May 24, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we are continuing in Romans, and reading two chapters in 1 Kings.

May 24: Romans 2, 1 Kings 20, 1 Kings 21 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Romans 2. You have no excuse,  God’s judgement is righteous, Jews and Gentiles are equally guilty, and circumcision is of no avail.

1 Kings 20. Ahab Defeats the Syrians and he does it twice. After that Ahab makes a treaty with Ben-Hadad, and that leads the prophecy of Ahab’s Condemnation.

1 Kings 21. Naboth is killed for his vineyard and for that the LORD condemns Ahab.

May 23, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we are starting Romans, and read one chapter in 1 Kings.

May 23: Romans 1, 1 Kings 19 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Romans 1 starts with an eloquent greeting to all in Rome, and it is just as valid for us today as it was then. Paul longs to visit Rome and impart scriptural spiritual wisdom, such as “the Just shall live by Faith.” Then he explains God’s Wrath to come on mankind because they “changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator.

1 Kings 19. After the fantastic victory at Mount Carmel Elijah flees from Jezebel, the exhibit A of evil women mentioned in literature and films.  He fled, got strengthened by an angel that fed him a meal that gave him enough strength to go all the way to Mount Horeb. There he heard “The Still Small Voice.” God reminds Elijah  that “I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.” Elisha then receives the call to follow Elijah.

May 22, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we are reading two Psalms one chapter in 1 Kings.

May 22: Psalm 35, Psalm 36, 1 Kings 18 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Psalm 35, of David. An urgent call for God to execute His righteous judgment on the enemies of God and vindicate David.

Psalm 36, of David, the Servant of the LORD. This Psalm also tells of wicked people, but then shows the mercies of God and ends up with David recognizing that without God’s protection he too is vulnerable as are we all.

1 Kings 18. This chapter alone made the reading of 1 Kings up to now worthwhile. Elijah meets Obadiah and sends a message to Ahab. When they meet, Elijah challenges Ahab to a competition: Four hundred fifty prophets of Baal and four hundred prophets of Asherah against Elijah alone on Mount Carmel to see whose God is victorious! You know the rest, enjoy reading!

May 21, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we are reading two Psalms one chapter in 1 Kings.

May 21: Psalm 33, Psalm 34, 1 Kings 17 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Psalm 33, is a Psalm about the sovereignty of God in creation and history. Here and in many other places of the Bible it encourages us to “sing a new song”.

Psalm 34, of David. This Psalm is an almost acrostic psalm (except for the letter waw). Like many acrostic Psalms, this is to be sung and memorized as it is full of praise and good advice. It contains one notable prophetic reference: “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.
He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken.”

1 Kings 17. With Baal worship in full swing Elijah proclaimed a multi-year drought. He then went into the wilderness by a brook and was fed by ravens. But the brook dried up so he went to a widow in Zarephath. He asks her for water and some bread. That was the last of the flower she had, but she gave it to Elijah anyhow. Later the widow’s son died and Elijah revived him. The jar of flour and the jug of oil never emptied as long as Elijah was in the house, miracle upon miracle!

 

May 20, read through the Bible in a year.

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.

May 19, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we are reading two Psalms  and two chapters in 1 Kings.

May 19: Psalm 31, Psalm 32, 1 Kings 12, 1 Kings 13 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Psalm 31, of David. As was so often the case, David was in trouble. He cried out his woes to God, and yet, the Psalm ends with praise and total confidence in God.

Psalm 32, of David. “This was Saint Augustine’s favorite psalm. Augustine had it inscribed on the wall next to his bed before he died in order to meditate on it better.” (James Montgomery Boice)

1 Kings 12 tells of the revolt against Rehoboam and Jeroboam’s Golden Calves at Bethel and Dan to avoid going to Jerusalem.

1 Kings 13. From Judah came a Man of God with a message. It did not go over well, so through lies and intrigues the Man of God was killed by a lion. One quote from this chapter: “After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places.” Large portions of the Old Testament described how not to worship, a warning for us.

 

May 18, read through the Bible in a year.

Take a pause between reading the Acts of the Apostles and Paul’s epistle to the Romans by reading two Psalms  and three chapters in 1 Kings.

May 18: Psalm 29, Psalm 30, 1 Kings 9, 1 Kings 10, 1 Kings 11 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Psalm 29, of David.A song of praise.  A vivid description of a storm, and how the voice of God speaks through it.

Psalm 30, for the dedication of the Temple. Of David. ( An alternate translation : For the dedication of the House of David.)

1 Kings 9 tells of God’s Second Appearance to Solomon, this time with a promise and a warning. Solomon and Hiram exchanged Gifts and it tells more of Solomon’s achievements.

In 1 Kings 10 the Queen of Sheba visited Solomon and praised him “The half had not been told” of Solomon’s great wisdom and wealth, that is.

1 Kings 11, Solomon’s heart turned from the LORD, ( blame the women). It records Solomon’s adversaries, Jeroboam’s rebellion, and Solomon’s death.