Today, in between Romans and 1 Corinthians we are reading one Psalm and two chapters in 1 Chronicles..
June 8: Psalm 37, 1 Chronicles 6, 1 Chronicles 7 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Psalm 37, of David. With two lines dedicated to each letter of the Hebrew alphabet, this psalm is one of the longer acrostics in the book of Psalms. David wrote it late in life (“ I have been young, and now am old;
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his descendants begging bread.“) It is full of promises and praise, and was intended for memorization.
1 Chronicles 6 lists the family tree of Levi, musicians in the house of the Lord, the family tree of Aaron and, since the Levites had no land allocation it lists their dwelling places.
1 Chronicles 7 lists the family tree of Issachar, the family tree of Benjamin, the family tree of Naphtali, the family tree of Manasseh West of Jordan, the family tree of Ephraim and the family tree of Asher.
Today we are finishing up Romans, and continue reading three chapters in 1 Chronicles..
June 7: Romans 16, 1 Chronicles 3, 1 Chronicles 4, 1 Chronicles 5 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Romans 16. Sister Phoebe is commended, Paul thanks especially Priscilla and Aquila, then comes a long list of greetings by name. Then comes a warning to avoid divisive persons, followed by greetings from Paul’s friends, even Tertius, the scribe writes a note. The letter ends with a benediction.
1 Chronicles 3 contains the family tee of David, the royal line of Solomon and the royal line of Jeconiah after the exile.
1 Chronicles 4 contains the family tree of Judah and the family tree of Simeon.
1 Chronicles 5 contains the family tree of Reuben, the family tree of Gad and the family tree of Manasseh East of Jordan. These three tribes were unfaithful to God and the king of Assyria defeated them and took them into exile.
Today we are continuing in Romans, and read the first two chapters in 1 Chronicles..
June 6: Romans 15, 1 Chronicles 1, 1 Chronicles 2 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Romans 15. Bear each others’ burdens, look at Christ and glorify God together. Paul has proclaimed the Gospel from Jerusalem to Illyricum, but he really longed to visit Rome.
1 Chronicles 1 lists the partial family tree of Adam to Noah’s sons, the family tree of Abraham, first the family tree of Keturah, Abraham’s concubine whom he married after the death of Sarah, the family tree of Isaac, the family tree of the people of Seir in Edom and finally a list of the kings of Edom.
1 Chronicles 2 lists the family tree of Israel, then concentrates oh the family tree from Judah to David, continuing with the family treeof Hezron, the family treev of Jerahmeel and finally the family treeof Caleb.
Today we are continuing in Romans, and read the last four chapters in 2 Kings.
June 5: Romans 14, 2 Kings 22, 2 Kings 23, 2 Kings 24, 2 Kings 25 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Romans 14. Some are weak in faith and those who are strong and can eat everything should not look down on vegetarians and vegans. Some observe the Lord’s day on the first day of the week, others still say “Sabbath is Sabbath.” Tolerate each other according too the law of liberty, for whatever is not of faith is sin, and it is not for you to judge. The law of love tells us not to flaunt one’s free drinking in front of an alcoholic among other things, for that could cause him to stumble.
2 Kings 22, Josiah is king of Judah and Hilkiah the priest finds the book of the law. The reading of the law pricked their conscience.
2 Kings 23. Having repented Josiah restored the worship and even tore down the quarters of the male shrine prostitutes and ended idol worship,but alas, too late. There still came impending judgment on Judah, Josiah died in battle at Megiddo. After that came the reign and captivity of Jehoahaz, after which Jehoiakim became king of Judah.
2 Kings 24. Things go from bad to worse, Judah was overrun by enemies, Jehoiachin becomes king of Judah and is taken captive, Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem and made Zedekiah nominal king of Judah.
2 Kings 25. Then came the fall and captivity of Judah. Gedaliah was made Governor of Judah and Jehoiakin was released from prison. Thus ends 2 Kings.
Today we are continuing in Romans, and read three chapters in 2 Kings.
June 4: Romans 13, 2 Kings 19, 2 Kings 20, 2 Kings 21 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Romans 13. Submit to government, follow the laws, pay our taxes, love your neighbor and put on Christ.
2 Kings 19. The prophet Isaiah assures deliverance from Sennacherib’s threat. Hezekiah’s prays for deliverance and Isaiah delivers the word of the LORD concerning Sennacherib. That night the Angel of the Lord slayed 185,000 men, and Sennacherib was defeated and died not long after.
2 Kings 20, Hezekiah is ill unto death, but he prays to the LORD, and his life is extended another fifteen years. From Babylon comes envoys, Hezekiah shows them every treasure in his palace, for in doing so he thinks “There will be peace for our time” just like Neville Chamberlain did before WWII.
2 Kings 21, Manasseh became King of Judah, doing more evil in the sight of the LORD than even the surrounding countries. After his death Amon Reigned and died, followed by his son, Josiah.
Today we are continuing in Romans, and read two chapters in 2 Kings.
June 3: Romans 12, 2 Kings 17, 2 Kings 18 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Romans 12. We shall offer ourselves as living sacrifices to God, Serve God with the spiritual gifts He has given you, do it as members of one spiritual body, behave like a Christian, bless those who persecute you, overcome Evil by Good.
2 Kings 17. Hoshea was the last King over Israel, the defeated Israelites were carried captive to Assyria, and Assyria then resettled Samaria with their own people.
2 Kings 18, Hezekiah Reigned in Judah, and was threatened by the Assyrians. Sennacherib boasted against the LORD, but Hezekiah still trusted that the LORD would deliver his people. The chapter ends with a standoff.
Today we are continuing in Romans, and read two chapters in 2 Kings.
June 2: Romans 11, 2 Kings 15, 2 Kings 16 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Romans 11. Israel’s Rejection is not total, but because of their rejection of the Gospel salvation has come to the Gentiles. Israel’s Rejection is not fatal, all Israel will be saved according to Scripture. The chapter ends with a Doxology, if you are in the habit of memorizing Scripture, this would be a good passage to memorize
2 Kings 15. The parade of Kings of Israel and Judah continues. Azariah reigned in Judah, Zachariah reigned in Israel, Shallum reigned in Israel, Menahem reigned in Israel, Pekahiah reigned in Israel, Pekah reigned in Israel, Jotham reigned in Judah, all in chronological order recorded.
2 Kings 16. This is a short chapter and deals with Ahaz , king of Judah and his dealings with the king of Assyria.