Day 179 – 1 Kings 20-21

Day 179
1 Kings 20-21

As it happened, Elijah and Elisha drop out of view for approximately six years. As far as today’s reading, Elijah returns at the end of Chapter 21. This narrative focuses on two events mainly associated with Ahab. Unexpectedly, there was still a faint light burning in Ahab’s conscience.


Day 178 – 1 Kings 17-19

Day 178
1 Kings 17-19

As it happened, Elijah the prophet appeared on the stage of biblical history, as if out of nowhere. We know next to nothing about his family background or his early years growing up on the eastern side of the Jordan River. Apparently, his father had no political connections or priestly


Day 177 – 1 Kings 15:25-16:34, 2 Chronicles 17

Day 177
1 Kings 15:15-16:34; 2 Chronicles 17

The reign of Nadab over the northern of kingdom was wicked, and therefore, mercifully brief (1 Kings 15:25-26). Baasha of Issachar launched a successful coup against Nadab, assassinating him and then killing all the remaining members (literally, “anyone who breathed”) of the house of


Day 176 – 1 Kings 15:1-24, 2 Chronicles 13-16

Day 176
1 Kings 15:1-24; 2 Chronicles 13-16

The account of King Abijah’s (or Abijam in Kings) three-year reign over Judah as recorded in 2 Chronicles is more than twice the length of its counterpart in 1 Kings beginning near the tail-end of Jeroboam’s reign over Israel, which lasted for twenty-two years. There was a continual state of


Day 175 – 2 Chronicles 10-12

Day 175
2 Chronicles 10-12

Roughly a thousand years stretched out between Rehoboam and Jesus. This period of time can best be described as the prophetic era. This time-period did not belong to the kings but to the prophets who ministered during each administration. The prophets can be divided into three


Day 174 – 1 Kings 12-14

Day 174
1 Kings 12-14

Following the death of Solomon, the story of Israel was never the same. Overall, a united Israel existed for less than three administrations, before it became irreparably broken. From this point onward, it is a narrative of national disunity, spiritual idolatry, and finally, severe judgment. As it


Day 173 – Proverbs 30-31

Day 173
Proverbs 30-31

The final two chapters of Proverbs present the sayings of Agur (30) and King Lemuel (31), two Gentile names who appear nowhere else in the Bible. Both chapters are presented as an oracle (30:1; 31:1). Verse 1 of Chapter 30 is intriguing. The textual note in the ESV indicates that “oracle”


Day 172 – 1 Kings 10-11, 2 Chronicles 9

Day 172
1 Kings 10-11; 2 Chronicles 9

It remains one of the most famous encounters between two heads of state in history. The Queen of Sheba, whose kingdom was most likely ancient Saba in what is modern-day Yemen, traveled to Jerusalem from southern Arabia to visit King Solomon and to see for herself what she had


Day 171 – Ecclesiastes 7-12

Day 171
Ecclesiastes 7-12

The book of Ecclesiastes is a cynical but candid evaluation of life by someone who has done and tasted everything that is offered under the sun. This self-designated Professor dares to ask the question most people are afraid to ask, “Is this all there is?” The Teacher referred to himself as a collector and arranger of Proverbs. As it happened, Chapter 7


Day 170 – Ecclesiastes 1-6

Day 170
Ecclesiastes 1-6

It is a puzzling shift to move from Proverbs to Ecclesiastes. The move can be very disorienting. The buoyant optimism of Proverbs stands in sharp contrast to the restless pessimism of Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes is Greek for “Preacher,” rendering the Hebrew word that can also be translated, “Teacher” or “Professor.” Ecclesiastes is