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.
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.
1 Kings 11, Solomon’s Heart Turns From the LORD, Solomon’s Adversaries, Jeroboam’s Rebellion, Solomon’s Death.