The Final Four

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

2 Chronicles 33—36

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Goodness and evil oscillate, along with celebration and disaster, as the final four of the twenty kings of Judah are accounted. The reign of the worst of these, Manasseh, is described in a few horrific verses; yet even he repents and is restored.

The pendulum swings to Josiah, great king of reform for God’s people. Feel the joy in the restoration of the Temple, the discovery of God’s Word and the especially memorable celebration of the Passover. Then disaster takes place again in the fall of Jerusalem, the destruction of the Temple, and the captivity in Babylon. However, good will triumph. God uses Cyrus, the pagan King of Persia, to be the means of restoring God’s people to their homeland.

Do not fail to see the many meanings contained in the final verse of this book of the Bible, as another year of grace begins to draw to a close.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
I will serve the Lord my God. 33.16
Turning not to right or left. 34:2
Crushing all the false temples. 34:3
God’s Word at the heart of life. 34:21

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The Sanctuary Swept Clean

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

2 Chronicles 29—32

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At last, there is relief from chapters summarizing wicked deeds of kings! The good king Hezekiah sets out to restore true worship. The first step is to take out the rubbish that has accumulated in the sanctuary.

If you compare this account with the similar one in 2 Kings18—20, you will notice expansions on the theme of worship. The momentum of fervor in celebrating the Passover carries them into another seven days! Singing has great importance in the life of renewed worship.

Do you have any rubbish—or at least excess baggage—that is filling your inner sanctuary? Catch the fresh fervor of this reading. Together with the reading from Malachi yesterday, let the Spirit sweep your inner house clean as you pattern your life after the sacred words you are hearing these days.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
I’m chosen to minister. 29:11
Cleansing my inner temple. 29:18
I worship You all day long. 29:28
With us is the Lord our God. 32:8

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Life at a Glance

Tuesday,November 5, 2013

2 Chronicles 25—28

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Photos of the earth from a satellite reveal cities as tiny blotches of color flung across the globe. In one glance, the congestion, commotion, and conflict of whole cities are beheld in silence. In a similar way, the chronicler sweeps across the history of Judah in summaries of kings—some good, most evil.

Kings come and go. Whether good or bad, God continues to weave sacred history even with wicked thread. Life is short, especially when seen from above; remember Zaccaheus!

If you were to write a summary about your life, what would you want it to be? There is still time for you to update and upgrade your life according to the image that God had of you when you were first conceived. Keep the end and purpose of your existence in sight. The tiny details of today lived with love can make a magnificent mosaic tomorrow.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Lord, You have power to help. 25:8
Lord, You are the only God. 25:14
I prosper when I see You. 26:5
Walking in Your holy ways

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