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August 17 + Daily notes & readings

DAY 229 DAILY READINGS2 Chronicles 13-17 & Psalm 74
DAILY NOTES 2 Chronicles 13 Abijah is king.In his battle, Abijah declares that he and his people have remained faithful to God.  The northern kingdom had "driven out the priests of the Lord, the descendants of Aaron, and the Levites, and made priests for yourselves like the peoples of other lands."   2 Chronicles 14-16 Asa is king.Initially, Asa did "what was good and right in the sight of the Lord."  That's usually a good thing.  As such, Asa relied on God to win at battle and even removed his mother from her position because she hadn't given up her "abominable image" (idol).  Asa, however, doesn't maintain his sense of trust and dependency on God.  He makes an alliance with another king and even trusts his physicians more than God. 2 Chronicles 17 Jehoshaphat is king.  He is presented as another king that honors God.  "His heart was courageous in the ways of the Lord." OTHER OBS…
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August 16 + Daily notes & readings

DAY 228 DAILY READINGS2 Chronicles 9-12 & Psalm 73
DAILY NOTES 2 Chronicles 9 Solomon's wealth has grown astronomically.  He has built a reputation both of being a rich and wise king.  The queen of Sheba visits him to "test" him.  Her visits proves to be an affirmation of everything she has heard and more.The two exchange gifts.The rest of the chapter highlights the great wealth of Solomon.  He "excelled all kings."  Solomon becomes a king all others want to hear from.  When they come they bring gifts that add to Solomon's wealth.Solomon reigns 40 years before he dies. 2 Chronicles 10 Things take a turn right after Solomon dies.  Notice that even though Solomon's kingdom, so far, is made out to be a place of wealth and, presumably, security and contentment, once he is dead people have things to say.  People say to Rehoboam, "Your father made our yoke heavy."Rehoboam doesn't prove to be as wise as his father.  He rejects sound advice and…

August 16 + Daily notes & readings

DAY 227
DAILY READINGS2 Chronicles 5-8 & Psalm 72 (We had to use a different site for our readings today.)
DAILY NOTES 2 Chronicles 5
Now that the temple has been furnished and prepared, it is time to bring the ark to its final home.  Notice that the Levites carry the ark this time.  If you want to do some comparison, read Exodus 16:32-34.  What are the contents of the ark?The overriding theme of the temple's dedication is, "For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever." 2 Chronicles 6 Solomon offers a prayer before all the people.  The prayer asks God to hear the prayers of the people that are made at the temple (or stretched out toward it).  There are many times and circumstances the people might need or recognize their need to pray to God.  Because God is good, Solomon asks God to grant forgiveness. 2 Chronicles 7 This isn't the first time fire has indicated God's glory.  The people respond to the glory of God by bowing and worshiping.The dedicatio…

August 14 + Daily notes & readings

DAY 226 Did you notice our mistake?  Yesterday, we read 1 Chronicles 25-28.  Today, we beginning 2 Chronicles.  What happened to 1 Chronicles 29?  
We're starting our final Old Testament book today!  
We showed this video when we first started 1 Chronicles.  I thought it might be a good review to watch it again.

DAILY READINGS2 Chronicles 1-4 & Psalm 71
DAILY NOTES 2 Chronicles 1 Solomon is now king (it happened in 1 Chronicles 29).  He gathers all the people of Israel.  Their first act is to "inquire."  They would be seeking God's direction and blessing.  I can imagine a prayer for protection against enemies and the continued reign of Solomon.God appears to Solomon and grants a request.  Solomon asks for wisdom.  Because of his request of wisdom, God promises wisdom and much more.  The chapter finishes with a review of kingdom life under Solomon so far.  Silver and gold were as common as rocks! 2 Chronicles 2-4 Solomon begins his preparations to build the temple …

August 13 + Daily readings & notes

DAY 225 DAILY READINGS1 Chronicles 25-28 & Psalm 70
DAILY NOTES 1 Chronicles 25-26

The worship of the people is prepared for as David arranges those who will serve as temple musicians and gatekeepers.  These are Levites.  Notice the role of the musicians.  They aren't singing in the way we would think a "church choir" would.  These musicians prophesy with their instruments and voices.  Levites also have charge of the temple treasury.   1 Chronicles 28 David gathers all the leaders, officials and warriors together; he just organized them in Chapter 27.  His first words are to the people.  He had planned to build the temple, but God instructed him not to do so.  The temple is referred to as "a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord."David's next speech is to Solomon.  He instructs him to follow God.  Then David gives Solomon the plans for the temple.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS I'm trying to avoid the temptation to repeat (again) the importance o…

August 12 + Daily notes & readings

DAY 224 DAILY READINGS1 Chronicles 22-24 & Psalm 69
DAILY NOTES 1 Chronicles 22 David begins gathering material so that Solomon can build the temple.Part of David's charge to Solomon includes the insight God gave David as to why he wouldn't build the temple (22:8).  Solomon's is part of God's plan to build the temple. 1 Chronicles 23-24 David makes preparations for Solomon to take the throne.  The Levites are assembled and given charge of the work in the house of the Lord.The priests are also organized appropriately. OTHER OBSERVATIONS Maybe David was a little disappointed he wasn't going to be constructing the temple.  And maybe he was a little anxious about Solomon getting started.  As he gathers all the things Solomon will need, he does something wonderful.  He shares with Solomon his experience and what God has prepared for him.
That's an example for us.  How willing are we to share with the younger generations about what God has done for us and a holy e…

August 11 + Daily notes & readings

DAY 223 DAILY READINGS1 Chronicles 18-21 & Psalm 68
DAILY READINGS 1 Chronicles 18-19 David's kingdom advances.  Not only does he have military victory, he also "administered justice and equity to all this people."These chapters also remind us that David's task was not to build the temple as he initially intended.  David's role would be to defeat Israel's enemies.   OTHER OBSERVATIONS There was at least one person who disagreed with David about taking a census.  Even so, once God acted because of David's actions, it wasn't just David that suffered.  Seventy thousand people "fell in Israel."  That's a lesson to learn about the consequence of sin.

Sometimes others are impacted by what we do.  It's the result of living in a world with other people.  Just like we can be a blessing, we can get in the way of blessings.  That's something to pray for.  "Lord, help me to repent so that I am not a stumbling block to others.