My biggest takeaway from this last week is how far the Isrealites fell throughout the Old Testament. They, as a people group, literally saw the hand of God at work. He parted the Red Sea for them, God led them through the wilderness and delivered them into peace and prosperity. And yet, they continued to turn away from Him, break His commandments and even worshiped idols and other gods. At some points, I felt like I was watching a train wreck. Not that I've ever actually seen one, mind you, but I just feel like I'm watching something terrible, yet can't stop it and can't look away!
During this week's reading, this verse popped out at me:
"May the Lord our God be with us as He was with our ancestors. May He not abandon us or leave us so that He causes us to be devoted to Him, to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commands, statutes and ordinances, which He commanded our ancestors."
1 Kings 8:57
Solomon prayed this blessing over the Isrealites during his consecration, when he assumed the role as Isreal's king. As much as the people of Isreal turned away from God, the Lord never forgot Solomon's prayer and He continues to honor it to this very day. Through Christ, we have the same assurance as the Isrealites did so many hundreds of years ago. Powerful stuff!
This week, we'll finish up the "Kings" books, move through Chronicles and finish the book of Ezra. When this week ends, we'll be more than 30% finished with the challenge! Here's the schedule:
9/28: 2 Kings 15:27 - 25:30
9/29: 1 Chronicles 1:1 - 9:44
9/30: 1 Chronicles 10:1 - 23:32
10/1: 1 Chronicles 24:1 - 2 Chronicles 7:10
(wow, it's really October this week? how did that happen???)
10/2: 2 Chronicles 7:11 - 23:15
10/3: 2 Chronicles 23:16 - 35:15
10/4: 2 Chronicles 35:16 - Ezra 10:44
Enjoy your journey!