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July 6, 2020


The NIV Chronological Bible I have begun to use has an interesting informational passage on "prophets". It describes prophets as widely used in the ancient near east and notes that it was an occupation. The job was to be a mediator between a god and humans. Kings kept them on staff to be able to hear from the gods at will.

...continue reading "Chapter 24-25 Wiersbe: Prophets and Music"

July 4, 2020

David is preparing and making ever possible arrangement for Solomon to begin the building of God's Temple. After collecting the materials and labor, he has set about organizing the temple servers for the Lord. He has divided the priests and Levites into four groups, by family (sons of Levi)--Levites, priests, musicians, and gatekeepers.

In a previous post I reviewed Chapter 23 and the Levites. Next, the chronicler focuses on the Priests.

...continue reading "I Chronicle 24-25"

This chapter begins detailed information about the temple personnel. The Transition intro in the chronological bible explains that this author skips all of the palace intrigue found in I Kings and focuses, largely, on the temple personnel. That makes sense. This wasn't a history class, it was an instruction book. He was picking the things that were relevant to them restoring the temple and beginning life again as a nation.

...continue reading "I Chronicles 23"

Wiersbe and my chronological bible both place Psalm 30 following I Chronicles 30. In the biblical description before the Psalm (biblical meaning from the text, not added by publishers later), It states that this is "A Psalm. A song. For the dedication of the Temple, Of David". Even though the templace wasn't started in David's lifetime, he had the faith to write this knowing that day would come.

...continue reading "Psalm 30"

New NIV Chronological Bible

The "transition" note preceding I Chronicles, Chapter 20 compares the difference between the II Samuel and the I Chronicles' descriptions after the similar stories they include regarding David calling for a census. II Samuel concludes with stories they make the rest of David's reign seem feeble; while I Chronicles covers victories. I thought that was interesting. Again, Ezra was trying to motivate the returning Israelites under a common past- so painting victories and minimizing "feeble" makes sense.

...continue reading "I Chronicles 22"

Chronological Bible

When I started reading the Bible from the beginning, this time I wanted to read it chronologically. I honestly don't know the order of major events in the Bible because I cannot totally track the order--having been in churches where the preaching was topical and not verse by verse. I knew it would be easier for my brain to better recall events that go together, if I learned about them in order.

...continue reading "New Bible"

This is the same events from II Samuel 24. In this version, in the very first sentence of I Chronicles 21, It states that Satan moved David to take the census as an act against Israel. David wanted to know how many warriors he had; which was a direct affront to God, who had given David the victory- no matter what the tale of the tape had been in every battle. David had dropped his eyes from the God who had saved him countless times and was concentrating on the world.

...continue reading "I Chronicles 21 David’s Census"