Jul 17, 2019
Hilkiah found the book of the Law in the temple while repairs were being carried out as ordered by king Josiah. When Josiah heard the book of the Law, he instituted reforms. And God again is glorified in fulfilling a prophecy we heard in 1 Kings.
I would like to have been one of the Levitical temple...
Jul 16, 2019
The Assyrian king mocked the God of Israel at the end of chapter 18. We heard God's answer yesterday in chapter 19, and we were introduced to the prophet Isaiah. Hezekiah asked to live for a longer time, and his request was granted. I have heard that there is actually scientific proof of the long day...
Jul 15, 2019
The writer of 1 & 2 Kings was very brief about the sins of the people of Israel (in both kingdoms) until what we heard yesterday. He seems to have saved the moral of the story until chapter 17. And then we have the wonderful contrast with Hezekiah in chapter 18. Then the Asyrian king mocked the God of...
Jul 14, 2019
Yesterday we again heard quite a few names of kings, especially on the Israel/Northern side. And this culminated with Tiglath-pileser of Assyria deporting the people of Israel. Because of a heavy bribe, Judah avoided this by becoming a vassal state of Assyria. Actually, this was probably wise on king...
Jul 13, 2019
In yesterday’s reading, on the Israel (10 tribes) side, we heard of Jehoahaz's reign. He was helped by Elijah in his final prophecy. Then the names started getting confusing, as we heard of Jehoahaz's son Johoash.
Also in yesterday’s reading we heard of Amaziah's reign in Judah. And it is confusing...