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Jeroboam far from God worships golden calf

2 Chronicles 10-12: What Happened When the People Lost Sight of God?

Remember in yesterday’s post where I quoted Deuteronomy 17? Both David, his son Solomon, and now David’s grandson Rehoboam, did the same thing. Like father, like sons. They ignore God. They ignored His Word. As a result, the whole nation, all the people, suffered the consequences. Let’s dig in… 2 Chronicles 10 – The Northern …

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King Herod and the Wise Men

Between Malachi and Matthew: Greedy, Obsessed People, Far from God, Vie for Power

When last we left the Hebrew people, they were enjoying 100 years of independence from any Gentile nation as the Hasmonean Dynasty. Why only 100 years? Where was God all this time? Today, we conclude the story with various people — both men and women — vying for power, and not caring who they crush …

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Seeking a God who was silent for 400 years

Between Malachi and Matthew – 400 Years – When God was Silent

During the 400 years between the last book of the Old Testament, Malachi and first book of the New Testament, Matthew, the people didn’t hear from God. It’s called the Intertestamental Period. What happened during those years? Was God really silent? Did He abandon Israel — His chosen people? In this special 2-part series, we …

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Wrong method to move the Ark of the Covenant

1 Chronicles 13-15: The Right Motives and Right Methods Matter to Almighty God

What are the right motives and methods to worship God? In reality, He gave us instructions in the Bible. We’re supposed to follow them. Unfortunately, men began to invent new methods, without taking into consideration their motives. Meaningless, robotic, prideful religion was the result. How should we worship God? Let’s dig in… First, let me …

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King David in the Cave

1 Chronicles 11: King David, Empowered, Equipped and Selected to Lead by God

Chronicles is the second time the history of Israel was recorded. Samuel covered the history of King Saul and King David. Jeremiah covered the kings of the divided kingdom after Solomon. Though Chronicles repeats some of what was already written, it highlights stories that weren’t covered. Chronicles is full of lessons for the Jews. Lessons …

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King Saul was impatient and sinned

1 Chronicles 10: Israel’s First King Saul Lost His Life Because He Sinned

We’re done with the genealogies! Yay! Now to the historical accounts of the Israelites. This will overlap with 1 and 2 Samuel and 1 and 2 Kings. If you haven’t read those, there are links to their respective stories in those books. After the Israelites settled in the Promised Land, they had some turbulent years …

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Jesus, High Priest & King

1 Chronicles 5-9: King or High Priest? How can Jesus Actually be Both?

Today we’ll finish off the genealogies and show how they point to Jesus Messiah as both our King AND High Priest. Furthermore, you’ll see how we born-again believers, with the Gift of the Holy Spirit, we are His Royal Priesthood until He removes us from the earth in the Rapture. Let’s dig in… 1 Chronicles …

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1 Chronicles

1 Chronicles 1-2: The Importance of Lineage From Adam to Jesus Messiah (Part 1)

Several years ago, I dug into my family’s ancestry. I knew one of my mom’s cousins was a well-known Socialist revolutionary in Spain. For some reason, she was proud of him. Yet, on my dad’s side, I discovered my great great grandfather helped to abolish slavery in Puerto Rico! Now, that’s something to brag about! …

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Nehemiah 5-8: Don’t Be Sad! The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength!

The rubble of the destroyed City of Jerusalem’s wall represented failure, sin, disobedience, and judgment. The repaired wall symbolized hope, a future, life, power, a real city, more people and a threat to the enemies. Enthusiasm led to hard work, which led to tired, dejected people. However, hearing the Word of God changes things. Seek the truth…

Ezra 1-3: God Sends the People to Reclaim, Restore, and Rebuild the Temple

The books of Ezra and Nehemiah are the stories of the restoration of God’s temple in Jerusalem and the city itself. It’s c. 538 BC, the Babylonians who captured the Jews and brought them to Babylon were gone. The Medes and Persians ruled by King Cyrus are in power. It’s time for God’s promise to the Jews of renewal and reconstruction to be fulfilled. Seek the truth…