Israel

Joash boy king saved by someone with a Relationship with God

2 Chronicles 21-23: The Value of Being Rooted in an Authentic Relationship with God

Today’s lesson from 2 Chronicles is a basic warning to us… Mix with the wrong people at your own peril! We’ll meet some bad kings, bad mothers with bad blood, who were evil to the core. They lacked a true and honest relationship with God. Let’s dig in… 2 Chronicles 21 – Jehoram Rules in …

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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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The Queen of Sheba visits Solomon

2 Chronicles 8-9: Solomon Made His First Mistake and Gave Satan a Foothold

Have you ever made a life-altering mistake? Well, King Solomon did & it infected his kingdom & the Israelites. What did he do? He disobeyed God. Let’s dig in… 2 Chronicles 8 – Solomon’s Many Achievements It took Solomon twenty years to build the Lord’s Temple and his own royal palace. At the end of …

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Solomon praises God's Promises

2 Chronicles 6-7: God Actually Keeps His Promises: Unconditional and Conditional

It took 7 years to build the Temple and it was finally complete. At last, the Israelites had a beautiful place to worship God. Now, it was time to celebrate so, Solomon praised God, and asked Him to bless Israel. Consequently, God returned with some promises: not just an unconditional one, but a very conditional …

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Solomon's Temple depiction

2 Chronicles 3-5: King Solomon’s New, Epic Temple Is All About God’s Glory

King David gave his son, Solomon, the plans and passed on the task of building the great, majestic Temple. These next chapters are very descriptive and visual, and you really need to check out the video at the bottom with a 3D computer rendering and a guided tour. It will help you visualize the glory …

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David passed on the building of the temple to Solomon

1 Chronicles Finale: King David Passes On the Building of the Temple of God to Solomon

In the final chapters of 1 Chronicles, in obedience, David hands the reigns to his young son, Solomon, who’s only 14. He is called by God to build the Temple and it was a magnificent temple. But first, David gives the last orders for the staffing of the temple, the plans and the materials to …

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King David commits sinful acts, the people suffer

1 Chronicles 21-22: The Sinful Actions of a Leader Affect the People

Have you ever wondered if God is judging us because of the sinful actions of our leaders? In today’s chapters, we see how the sinful actions of King David trickle down to the people who end up suffering. However, our God shows mercy and lays plans for a future king including Jesus. Let’s dig in… …

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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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God's Powerful Promise to Israel

1 Chronicles 17: God tells David He’s Not the One, but Gives a Powerful Promise

What would you do if God told you, “Nope. You are not to do that,” after you presented a great idea? Would you be mad? Would you be disappointed? David was neither. He was grateful, hopeful even joyful. Why? God gave him a powerful promise. What can we learn from this? Let’s dig in… 1 …

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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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