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.

Isaiah 23, a prophecy about Tyre,

At this time, the Syro-Phonecians were the merchants of the Mediterranean Sea.

Sidon is now the third largest city in Lebanon, Tyre is the fourth largest.

This merchant fleet was still dominant, even in Roman times,

The people of Sidon and Tyre were called Caananites, and the Jews considered them inferior. Yet Jesus found great faith and healed the Caananite woman’s daughter.

It was a Syro-Phonecian widow that sustained  Elijah during the three and a half year drought.

But the people of Tyre and Sidon worshipped Baal, and the woman Jezebel stemmed from Sidon.