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Trek through 1st and 2nd Chronicles

Despising God’s Word

Scripture reading for June 7th:  2nd Chronicles 35-36, Ezra 1, Acts 25

Key Scriptures:  2nd Chronicles 36:15-16  “The Lord, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place.  But they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising His words and scoffing at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord rose against His people, until there was no remedy.”

The writer of Chronicles summed up the captivity of God’s people.  God had been persistent and merciful to His people.  But His people mocked the messengers God sent them and despised His Word.  This left them under God’s wrath, from which there was no remedy!

Acts 25:11 “”If then I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything for which I deserve to die, I do not seek to escape death.  But if there is nothing to their charges against me, no one can give me up to them.  I appeal to Caesar.””

Prayer:  Lord, thank You that we can now appeal to You through Your Son Jesus Christ.  Keep us from the temptation to despise Your Word and those who speak it.  Amen.

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Believing the Word!

Scripture reading for June 6th:  2nd Chronicles 31-34, Acts 24

Key Scriptures:  Acts 24:14-16  “But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust.  So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man.”

Paul, making his defense before Felix, told how he believed everything written in the Law and Prophets.  He had a hope in God and believed in a resurrection of the just and the unjust.  Because of this, he took pains to have a clear conscience before God and man.  Paul had a clear conscience because He believed the Word.

2nd Chronicles 31:20-21 “Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God.  And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered.”

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The Gracious and Merciful God!

Scripture reading for June 5th: 2nd Chronicles 27-30, Acts 23

Key Scriptures: 2nd Chronicles 30:8-9  “Do not be like your fathers and your brothers, who were faithless to the Lord God of their fathers, so that He made them a desolation, as you see.  So not now don’t be stiff-necked as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the Lord and come to His Sanctuary, which He has consecrated forever, and serve the Lord your God, that His fierce anger may turn away from you.  For if you return to the Lord, your brothers and your children will find compassion with their captors and return to this land.  For the Lord your God is gracious and merciful and will not turn away His face from you if you return to Him.”  

Hezekiah lead Israel in a revival of worship and repentance.  He urged the not to be stubborn, but to seek the Lord for His mercy by returning to God.  God was merciful and full of compassion to those who humbly repented.  God stands by His people and gives courage!

Acts 23:11  “The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage for as you have testified to the facts about Me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your great mercy and for standing with Your people.  Give me courage today.  Amen.

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Prospering in God’s Will

Scripture reading for June 4th:   2nd Chronicles 23-26, Acts 22

Key Scriptures:  Acts 22:14-16  “And he said, ‘The God of our fathers appointed you to know His will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from His mouth; for you will be a witness for Him to everyone of what you have seen and heard.  And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on His Name.'”

Ananias was sent by God to Saul, who had been struck blind by his vision of Jesus.  Ananias gave Saul a Word from God.  Saul would be a witness of all that he had seen and heard.  He had new eyes that saw the Son of God and understood His will.  He was to be obedient and be baptized and began calling on His Name.

2nd Chronicles 26:4  “And he (Uzziah) did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done.  He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God, and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.”  

Prayer:  Lord, help me to be obedient to You and Your Word and to seek You in all things so that I may prosper in doing Your will.  Amen.

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Believe in God

Scripture reading for June 1st:  2nd Chronicles 20-22, Acts 21

Key Scriptures:  2nd Chronicles 20:20-21  “And he rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa.  And when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem!  Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe His prophets, and you will succeed.”  And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise Him in holy attire, . .”

King Jehoshaphat had just held a prayer meeting interceding for God’s help against an enemy that had surrounded them.  There were lots of voices trying to keep God’s people from obeying.  The king warned them to believe in the Lord and trust His prophets!  He then sent out the worship team to do battle!

Acts 21:13-14 “Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart?  For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”  And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.” 

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your Lordship and prophetic word.  Help me to trust You and Your Word today.  Amen.

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Declaring the Word!

Scripture reading for May 31st:  2nd Chronicles 16-19, Acts 20

Key Scriptures: Acts 20:24-27  “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.  And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.  Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.” 

Paul was giving his farewell to the Ephesian elders.  He told them of his mission to declare the gospel of God’s grace in Jesus.  He had not held anything back and now was pressing on to complete the task given him by Jesus.

2nd Chronicles 19:4  “Jehoshaphat lived at Jerusalem.  And he went out again among the people, from Beersheba to the hill country of Ephraim, and bought them back to the Lord, the God of their fathers.” 

Prayer:  Father God, thank You for Your calling on my life.  May I press on to complete the task you have given me of fully preaching Your Word.  Amen.

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Holy fear!

Scripture reading for May 30th:  2nd Chronicles 13-15, Acts 19

Key Scriptures: Acts 19:17-20  “And fear fell upon them all, and the Name of the Lord Jesus was extolled.  Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices.  And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all.  And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver.  So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.”  

As Paul preached at Ephesus, he saw the fear of the Lord Jesus bring conviction to those who believed.  This caused confession of sins and true repentance in turning from the practices of the occult.  A real revival brings cleansing and deep conviction and turning to God with heart and soul.

2nd Chronicles 15:3-4 “For a long time Israel was without the true God, and without a teaching priest and without law, but when in their distress they turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought Him, He was found by them.”  

Prayer:  Lord, let their be true repentance that brings deep conviction and a fresh commitment to You as Lord.  Amen.

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Believing by hearing!

Scripture reading for May 29th:  2nd Chronicles 9-12, Acts 18

Key Scriptures:  Acts 18:8-10  “Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household.  And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized.  And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are My people.””

Paul, coming to Corinth, went first to the Jews to preach Christ Jesus.  The synagogue ruler believed and his whole household.  Paul was encouraged by the Lord to stay longer and keep preaching the Gospel.  A great harvest was to be found in that city, first from the Jews and then from the Gentiles, as many as were drawn to seek the God of Israel.

2nd Chronicles 11:16  “And those who had set their hearts to seek the Lord God of Israel came after them from all the tribes of Israel to Jerusalem to sacrifice to the Lord, the God of their fathers.”  

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You that You seek out lost people and draw them to seek You.  May I follow Your instructions today.  Amen.

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Boldness to Declare!

Scripture reading for May 28th:  2nd Chronicles 6-8, Acts 17

Key Scriptures:  Acts 17:24-27  “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself Gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.  And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their was toward Him and find Him.”

Paul found himself in Athens among the philosophers of the city.  They loved debating the latest new ideas.  Paul preached Jesus Christ to them and pointed them to the Creator of heaven and earth.  He stated that this God did not live in temples and was the giver of all life.  He even determined each person’s residence and length of time there.  This God was worth getting to know!

2nd Chronicles 7:13-14  “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by My Name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your great knowledge and understanding of all men.  Give me boldness like Paul of old to share a testimony of the Creator and redeemer.  Amen.

 

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Making our praise heard!

Scripture reading for May 25th:  2nd Chronicles 2-5, Acts 16

Key Scriptures:  Acts 16:25-26  “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken.  Immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.”

Paul and Silas spent time in stocks, after having been beaten.  They spent their time there in the darkness singing hymns and praying.  About midnight, the Lord sent a great earthquake that loosened all the bonds and opened the jail doors.  The jailer was ready to take his own life, thinking that the prisoners had escaped.  But Paul reassured him that they were all there.  The jailer’s question brought salvation to him and his household!

2nd Chronicles 5:13 “and it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord, and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the Lord, “For He is good and His steadfast love endures forever,” the house of the Lord was filled with a cloud.”

Prayer:  Lord, it is my duty and desire to worship You in all circumstances.  Teach me to make Your praises heard.  Amen.

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