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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Bible in 90 Days in Review- Days 29-35


Finished up the fifth week of Bible in 90 Days.. We are getting closer to the finish line....

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 in 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra and almost all of Nehemiah...

1 and 2 Chronicles tells the story from the previous books 1 and 2 Kings. These two books were put together to lead the Israelites back to God after the exile. It's an account of how God helped the Israelites even when they failed to follow Him.

1 Chronicles starts out by sharing the genealogy from Noah through Abraham. Goes in depth about the 12 sons of Israel (formerly known as Jacob) and then the royal lineage including King David, & King Saul.

Even though we've heard the stories before in the book of Kings, I really enjoyed reading them again in the Chronicles. I got a better feel for King Saul and King David since these books spent more time telling a more direct story regarding their lives.

1 Chronicles goes through the life of King David, how he prepares for the building of the temple. This book also shares the Levites and the divisions corresponding to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. It also discusses the division of the priests, the musicians, the gatekeepers,, the treasurers and other officials including army divisions.

2 Chronicles starts where 1 Chronicles left, the death of King David and King Solomon taking the rein. This book shares the same stories we've read in the book of Kings regarding Solomon's life, how he prepared for the temple and had it built.

"The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods. But who is able to build a temple for him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him? Who then am I to build a temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before him? 2 Chronicles 2:5-6

After Solomon's death in Chapter 9 the rest of the book discusses the Kings of Judah. The importance of whether they were evil in the eyes of the Lord or were faithful to Him during their rein. I loved reading about the Kings in this book because they were a little more in depth and could understand them more because you got a better picture of who they were as rulers and as a person. They came to life to me and weren't just a name in the Bible.

In the time of Josiah's rein, the book of the law was found. "Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the Lord that had been given through Moses." 2 Chronicles 34:14

In verse 15 it says "I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the Lord".

"And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the King"... 2 Chronicles 23:18

After the Book of the Law was read aloud Josiah spoke in verse 31
"The king stood by his pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord-to follow the Lord and keep his commands, statutes and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, and to obey the words of the covenant written in this book."

After the rein of Josiah, a King that followed the heart of God was buried with his ancestors, evil came back into the land. In 2 Chronicles 36:15-16 it says:
"The Lord, the God of their ancestors, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place. But they mocked God's messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the Lord was aroused against his people and there was no remedy."

God was angry.. and the people were sent to exile..

In the book of Ezra God's chosen people were able to return from exile and to start rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem. Describing in detail the list of those that helped and the details of how it was done.

Ezra 5: 11-12 says: "...we are rebuilding the temple that was built many years ago, one that a great king of Israel built and finished. But because our ancestors angered the God of heaven, he gave them into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar the Chaldean, king of Babylon, who destroyed this temple and deported the people to Babylon."

The people return and was given instructions on what to do. In Ezra 10:10-11 it says,  "Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, "You have been unfaithful; you have married foreign women, adding to Israel's guilt. No honor the Lord, the God of your ancestors, and do his will. Separate yourselves from the peoples around you and from your foreign wives."

We finish off this week's reading by getting almost through the book of Nehemiah.. The book of Nehemiah is about the rebuilding of Jerusalem after the return from exile.

Nehemiah 2:17 "Then I said to them, "You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace."

Verse 20 says "I answered them by saying, "The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding."

We leave off this week's reading at the finish of Nehemiah just after reading about the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem.

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What a great fifth 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...

  • Think about the image of the temple. What would have been most noticeable to you?
  • What does Scripture say about Solomon's care of the Lord's building, the temple?
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For Week 6 we will be finishing reading Nehemiah and will complete both Esther, and Job and start into the Psalms.......

This Week's Reading:

Day 36: October 6:  Nehemiah 13:15- Job 7:21
Day 37: October 7:  Job 8:1- Job 24:25
Day 38: October 8:  Job 25:1- Job 41:34
Day 39: October 9   Job 42:1- Psalms 24:10
Day 40: October 10: Psalms 25:1- Psalms 45:14
Day 41: October 11: Psalms 45:15- Psalms 69:21
Day 42: October 12: Psalms 69:22- Psalms 89:13

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