Day 194 – 2 Chronicles 27; Isaiah 9-12

Day 194
2 Chronicles 27; Isaiah 9-12

King Jotham of Judah may have served the first ten years of his sixteen-year reign as a coregent with his ailing father, Uzziah. The Chronicler compared him favorably to his father with one exception, he didn’t enter the Temple and try to fulfill the function of a priest. His righteous reign, however, did little to alter the twisted religious


Day 193 – Amos 6-9

Day 193
Amos 6-9

In a series of woes, Amos thundered against the notable men of Israel, the civil and religious leadership: “Woe to those who are at ese in Zion, and to those who feel secure … to whom the nation of Israel comes!” (6:1). In his Jesus-like pronouncement of woes against the Pharisees,


Day 192 – Amos 1-5

Day 192
Amos 1-5

Crass materialism. Man-made religion. Economic injustice. Sexual immorality. Political corruption. Privileged complacency. The northern kingdom of Israel was steeped in the same sins that plague our society today. A powerful and unflappable voice was needed to declare God’s


Day 191 – Isaiah 5-8

Day 191
Isaiah 5-8

The prophet Isaiah was a singer of love songs. In Chapter 5 he composed a song about God’s beloved vineyard or the people of Judah (5:7). The song was a sad love song because, in spite of all God had done for them, it was never enough (5:1-2). As God’s complaint against Judah continued, He was grieved at their tragic spiritual situation. He


Day 190 – Isaiah 1-4

Day 190
Isaiah 1-4

Isaiah prophesied for over fifty years from the death of King Uzziah (740), through the reigns of Jotham (740-732), Ahaz (732-716), and Hezekiah (716-687). In the books of 1 & 2 Samuel, 2 Kings, and 1 & 2 Chronicles, a prophet was often referred to as a seer because they saw the Word of God. Isaiah tells us that he saw the vision God gave him


Day 189 – 2 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 26

Day 189
2 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 26

King Uzziah ruled over Judah for fifty-two years, beginning as co-regent with his father, when he was just sixteen. The writer of Kings preferred the variant name Azariah, while the Chronicler preferred Uzziah, perhaps to avoid confusion with the High priest of the same name. The theological summary of Uzziah’s life was that he did what


Day 188 – Jonah 1-4

Day 188
Jonah 1-4

The prophet Jonah represented the Lord in the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of Jeroboam II, 793-753 B.C. God expanded his job description when He gave him an international assignment to go and preach against Nineveh, the great capital city of the Assyrian Empire.


Day 187 – 2 Kings 14; 2 Chronicles 25

Day 187
2 Kings 14; 2 Chronicles 25

As it happened, the reign of Amaziah, king of Judah, was like so many of his predecessors, as he started relatively well but finished poorly. He followed the ways of his father but not the ideal way as established by David. He failed to remove the high places, unmentioned by the


Day 186 – 2 Kings 12-13; 2 Chronicles 24

Day 186
2 Kings 12-13; 2 Chronicles 24

As it happened in Judah, Athaliah the Usurper, was dead. Joash (Jehoash), the boy-king assumed the throne of Israel at seven years of age. During the first half of his reign, while under the tutelage of Jehoiada the High Priest, vital repairs were made to the Temple. Portions of it had


Day 185 – 2 Kings 9-11

Day 185
2 Kings 9-11

As it happened, Elisha personally anointed Hazael king of Syria but he delegated to a young prophet the task of anointing Jehu king of Israel (9:1, 4). Jehu, the son of Jehoshaphat, was in a war council in Ramoth-gilead, near the battlefront, when the wild-eyed prophet interrupted