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While I was waiting for a commentary to arrive, I took a detour back to Ecclesiastes and now I am going to read Song of Solomon before continuing my chronological read of the Old Testament.

The Blue Letter Bible chronological suggested order has II Chronicles chapter 1 and Psalm 72 adjacent to this book, so I am going to read those first, by way of reorienting to Solomon's timeframe.

...continue reading "Song of Solomon Adjacent"

Well...if you've following along on the recent adventures in my blog you'll know that Ahab finally brought God to the end of His mighty patience and God poured out a most severe judgement. Ahab finally expressed some grief and humility- bringing God to delay the judgement package until Ahab's son.

...continue reading "I Kings 22 (final chapter)"

I admit...I stole this title from Wiersbe's commentary on these chapters> I'll have to see if I change it once I read the content; but I'm guessing it's perfect because I think we're about to hit a string of kings and many of them will fly by as they did not glorify God.

Let's check 'em out.

...continue reading "I Kings 15-16 and II Chronicles 13-16: Kings on Parade"

I'm making my way through the first generation of leadership following the division between Israel and Judah. We took a closer look and Israel and Jeroboam in previous posts; and a cursory look at Rehoboam of Judah. But today we'll take a deeper dive into the reign of Rehoboam in II Chronicles 11-12.

...continue reading "II Chronicles 11-12: Rehoboam Continued"

So, when I started through the Old Testament this time I decided I wanted to read it chronologically. So when we got to the end of Solomon's life and epoch is about to end, I thought about stopping to read some other books by David and Solomon. However, I got seriously bogged down in the psalms. Part of that was an extremely busy season at work and the recent holiday travel, but they seem a bit random at times, making them a bit of a grind right now.

I pray there's a season when they bring as much to me as God has revealed in the narrative storyline; but for now, I'm worried about losing the thread of the primary story and I'm heading back to I Kings and II Chronicles.

...continue reading "I Kings 12 and II Chronicles 10: The Divided Epoch Begins"

So, apparently, the Bible is commonly divided in eras known as epochs. Oddly enough, we're at the end of one of these epochs right in the middle of our books, I Kings and II. We're leaving the united monarchies of David and Solomon and moving to the divided nations of Judah and Israel.

But before we go...I'm going stop and spend some time with the remaining books of David and Solomon, while I still have their lives fresh in my mind. I don't know how it will look exactly, but I will be working on some more Psalms, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes. And probably Song of Solomon.

Then I will return to life after these monarchy falls to division.

Solomon has completed the Temple and his palace and now we're learning more about what he did afterward. In these passages we'll learn about his interactions with the infamous Queen of Sheba.

...continue reading "I Kings 10 and II Chronicles 9"

Solomon is done with all-things-Temple and his palace and God appeared to Solomon and speaks to him for a second time, as He had appeared to him at Gibeon.

...continue reading "I Kings 9 and II Chronicles 7-8"

The Temple has been built and the Lord was faithful to fill it with His presence. Now Solomon dedicates and prays over this House of God. What a seismic moment in their history and ours. To speak into such a profound moment had to come from the Lord. No human, even the wisest one can do that without God's guidance.

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