Acts 9:23-43. After Saul was Converted, the Jews in Damascus decided to kill Saul, but he escaped at night by being lowered out through a window, hidden in a basket. Saul then went to Jerusalem. The believers were at first suspicious of him, but Barnabas told what had happened to Saul, and accepting Saul’s conversion the Church Prospered. Later Saul healed the paralytic Aeneas, and in Joppa a woman named Tabitha (or Dorcas) died. The believers immediately called for Peter, and he uttered the words “Tabitha cumi” and she rose up again.
1 Chronicles 13. The Ark was brought from Kirjath Jearim to the family of Obed-Edom the Gittite. “And the ark of God remained with the family of Obededom in his house three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obededom, and all that he had.“
1 Chronicles 14. David was firmly established at Jerusalem. After asking God if he should wage war with the Philistines he went to battle with his growing army and defeated them.
1 Chronicles 15. The Ark was brought to Jerusalem in a great procession with music and dancing. When David’s wife Michal, daughter of Saul saw David dancing in the street at the joyous occasion, she despised him.
Acts 9:1-22. On the road to Damascus Saul was Converted. Ananias met up with Saul and from that time on Saul preached Christ.
1 Chronicles 11. David was made King over Israel, after which he conquered Jerusalem and it was from then on called the City of David (as opposed to the town of David, which is Bethlehem). The chapter also lists David’s mighty men, describing some of their deeds.
Acts 8:26-40. Philip met the Ethiopian eunuch. Thanks to God’s word in the scroll of Isaiah, he too came to believe and was baptized.
1 Chronicles 7 lists the family tree of Issachar, the family tree of Benjamin, the family tree of Naphtali, the family tree of Manasseh West of Jordan, the family tree of Ephraim and the family tree of Asher.
1 Chronicles 8 lists the genealogy of king Saul.
1 Chronicles 9 lists the people, the priests, the Levites and the Levite gatekeepers in Jerusalem that had returned after the captivity in Babylon. It continues with other Levite responsibilities and finally gives another part of the genealogy of king Saul.
1 Chronicles 10 tells the inglorious death of king Saul. He fell on his own sword and his sons were killed.
Acts 8:1-25. Saul persecuted the Church, it was so severe that the believers scattered all over the nations. Thanks to the persecution the Gospel reached Samaria where Philip met Simon the Sorcerer who came to believe, but he still thought the Holy Spirit could be purchased with money!
1 Chronicles 6 lists the family tree of Levi, musicians in the house of the Lord, the family tree of Aaron and, since the Levites had no land allocation, it lists their dwelling places.
Acts 7 begins with Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin and ends with the stoning of Stephen, the first martyr killed for his Christian faith.
1 Chronicles 5 contains the family tree of Reuben, the family tree of Gad and the family tree of Manasseh East of Jordan. These three tribes were unfaithful to God and the king of Assyria defeated them and took them into exile.
Acts 6. To better serve the needs of widows seven people were chosen, among them Stephen. They would later be called deacons. Stephen spoke boldly about Jesus, he was in the Spirit, was seized, and so a trial began.
1 Chronicles 2 lists the family tree of Israel, then concentrates on the family tree from Judah to David, continuing with the family tree of Hezron, the family tree of Jerahmeel and finally the family tree of Caleb.
1 Chronicles 3 contains the family tee of David, the royal line of Solomon and the royal line of Jeconiah after the exile.
1 Chronicles 4 contains the rest of the family tree of Judah and the family tree of Simeon.
Acts 5:12-42. When Ananias and Sapphira had lied to the Holy Spirit and died on the spot, great fear and great power came over the Church. An Angel of the LORD came during the night and freed the Apostles that had been jailed the previous day. They went back to the Temple courts and got called in to the Sanhedrin again for the crime of preaching about Jesus, but Gamaliel gave them good advice, they listened, and after flogging the Apostles were let go.
1 Chronicles 1 lists the partial family tree of Adam to Noah’s sons, the family tree of Abraham, beginning with the family tree of Keturah, Abraham’s concubine whom he married after the death of Sarah, the family tree of Isaac, the family tree of the people of Seir in Edom and finally a list of the kings of Edom.
Psalm 42, a Maskil. Of the sons of Korah. A very old Psalm, it mentions Elohim many times, but Jehovah only once. It begins “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.” Enjoy! (I love the song)
Acts 5:1-11. Ananias and Sapphira were lying to the Holy Spirit and fell down dead. This lead to great fear and great power in the Church.
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 seven detestable things to the LORD, and finally it takes a dim view of adultery, a sure way to destroy yourself and others.
Psalm 41, of David. A prayer for help in sickness and protection from traitors and other enemies.
Acts 4. Peter and John were arrested and hauled before the Sanhedrin, were told not to speak about Jesus anymore. Their response? “Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” They were let go and continued telling about Jesus and his resurrection, and a good time was had by all, sharing all things.
2 Kings 24. Things went from bad to worse, Judah was overrun by enemies, Jehoiachin became king of Judah and was taken captive, Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem and made Zedekiah nominal king of Judah.
2 Kings 25. In this final chapter is vividly described the fall and captivity of Judah. Gedaliah was made Governor of Judah and Jehoiakin was released from prison. Thus ends 2 Kings.
In Acts 3 Peter healed a crippled man sitting at the Beautiful Gate with these words: “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” Then Peter preached at Solomon’s Portico. Read it!, It is powerful.
2 Kings 22. Josiah was king of Judah and Hilkiah the priest found 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.