Acts 17:16-34. Paul was escorted to Athens. Waiting for Timothy and Silas to arrive Paul reasoned with the Greeks about Jesus and the resurrection. Being Greeks they thought the resurrection was the female counterpart to Jesus, so they took him to Areopagus (or Mars Hill), where Paul gave his famous “Athens discourse”. Read it and reflect.
2 Chronicles 9. The Queen of Sheba praised Solomon,” the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me: for thou exceedest the fame that I heard.” The chapter continues listing Solomon’s wealth and splendor, ending with a record of his death.
2 Chronicles 10. Israel rebelled against Rehoboam, and nothing good came out of that.
Acts 17:1-15. Paul and Silas arrived in Thessalonica, preached in the Synagogue, many people were converted, the Jews didn’t like it and a crowd attacked Jason’s home. But in Berea they were welcomed: “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” The net result though was similar to what happened in Thessalonica, so Paul was escorted to Athens.
2 Chronicles 6 records Solomon’s speech when the work was completed and Solomon’s prayer of dedication.
2 Chronicles 7. Solomon dedicated the Temple, and God appeared to Solomon a second time, promising “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 8 lists more of Solomon’s achievements.
Acts 16:16-40. In Philippi Paul and Silas were put in prison, but while singing praises to God their chains fell off, the Philippian Jailer, rather than killing himself asked “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Since Paul and Silas were Roman citizens they were asked to leave secretly, but they went to Lydia’s house instead. After that they departed.
2 Chronicles 3. Solomon did build the temple to man’s standard, six hands to a cubit. He even used gold nails instead of iron nails in the ceiling, far more gold than was called for in the tabernacle.
2 Chronicles 4 contains a listing of the temple furnishings.
2 Chronicles 5. The ark was brought into the Temple, and the glory of the LORD filled the Temple.
Acts 16:1-15. Timothy joined Paul and Silas in Lystra and in Troas Paul received “the Macedonian Call”. Lydia, a new convert was baptized at Philippi.
2 Chronicles 1. Solomon asked for wisdom, he received it and more, God also gave him economic and military power.
2 Chronicles 2. Solomon Prepared to build the temple, took inventory of all things collected and tallied the number of constricted aliens to do the work.
Psalm 45, of the Sons of Korah, a Wedding Song. C.S. Lewis saw this psalm pointing to Christmas: “The birth of Christ is the arrival of the great warrior and the great king. Also of the Lover, the Bridegroom, whose beauty surpasses that of man. But not only the Bridegroom as the lover, the desired; the Bridegroom also who makes fruitful, the Father of children still to be begotten and born.” (C.S. Lewis, as cited in Willem VanGemeren)
Acts 15. There was much ado about circumcision, and the believers decided to settle the issue at the Council at Jerusalem, which led to the Jerusalem decree, (in short: Abstain from fornication and from blood). Barnabas and Paul argued about Mark, so they split up, and Paul took Silas and embarked on the second missionary journey.
Proverbs 7. Keep the Law, Seek wisdom and above all, stay away from harlots! They will use every trick to get you!
Psalm 44. Of the sons of Korah. It is a Psalm recounting the great victories God gave the Israelites when they followed God, and the humiliating defeats they suffered when they did not. Yet the psalmists were trusting God and claimed they had not forgotten the Lord and ended with an urgent plea for help.
Acts 14. Paul went to Iconium, preached the Gospel and the Jews and some Gentiles threatened to stone him, so he fled to Lystra and they did. He and Barnabas then escaped to Derbe. From there they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Pisidian Antioch where Paul strengthened the converts, after which they went back to Attalia and sailed back to Antioch where they gave a report on their first missionary journey.
1 Chronicles 28. David instructed Solomon how to build the Temple, complete with promises and warnings for the future.
1 Chronicles 29 begins with a long list of offerings for building the temple, then is recorded David’s praise to God, after which Solomon was anointed King and finally recorded is the close of David’s reign.
Acts 13:13-52. From Cyprus, Barnabus and Paul went to the Pisidian Antioch. Paul preached Jesus powerfully, almost the whole city wanted to listen, the Jews got jealous and expelled them from the region. As a consequence Paul and Barnabas continued on their journey to Iconium.
1 Chronicles 26 lists the gatekeepers, the treasurers and other officials.
1 Chronicles 27 lists the military divisions, the leaders of the Israeli tribes and other officials.
Acts 13:1-12. Barnabas and Saul began their first missionary journey with preaching on the island of Cyprus where Saul’s name was changed to Paul. Paul rebuked Elymas the sorcerer and God struck him with blindness.
1 Chronicles 24 shows the divisions of the priests, who served tabernacle duties when, and the other Levites, serving as alternates.
1 Chronicles 25 lists the musicians set apart for temple service in 24 divisions for the different times of service.
Acts 12. King Herod persecuted the Church and putting many in prison, even Peter; but Peter miraculously escaped. Herod’s suffered a violent death after giving a speech without giving glory to God.
1 Chronicles 22. David made preparations to build the Temple.
1 Chronicles 23 contains a listing of the Levites and their duties.
Psalm 43. This Psalm may very well be a continuation of Psalm 42. Nevertheless, it is a Psalm of deep depression and yet full of praise and hope.
Acts 11 . The Jews did not like that gentiles could receive the Holy Spirit, but Peter explained God’s Grace. Barnabas went looking for Saul and when found they went together to Antioch. It was there the believers were first called Christians, and it was from there they sent relief to fellow believers in Judea via Barnabas and Saul.
1 Chronicles 18 lists David’s victories and his officials.
1 Chronicles 19. Wars continued, the Ammonites and the Syrians were defeated.
1 Chronicles 20. Wars went on and on. Rabbah was conquered and the Philistine giants were destroyed.
1 Chronicles 21. David took a census of Israel and Judah. This was a great sin and the LORD gave David three options how the country should be punished. David chose to be in the hands of the LORD, and the nation was punished by being visited by the angel of the LORD. The angel stopped at Araunah’s threshing floor, the future site of the Temple.