Hello there! Sorry for the delay in posting… we begin our journey through week 34 noting we’re heading back to 2 Kings & 2 Chronicles, venturing through Nahum & Zephaniah, and beginning Jeremiah! What a week we can look forward to!
You can see this years plan by clicking on the Our Journey icon (picture) here, read through past entries, and leave your own comment of thoughts and things learned this year! Join us to read through the Bible Chronologically – this six day plan gives you Sunday off so that you can have a devoted prayer time to reflect and journal on what you’ve read throughout the week! And if needed – a day to catch up on any readings you may have missed.
Please know that you can begin with the 1st of the year or at any time you please (and then catch up when you’re able to – maybe even next year)! May God Bless you as you walk and build your relationship closer with Him!
|August 18||2 Kings 20-21||Week 34|
|August 19||2 Chronicles 32-33|
|August 21||2 Kings 22-23; 2 Chronicles 34-35|
|August 23||Jeremiah 1-3|
|August 24||Prayer / Reflection / Journal & Bible Reading Catch Up|
I pray your journey reading through His Word is a blessing upon us all, and that we take the time to BE STILL and learn what it is He wills for us to.
Remember – currently just glancing through the Text; the following are thoughts & questions to ponder on. I look forward to developing a conversation here… let me know your thoughts and responses in the comment field.
As we read through 2 Kings 22 it is comforting to know that God can use us regardless of our age! Josiah did all he could to obey God completely. Consider these notes from the Life Application NIV Study Bible regarding 2 Kings 22:8-20
This book may have been the entire Pentateuch (Genesis – Deuteronomy) or just the book of Deuteronomy. Because of the long line of evil kings, the record of God’s laws had been lost. Josiah, who was about 26 years old at this time, wanted religious reform throughout the nation. When God’s Word was found, drastic changes had to be made to bring the kingdom in line with God’s commands. Today you have God’s Word at your fingertips. How much change must you make in order to bring your life into line with God’s Word? (emphasis mine)
We need to be careful how lightly we take sinning, the Word of God should cause us to take immediate action to bring our lives into balance with God’s Word. Do you find yourself sometimes making excuses for your sin, blaming others, and/or pretending that it’s not so bad? God does not take sin lightly and He wants us to repent. Turn to Him, and ask for His help in doing this.
Again looking to my notes in the Life Application NIV Study Bible regarding 2 Kings 23:4-8 we need to be careful regarding our response of sin:
When Josiah realized the terrible state of Judah’s religious life, he did something about it. It is not enough to say we believe what is right; we must respond with action, doing what faith requires. This is what James was emphasising when he wrote, “faith without deeds is useless” (James 2:20). This means acting differently at home, school, work, and church. Simply talking about obedience is not enough.
We read through one of my favorite Scriptures this week! 2 Chronicles 32:7-8
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” …
Hezekiah had great faith in knowing that the LORD was on his side, he knew that he had been faithful to God. Can you consider yourself on the Lord’s side; knowing that He would help you through any battle? We don’t have to meet an army to be up against a battle in today’s society.
In 2 Chronicles 32:31 we learn of Hezekiah being tested, to show his true character. God tests us for many different reasons – here the test was meant to strengthen, develop character, and prepare for tasks ahead. We need to consider how we stand up under pressure – – – Do you give into pressure or turn to God for strength, victory, etc?
Hezekiah had a lot to overcome – as he was prideful, pointing to his own accomplishments rather than to God. Pride can pull us away from His Will for us quickly.
Last week we considered a question along the line of: do you feel secure because you go church, or where you live? As you read through 2 Chronicles 33 consider this again and realize that we need to be sure not to distort our worship practices.
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Nahum’s subject is that the same of Jonah – the destruction of Ninevah. But there is a difference: in reading the two Books we see the goodness of God in Jonah and His severity in Nahum.
Consider the note from Life Application NIV Study Bible regarding Nahum 1:3 – “The LORD is slow to anger and great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. …” God will eventually punish wrong doings – but when people wonder why God doesn’t punish evil immediately, help them remember that if He idi, none of us would be here.
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Zephaniah’s purpose is to shake the people of Judah out of their complacency and urge them to return to God. As we read through this Book remember that if God smites the surrounding nations of Jerusalem with judgment, then certainly He will smite the people of Judah who have had privileges above all others. Consider: If we refuse to listen to God’s Word, the Bible, we are as shortsighted as the people of Judah, and we will be punished as well. Notes from the Life Application NIV Study Bible regarding 3:2/3:14-18 share:
2: Do you know people who refuse to listen when someone disagrees with their opinions? Their root problem is pride – inflated self-esteem. God’s people had become so proud that they would not hear or accept God’s correction. Do you find it difficult to listen to the spiritual counsel of others or God’s words from the Bible?Don’t let pride make you unable or unwilling to let God work in your life. You will be more willing to listen when you consider how weak and sinful you really are compared to God.
14-18:The Lord Himself will remove his hand of judgment, disperse Israel’s enemies, and come to live among His people. He will give them gladness. We sin when we pursue happiness by cutting ourselves off from fellowship with God – they only person who can make us truly happy. Zephaniah points out that gladness results when we allow God to be with us. We do that by faithfully following Him and obeying His commands. Then God rejoices over us with singing. If you want to be happy, draw close to the source of happiness by obeying in God.
Sharing Laura Story’s song – Might To Save! In reference to Zephaniah 3:17… reading this verse made me think of the song that I truly love to worship Him with! Join me in singing for/to Him.
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Also – check out the story behind the song:
I pray you all have a blessed week,