Daily reading

Today’s reading is: 1 Chr. 29:23-25; 2 Chr. 1; 1 Kgs. 2:13-3:15; Ps. 83


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1st Chronicles Twenty-Nine

(Outline provided on TTB Day 129)

2nd Chronicles One

  1. Solomon began his reign with an act of worship at the Tabernacle (2nd Chr. 1:1-6).
  2. God approached Solomon, and instructed him to request whatever his heart desired (2nd Chr. 1:7 cf. 1st Kgs. 3:5).
  3. Solomon’s answer is one of the Bible’s clearest expressions of humility and trust in the LORD (2nd Chr. 1:8-13 cf. 1st Kgs. 3:6-14).
  4. The chapter closes with the temporal-life blessings that Solomon’s spiritual-life wisdom produced (2nd Chr. 1:14-17).

1st Kings Two

(Outline continues from TTB Day 130)

  1. Very soon after Solomon’s succession, Adonijah requested to marry Abishag (1st Kgs. 2:13-18).  Solomon recognized this as a play for the throne, and executed Adonijah accordingly (1st Kgs. 2:19-25).
  2. Solomon also took care of the other “loose ends” from David’s reign.
    1. Solomon exiled Abiathar the priest for the rest of his life (1st Kgs. 2:26-27).
    2. Solomon ordered the death of Joab (1st Kgs. 2:28-34).
    3. Solomon designated Zadok and Benaiah as the replacements for Abiathar and Joab (1st Kgs. 2:35).
    4. Solomon placed Shimei under house arrest until such time as Shimei violated the terms of the covenant (1st Kgs. 2:36-46).

1st Kings Three

  1. Solomon’s first recorded marriage is a political alliance with Pharaoh, king of Egypt (1st Kgs. 3:1).
    1. Pharaoh’s daughter will stay in Jerusalem until Solomon’s palace, and Solomon’s temple are completed.
    2. Solomon will later build a house for Bath-Pharaoh to live in (1st Kgs. 7:8; 9:24; 2nd Chr. 8:11).
  2. Prior to the construction of Solomon’s temple, Israel had offered sacrifices on the pagan high places (1st Kgs. 3:2).
    1. These high places were supposed to be destroyed (Deut. 12:2ff.).
    2. Solomon participated in such worship practices as well as his participation in the correct worship of Yahweh (1st Kgs. 3:3-4).
  3. Solomon offered the greatest sacrifice on the greatest high place, and achieved the greatest victory through grace when the Lord tested him there (1st Kgs. 3:5-14).
  4. Solomon’s request was for a “hearing heart.”  He desired to hear God’s will in his heart, and therefore render Divine judgment in judicial decisions (1st Kgs. 3:9,11).
  5. God blessed Solomon and answered the prayer beyond all that Solomon could ask or think (1st Kgs. 3:10-14; Eph. 3:20).

(Chapter Three outline continues tomorrow)

Psalm Eighty-Three

  1. Psalm 83 is the final psalm of Asaph (Ps. 50,73-83) which centers on the danger of approaching enemies.
  2. The prophet Asaph is able to identify the obvious agents of aggression (sons of Lot) and the behind-the-scenes conspirators who support them (Ps. 83:1-8).
  3. The prophet Asaph recalls the LORD’s faithfulness in the past (Jdg. 4-5,7-8) and knows that the LORD will deliver Judah in the present conflict (Ps. 83:9-18).