Devotions June

2 Chr 19-23

June 30, 2015

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What does it say?

Returning from the joint military excursion into Syria with Ahab, Jehoshaphat concentrates on legal reforms in Judah (2Chr 19). He sets up a system of civil judges in the cities of Judah and a court of appeals in Jerusalem.

The Moabites, Ammonites and a few Meunites come […]

1 Kin 22; 2 Chr 18

June 29, 2015

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What does it say?

By this time the son of Judah’s king Jehoshaphat has married Ahab’s daughter Athaliah and as a result Israel and Judah find themselves temporary allies (1Ki 22). Ahab proposes they join together to reclaim disputed territory from Syria. Jehoshaphat wants to consult with a prophet beforehand. Micah is […]

1 Kin 20-21

June 28, 2015

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What does it say?

1Kings 20 records a series of battles between king Ahab’s Israel and his Syrian neighbor. God will deliver Israel, but God sends a prophet to Ahab to make it clear that victory is by God’s grace and power to demonstrate to the nations his superiority to Baal. Following […]

1 Kin 17-19

June 27, 2015

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What does it say?

Elijah, one of the Bible’s great personalities, bursts onto the scene of history and boldly predicts three years of drought (1Ki 17) in response to the evil of Ahab’s reign. To protect Elijah and provide for him, God sends him to the brook Cherith and uses ravens to […]

1 Kin 16; 2 Chr 17

June 26, 2015

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What does it say?

Baasha’s long reign and dynasty ends as it began – by murder (1Ki 16). Baasha’s son Elah is killed by one of his military officers, Zimri. Zimri reign lasts only a week as Omri rallies forces to oppose him and Zimri, realizing that he cannot prevail, chooses suicide […]

1 Kin 15; 2 Chr 13-16

June 25, 2015

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What does it say?

Abijam comes to the throne of Judah and follows the idolatrous ways of his father Rehoboam (1Ki 15:1-7). Asa follows Abijam and was a good king that died in his old age of a disease in his feet (1Ki 15:8-24). In the northern kingdom, Baasha assassinates Nadab, son […]

2 Chr 10-12

June 24, 2015

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What does it say?

Unraveling the chronology of Kings and Chronicles is a difficult challenge Remember that Chronicles is the history of nation written for the generation returning from the captivity in Babylon. At this point in time, the northern tribes have been removed by the Assyrians well before Babylon took the […]

1 Kin 12-14

June 23, 2015

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What does it say?

Rehoboam takes the throne after his father Solomon’s death (1Ki 12). This begins the next major section of Kings that describes the division of the kingdom. Seeds of division having already been sown, Rehoboam’s pride and poor decisions pave the way for Jeroboam to lead the northern tribes […]

Pro 30-31

June 22, 2015

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What does it say?

Though speculation abounds, no one knows the identity of Agur, author of Proverbs 30, or king Lemuel that wrote chapter 31. In all probability the men of king Hezekiah of Judah that assembled more proverbs of Solomon in chapters 25-29 also included these last two chapters in this […]

1 Kin 10-11; 2 Chr 9

June 21, 2015

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What does it say?

The Queen of Sheba (modern Yemen or Oman) comes to visit Solomon having heard of his wisdom and the prosperity of his kingdom (1Ki 10). This chapter details the abundance of Solomon’s kingdom and his influence to the nations around him.

1Kings 11 is a critical […]

Ecc 7-12

June 20, 2015

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What does it say?

Chapter 7 continues Solomon’s third discourse on the emptiness of human, practical morality. Specifically, this chapter’s focus is on the futility of human moralizing, passing judgment on moral issues without having any absolute standard by which to measure. Chapter 8 continues with the emptiness of human government with […]

Ecc 1-6

June 19, 2015

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What does it say?

Our English Ecclesiastes is taken from the title of the Greek translation of the Hebrew original and it means assembly. The Hebrew title is all of verse one. These are the words of the preacher (Hebrew qohelet) to the assembly. This book is a series of four sermons. […]

Pro 27-29

June 18, 2015

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What does it say?

Proverbs 27 is a mixture of comparisons marked by like, as and so that we saw in chapters 25-26. In addition to the comparisons, chapter 27 includes maxims that are contrasts identified by the key word but. In chapters 28 and 29 the maxims, or proverbs, are mainly […]

Pro 25-26

June 17, 2015

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What does it say?

Today’s reading returns to the proverbs of Solomon. Chapter 25 begins a section of Solomon’s proverbs that were collected by a group of scholars during the reign of King Hezekiah. The proverbs in these two chapters are mainly parallel maxims that are comparisons. The key words are like, […]

1 Kin 9; 2 Chr 8

June 16, 2015

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What does it say?

God speaks once again to Solomon (1Ki 9:1-9). He promises to establish his throne as long as he obeys, but also warns him of the consequences of disobedience. Solomon’s building projects are so ambitious that he has balance of trade problems with king Hiram of Tyre. To resolve […]

Psa 134, 146-150

June 15, 2015

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What does it say?

The psalms in our reading today are praise psalms and designed to be part of the corporate temple worship. The brief Psalm 134 concerns those who stand watch by night in the temple.

Psalms 146 to 150 are Hallelujah Psalms. Each one begins and ends with […]

2 Chr 6-7; Psa 136

June 14, 2015

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What does it say?

The brief introduction of 2Chr 5 is now followed by the details of Solomon’s address to the people (6:1-11) and his dedicatory prayer for the temple (6:12-42). Seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles follow the seven days of the temple dedication (7:1-10). God appears to Solomon and […]

1 Kin 8; 2 Chr 5

June 13, 2015

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What does it say?

Solomon leads the dedication of the temple in this long chapter. He has the Ark of the Covenant brought in correctly according to the Law, unlike David on his first attempt. Solomon’s prayer is a masterwork of theology, prayer and mission. The dedication ceremony includes massive offerings and […]

1 Kin 7; 2 Chr 4

June 12, 2015

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What does it say?

Following the temple’s completion, Solomon embarks on a 13-year project to build his palace and related buildings, forming a massive temple/palace complex that was a major sign of power and prosperity in that part of the world at that time (1Ki 7). This chapter also describes making the […]

1 Kin 5-6; 2 Chr 2-3

June 11, 2015

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What does it say?

David’s friend Hiram of Tyre congratulates David’s son Solomon as he ascends to Israel’s throne (1Ki 5). Hiram becomes a key consultant and supplier for Solomon’s temple and the two nations establish trade and political agreements. Chapter 6 gives an overview of the seven-year construction of the temple […]