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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Bible in 90 Days in Review- Days 22-28


Finished up the fourth week of Bible in 90 Days.. WOW!

How did your reading go?
Did you give yourself time each day to read, or did you get behind?

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This week's reading was finishing up the book of 1 Samuel and then completing books 2 Samuel, and 1 and 2 Kings...

In the first page of this week's reading I came across a passage that stopped me in my tracks and I needed to do some research on.. 1 Samuel 28:14-15 In this passage Saul is speaking to a medium and wanting to find answers about his fate as King and this is what happens...

"....then Saul knew it was Samuel, and he bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground. Samuel said to Saul, "Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?"

Bringing him up? That's what got my attention when reading this passage.. Samuel was a man of God. Followed His teachings and was buried with his ancestors upon his death. Why then would he be coming up from the earth and not down from heaven?

In Deuteronomy 18:10 God specifically asks his people not to confront mediums as it is written...

"Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead."

That's what Saul did here. If you go back a little in the passage before Saul sees Samuel you can see that the medium is playing him. She states she doesn't know him until he says he is the King but she did and wanted to lie to him on purpose. This is all the works of Satan and not God.

Before the end of this book Saul ends up taking his own life during battle since his armor-bearer wouldn't do it, he fell on his own sword in death.

In 2 Samuel, David finds out about the death of Saul and mourns him and then becomes King. There was a war between both houses of David and Saul...

2 Samuel 3:1 "The war between the house of Saul and the house of David lasted a long time. David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker."

After David became King he brought the Ark back to Jerusalem. David walked with the Lord until he met Bathsheba. He deceived her husband into battle to kill him so she may become his wife. God was not pleased with him. God sent Nathan to speak to David in 2 Samuel 12. God didn't allow David to die but He did tell David through Nathan that his son will for sure die..

After the death of David's son, Bathsheba had another son... Solomon. Solomon will be the one person to rein after David and will build a house for the Lord God.

Solomon spoke to God and asked him for a discerning heart to govern God's people in 1 Kings 3:9. God was pleased by his request in 1 Kings 3:10-14 by giving him a wise and discerning heart, and that their will be nobody else like Solomon. He will also bless him with wealth and honor and God says in verse 14 "And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life."

Solomon was so wise that people would come to him from everywhere to hear his wisdom including two women fighting over a baby in 1 Kings 3:23-27 as well as the Queen of Sheba visits him in 1 Kings 10.

Did you know that Solomon had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines as written in 1 Kings 11:3? WOW! With that many wives, unfortunately they led him astray and was not fully devoted to the Lord his God like his father David. He ended up doing evil in the eyes of the Lord as written in verses 4-6.

Solomon reined in Jerusalem over all of Israel for 40 years before he rested with his ancestors and buried in the city of David.

In 1 and 2 Kings we got to learn about the Kings of Israel and Judah... There were 20 noted Kings of Israel. Out of all 20 Kings, one did right by the Lord and it wasn't his entire rein did he and that was Jehu.

There were also 20 noted Kings of Judah. Out of all 20 Kings, 8 did right by the Lord.. Asa, Jehoshaphat, Joash, Amaziah, Azariah (Uzziah), Jotham, Hezekiah, and Josiah.

We are looking at 40 Kings and not even 1/4 believed in God...

Before finishing up this week's review I wanted to end on a scripture that is very similar to a time in the future when Jesus walks on the Earth..

In 2 Kings 4: 42-44 you will read "A man came from Baal Shalishah, bringing the man of God twenty loaves of barley bread baked from the first ripe grain, along with some heads of new grain. "Give it to the people to eat," Elisha said. "Who can I set this before a hundred men?" his servant asked. But Elisha answered, "Give it to the people to eat. For this is what the Lord says: "they will eat and have some left over." Then he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord."

If you've read the Bible at all, you will recognize this story with one told in the book of Matthew 15 where Jesus feeds four thousand people...

We leave off this week's reading at the finish of 2 Kings and to start on the books of 1 and 2 Chronicles...

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What a great fourth week of reading. A lot to take in and understand..

Answer some or all these questions to help you along the way. Comment below or join in on my Facebook page HERE where I post daily information regarding the Bible in 90 Days reading...

  • How does the Lord use the prophet Nathan in 2 Samuel 12?
  • Does David realize the significance immediately of Nathan's story about the rich man?
  • What does the response of David in 2 Samuel 12:13 say about his relationship with God?
  • What were David's consequences of his sins?

For Week 5 we will be reading 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, & Nehemiah.......

This Week's Reading:

Day 29: September 29:  1 Chronicles 1:1- 1 Chronicles 9:44
Day 30: September 30:  1 Chronicles 10:1- 1 Chronicles 23:32
Day 31: October 1:  1 Chronicles 24:1- 2 Chronicles 7:10
Day 32: October 2:  2 Chronicles 7:11- 2 Chronicles 23:15
Day 33: October 3:  2 Chronicles 23:16- 2 Chronicles 35:15
Day 34: October 4:  2 Chronicles 35:16- Ezra 10:44
Day 35: October 5: Nehemiah 1:1- Nehemiah 13:14

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