Reading through the Bible has been both amazing and tedious. Amazing in the fact that so many things I have heard, I have now read for myself. How cool is that! Tedious.... oooh, Old Testament readings!
Week 3: Deuteronomy 23, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and 1 Samuel
Week 4: 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, and 2 Kings
Week 5: 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah
Thoughts on these readings (other than, "Now how do I pronounce these names again?)...
1 Kings 11.6 I read, "So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done."
Wow! Solomon was the wisest man/king in history; yet, he let his many wives lead him into idol and false god worshiping. I know, I know, he was not to intermarry for just this reason. But listen to the verse, he (Solomon) did evil in the eyes of the Lord. This verse implies that David did follow the Lord completely. What about his affair with Bathsheba or his other strayings from God's commands. YET, GOD forgave him... lock, stock and barrel. This means GOD forgives my mistakes; and through my salvation, sees only the glory of His Son, Jesus, when He sees me. Amazing!
You know the book The Prayer of Jabez? I actually read the prayer! See 1 Chronicles 4.4-9 and read it for yourself!
I want my prayer to echo Davids' Prayer in 1 Chronicles 29.10b-13.
"Praise be to you, O Lord, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name."