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As Israel and, eventually, Judah race toward oblivion for life as they've known it, the Kings and Chronicles give way to prophets who seem to be God's final effort to turn their trajectories toward His will and away from their idolatry and rebellion.

In my attempt to read chronologically, one of my reading plans says Amos is next and the other says Isaiah. So I have decided to start with Isaiah. Although I'll start Amos after Isaiah 8, and will keep checking in with the Kings and Chronicler.

...continue reading "Intro to the Prophets and Isaiah"

Israel's time on earth is quickly approaching its end and it seems to be taking the same hard-hearted approach we saw in Jonah on his mission from God. We have one chapter in each book and then, chronologically, we'll start in to Isiah and Amos- prophets who were less petulant to God's message.

...continue reading "II Kings 15 and II Chronicles 26"

So Jonah finally gets to Nineveh and the people believe God's message and genuinely repent- from the king to the nobles, to the servants. So God relents and keeps them from destruction. All's well that ends well, right? Not if you are Jonah.

...continue reading "Jonah 4"

When last we saw Jonah, he had scooped up by a great fish at the bottom of the ocean, stubbornly spent three days and nights in its belly, and finally repented and was saved by God. He had been spit out on dry ground at the end of chapter 2.

...continue reading "Jonah 3"

Jonah's about to get a crash course in the concept and need to die to self.

...continue reading "Jonah 2"

Following the chronological order of the Old Testament; I am in II Kings and II Chronicles and taking a side tour to Jonah during the reign of Jeroboam II.

...continue reading "Jonah 1"

In my attempt to read the Bible in chronological order, both the Blue Letter Bible and the NIV chronological Bible have Jonah up next, in the midst of II Kings and II Chronicles. I recently did a bible study on Jonah, so I'm anxious to see what comes of this personal study.

...continue reading "Intro to Jonah"

I think we're heading into the beginning of the end of the nation of Israel prior to the Assyrian and Babylonia defeats.

...continue reading "II Kings 14; II Chronicles 25"

So we finally have the house of Ahab scrubbed from Israel and Judah. Jehu meeting God's mandate and then far exceeding it in brutality to secure his authority on the throne in the north; and the Lord using the high priest and his wife to save the remaining offspring in the line of David, taking the throne at the tender age of 7.

...continue reading "II Kings 12-13; II Chronicles 24"