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.
2 Timothy 1 starts out with the customary greeting. The Apostle Paul was encouraged by Timothy’s Faith, which he got from his mother Eunice and grandmother Lois. Paul was not ashamed of the Gospel “for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” Then Paul urged Timothy to be loyal to the faith.
Jeremiah 51 tells of the time of the Lord’s vengeance, the Destruction of Babylon. The words of Jeremiah end with his command to Seraiah.
Jeremiah 52 is a historical epilogue to the book of Jeremiah. It tells of the fall of Jerusalem, the temple plundered and burned, the important people taken into captivity in Babylon, and finally Jehoiachin released from jail, but remaining in Babylon.
1 Timothy 3. The Apostle Paul defined the qualifications of overseers and deacons, then he “waxed eloquent” about the great mystery of godliness. It is still a great mystery, but I like it and accept it by faith.
Jeremiah 39. The fall of Jerusalem finally happened and Jeremiah was to be set free.
Jeremiah 40. Jeremiah was finally freed, most of the people were still in the old land and had a bountiful harvest, most of which then was taken away from them.
Jeremiah 41 is a historical chapter recording the insurrection against Gedaliah and the beginning of a flight to Egypt.
In between first and second Corinthians we read one chapter of Proverbs and the last two chapters of second Chronicles.
July 1: Proverbs 8, 2 Chronicles 35, 2 Chronicles 36 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Proverbs 8 praises the excellence of Wisdom.
2 Chronicles 35. Josiah celebrated Passover lavishly but after that he foolishly engaged king Neco of Egypt, who was to fight somebody else. The result is that Josiah died in battle. The Prophet Jeremiah mourned and wrote Lamentations.
2 Chronicles 36 tells a sad story, the reign and captivity of Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim and Jehoiachin. Zedekiah was granted king by Nebudchadnezzar but rebelled. This led to the fall of Jerusalem and seventy years of captivity. Chronicles ends with Cyrus’ Proclamation.
2 Chronicles 36, the Reign and Captivity of Jehoahaz, the Reign and Captivity of Jehoiakim, the Reign and Captivity of Jehoiachin, Zedekiah Reigns in Judah, The Fall of Jerusalem, Cyrus’ Proclamation.
2 Kings 24, Judah Overrun by Enemies, the Reign and Captivity of Jehoiachin, the Fall of Jerusalem, Zedekiah Reigns in Judah.
Jeremiah 52, the Fall of Jerusalem, the Temple Plundered and burned, Captivity to Babylon, Jehoiachin Released.
Jeremiah 39, the Fall of Jerusalem, Jeremiah to go free.