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Day 124 – II Samuel 5:11-6:23; I Chronicles 13-16

Day 124
2 Samuel 5:11-6:23; 1 Chronicles 13-16

It’s been a long wait but David was finally king over a unified Israel. The writers of 2 Samuel and Chronicles were not so much concerned with the sequence of events early in David’s reign as they were in the events themselves, and more specifically, in the character of the new king. David


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Day 123 – Psalm 106-107

Day 123
Psalm 106-107

Psalm 106 gives praise to God for His steadfast love (hesed) shown to a rebellious and ungrateful people. The psalmist was conscious of the fact that no one can adequately declare all of God’s praise because His mighty deeds are beyond description. However, those who observe justice


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Day 122 – Psalm 133

Day 122
Psalm 133

Psalm 133 is a psalm of David. It is categorized as one of the psalms of ascent. Hebrew pilgrims would sing this psalm as they would leave their homes travel to Jerusalem for one of the great feasts. Many Bible students think that David composed this poem soon after the nation came together and God had made him king over a united


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Day 121 – II Samuel 5:1-10, I Chronicles 11-12

Day 121
2 Samuel 5:1-10; 1 Chronicles 11-12

Following the death of Saul, only the southern tribe of Judah had recognized David as their king. After he had been ruling from Hebron for seven and a half years, representative-elders from all twelve tribes came to David. In three extraordinary statements, they recognized David to be their


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Day 120 – Psalm 102-104

Day 119
Psalm 102-104

Psalm 102 has been called one of the seven penitential psalms (cf. Psalm 6, 32, 38, 51, 130, and 143). Its anonymous author was afflicted and anxious for God to hear his prayer. His suffering was unbearable but it was even more intolerable to him because of God’s apparent indifference. The


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Day 119 – I Chronicles 7-10

Day 119

1 Chronicles 7-10

Are you ready for more genealogies? In these four chapters the Chronicler recorded the installment of six Israelite tribes, consisting of northern and Trans-Jordanian tribes. For a reason that was never stated, two of Jacob’s sons, Dan and Zebulun were mentioned by name, but their tribal registries were not listed. The


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Day 118 – Psalm 81, 88, 92-93

Day 118
Psalm 81, 88, 92-93

Psalm 81 is a song of Asaph, a Levitical musician, which he composed for the Feast of Booths. The Feast of Booths was an annual harvest celebration. During the festival, the people of Israel would dwell in makeshift tents for a weeklong remembrance of God’s care and protection of His


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Day 117 – 1 Chronicles 6

Day 117
1 Chronicles 6

The tribe of Levi was one of Israel’s most prominent tribes. The Chronicler has already traced the genealogies of the tribe of Judah (the tribe of David) and the tribe of Benjamin (the tribe of Saul). The importance of the tribe of Levi was also attested to by its lengthy genealogical placement (6:1-81). The significance of the tribe of Levi from the


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Day 116 – Psalm 73, 77, 78

Day 116
Psalm 73, 77, 78

Psalm 73 commences Book 3 of the Psalter. Like ten other psalms in this section (74-83), including Psalms 77 and 78, it was composed by Asaph. Asaph was one of the Levites mentioned by the Chronicler who led worship in the Temple (cf. 1 Chronicles 6:39). Psalm 73 is a remarkable theodicy (a defense of God’s ways). It is the Book of Job in


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Day 115 – I Chronicles 3-5

Day 115
1 Chronicles 3-5

The family of King David was the central feature of the Chronicler’s genealogies. In the first section of Chapter 3, David’s nineteen sons were registered in two lists: those who were born in Hebron, where he ruled over Judah for seven and a half years (3:1-4), and those who were born in Jerusalem, where he was enthroned over all Israel for


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