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And off we go...from the kings to the prophets who tried to persuade them...First up, Isaiah in Judah.

...continue reading "Isaiah 1 (Judah)"

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"

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

...continue reading "Jonah 2"

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"

The Word of the Lord had come to pass and His judgement of the house of Ahab is coming to pass. Now Jehu is the King of Israel. Jehu must now see to the remaining members of the family.

...continue reading "II Kings 10-11; II Chronicles 22-23"

We've seen Elijah's big exit and Elisha letting everyone know that the new kid is for real! Now Elisha begins his work as God's messenger to the kings.

...continue reading "II Kings 3-4"