1 Chronicles Overview for tomorrow 🤪

We just started 2 Samuel but we are going to read the Chronicles along with it (and weave in the Psalms).  It all fits together.  The other day someone texted me “Who wrote 2 Samuel?”  I texted back “God”.  Not sure he found me as funny as I find myself. 😂  So to answer who wrote Chronicles, many people say Ezra.  The Chronicles are a range of records and sources pulled together for historical purposes.  For Geeks like me, it is a dream to read!

A chronicler compiles this information and writes a book less about what is actually happening but more about the meaning of the events.  God’s interpretation.  Not interpretation as we think of it today,  like a point of view.  All of the Bible is approved by God.

  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Tim 3:16)

The Chronicles,  like the Samuels,  were one continuous book, but Greek translators divided it.  Originally called Dibre Hayyamin meaning “Events of the Days”.  The theme of the book revolves around Covenant.

Did the Israelites still fit into God’s Plan?  Times were difficult and dark.  Could our Messiah come from the Line of David? 

The Chronicles will talk about true worship and true kingship in the line of David.  The chronicler actually wrote:

  • 1 Chronicles
  • 2 Chronicles
  •  Ezra
  • Nehemiah

1 Chronicles is the history of the Jewish Nation.

2 Chronicles is a book of great revival.

1 Chronicles is not a book you will hear many people reading casually or even studying.  However, it is a book of great importance.  The first 9 Chapters are an extensive genealogy!  Yes, you read that correctly.  If you have been reading since January you are going to be filled with joy when you read it and actually understand it!!  If you have jumped in late I promise to make this as painless as possible with lots of great visuals.

These genealogies will give us an overview of God’s work from creation to the return after the Babylonian captivity. If you don’t know what the captivity is…you will have to keep reading….😜. The Hebrews (that term will change to Jews after the captivity) place great importance on their heritage because they needed to prove they were a descendant of Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation.

So tomorrow we will begin with chapters 1 and 2 of 1 Chronicles.  If you want to take a peek at them you can.  I really hope you see chapters like this are readable, where maybe in the past you were like “who in the world understands this stuff??”.  YOU DO NOW!

 

 

2 Samuel Overview for tomorrow :)

How old was David when Samuel anointed him king? | NeverThirsty

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See the above timelines and it will help you get a visual of time.


This is a man that was so young and insignificant that when Samuel went to anoint him, his own father didn’t even put him in line with his brothers.  God chose him.

“The Lord does not look at the things people look at.People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Sam 16:7

David’s name will be used to recall the City of David, the Star of David, the Lineage of David, the Seed of David, the House of David, the Tabernacle of David, the Offspring of David, and the Root of David.

62 Chapters are devoted to David.  SIXTY-TWO!  Last night,  I asked one of my children (17 years old)  “Who was David in the Bible”? And she said “David and the Goliath”.  That’s the only thing she knew.  I walked away mumbling… ”what about the other 61 Chapters!”

David will reign the same number of years Saul did, about 40 years. Amazing the difference when you are a man after God’s heart.


Next Monday,  we are going to read Psalm 78, but I want to share with you the end of it.  The rest of the entire Bible rests on this.  We are working our way up to the Birth of Christ, right?  When you open the Gospel, what is the first line? (go ahead, I will wait…)  The first line of the Gospel will be welded to the Davidic Covenant (in our reading on May 7th)

Read the end of this Psalm so as we keep focused that David is not the center of these stories.  “He”- is God.  God is the center of these stories.

65 Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,
    as a warrior wakes from the stupor of wine.
66 He beat back his enemies;
    he put them to everlasting shame.
67 Then he rejected the tents of Joseph,
    he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;
68 but he chose the tribe of Judah,
    Mount Zion, which he loved.
69 He built his sanctuary like the heights,
    like the earth that he established forever.
70 He chose David his servant
    and took him from the sheep pens;
71 from tending the sheep he brought him
    to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,
    of Israel his inheritance.
72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;
    with skillful hands he led them.

1 Samuel Overview for tomorrow

Samuel: “the name of God”, root  is “Hearer of God”

1 and 2 Samuel were actually one book in the Hebrew Bible.  One will immediately follow the other.  Samuel is the last Judge to be raised up and we now will segway into the time of the kings.  1 Samuel will cover a period of about 500 years bringing us to about 586 BC when we are done. (the Old Testament ends at around 400 BC) WOW!

This book will cover 3 men that we will recognize by name: Samuel, Saul, and David. The days of the Judges were dark until God raised up Samuel, a prophet, a priest, and a judge.  Samuel was committed to doing what was right in God’s eyes.  Unfortunately, the people will still want a king appointed to them.  God left them with Theocracy, a government under God.  As we read in Judges ”

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.

The Israelites refused to recognize God as their leader and King.  They want an earthly King.  This is called a “Transition Book”.  We will transition from Judges to Kings.   Now we will see the transfer to a monarchy, and then eventually a divided monarchy.

We also need to remember that the Ark of the Covenant, the tabernacle we read so much about has been in the same place, Shiloh.  Shiloh is where God stopped the Ark from moving forward (with the cloud and fire by night), so there it remains.

If you did not print the Timeline earlier and want it now (all handouts are on the sidebar) Click here.  Look how far we are!!!!

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Ruth Overview for tomorrow

Tomorrow we will read the entire book of Ruth in 1 day.  It’s actually only 85 verses. (It is less than a 14-minute read) This is one of the only two books in the Bible named after a woman: Ruth and Esther, and they stand in marked contrast. Ruth is a young Gentile woman who is brought to live among Hebrews and marries a Hebrew husband in the line of David. Esther is a young Hebrew woman who is brought to live among Gentiles and marries a Gentile husband.

To me this book is CPR!  Conversation, Providence, and  Redemption.

  • We will see true conversion since Ruth actually becomes a follower in ‘Yahweh’ (The LORD, not just a lord).
  • Providence-natural events used for supernatural outcomes-(this is my favorite theme of the book).
  • A kinsman-redeemer is a male relative who, according to the law, had the privilege or responsibility to act on behalf of a relative who was in trouble, danger, or need. (Jesus)

I think often I view the Bible as “orchestrated”, when in fact we know that God will use natural circumstances to fulfill His plan.  This book God uses Providence for these prophecies to occur one day in the future:

  • The Messiah will be born in Bethlehem: Micah 5:2
  • The Messiah will come from the tribe of Judah: Genesis 4:10
  • The Messiah will be born through the family of David: 2 Samuel 7

God uses natural events during a very dark period in history for supernatural outcomes.  (Please read that again if you are in a dark place.  God uses natural events during a very dark period in history for supernatural outcomes.  He

will create a genealogy in chapter 4 that will continue the perfect prophecy of Jesus.

Ruth Chapter 1 verse 1: In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land…

Judges Overview

Look how far we are into the Old Testament!!

The book of Judges is a continuation of Joshua. Now that they are in the Promised Land (Canaan) , Israel has to learn that no matter how great their leaders were (Moses and Joshua) ultimately God is in command.

When the Israelites entered Canaan they were one nation.  Now they are divided into 12 groups, each responsible for driving out the remaining enemies in their own territory. Spoiler Alert: The book of Judges records their failure to do this.

It is hard for us to understand why God would command the Israelites to execute ALL the people.  Seems cruel.  However, God is the “ultimate” Judge, and just like he brought judgment onto the Israelites descendants to wander for 40 years and never enter the land, executing all the Canaanites is a judgment too.  They are wicked people and this is God’s judgment on them.  If you are still struggling with this command from a loving God, think of it as an infected leg that needs to be amputated to save a life or a disease in the body that will spread if not removed.  You can’t leave just a “little” or it will still infect the body.


So why don’t the Israelites follow the commandments they have been given?  Well, for the same reason, I don’t…

  1. They have been fighting for a long time and they are too tired
  2. Their enemies were strong and it would take work
  3. After Joshua dies, they really don’t have someone leading them (or keeping them accountable)
  4. They thought they could handle the temptation

Basically, they just didn’t follow through with their commitment!!

God’s agreement to help Israel conquer the land is broken BUT his Covenant to make Israel a nation whom the whole world will be blessed (through a Messiah) always remains valid!

The Judges and their Tribes:
1. Othniel – Judah
2. Ehud – Benjamin
3. Shamgar
4. Deborah – Ephraim
5. Gideon – Manasseh
6. Tola – Issachar
7. Jair – Manasseh
8. Jephthah – Manasseh
9. Ibzan – Judah
10. Elon – Zebulun
11. Abdon – Ephraim
12. Samson – Dan

We will read the WHOLE book in 1 week….so don’t fall behind just because you want to watch Netflix, scroll Facebook, or mindlessly watch TikTok.  🤪

Here are some handouts you can take a look at.  Print only the ones you really like.

Joshua Overview for tomorrow

This is it.  If you are behind, we are ABOUT to enter the Promised Land.  PLEASE Open your Bibles and begin RIGHT HERE.  At Joshua.

We have completed 5 books of the Law, 1 book of Poetry (Job), and now we are at the History section.  The poetry and prophet books will be embedded throughout the history books. (you will need a schedule)

About 500 years ago God made a Covenant with His people:

On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river  of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates-the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites,  Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites,  Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.” (Genesis 15:18-20)

“I give this land”.  We are not taking it, it is not ours to take.  It is His to give.  That all still holds true today.

So who is Joshua?    Joshua was born in Egypt, he was born into slavery.  We mentioned him back in Numbers 13:8 as Hoshea, from the tribe of Ephraim.  He was the personal assistant to Moses throughout the 40 years of wandering and was appointed one of the 12 spies to “check out” the land promised to them. The Promise Land:  Canaan, or sometimes called the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites,  Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites,  Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites, or a version of that.  Out of almost 3 million people, only 2 had faith in the Lord to take the land (Caleb was the other one).

  • Joshua,  in Hebrew,  means “salvation”   
  • Joshua translated to Greek is the name Jesus: Jesus in Greek means “Lord is Salvation”.

Here is our outline:

  • Taking the Land (Ch 1-12)
  • Distributing the Land (Ch 13-21) (expect maps 😂)
  • Staying in the Land (Ch 22-24)
  • Death and Burial (End of 24)

This book is going to go fast!  7 days! Don’t get behind!


Deuteronomy Overview for tomorrow

IF you are behind….THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY to START OVER.  Tomorrow we begin Deuteronomy! If you cannot wait,  start tonight! Click here.

Deuteronomy in Hebrew is ‘Elleh Haddebarim meaning “These Are the Words”.  The Greek translation to English is “Second Law”.  The entire generation that fled Egypt in the Exodus has died except 3 people: Moses, Joshua, and Caleb. Moses’s brother and sister just died this year, and before the year is over Moses will too, leaving only Joshua and Caleb.

Moses will retell the first 4 books.  (So if you are behind, JUMP IN HERE).

Deuteronomy is referenced 350 times in the Bible!  The New Testament alone will refer to it 95 times!

Deuteronomy can be broken into 3 sections:

  1. A review of the past- Chapter 1-4
  2. Requirements for the present -Chapters 5-26 
  3. Readiness for the future-Chapters 27-34

Another breakdown could be:

  • Chapters 1:1-4:43 Moses will teach the new generation the History of their people
  • Chapters 4:44-28:68 Moses will explain the Law to them
  • CHapters 29:1-30:20 Moses will renew the Covenant.
  • Chapters 30:1-34:12 Moses will hand his leadership to Joshua.

It is called “the second” law since it will all be repeated.  Can I just say it is going to be so cool for those who have kept up with the schedule to say “hey, I know what Moses is talking about!”  or “hey, that is still confusing, I am going to ask about it in comments!”.  Listen, we are taking so much in, it is like drinking from a fire hydrant, and between the maps, the genealogies, the foreshadowing, the pace, this is like we are taking a college course.  ASK questions.

Moses is such a faithful servant to the Lord, he makes THREE speeches to the new generation knowing the entire time that his lack of obedience (with the water incident) has already cost him his entry into the Land.

The first 4 books of the Bible are about God choosing His people.  

This book is about His people choosing God. 

Deuteronomy will end with the death of Moses 😢.  The last scriptures will be:

“Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land.  For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.

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Numbers Overview for tomorrow.

If you totally fell behind and missed Leviticus and feel like you just can’t move forward without it:  Just click here and you will be all caught up.

Let’s look at the timeline.  We begin tomorrow at 1444 BC.  First Census.  As the cloud of smoke and the pillar of fire lift, God will use it to direct His people towards the land that was promised to Abraham.

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The map below shows our starting point.  Mt. Horeb (Mt. Sinai).

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The Hebrew title of this book is “Bemidbar”-In the Wilderness.   As noted earlier, when the book was translated (Septuagint) the English title became Numbers because the book begins with a census.  However, if you looked at the timeline you will notice there is a second census.

This book begins right where Leviticus ended, at the base of Mount Sinai.  The Law has been given, the tabernacle has been built, the priests have their jobs, and we are ready to go forward to the land flowing with milk and honey, the land that was promised to them by God himself.  He now wants them (us) to trust in Him.  Why wouldn’t they?  Sounds so easy.  So as we move forward we are going to be so tempted to say:

“What is wrong with these people??”

When you are tempted to say that (like me), that’s where your own application will take place.  What is God saying to you??

Our first 2 chapters will begin with a census and how the tribes will be arranged.  Let’s get a visual:  A football stadium holds about 70,000people.Tennessee Titans' Nissan Stadium goes blue for COVID-19 workers

600,000 fighting men will be recorded,  now add women and children: about 2 million people.  God is organizing 28 stadiums to walk perfectly to the Promised Land. (I struggle walking a class to the cafeteria in a straight line) 😂

They are organizing and will travel about 220 miles to Kadesh Barnea.  The journey would take 11 days.  However, it will take 40 years to get to the destination instead.   YOU know you are going to find personal application in this book.

Some of the chapters might be “listen to it while driving to work” BUT there will be some cool gems to pull out even in the boring chapters.  However, Numbers is also filled with:

  • the Nazarite Vow (which will explain the Samson hair issue later)
  • reread of the tabernacle for those who jumped in and may have missed it
  • lots of meat to eat! (quail)
  • Miriam and Aaron will make you angry
  • a rebellion
  • lots of complaining
  • another rebellion
  • Numbers 20!  The day I threw my Bible away the first time I read it!
  • The bronze snake
  • the talking donkey (just like from Shrek)
  • a plan of seduction
  • a second census
  • Joshua
  • an explanation why 2 1/2 tribes will get land on the east side of the Jordan River one day
  • and where the priests will live in the Promised land

Numbers will take us 2 weeks to read.  If you miss the wrong day you might miss something good so make sure you have 15 minutes carved out to get your reading in.

Leviticus Overview

  • In Exodus, we read about Jesus as the Passover Lamb.
  • In Leviticus,  we will read of Jesus as our Sacrifice for Sin.

Look at the first 4 letters in this title and you will get an idea of what we are about to read. Leviticus. Levi was one of the 12 sons of  Jacob (Israel).  Due to major disobedience in the land of Shechem (vengeance), they will not be allotted land when the Israelites are given the Promise Land.  However, the Levites stood with Moses when it came time to purify the camp after the Golden Calf, so this tribe will be carved out for the caring of the tabernacle, the Priesthood.

The Pentateuch (first 5 books of the bible) is like a mini-series, and we are in Part 3 of 5.  After the Israelites exit Egypt they spend a year at Mt. Sinia where God gives them the law, confirms His Covenant, establishes organization, and finally dwells with them.

We learned that the Hebrew word is always taken from the beginning of the text.  In this case, this book is called “Wayyigra”- Then the Lord Called.   When Alexander the Great asked for the scriptures to be translated into Greek, it was named “Leuitikon” characterizing the book concerning the Levites.

We will read about principles that will answer the basic question: how do sinful people come into the presence of a Holy God?

  • Genesis saw man fall,
  • Exodus saw man redeemed,
  • in Leviticus, we will see man properly worship God.

We will be in Leviticus for just over a week.  One word you are going to note is the word Holy.  It is mentioned 152 times in this book.

Be Holy because I, the Lord your God, am Holy”.

Holy means to be “set apart”. However, it means more than that; it means to be pure, living according to a higher moral, consecrated.

As you read this book, see what it took to be set apart then, but let God speak to you about being set apart today with the same principles.

This book is called the Levitical Graveyard.  Why??  MANY people fall off a chronological read through because of their lack of interest in this book.  It is for ONE week.  You WILL NOT stop reading.  Say it: “I will get through Leviticus!”

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Tim 3:16

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You don’t have to read this part if you don’t want.  Just on my heart to talk about.

Before we even begin this book I want to talk about something VERY important.  Many people, maybe you (and that is ok) believe that Salvation in the Old Testament is different in the New Testament.  I have often thought “wow, I am so glad I am on this side of the Cross because I LOVE animals and I am not sure I would be saved if I had to look a sweet little lamb in the eye and slit its neck”.  These sacrifices may have “atoned” their sins but that was to keep a fellowship, a relationship with the Lord…NOT SALVATION.  When were Israelites at the Tabernacle redeemed??  Was it AT the Tabernacle making continual sacrifices…No.  Stay with me here.

“I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him”.

Believe and Eternal.  The keywords.

The Israelites’ Salvation was at the Passover a year before.  They BELIEVED that through a sacrifice of an unblemished, perfect sacrifice death would pass over them!   Just as they believed in the lifting of the snake in the wilderness would save them. (If you don’t know about the snake then that is your incentive to stay with the read-through Numbers so that you will never look at an ambulance the same ).

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Now…after the Red Sea were they sinless?  HECK NO!  They grumbled, they idolized a calf, they grumbled again.  Here is another BIG word I didn’t understand when I moved to the Bible Belt (people talk “Christianese” and I was lost like a ball in weeds when they talked).  Sanctification.

  • Salvation is an event
  • Sanctification is a process

Exodus Overview

Here is a quick overview of Exodus.  We will turn the page from Genesis to Exodus and over 400 years will have passed. The Hebrew title of this book is Shemot “names”, based on the first keyword of the text.  The English title was given when Alexander the Great was translating the Bible into Greek and the scholars named the book from the theme,  Exodus.  The Exodus is a foreshadow of being delivered and redeemed from the bondage of sin, accomplished only through a substitute for your sin: the Passover Lamb: Jesus.

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As we read this book we will affirm:

  • Exodus teaches the sovereignty of God:
    • “Sovereignty” is the attribute of God that expresses the fact that He is the ultimate ruler of the universe. There is no one higher in authority than He. As “Sovereign,” He has all power. ”  We can see God’s sovereignty clearly in His superiority over all the so-called “gods of Egypt.”
  • Exodus teaches the salvation of man:
    • Exodus teaches that God provides salvation for man. Man does not provide it for himself.

Exodus will be a 2-week read.  It will just as fast as Genesis so make sure you have time carved out in your day where you have a plan to read.  Early in the morning, listen to it in the car, on your lunch break, in bed at night.  Just have a plan.