I have fallen behind in my reading. Today I should be on Day 43 and I just started Day 35 - the book of Nehemiah. I'm certain I'll catch up. Actually, once I hit "publish post," I'm planning to curl up on my couch and read until I'm sleepy.
Here are some things I've taken away from my reading over the last few days.
- 2 Kings 4:42-44 - The feeding of thousands with just a few fish and loaves of bread didn't happen for the first time in the New Testament. God fed 100 men with 20 loaves of bread. Although, Jesus makes a bigger impact feeding 5000.
- Elijah never dies. 2 Kings 2:11 "As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind."
- "Rather, worship the LORD your God; it is he who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies." 2 Kings 17:39
- I love the story of King Hezekiah. Thanks to my friend, Kristine, I started reading the Chronicles of the Kings series of books by Lynn Austin. It brings this whole time in history to life. I would highly recommend them.
- 2 Kings 23:25 "Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the LORD as he did - with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses." What would I be able to do if I turned to God with all my heart, all my soul and all my strength and followed God's laws?
- 1 Chronicles 4:10 - The Prayer of Jabez.
- Chronicles lists a lot of genealogies. It can be kind of boring to read those long lists of names. However, they always tie back and show some really neat connections and show how the Lord planned it all. In Chronicles we lean Moses complete line and Abraham and David and we see how they all tie back to the kings of that time as well as the tribes of Israel.
- 1 Chronicles 10:13a "Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD." What else might he have accomplished if he hadn't strayed from the Lord.
- 1 Chronicles 16:8-11 "Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always."
- 1 Chronicles 16:31 "Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, 'the LORD reigns!'"
- 2 Chronicles - God appears to Solomon. God talked face-to-face with many in Old Testament times.
- 2 Chronicles 6:36a "When they [Israelites] sin against you - for there is no one who does not sin -..." emphasis mine.....
- 2 Chronicles 7:14 "If my people, who are called by my name; will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sings and heal their land."
- 2 Chronicles 12:14 "He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the LORD." I think this sums up most of us on a daily basis. We do evil or wrong because our heart isn't actively seeking out God and his will.
- Ezra 9:13 "What has happened to us is a result of our evil deeds and our great guilt, and yet, our God, you have punished us less than our sins have deserved and have given us a remnant like this."
I pray something I share here blesses you and touches your heart this week. I spoke in church yesterday about how much music speaks to me so I simply had to add the YouTube videos. Music plays in my head all day and these two came to me while I was making my notes plus tonight. I throughly enjoy finding scripture that inspired songs I enjoy.