July 4: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

Acts 23. The Apostle Paul gave his message in Jerusalem before the Sanhedrin, which led to the plot to kill Paul. Paul was then sent to Felix under heavy guard.

2 Chronicles 34. King Josiah tore down the altars to the idols, but not before he had their priests killed and burned on them. Then he took up offerings to restore the temple. Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law. Josiah then restored the temple and the temple worship and the people followed as long as Josiah lived.

2 Chronicles 35. Josiah celebrated Passover lavishly but after that he foolishly engaged king Neco of Egypt, who intended to fight somebody else. The result was that Josiah died in battle. One of the mourners was the Prophet Jeremiah that wrote the book of Lamentations as a result.

2 Chronicles 36 tells a sad story, the reign and captivity of Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim and Jehoiachin. Zedekiah was granted king by Nebuchadnezzar but rebelled. This led to the fall of Jerusalem and seventy years of captivity. 2 Chronicles ends with Cyrus’ Proclamation.

June 6: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

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 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 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.

2 Kings 24, Judah Overrun by Enemies, the Reign and Captivity of Jehoiachin, the Fall of Jerusalem, Zedekiah Reigns in Judah.