths.”
Numbers 10 tells of making two silver trumpets and with the blasts from them they finally leave Sinai, still in formation , tribe by tribe.
In Numbers 11 the people complain about eating manna every day, so God puts His spirit on seventy elders to prophecy, but He also sends them quail , a delicious game bird, but after eating quail for a whole month until it comes out their nostrils they got sick, and God punishes the gluttons.
Today there are three chapters.
January 25: Proverbs 2, Exodus 1, Exodus 2 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Proverbs 2 continues where Proverbs 1 left off, telling of the moral benefits of wisdom.
A few hundred years has passed since the end of Genesis and Exodus 1 tells how the Hebrews multiplied and became a perceived threat to the Egyptians. The Egyptians told the Hebrew midwives that every boy they delivered must be thrown into the Nile, but every girl were to be let to live.
Which seamlessly leads into Exodus 2, how Moses when he was born was thrown into the Nile, but he was placed in a papyrus basket and laid crying in the reeds. Pharaoh’s daughter heard it, picked him up and asked her servant to find somebody to nurse him. Of course she found Moses’ own mother to nurse him. After he was weaned Moses grew up in Pharaoh’s household and got educated. He did remember he was a Hebrew, so when he saw and Egyptian mistreat a Hebrew he killed the Egyptian. This became known and Moses fled to Midian, where he spent 40 years tending flocks. Great reading.
Today there are five chapters.
January 23: Psalm 3, Psalm 4, Genesis 47, Genesis 48, Proverbs 1 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Since there are less than 365 chapters in the New Testament, there will be filling in days with Psalms and Proverbs.
Psalm 3 is a Psalm of David from when he fled from his son Absalom.
Psalm 4 is David’s appeal to righteousness, and the blessings that follow.
Genesis 47 tells of how Jacob and his descendants settled in Goshen, about the continuing famine, and how Joseph, controlling the food supply enslaved the people. All power corrupt,…
Genesis 48 tells of how Jacob blessed Ephraim and Manasseh. He blessed Ephraim ahead of Manasseh, even though Manasseh was the older of Joseph’s sons.
Finally there is Proverbs 1. It extols the virtue of wisdom. Read it and apply it.