21 August 2017 Verse of the Day

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. (1 Peter 4:12-13 NASB)

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A Genealogy of the Returned Exiles
1Ch 9:1-44  So all Israel was enrolled by genealogies; and behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel. And Judah was carried away into exile to Babylon for their unfaithfulness.  (2)  Now the first who lived in their possessions in their cities were Israel, the priests, the Levites and the temple servants.  (3)  Some of the sons of Judah, of the sons of Benjamin and of the sons of Ephraim and Manasseh lived in Jerusalem:  (4)  Uthai the son of Ammihud, the son of Omri, the son of Imri, the son of Bani, from the sons of Perez the son of Judah.  (5)  From the Shilonites were Asaiah the firstborn and his sons.  (6)  From the sons of Zerah were Jeuel and their relatives, 690 of them.  (7)  From the sons of Benjamin were Sallu the son of Meshullam, the son of Hodaviah, the son of Hassenuah,  (8)  and Ibneiah the son of Jeroham, and Elah the son of Uzzi, the son of Michri, and Meshullam the son of Shephatiah, the son of Reuel, the son of Ibnijah;  (9)  and their relatives according to their generations, 956. All these were heads of fathers’ households according to their fathers’ houses.  (10)  From the priests were Jedaiah, Jehoiarib, Jachin,  (11)  and Azariah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, the chief officer of the house of God;  (12)  and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malchijah, and Maasai the son of Adiel, the son of Jahzerah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Meshillemith, the son of Immer;  (13)  and their relatives, heads of their fathers’ households, 1,760 very able men for the work of the service of the house of God.  (14)  Of the Levites were Shemaiah the son of Hasshub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, of the sons of Merari;  (15)  and Bakbakkar, Heresh and Galal and Mattaniah the son of Mica, the son of Zichri, the son of Asaph,  (16)  and Obadiah the son of Shemaiah, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun, and Berechiah the son of Asa, the son of Elkanah, who lived in the villages of the Netophathites.  (17)  Now the gatekeepers were Shallum and Akkub and Talmon and Ahiman and their relatives (Shallum the chief  (18)  being stationed until now at the king’s gate to the east). These were the gatekeepers for the camp of the sons of Levi.  (19)  Shallum the son of Kore, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, and his relatives of his father’s house, the Korahites, were over the work of the service, keepers of the thresholds of the tent; and their fathers had been over the camp of the LORD, keepers of the entrance.  (20)  Phinehas the son of Eleazar was ruler over them previously, and the LORD was with him.  (21)  Zechariah the son of Meshelemiah was gatekeeper of the entrance of the tent of meeting.  (22)  All these who were chosen to be gatekeepers at the thresholds were 212. These were enrolled by genealogy in their villages, whom David and Samuel the seer appointed in their office of trust.  (23)  So they and their sons had charge of the gates of the house of the LORD, even the house of the tent, as guards.  (24)  The gatekeepers were on the four sides, to the east, west, north and south.  (25)  Their relatives in their villages were to come in every seven days from time to time to be with them;  (26)  for the four chief gatekeepers who were Levites, were in an office of trust, and were over the chambers and over the treasuries in the house of God.  (27)  They spent the night around the house of God, because the watch was committed to them; and they were in charge of opening it morning by morning.  (28)  Now some of them had charge of the utensils of service, for they counted them when they brought them in and when they took them out.  (29)  Some of them also were appointed over the furniture and over all the utensils of the sanctuary and over the fine flour and the wine and the oil and the frankincense and the spices.  (30)  Some of the sons of the priests prepared the mixing of the spices.  (31)  Mattithiah, one of the Levites, who was the firstborn of Shallum the Korahite, had the responsibility over the things which were baked in pans.  (32)  Some of their relatives of the sons of the Kohathites were over the showbread to prepare it every sabbath.  (33)  Now these are the singers, heads of fathers’ households of the Levites, who lived in the chambers of the temple free from other service; for they were engaged in their work day and night.  (34)  These were heads of fathers’ households of the Levites according to their generations, chief men, who lived in Jerusalem.

Saul’s Genealogy Repeated
(35)  In Gibeon Jeiel the father of Gibeon lived, and his wife’s name was Maacah,  (36)  and his firstborn son was Abdon, then Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab,  (37)  Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah and Mikloth.  (38)  Mikloth became the father of Shimeam. And they also lived with their relatives in Jerusalem opposite their other relatives.  (39)  Ner became the father of Kish, and Kish became the father of Saul, and Saul became the father of Jonathan, Malchi-shua, Abinadab and Eshbaal.  (40)  The son of Jonathan was Merib-baal; and Merib-baal became the father of Micah.  (41)  The sons of Micah were Pithon, Melech, Tahrea and Ahaz.  (42)  Ahaz became the father of Jarah, and Jarah became the father of Alemeth, Azmaveth and Zimri; and Zimri became the father of Moza,  (43)  and Moza became the father of Binea and Rephaiah his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son.  (44)  Azel had six sons whose names are these: Azrikam, Bocheru and Ishmael and Sheariah and Obadiah and Hanan. These were the sons of Azel.
 
The Death of Saul and His Sons
1Ch 10:1-14  Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines and fell slain on Mount Gilboa.  (2)  The Philistines closely pursued Saul and his sons, and the Philistines struck down Jonathan, Abinadab and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul.  (3)  The battle became heavy against Saul, and the archers overtook him; and he was wounded by the archers.  (4)  Then Saul said to his armor bearer, “Draw your sword and thrust me through with it, otherwise these uncircumcised will come and abuse me.” But his armor bearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. Therefore Saul took his sword and fell on it.  (5)  When his armor bearer saw that Saul was dead, he likewise fell on his sword and died.  (6)  Thus Saul died with his three sons, and all those of his house died together.  (7)  When all the men of Israel who were in the valley saw that they had fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook their cities and fled; and the Philistines came and lived in them.  (8)  It came about the next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his sons fallen on Mount Gilboa.  (9)  So they stripped him and took his head and his armor and sent messengers around the land of the Philistines to carry the good news to their idols and to the people.  (10)  They put his armor in the house of their gods and fastened his head in the house of Dagon.  (11)  When all Jabesh-gilead heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul,  (12)  all the valiant men arose and took away the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons and brought them to Jabesh, and they buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.  (13)  So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against the LORD, because of the word of the LORD which he did not keep; and also because he asked counsel of a medium, making inquiry of it,  (14)  and did not inquire of the LORD. Therefore He killed him and turned the kingdom to David the son of Jesse.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


20 August 2017 Verse of the Day

And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME.”  (Revelation 4:8 NASB)

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Descendants of Issachar
1Ch 7:1-40  Now the sons of Issachar were four: Tola, Puah, Jashub and Shimron.  (2)  The sons of Tola were Uzzi, Rephaiah, Jeriel, Jahmai, Ibsam and Samuel, heads of their fathers’ households. The sons of Tola were mighty men of valor in their generations; their number in the days of David was 22,600.  (3)  The son of Uzzi was Izrahiah. And the sons of Izrahiah were Michael, Obadiah, Joel, Isshiah; all five of them were chief men.  (4)  With them by their generations according to their fathers’ households were 36,000 troops of the army for war, for they had many wives and sons.  (5)  Their relatives among all the families of Issachar were mighty men of valor, enrolled by genealogy, in all 87,000.

Descendants of Benjamin
(6)  The sons of Benjamin were three: Bela and Becher and Jediael.  (7)  The sons of Bela were five: Ezbon, Uzzi, Uzziel, Jerimoth and Iri. They were heads of fathers’ households, mighty men of valor, and were 22,034 enrolled by genealogy.  (8)  The sons of Becher were Zemirah, Joash, Eliezer, Elioenai, Omri, Jeremoth, Abijah, Anathoth and Alemeth. All these were the sons of Becher.  (9)  They were enrolled by genealogy, according to their generations, heads of their fathers’ households, 20,200 mighty men of valor.  (10)  The son of Jediael was Bilhan. And the sons of Bilhan were Jeush, Benjamin, Ehud, Chenaanah, Zethan, Tarshish and Ahishahar.  (11)  All these were sons of Jediael, according to the heads of their fathers’ households, 17,200 mighty men of valor, who were ready to go out with the army to war.  (12)  Shuppim and Huppim were the sons of Ir; Hushim was the son of Aher.

Descendants of Naphtali
(13)  The sons of Naphtali were Jahziel, Guni, Jezer, and Shallum, the sons of Bilhah.

Descendants of Manasseh
(14)  The sons of Manasseh were Asriel, whom his Aramean concubine bore; she bore Machir the father of Gilead.  (15)  Machir took a wife for Huppim and Shuppim, whose sister’s name was Maacah. And the name of the second was Zelophehad, and Zelophehad had daughters.  (16)  Maacah the wife of Machir bore a son, and she named him Peresh; and the name of his brother was Sheresh, and his sons were Ulam and Rakem.  (17)  The son of Ulam was Bedan. These were the sons of Gilead the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh.  (18)  His sister Hammolecheth bore Ishhod and Abiezer and Mahlah.  (19)  The sons of Shemida were Ahian and Shechem and Likhi and Aniam.

Descendants of Ephraim
(20)  The sons of Ephraim were Shuthelah and Bered his son, Tahath his son, Eleadah his son, Tahath his son,  (21)  Zabad his son, Shuthelah his son, and Ezer and Elead whom the men of Gath who were born in the land killed, because they came down to take their livestock.  (22)  Their father Ephraim mourned many days, and his relatives came to comfort him.  (23)  Then he went in to his wife, and she conceived and bore a son, and he named him Beriah, because misfortune had come upon his house.  (24)  His daughter was Sheerah, who built lower and upper Beth-horon, also Uzzen-sheerah.  (25)  Rephah was his son along with Resheph, Telah his son, Tahan his son,  (26)  Ladan his son, Ammihud his son, Elishama his son,  (27)  Non his son and Joshua his son.  (28)  Their possessions and settlements were Bethel with its towns, and to the east Naaran, and to the west Gezer with its towns, and Shechem with its towns as far as Ayyah with its towns,  (29)  and along the borders of the sons of Manasseh, Beth-shean with its towns, Taanach with its towns, Megiddo with its towns, Dor with its towns. In these lived the sons of Joseph the son of Israel.

Descendants of Asher
(30)  The sons of Asher were Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi and Beriah, and Serah their sister.  (31)  The sons of Beriah were Heber and Malchiel, who was the father of Birzaith.  (32)  Heber became the father of Japhlet, Shomer and Hotham, and Shua their sister.  (33)  The sons of Japhlet were Pasach, Bimhal and Ashvath. These were the sons of Japhlet.  (34)  The sons of Shemer were Ahi and Rohgah, Jehubbah and Aram.  (35)  The sons of his brother Helem were Zophah, Imna, Shelesh and Amal.  (36)  The sons of Zophah were Suah, Harnepher, Shual, Beri and Imrah,  (37)  Bezer, Hod, Shamma, Shilshah, Ithran and Beera.  (38)  The sons of Jether were Jephunneh, Pispa and Ara.  (39)  The sons of Ulla were Arah, Hanniel and Rizia.  (40)  All these were the sons of Asher, heads of the fathers’ houses, choice and mighty men of valor, heads of the princes. And the number of them enrolled by genealogy for service in war was 26,000 men.
 
A Genealogy of Saul
1Ch 8:1-40  And Benjamin became the father of Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, Aharah the third,  (2)  Nohah the fourth and Rapha the fifth.  (3)  Bela had sons: Addar, Gera, Abihud,  (4)  Abishua, Naaman, Ahoah,  (5)  Gera, Shephuphan and Huram.  (6)  These are the sons of Ehud: these are the heads of fathers’ households of the inhabitants of Geba, and they carried them into exile to Manahath,  (7)  namely, Naaman, Ahijah and Gera—he carried them into exile; and he became the father of Uzza and Ahihud.  (8)  Shaharaim became the father of children in the country of Moab after he had sent away Hushim and Baara his wives.  (9)  By Hodesh his wife he became the father of Jobab, Zibia, Mesha, Malcam,  (10)  Jeuz, Sachia, Mirmah. These were his sons, heads of fathers’ households.  (11)  By Hushim he became the father of Abitub and Elpaal.  (12)  The sons of Elpaal were Eber, Misham, and Shemed, who built Ono and Lod, with its towns;  (13)  and Beriah and Shema, who were heads of fathers’ households of the inhabitants of Aijalon, who put to flight the inhabitants of Gath;  (14)  and Ahio, Shashak and Jeremoth.  (15)  Zebadiah, Arad, Eder,  (16)  Michael, Ishpah and Joha were the sons of Beriah.  (17)  Zebadiah, Meshullam, Hizki, Heber,  (18)  Ishmerai, Izliah and Jobab were the sons of Elpaal.  (19)  Jakim, Zichri, Zabdi,  (20)  Elienai, Zillethai, Eliel,  (21)  Adaiah, Beraiah and Shimrath were the sons of Shimei.  (22)  Ishpan, Eber, Eliel,  (23)  Abdon, Zichri, Hanan,  (24)  Hananiah, Elam, Anthothijah,  (25)  Iphdeiah and Penuel were the sons of Shashak.  (26)  Shamsherai, Shehariah, Athaliah,  (27)  Jaareshiah, Elijah and Zichri were the sons of Jeroham.  (28)  These were heads of the fathers’ households according to their generations, chief men who lived in Jerusalem.  (29)  Now in Gibeon, Jeiel, the father of Gibeon lived, and his wife’s name was Maacah;  (30)  and his firstborn son was Abdon, then Zur, Kish, Baal, Nadab,  (31)  Gedor, Ahio and Zecher.  (32)  Mikloth became the father of Shimeah. And they also lived with their relatives in Jerusalem opposite their other relatives.  (33)  Ner became the father of Kish, and Kish became the father of Saul, and Saul became the father of Jonathan, Malchi-shua, Abinadab and Eshbaal.  (34)  The son of Jonathan was Merib-baal, and Merib-baal became the father of Micah.  (35)  The sons of Micah were Pithon, Melech, Tarea and Ahaz.  (36)  Ahaz became the father of Jehoaddah, and Jehoaddah became the father of Alemeth, Azmaveth and Zimri; and Zimri became the father of Moza.  (37)  Moza became the father of Binea; Raphah was his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son.  (38)  Azel had six sons, and these were their names: Azrikam, Bocheru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah and Hanan. All these were the sons of Azel.  (39)  The sons of Eshek his brother were Ulam his firstborn, Jeush the second and Eliphelet the third.  (40)  The sons of Ulam were mighty men of valor, archers, and had many sons and grandsons, 150 of them. All these were of the sons of Benjamin.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


19 August 2017 Verse of the Day

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10 NASB)

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Descendants of Reuben
1Ch 5:1-26  Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (for he was the firstborn, but because he defiled his father’s bed, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel; so that he is not enrolled in the genealogy according to the birthright.  (2)  Though Judah prevailed over his brothers, and from him came the leader, yet the birthright belonged to Joseph),  (3)  the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel were Hanoch and Pallu, Hezron and Carmi.  (4)  The sons of Joel were Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son,  (5)  Micah his son, Reaiah his son, Baal his son,  (6)  Beerah his son, whom Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria carried away into exile; he was leader of the Reubenites.  (7)  His kinsmen by their families, in the genealogy of their generations, were Jeiel the chief, then Zechariah  (8)  and Bela the son of Azaz, the son of Shema, the son of Joel, who lived in Aroer, even to Nebo and Baal-meon.  (9)  To the east he settled as far as the entrance of the wilderness from the river Euphrates, because their cattle had increased in the land of Gilead.  (10)  In the days of Saul they made war with the Hagrites, who fell by their hand, so that they occupied their tents throughout all the land east of Gilead.

Descendants of Gad
(11)  Now the sons of Gad lived opposite them in the land of Bashan as far as Salecah.  (12)  Joel was the chief and Shapham the second, then Janai and Shaphat in Bashan.  (13)  Their kinsmen of their fathers’ households were Michael, Meshullam, Sheba, Jorai, Jacan, Zia and Eber, seven.  (14)  These were the sons of Abihail, the son of Huri, the son of Jaroah, the son of Gilead, the son of Michael, the son of Jeshishai, the son of Jahdo, the son of Buz;  (15)  Ahi the son of Abdiel, the son of Guni, was head of their fathers’ households.  (16)  They lived in Gilead, in Bashan and in its towns, and in all the pasture lands of Sharon, as far as their borders.  (17)  All of these were enrolled in the genealogies in the days of Jotham king of Judah and in the days of Jeroboam king of Israel.  (18)  The sons of Reuben and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, consisting of valiant men, men who bore shield and sword and shot with bow and were skillful in battle, were 44,760, who went to war.  (19)  They made war against the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish and Nodab.  (20)  They were helped against them, and the Hagrites and all who were with them were given into their hand; for they cried out to God in the battle, and He answered their prayers because they trusted in Him.  (21)  They took away their cattle: their 50,000 camels, 250,000 sheep, 2,000 donkeys; and 100,000 men.  (22)  For many fell slain, because the war was of God. And they settled in their place until the exile.

The Half-Tribe of Manasseh
(23)  Now the sons of the half-tribe of Manasseh lived in the land; from Bashan to Baal-hermon and Senir and Mount Hermon they were numerous.  (24)  These were the heads of their fathers’ households, even Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah and Jahdiel, mighty men of valor, famous men, heads of their fathers’ households.  (25)  But they acted treacherously against the God of their fathers and played the harlot after the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them.  (26)  So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul, king of Assyria, even the spirit of Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away into exile, namely the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and brought them to Halah, Habor, Hara and to the river of Gozan, to this day.
 
Descendants of Levi
1Ch 6:1-81  The sons of Levi were Gershon, Kohath and Merari.  (2)  The sons of Kohath were Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel.  (3)  The children of Amram were Aaron, Moses and Miriam. And the sons of Aaron were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.  (4)  Eleazar became the father of Phinehas, and Phinehas became the father of Abishua,  (5)  and Abishua became the father of Bukki, and Bukki became the father of Uzzi,  (6)  and Uzzi became the father of Zerahiah, and Zerahiah became the father of Meraioth,  (7)  Meraioth became the father of Amariah, and Amariah became the father of Ahitub,  (8)  and Ahitub became the father of Zadok, and Zadok became the father of Ahimaaz,  (9)  and Ahimaaz became the father of Azariah, and Azariah became the father of Johanan,  (10)  and Johanan became the father of Azariah (it was he who served as the priest in the house which Solomon built in Jerusalem),  (11)  and Azariah became the father of Amariah, and Amariah became the father of Ahitub,  (12)  and Ahitub became the father of Zadok, and Zadok became the father of Shallum,  (13)  and Shallum became the father of Hilkiah, and Hilkiah became the father of Azariah,  (14)  and Azariah became the father of Seraiah, and Seraiah became the father of Jehozadak;  (15)  and Jehozadak went along when the LORD carried Judah and Jerusalem away into exile by Nebuchadnezzar.  (16)  The sons of Levi were Gershom, Kohath and Merari.  (17)  These are the names of the sons of Gershom: Libni and Shimei.  (18)  The sons of Kohath were Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel.  (19)  The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi. And these are the families of the Levites according to their fathers’ households.  (20)  Of Gershom: Libni his son, Jahath his son, Zimmah his son,  (21)  Joah his son, Iddo his son, Zerah his son, Jeatherai his son.  (22)  The sons of Kohath were Amminadab his son, Korah his son, Assir his son,  (23)  Elkanah his son, Ebiasaph his son and Assir his son,  (24)  Tahath his son, Uriel his son, Uzziah his son and Shaul his son.  (25)  The sons of Elkanah were Amasai and Ahimoth.  (26)  As for Elkanah, the sons of Elkanah were Zophai his son and Nahath his son,  (27)  Eliab his son, Jeroham his son, Elkanah his son.  (28)  The sons of Samuel were Joel the firstborn, and Abijah the second.  (29)  The sons of Merari were Mahli, Libni his son, Shimei his son, Uzzah his son,  (30)  Shimea his son, Haggiah his son, Asaiah his son.  (31)  Now these are those whom David appointed over the service of song in the house of the LORD, after the ark rested there.  (32)  They ministered with song before the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, until Solomon had built the house of the LORD in Jerusalem; and they served in their office according to their order.  (33)  These are those who served with their sons: From the sons of the Kohathites were Heman the singer, the son of Joel, the son of Samuel,  (34)  the son of Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Eliel, the son of Toah,  (35)  the son of Zuph, the son of Elkanah, the son of Mahath, the son of Amasai,  (36)  the son of Elkanah, the son of Joel, the son of Azariah, the son of Zephaniah,  (37)  the son of Tahath, the son of Assir, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah,  (38)  the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, the son of Israel.  (39)  Heman’s brother Asaph stood at his right hand, even Asaph the son of Berechiah, the son of Shimea,  (40)  the son of Michael, the son of Baaseiah, the son of Malchijah,  (41)  the son of Ethni, the son of Zerah, the son of Adaiah,  (42)  the son of Ethan, the son of Zimmah, the son of Shimei,  (43)  the son of Jahath, the son of Gershom, the son of Levi.  (44)  On the left hand were their kinsmen the sons of Merari: Ethan the son of Kishi, the son of Abdi, the son of Malluch,  (45)  the son of Hashabiah, the son of Amaziah, the son of Hilkiah,  (46)  the son of Amzi, the son of Bani, the son of Shemer,  (47)  the son of Mahli, the son of Mushi, the son of Merari, the son of Levi.  (48)  Their kinsmen the Levites were appointed for all the service of the tabernacle of the house of God.  (49)  But Aaron and his sons offered on the altar of burnt offering and on the altar of incense, for all the work of the most holy place, and to make atonement for Israel, according to all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.  (50)  These are the sons of Aaron: Eleazar his son, Phinehas his son, Abishua his son,  (51)  Bukki his son, Uzzi his son, Zerahiah his son,  (52)  Meraioth his son, Amariah his son, Ahitub his son,  (53)  Zadok his son, Ahimaaz his son.  (54)  Now these are their settlements according to their camps within their borders. To the sons of Aaron of the families of the Kohathites (for theirs was the first lot),  (55)  to them they gave Hebron in the land of Judah and its pasture lands around it;  (56)  but the fields of the city and its villages, they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh.  (57)  To the sons of Aaron they gave the following cities of refuge: Hebron, Libnah also with its pasture lands, Jattir, Eshtemoa with its pasture lands,  (58)  Hilen with its pasture lands, Debir with its pasture lands,  (59)  Ashan with its pasture lands and Beth-shemesh with its pasture lands;  (60)  and from the tribe of Benjamin: Geba with its pasture lands, Allemeth with its pasture lands, and Anathoth with its pasture lands. All their cities throughout their families were thirteen cities.  (61)  Then to the rest of the sons of Kohath were given by lot, from the family of the tribe, from the half-tribe, the half of Manasseh, ten cities.  (62)  To the sons of Gershom, according to their families, were given from the tribe of Issachar and from the tribe of Asher, the tribe of Naphtali, and the tribe of Manasseh, thirteen cities in Bashan.  (63)  To the sons of Merari were given by lot, according to their families, from the tribe of Reuben, the tribe of Gad and the tribe of Zebulun, twelve cities.  (64)  So the sons of Israel gave to the Levites the cities with their pasture lands.  (65)  They gave by lot from the tribe of the sons of Judah, the tribe of the sons of Simeon and the tribe of the sons of Benjamin, these cities which are mentioned by name.  (66)  Now some of the families of the sons of Kohath had cities of their territory from the tribe of Ephraim.  (67)  They gave to them the following cities of refuge: Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim with its pasture lands, Gezer also with its pasture lands,  (68)  Jokmeam with its pasture lands, Beth-horon with its pasture lands,  (69)  Aijalon with its pasture lands and Gath-rimmon with its pasture lands;  (70)  and from the half-tribe of Manasseh: Aner with its pasture lands and Bileam with its pasture lands, for the rest of the family of the sons of Kohath.  (71)  To the sons of Gershom were given, from the family of the half-tribe of Manasseh: Golan in Bashan with its pasture lands and Ashtaroth with its pasture lands;  (72)  and from the tribe of Issachar: Kedesh with its pasture lands, Daberath with its pasture lands  (73)  and Ramoth with its pasture lands, Anem with its pasture lands;  (74)  and from the tribe of Asher: Mashal with its pasture lands, Abdon with its pasture lands,  (75)  Hukok with its pasture lands and Rehob with its pasture lands;  (76)  and from the tribe of Naphtali: Kedesh in Galilee with its pasture lands, Hammon with its pasture lands and Kiriathaim with its pasture lands.  (77)  To the rest of the Levites, the sons of Merari, were given, from the tribe of Zebulun: Rimmono with its pasture lands, Tabor with its pasture lands;  (78)  and beyond the Jordan at Jericho, on the east side of the Jordan, were given them, from the tribe of Reuben: Bezer in the wilderness with its pasture lands, Jahzah with its pasture lands,  (79)  Kedemoth with its pasture lands and Mephaath with its pasture lands;  (80)  and from the tribe of Gad: Ramoth in Gilead with its pasture lands, Mahanaim with its pasture lands,  (81)  Heshbon with its pasture lands and Jazer with its pasture lands.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


18 August 2017 Verse of the Day

I will give heed to the blameless way. When will You come to me? I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart. I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me. (Psalms 101:2-3 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Descendants of David
1Ch 3:1-24  Now these were the sons of David who were born to him in Hebron: the firstborn was Amnon, by Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; the second was Daniel, by Abigail the Carmelitess;  (2)  the third was Absalom the son of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; the fourth was Adonijah the son of Haggith;  (3)  the fifth was Shephatiah, by Abital; the sixth was Ithream, by his wife Eglah.  (4)  Six were born to him in Hebron, and there he reigned seven years and six months. And in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years.  (5)  These were born to him in Jerusalem: Shimea, Shobab, Nathan and Solomon, four, by Bath-shua the daughter of Ammiel;  (6)  and Ibhar, Elishama, Eliphelet,  (7)  Nogah, Nepheg and Japhia,  (8)  Elishama, Eliada and Eliphelet, nine.  (9)  All these were the sons of David, besides the sons of the concubines; and Tamar was their sister.  (10)  Now Solomon’s son was Rehoboam, Abijah was his son, Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son,  (11)  Joram his son, Ahaziah his son, Joash his son,  (12)  Amaziah his son, Azariah his son, Jotham his son,  (13)  Ahaz his son, Hezekiah his son, Manasseh his son,  (14)  Amon his son, Josiah his son.  (15)  The sons of Josiah were Johanan the firstborn, and the second was Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, the fourth Shallum.  (16)  The sons of Jehoiakim were Jeconiah his son, Zedekiah his son.  (17)  The sons of Jeconiah, the prisoner, were Shealtiel his son,  (18)  and Malchiram, Pedaiah, Shenazzar, Jekamiah, Hoshama and Nedabiah.  (19)  The sons of Pedaiah were Zerubbabel and Shimei. And the sons of Zerubbabel were Meshullam and Hananiah, and Shelomith was their sister;  (20)  and Hashubah, Ohel, Berechiah, Hasadiah and Jushab-hesed, five.  (21)  The sons of Hananiah were Pelatiah and Jeshaiah, the sons of Rephaiah, the sons of Arnan, the sons of Obadiah, the sons of Shecaniah.  (22)  The descendants of Shecaniah were Shemaiah, and the sons of Shemaiah: Hattush, Igal, Bariah, Neariah and Shaphat, six.  (23)  The sons of Neariah were Elioenai, Hizkiah and Azrikam, three.  (24)  The sons of Elioenai were Hodaviah, Eliashib, Pelaiah, Akkub, Johanan, Delaiah and Anani, seven.
 
Descendants of Judah
1Ch 4:1-43  The sons of Judah were Perez, Hezron, Carmi, Hur and Shobal.  (2)  Reaiah the son of Shobal became the father of Jahath, and Jahath became the father of Ahumai and Lahad. These were the families of the Zorathites.  (3)  These were the sons of Etam: Jezreel, Ishma and Idbash; and the name of their sister was Hazzelelponi.  (4)  Penuel was the father of Gedor, and Ezer the father of Hushah. These were the sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah, the father of Bethlehem.  (5)  Ashhur, the father of Tekoa, had two wives, Helah and Naarah.  (6)  Naarah bore him Ahuzzam, Hepher, Temeni and Haahashtari. These were the sons of Naarah.  (7)  The sons of Helah were Zereth, Izhar and Ethnan.  (8)  Koz became the father of Anub and Zobebah, and the families of Aharhel the son of Harum.  (9)  Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez saying, “Because I bore him with pain.”  (10)  Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested.  (11)  Chelub the brother of Shuhah became the father of Mehir, who was the father of Eshton.  (12)  Eshton became the father of Beth-rapha and Paseah, and Tehinnah the father of Ir-nahash. These are the men of Recah.  (13)  Now the sons of Kenaz were Othniel and Seraiah. And the sons of Othniel were Hathath and Meonothai.  (14)  Meonothai became the father of Ophrah, and Seraiah became the father of Joab the father of Ge-harashim, for they were craftsmen.  (15)  The sons of Caleb the son of Jephunneh were Iru, Elah and Naam; and the son of Elah was Kenaz.  (16)  The sons of Jehallelel were Ziph and Ziphah, Tiria and Asarel.  (17)  The sons of Ezrah were Jether, Mered, Epher and Jalon. (And these are the sons of Bithia the daughter of Pharaoh, whom Mered took) and she conceived and bore Miriam, Shammai and Ishbah the father of Eshtemoa.  (18)  His Jewish wife bore Jered the father of Gedor, and Heber the father of Soco, and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah.  (19)  The sons of the wife of Hodiah, the sister of Naham, were the fathers of Keilah the Garmite and Eshtemoa the Maacathite.  (20)  The sons of Shimon were Amnon and Rinnah, Benhanan and Tilon. And the sons of Ishi were Zoheth and Ben-zoheth.  (21)  The sons of Shelah the son of Judah were Er the father of Lecah and Laadah the father of Mareshah, and the families of the house of the linen workers at Beth-ashbea;  (22)  and Jokim, the men of Cozeba, Joash, Saraph, who ruled in Moab, and Jashubi-lehem. And the records are ancient.  (23)  These were the potters and the inhabitants of Netaim and Gederah; they lived there with the king for his work.

Descendants of Simeon
(24)  The sons of Simeon were Nemuel and Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, Shaul;  (25)  Shallum his son, Mibsam his son, Mishma his son.  (26)  The sons of Mishma were Hammuel his son, Zaccur his son, Shimei his son.  (27)  Now Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters; but his brothers did not have many sons, nor did all their family multiply like the sons of Judah.  (28)  They lived at Beersheba, Moladah and Hazar-shual,  (29)  at Bilhah, Ezem, Tolad,  (30)  Bethuel, Hormah, Ziklag,  (31)  Beth-marcaboth, Hazar-susim, Beth-biri and Shaaraim. These were their cities until the reign of David.  (32)  Their villages were Etam, Ain, Rimmon, Tochen and Ashan, five cities;  (33)  and all their villages that were around the same cities as far as Baal. These were their settlements, and they have their genealogy.  (34)  Meshobab and Jamlech and Joshah the son of Amaziah,  (35)  and Joel and Jehu the son of Joshibiah, the son of Seraiah, the son of Asiel,  (36)  and Elioenai, Jaakobah, Jeshohaiah, Asaiah, Adiel, Jesimiel, Benaiah,  (37)  Ziza the son of Shiphi, the son of Allon, the son of Jedaiah, the son of Shimri, the son of Shemaiah;  (38)  these mentioned by name were leaders in their families; and their fathers’ houses increased greatly.  (39)  They went to the entrance of Gedor, even to the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks.  (40)  They found rich and good pasture, and the land was broad and quiet and peaceful; for those who lived there formerly were Hamites.  (41)  These, recorded by name, came in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and attacked their tents and the Meunites who were found there, and destroyed them utterly to this day, and lived in their place, because there was pasture there for their flocks.  (42)  From them, from the sons of Simeon, five hundred men went to Mount Seir, with Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi, as their leaders.  (43)  They destroyed the remnant of the Amalekites who escaped, and have lived there to this day.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


17 August 2017 Verse of the Day

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.  (2 Corinthians 13:14 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

From Adam to Abraham
1Ch 1:1-54  Adam, Seth, Enosh,  (2)  Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared,  (3)  Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech,  (4)  Noah, Shem, Ham and Japheth.  (5)  The sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech and Tiras.  (6)  The sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz, Diphath, and Togarmah.  (7)  The sons of Javan were Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim and Rodanim.  (8)  The sons of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan.  (9)  The sons of Cush were Seba, Havilah, Sabta, Raama and Sabteca; and the sons of Raamah were Sheba and Dedan.  (10)  Cush became the father of Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one in the earth.  (11)  Mizraim became the father of the people of Lud, Anam, Lehab, Naphtuh,  (12)  Pathrus, Casluh, from which the Philistines came, and Caphtor.  (13)  Canaan became the father of Sidon, his firstborn, Heth,  (14)  and the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites,  (15)  the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites,  (16)  the Arvadites, the Zemarites and the Hamathites.  (17)  The sons of Shem were Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, Aram, Uz, Hul, Gether and Meshech.  (18)  Arpachshad became the father of Shelah and Shelah became the father of Eber.  (19)  Two sons were born to Eber, the name of the one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided, and his brother’s name was Joktan.  (20)  Joktan became the father of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah,  (21)  Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah,  (22)  Ebal, Abimael, Sheba,  (23)  Ophir, Havilah and Jobab; all these were the sons of Joktan.  (24)  Shem, Arpachshad, Shelah,  (25)  Eber, Peleg, Reu,  (26)  Serug, Nahor, Terah,  (27)  Abram, that is Abraham.

From Abraham to Jacob
(28)  The sons of Abraham were Isaac and Ishmael.  (29)  These are their genealogies: the firstborn of Ishmael was Nebaioth, then Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam,  (30)  Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadad, Tema,  (31)  Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah; these were the sons of Ishmael.  (32)  The sons of Keturah, Abraham’s concubine, whom she bore, were Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. And the sons of Jokshan were Sheba and Dedan.  (33)  The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida and Eldaah. All these were the sons of Keturah.  (34)  Abraham became the father of Isaac. The sons of Isaac were Esau and Israel.  (35)  The sons of Esau were Eliphaz, Reuel, Jeush, Jalam and Korah.  (36)  The sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zephi, Gatam, Kenaz, Timna and Amalek.  (37)  The sons of Reuel were Nahath, Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah.  (38)  The sons of Seir were Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishon, Ezer and Dishan.  (39)  The sons of Lotan were Hori and Homam; and Lotan’s sister was Timna.  (40)  The sons of Shobal were Alian, Manahath, Ebal, Shephi and Onam. And the sons of Zibeon were Aiah and Anah.  (41)  The son of Anah was Dishon. And the sons of Dishon were Hamran, Eshban, Ithran and Cheran.  (42)  The sons of Ezer were Bilhan, Zaavan and Jaakan. The sons of Dishan were Uz and Aran.  (43)  Now these are the kings who reigned in the land of Edom before any king of the sons of Israel reigned. Bela was the son of Beor, and the name of his city was Dinhabah.  (44)  When Bela died, Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah became king in his place.  (45)  When Jobab died, Husham of the land of the Temanites became king in his place.  (46)  When Husham died, Hadad the son of Bedad, who defeated Midian in the field of Moab, became king in his place; and the name of his city was Avith.  (47)  When Hadad died, Samlah of Masrekah became king in his place.  (48)  When Samlah died, Shaul of Rehoboth by the River became king in his place.  (49)  When Shaul died, Baal-hanan the son of Achbor became king in his place.  (50)  When Baal-hanan died, Hadad became king in his place; and the name of his city was Pai, and his wife’s name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab.  (51)  Then Hadad died. Now the chiefs of Edom were: chief Timna, chief Aliah, chief Jetheth,  (52)  chief Oholibamah, chief Elah, chief Pinon,  (53)  chief Kenaz, chief Teman, chief Mibzar,  (54)  chief Magdiel, chief Iram. These were the chiefs of Edom.
 
A Genealogy of David
1Ch 2:1-55  These are the sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun,  (2)  Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad and Asher.  (3)  The sons of Judah were Er, Onan and Shelah; these three were born to him by Bath-shua the Canaanitess. And Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD, so He put him to death.  (4)  Tamar his daughter-in-law bore him Perez and Zerah. Judah had five sons in all.  (5)  The sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul.  (6)  The sons of Zerah were Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol and Dara; five of them in all.  (7)  The son of Carmi was Achar, the troubler of Israel, who violated the ban.  (8)  The son of Ethan was Azariah.  (9)  Now the sons of Hezron, who were born to him were Jerahmeel, Ram and Chelubai.  (10)  Ram became the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab became the father of Nahshon, leader of the sons of Judah;  (11)  Nahshon became the father of Salma, Salma became the father of Boaz,  (12)  Boaz became the father of Obed, and Obed became the father of Jesse;  (13)  and Jesse became the father of Eliab his firstborn, then Abinadab the second, Shimea the third,  (14)  Nethanel the fourth, Raddai the fifth,  (15)  Ozem the sixth, David the seventh;  (16)  and their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail. And the three sons of Zeruiah were Abshai, Joab and Asahel.  (17)  Abigail bore Amasa, and the father of Amasa was Jether the Ishmaelite.  (18)  Now Caleb the son of Hezron had sons by Azubah his wife, and by Jerioth; and these were her sons: Jesher, Shobab, and Ardon.  (19)  When Azubah died, Caleb married Ephrath, who bore him Hur.  (20)  Hur became the father of Uri, and Uri became the father of Bezalel.  (21)  Afterward Hezron went in to the daughter of Machir the father of Gilead, whom he married when he was sixty years old; and she bore him Segub.  (22)  Segub became the father of Jair, who had twenty-three cities in the land of Gilead.  (23)  But Geshur and Aram took the towns of Jair from them, with Kenath and its villages, even sixty cities. All these were the sons of Machir, the father of Gilead.  (24)  After the death of Hezron in Caleb-ephrathah, Abijah, Hezron’s wife, bore him Ashhur the father of Tekoa.  (25)  Now the sons of Jerahmeel the firstborn of Hezron were Ram the firstborn, then Bunah, Oren, Ozem and Ahijah.  (26)  Jerahmeel had another wife, whose name was Atarah; she was the mother of Onam.  (27)  The sons of Ram, the firstborn of Jerahmeel, were Maaz, Jamin and Eker.  (28)  The sons of Onam were Shammai and Jada. And the sons of Shammai were Nadab and Abishur.  (29)  The name of Abishur’s wife was Abihail, and she bore him Ahban and Molid.  (30)  The sons of Nadab were Seled and Appaim, and Seled died without sons.  (31)  The son of Appaim was Ishi. And the son of Ishi was Sheshan. And the son of Sheshan was Ahlai.  (32)  The sons of Jada the brother of Shammai were Jether and Jonathan, and Jether died without sons.  (33)  The sons of Jonathan were Peleth and Zaza. These were the sons of Jerahmeel.  (34)  Now Sheshan had no sons, only daughters. And Sheshan had an Egyptian servant whose name was Jarha.  (35)  Sheshan gave his daughter to Jarha his servant in marriage, and she bore him Attai.  (36)  Attai became the father of Nathan, and Nathan became the father of Zabad,  (37)  and Zabad became the father of Ephlal, and Ephlal became the father of Obed,  (38)  and Obed became the father of Jehu, and Jehu became the father of Azariah,  (39)  and Azariah became the father of Helez, and Helez became the father of Eleasah,  (40)  and Eleasah became the father of Sismai, and Sismai became the father of Shallum,  (41)  and Shallum became the father of Jekamiah, and Jekamiah became the father of Elishama.  (42)  Now the sons of Caleb, the brother of Jerahmeel, were Mesha his firstborn, who was the father of Ziph; and his son was Mareshah, the father of Hebron.  (43)  The sons of Hebron were Korah and Tappuah and Rekem and Shema.  (44)  Shema became the father of Raham, the father of Jorkeam; and Rekem became the father of Shammai.  (45)  The son of Shammai was Maon, and Maon was the father of Bethzur.  (46)  Ephah, Caleb’s concubine, bore Haran, Moza and Gazez; and Haran became the father of Gazez.  (47)  The sons of Jahdai were Regem, Jotham, Geshan, Pelet, Ephah and Shaaph.  (48)  Maacah, Caleb’s concubine, bore Sheber and Tirhanah.  (49)  She also bore Shaaph the father of Madmannah, Sheva the father of Machbena and the father of Gibea; and the daughter of Caleb was Achsah.  (50)  These were the sons of Caleb. The sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah, were Shobal the father of Kiriath-jearim,  (51)  Salma the father of Bethlehem and Hareph the father of Beth-gader.  (52)  Shobal the father of Kiriath-jearim had sons: Haroeh, half of the Manahathites,  (53)  and the families of Kiriath-jearim: the Ithrites, the Puthites, the Shumathites and the Mishraites; from these came the Zorathites and the Eshtaolites.  (54)  The sons of Salma were Bethlehem and the Netophathites, Atroth-beth-joab and half of the Manahathites, the Zorites.  (55)  The families of scribes who lived at Jabez were the Tirathites, the Shimeathites and the Sucathites. Those are the Kenites who came from Hammath, the father of the house of Rechab.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


16 August 2017 Verse of the Day

O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.  (Isaiah 25:1 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

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2Ki 24:1-20  In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant for three years; then he turned and rebelled against him.  (2)  The LORD sent against him bands of Chaldeans, bands of Arameans, bands of Moabites, and bands of Ammonites. So He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the LORD which He had spoken through His servants the prophets.  (3)  Surely at the command of the LORD it came upon Judah, to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done,  (4)  and also for the innocent blood which he shed, for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; and the LORD would not forgive.  (5)  Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?  (6)  So Jehoiakim slept with his fathers, and Jehoiachin his son became king in his place.  (7)  The king of Egypt did not come out of his land again, for the king of Babylon had taken all that belonged to the king of Egypt from the brook of Egypt to the river Euphrates.

Jehoiachin Reigns in Judah
(8)  Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Nehushta the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.  (9)  He did evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father had done.

Jerusalem Captured
(10)  At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon went up to Jerusalem, and the city came under siege.  (11)  And Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon came to the city, while his servants were besieging it.  (12)  Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of Babylon, he and his mother and his servants and his captains and his officials. So the king of Babylon took him captive in the eighth year of his reign.  (13)  He carried out from there all the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house, and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold which Solomon king of Israel had made in the temple of the LORD, just as the LORD had said.  (14)  Then he led away into exile all Jerusalem and all the captains and all the mighty men of valor, ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and the smiths. None remained except the poorest people of the land.  (15)  So he led Jehoiachin away into exile to Babylon; also the king’s mother and the king’s wives and his officials and the leading men of the land, he led away into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.  (16)  All the men of valor, seven thousand, and the craftsmen and the smiths, one thousand, all strong and fit for war, and these the king of Babylon brought into exile to Babylon.  (17)  Then the king of Babylon made his uncle Mattaniah king in his place, and changed his name to Zedekiah.

Zedekiah Reigns in Judah
(18)  Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.  (19)  He did evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.  (20)  For through the anger of the LORD this came about in Jerusalem and Judah until He cast them out from His presence. And Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
 
Fall and Captivity of Judah
2Ki 25:1-30  Now in the ninth year of his reign, on the tenth day of the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, camped against it and built a siege wall all around it.  (2)  So the city was under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah.  (3)  On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land.  (4)  Then the city was broken into, and all the men of war fled by night by way of the gate between the two walls beside the king’s garden, though the Chaldeans were all around the city. And they went by way of the Arabah.  (5)  But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king and overtook him in the plains of Jericho and all his army was scattered from him.  (6)  Then they captured the king and brought him to the king of Babylon at Riblah, and he passed sentence on him.  (7)  They slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, then put out the eyes of Zedekiah and bound him with bronze fetters and brought him to Babylon.  (8)  Now on the seventh day of the fifth month, which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem.  (9)  He burned the house of the LORD, the king’s house, and all the houses of Jerusalem; even every great house he burned with fire.  (10)  So all the army of the Chaldeans who were with the captain of the guard broke down the walls around Jerusalem.  (11)  Then the rest of the people who were left in the city and the deserters who had deserted to the king of Babylon and the rest of the people, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away into exile.  (12)  But the captain of the guard left some of the poorest of the land to be vinedressers and plowmen.  (13)  Now the bronze pillars which were in the house of the LORD, and the stands and the bronze sea which were in the house of the LORD, the Chaldeans broke in pieces and carried the bronze to Babylon.  (14)  They took away the pots, the shovels, the snuffers, the spoons, and all the bronze vessels which were used in temple service.  (15)  The captain of the guard also took away the firepans and the basins, what was fine gold and what was fine silver.  (16)  The two pillars, the one sea, and the stands which Solomon had made for the house of the LORD—the bronze of all these vessels was beyond weight.  (17)  The height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits, and a bronze capital was on it; the height of the capital was three cubits, with a network and pomegranates on the capital all around, all of bronze. And the second pillar was like these with network.  (18)  Then the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest and Zephaniah the second priest, with the three officers of the temple.  (19)  From the city he took one official who was overseer of the men of war, and five of the king’s advisers who were found in the city; and the scribe of the captain of the army who mustered the people of the land; and sixty men of the people of the land who were found in the city.  (20)  Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard took them and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah.  (21)  Then the king of Babylon struck them down and put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was led away into exile from its land.

Gedaliah Made Governor of Judah
(22)  Now as for the people who were left in the land of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left, he appointed Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan over them.  (23)  When all the captains of the forces, they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah governor, they came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, namely, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah the son of the Maacathite, they and their men.  (24)  Gedaliah swore to them and their men and said to them, “Do not be afraid of the servants of the Chaldeans; live in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it will be well with you.”  (25)  But it came about in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the royal family, came with ten men and struck Gedaliah down so that he died along with the Jews and the Chaldeans who were with him at Mizpah.  (26)  Then all the people, both small and great, and the captains of the forces arose and went to Egypt; for they were afraid of the Chaldeans.

Jehoiachin Released from Prison
(27)  Now it came about in the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, that Evil-merodach king of Babylon, in the year that he became king, released Jehoiachin king of Judah from prison;  (28)  and he spoke kindly to him and set his throne above the throne of the kings who were with him in Babylon.  (29)  Jehoiachin changed his prison clothes and had his meals in the king’s presence regularly all the days of his life;  (30)  and for his allowance, a regular allowance was given him by the king, a portion for each day, all the days of his life.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


15 August 2017 Verse of the Day

Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. (Psalms 55:22 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

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Josiah Reigns in Judah
2Ki 22:1-20  Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath.  (2)  He did right in the sight of the LORD and walked in all the way of his father David, nor did he turn aside to the right or to the left.

Josiah Repairs the Temple
(3)  Now in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, the king sent Shaphan, the son of Azaliah the son of Meshullam the scribe, to the house of the LORD saying,  (4)  “Go up to Hilkiah the high priest that he may count the money brought in to the house of the LORD which the doorkeepers have gathered from the people.  (5)  “Let them deliver it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the LORD, and let them give it to the workmen who are in the house of the LORD to repair the damages of the house,  (6)  to the carpenters and the builders and the masons and for buying timber and hewn stone to repair the house.  (7)  “Only no accounting shall be made with them for the money delivered into their hands, for they deal faithfully.”

Hilkiah Finds the Book of the Law
(8)  Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan who read it.  (9)  Shaphan the scribe came to the king and brought back word to the king and said, “Your servants have emptied out the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the LORD.”  (10)  Moreover, Shaphan the scribe told the king saying, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it in the presence of the king.  (11)  When the king heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes.  (12)  Then the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Achbor the son of Micaiah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king’s servant saying,  (13)  “Go, inquire of the LORD for me and the people and all Judah concerning the words of this book that has been found, for great is the wrath of the LORD that burns against us, because our fathers have not listened to the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.”  (14)  So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe (now she lived in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter); and they spoke to her.  (15)  She said to them, “Thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘Tell the man who sent you to me,  (16)  thus says the LORD, “Behold, I bring evil on this place and on its inhabitants, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah has read.  (17)  “Because they have forsaken Me and have burned incense to other gods that they might provoke Me to anger with all the work of their hands, therefore My wrath burns against this place, and it shall not be quenched.”‘  (18)  “But to the king of Judah who sent you to inquire of the LORD thus shall you say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD God of Israel, “Regarding the words which you have heard,  (19)  because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants that they should become a desolation and a curse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before Me, I truly have heard you,” declares the LORD.  (20)  “Therefore, behold, I will gather you to your fathers, and you will be gathered to your grave in peace, and your eyes will not see all the evil which I will bring on this place.”‘” So they brought back word to the king.
 
Josiah’s Reforms
2Ki 23:1-37  Then the king sent, and they gathered to him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem.  (2)  The king went up to the house of the LORD and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests and the prophets and all the people, both small and great; and he read in their hearing all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the LORD.  (3)  The king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to carry out the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people entered into the covenant.  (4)  Then the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest and the priests of the second order and the doorkeepers, to bring out of the temple of the LORD all the vessels that were made for Baal, for Asherah, and for all the host of heaven; and he burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron, and carried their ashes to Bethel.  (5)  He did away with the idolatrous priests whom the kings of Judah had appointed to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah and in the surrounding area of Jerusalem, also those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun and to the moon and to the constellations and to all the host of heaven.  (6)  He brought out the Asherah from the house of the LORD outside Jerusalem to the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and ground it to dust, and threw its dust on the graves of the common people.  (7)  He also broke down the houses of the male cult prostitutes which were in the house of the LORD, where the women were weaving hangings for the Asherah.  (8)  Then he brought all the priests from the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba; and he broke down the high places of the gates which were at the entrance of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on one’s left at the city gate.  (9)  Nevertheless the priests of the high places did not go up to the altar of the LORD in Jerusalem, but they ate unleavened bread among their brothers.  (10)  He also defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter pass through the fire for Molech.  (11)  He did away with the horses which the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the entrance of the house of the LORD, by the chamber of Nathan-melech the official, which was in the precincts; and he burned the chariots of the sun with fire.  (12)  The altars which were on the roof, the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the LORD, the king broke down; and he smashed them there and threw their dust into the brook Kidron.  (13)  The high places which were before Jerusalem, which were on the right of the mount of destruction which Solomon the king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Sidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Milcom the abomination of the sons of Ammon, the king defiled.  (14)  He broke in pieces the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherim and filled their places with human bones.  (15)  Furthermore, the altar that was at Bethel and the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin, had made, even that altar and the high place he broke down. Then he demolished its stones, ground them to dust, and burned the Asherah.  (16)  Now when Josiah turned, he saw the graves that were there on the mountain, and he sent and took the bones from the graves and burned them on the altar and defiled it according to the word of the LORD which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these things.  (17)  Then he said, “What is this monument that I see?” And the men of the city told him, “It is the grave of the man of God who came from Judah and proclaimed these things which you have done against the altar of Bethel.”  (18)  He said, “Let him alone; let no one disturb his bones.” So they left his bones undisturbed with the bones of the prophet who came from Samaria.  (19)  Josiah also removed all the houses of the high places which were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made provoking the LORD; and he did to them just as he had done in Bethel.  (20)  All the priests of the high places who were there he slaughtered on the altars and burned human bones on them; then he returned to Jerusalem.

Josiah Restores the Passover
(21)  Then the king commanded all the people saying, “Celebrate the Passover to the LORD your God as it is written in this book of the covenant.”  (22)  Surely such a Passover had not been celebrated from the days of the judges who judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel and of the kings of Judah.  (23)  But in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, this Passover was observed to the LORD in Jerusalem.  (24)  Moreover, Josiah removed the mediums and the spiritists and the teraphim and the idols and all the abominations that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, that he might confirm the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the LORD.  (25)  Before him there was no king like him who turned to the LORD with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; nor did any like him arise after him.  (26)  However, the LORD did not turn from the fierceness of His great wrath with which His anger burned against Judah, because of all the provocations with which Manasseh had provoked Him.  (27)  The LORD said, “I will remove Judah also from My sight, as I have removed Israel. And I will cast off Jerusalem, this city which I have chosen, and the temple of which I said, ‘My name shall be there.'”

Josiah’s Death in Battle
(28)  Now the rest of the acts of Josiah and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?  (29)  In his days Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt went up to the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates. And King Josiah went to meet him, and when Pharaoh Neco saw him he killed him at Megiddo.  
(30)  His servants drove his body in a chariot from Megiddo, and brought him to Jerusalem and buried him in his own tomb. Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah and anointed him and made him king in place of his father.

Jehoahaz’s Reign and Captivity
(31)  Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.  (32)  He did evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done.  (33)  Pharaoh Neco imprisoned him at Riblah in the land of Hamath, that he might not reign in Jerusalem; and he imposed on the land a fine of one hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.  (34)  Pharaoh Neco made Eliakim the son of Josiah king in the place of Josiah his father, and changed his name to Jehoiakim. But he took Jehoahaz away and brought him to Egypt, and he died there.  (35)  So Jehoiakim gave the silver and gold to Pharaoh, but he taxed the land in order to give the money at the command of Pharaoh. He exacted the silver and gold from the people of the land, each according to his valuation, to give it to Pharaoh Neco.

Jehoiakim Reigns in Judah
(36)  Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Zebidah the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah.  (37)  He did evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


14 August 2017 Verse of the Day

Oil and perfume make the heart glad, So a man’s counsel is sweet to his friend. (Proverbs 27:9 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Hezekiah’s Illness and Recovery
2Ki 20:1-21  In those days Hezekiah became mortally ill. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.'”  (2)  Then he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, saying,  (3)  “Remember now, O LORD, I beseech You, how I have walked before You in truth and with a whole heart and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.  (4)  Before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him, saying,  (5)  “Return and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of your father David, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD.  (6)  “I will add fifteen years to your life, and I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.”‘”  (7)  Then Isaiah said, “Take a cake of figs.” And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.  (8)  Now Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “What will be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the LORD the third day?”  (9)  Isaiah said, “This shall be the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that He has spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten steps or go back ten steps?”  (10)  So Hezekiah answered, “It is easy for the shadow to decline ten steps; no, but let the shadow turn backward ten steps.”  (11)  Isaiah the prophet cried to the LORD, and He brought the shadow on the stairway back ten steps by which it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.

Hezekiah and the Babylonian Envoys
(12)  At that time Berodach-baladan a son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that Hezekiah had been sick.  (13)  Hezekiah listened to them, and showed them all his treasure house, the silver and the gold and the spices and the precious oil and the house of his armor and all that was found in his treasuries. There was nothing in his house nor in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them.  (14)  Then Isaiah the prophet came to King Hezekiah and said to him, “What did these men say, and from where have they come to you?” And Hezekiah said, “They have come from a far country, from Babylon.”  (15)  He said, “What have they seen in your house?” So Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing among my treasuries that I have not shown them.”  (16)  Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the LORD.  (17)  ‘Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and all that your fathers have laid up in store to this day will be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left,’ says the LORD.  (18)  ‘Some of your sons who shall issue from you, whom you will beget, will be taken away; and they will become officials in the palace of the king of Babylon.'”  (19)  Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the LORD which you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “Is it not so, if there will be peace and truth in my days?”  (20)  Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah and all his might, and how he made the pool and the conduit and brought water into the city, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?  (21)  So Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and Manasseh his son became king in his place.
 
Manasseh Reigns in Judah
2Ki 21:1-26  Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Hephzibah.  (2)  He did evil in the sight of the LORD, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD dispossessed before the sons of Israel.  (3)  For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he erected altars for Baal and made an Asherah, as Ahab king of Israel had done, and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them.  (4)  He built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, “In Jerusalem I will put My name.”  (5)  For he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.  (6)  He made his son pass through the fire, practiced witchcraft and used divination, and dealt with mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD provoking Him to anger.  (7)  Then he set the carved image of Asherah that he had made, in the house of which the LORD said to David and to his son Solomon, “In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever.  (8)  “And I will not make the feet of Israel wander anymore from the land which I gave their fathers, if only they will observe to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that My servant Moses commanded them.”  (9)  But they did not listen, and Manasseh seduced them to do evil more than the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the sons of Israel.

Manasseh’s Idolatry Denounced
(10)  Now the LORD spoke through His servants the prophets, saying,  (11)  “Because Manasseh king of Judah has done these abominations, having done wickedly more than all the Amorites did who were before him, and has also made Judah sin with his idols;  (12)  therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Behold, I am bringing such calamity on Jerusalem and Judah, that whoever hears of it, both his ears will tingle.  (13)  ‘I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria and the plummet of the house of Ahab, and I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down.  (14)  ‘I will abandon the remnant of My inheritance and deliver them into the hand of their enemies, and they will become as plunder and spoil to all their enemies;  (15)  because they have done evil in My sight, and have been provoking Me to anger since the day their fathers came from Egypt, even to this day.'”  (16)  Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood until he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; besides his sin with which he made Judah sin, in doing evil in the sight of the LORD.  (17)  Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh and all that he did and his sin which he committed, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?  (18)  And Manasseh slept with his fathers and was buried in the garden of his own house, in the garden of Uzza, and Amon his son became king in his place.

Amon Reigns in Judah
(19)  Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Meshullemeth the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah.  (20)  He did evil in the sight of the LORD, as Manasseh his father had done.  (21)  For he walked in all the way that his father had walked, and served the idols that his father had served and worshiped them.  (22)  So he forsook the LORD, the God of his fathers, and did not walk in the way of the LORD.  (23)  The servants of Amon conspired against him and killed the king in his own house.  (24)  Then the people of the land killed all those who had conspired against King Amon, and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his place.  (25)  Now the rest of the acts of Amon which he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?  (26)  He was buried in his grave in the garden of Uzza, and Josiah his son became king in his place.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


13 August 2017 Verse of the Day

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Hezekiah Reigns in Judah
2Ki 18:1-37  Now it came about in the third year of Hoshea, the son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah became king.  (2)  He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Abi the daughter of Zechariah.  (3)  He did right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father David had done.  (4)  He removed the high places and broke down the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah. He also broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the sons of Israel burned incense to it; and it was called Nehushtan.  (5)  He trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel; so that after him there was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor among those who were before him.  (6)  For he clung to the LORD; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD had commanded Moses.  (7)  And the LORD was with him; wherever he went he prospered. And he rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.  (8)  He defeated the Philistines as far as Gaza and its territory, from watchtower to fortified city.  (9)  Now in the fourth year of King Hezekiah, which was the seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against Samaria and besieged it.  (10)  At the end of three years they captured it; in the sixth year of Hezekiah, which was the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was captured.  (11)  Then the king of Assyria carried Israel away into exile to Assyria, and put them in Halah and on the Habor, the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes,  (12)  because they did not obey the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed His covenant, even all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded; they would neither listen nor do it.

Sennacherib Attacks Judah
(13)  Now in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and seized them.  (14)  Then Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria at Lachish, saying, “I have done wrong. Withdraw from me; whatever you impose on me I will bear.” So the king of Assyria required of Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold.  (15)  Hezekiah gave him all the silver which was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasuries of the king’s house.  (16)  At that time Hezekiah cut off the gold from the doors of the temple of the LORD, and from the doorposts which Hezekiah king of Judah had overlaid, and gave it to the king of Assyria.  (17)  Then the king of Assyria sent Tartan and Rab-saris and Rabshakeh from Lachish to King Hezekiah with a large army to Jerusalem. So they went up and came to Jerusalem. And when they went up, they came and stood by the conduit of the upper pool, which is on the highway of the fuller’s field.  (18)  When they called to the king, Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebnah the scribe and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder, came out to them.  (19)  Then Rabshakeh said to them, “Say now to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria, “What is this confidence that you have?  (20)  “You say (but they are only empty words), ‘I have counsel and strength for the war.’ Now on whom do you rely, that you have rebelled against me?  (21)  “Now behold, you rely on the staff of this crushed reed, even on Egypt; on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who rely on him.  (22)  “But if you say to me, ‘We trust in the LORD our God,’ is it not He whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and has said to Judah and to Jerusalem, ‘You shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem’?  (23)  “Now therefore, come, make a bargain with my master the king of Assyria, and I will give you two thousand horses, if you are able on your part to set riders on them.  (24)  “How then can you repulse one official of the least of my master’s servants, and rely on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?  (25)  “Have I now come up without the LORD’S approval against this place to destroy it? The LORD said to me, ‘Go up against this land and destroy it.'”‘”  (26)  Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebnah and Joah, said to Rabshakeh, “Speak now to your servants in Aramaic, for we understand it; and do not speak with us in Judean in the hearing of the people who are on the wall.”  (27)  But Rabshakeh said to them, “Has my master sent me only to your master and to you to speak these words, and not to the men who sit on the wall, doomed to eat their own dung and drink their own urine with you?”  (28)  Then Rabshakeh stood and cried with a loud voice in Judean, saying, “Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria.  (29)  “Thus says the king, ‘Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you from my hand;  (30)  nor let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, “The LORD will surely deliver us, and this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.”  (31)  ‘Do not listen to Hezekiah, for thus says the king of Assyria, “Make your peace with me and come out to me, and eat each of his vine and each of his fig tree and drink each of the waters of his own cistern,  (32)  until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive trees and honey, that you may live and not die.” But do not listen to Hezekiah when he misleads you, saying, “The LORD will deliver us.”  (33)  ‘Has any one of the gods of the nations delivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria?  (34)  ‘Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena and Ivvah? Have they delivered Samaria from my hand?  (35)  ‘Who among all the gods of the lands have delivered their land from my hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem from my hand?'”  (36)  But the people were silent and answered him not a word, for the king’s commandment was, “Do not answer him.”  (37)  Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiah with their clothes torn and told him the words of Rabshakeh.
 
Isaiah Reassures Hezekiah
2Ki 19:1-37  And when King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth and entered the house of the LORD.  (2)  Then he sent Eliakim who was over the household with Shebna the scribe and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.  (3)  They said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah, ‘This day is a day of distress, rebuke, and rejection; for children have come to birth and there is no strength to deliver.  (4)  ‘Perhaps the LORD your God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to reproach the living God, and will rebuke the words which the LORD your God has heard. Therefore, offer a prayer for the remnant that is left.'”  (5)  So the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah.  (6)  Isaiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to your master, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me.  (7)  “Behold, I will put a spirit in him so that he will hear a rumor and return to his own land. And I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.”‘”

Sennacherib Defies the Lord
(8)  Then Rabshakeh returned and found the king of Assyria fighting against Libnah, for he had heard that the king had left Lachish.  (9)  When he heard them say concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, “Behold, he has come out to fight against you,” he sent messengers again to Hezekiah saying,  (10)  “Thus you shall say to Hezekiah king of Judah, ‘Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you saying, “Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.”  (11)  ‘Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the lands, destroying them completely. So will you be spared?  (12)  ‘Did the gods of those nations which my fathers destroyed deliver them, even Gozan and Haran and Rezeph and the sons of Eden who were in Telassar?  (13)  ‘Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, and of Hena and Ivvah?'”

Hezekiah’s Prayer
(14)  Then Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD.  (15)  Hezekiah prayed before the LORD and said, “O LORD, the God of Israel, who are enthroned above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.  (16)  “Incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear; open Your eyes, O LORD, and see; and listen to the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God.  (17)  “Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have devastated the nations and their lands  (18)  and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. So they have destroyed them.  (19)  “Now, O LORD our God, I pray, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O LORD, are God.”

Isaiah Prophesies Sennacherib’s Fall
(20)  Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah saying, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Because you have prayed to Me about Sennacherib king of Assyria, I have heard you.‘  (21)  “This is the word that the LORD has spoken against him: ‘She has despised you and mocked you, The virgin daughter of Zion; She has shaken her head behind you, The daughter of Jerusalem!  (22)  ‘Whom have you reproached and blasphemed? And against whom have you raised your voice, And haughtily lifted up your eyes? Against the Holy One of Israel!  (23)  ‘Through your messengers you have reproached the Lord, And you have said, “With my many chariots I came up to the heights of the mountains, To the remotest parts of Lebanon; And I cut down its tall cedars and its choice cypresses. And I entered its farthest lodging place, its thickest forest.  (24)  “I dug wells and drank foreign waters, And with the sole of my feet I dried up All the rivers of Egypt.”  (25)  ‘Have you not heard? Long ago I did it; From ancient times I planned it. Now I have brought it to pass, That you should turn fortified cities into ruinous heaps.  (26)  ‘Therefore their inhabitants were short of strength, They were dismayed and put to shame; They were as the vegetation of the field and as the green herb, As grass on the housetops is scorched before it is grown up.  (27)  ‘But I know your sitting down, And your going out and your coming in, And your raging against Me.  (28)  ‘Because of your raging against Me, And because your arrogance has come up to My ears, Therefore I will put My hook in your nose, And My bridle in your lips, And I will turn you back by the way which you came.  (29)  ‘Then this shall be the sign for you: you will eat this year what grows of itself, in the second year what springs from the same, and in the third year sow, reap, plant vineyards, and eat their fruit.  (30)  ‘The surviving remnant of the house of Judah will again take root downward and bear fruit upward.  (31)  ‘For out of Jerusalem will go forth a remnant, and out of Mount Zion survivors. The zeal of the LORD will perform this.  (32)  ‘Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, “He will not come to this city or shoot an arrow there; and he will not come before it with a shield or throw up a siege ramp against it.  (33)  “By the way that he came, by the same he will return, and he shall not come to this city,”‘ declares the LORD.  (34)  ‘For I will defend this city to save it for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.'”  (35)  Then it happened that night that the angel of the LORD went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men rose early in the morning, behold, all of them were dead.  (36)  So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and returned home, and lived at Nineveh.  (37)  It came about as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer killed him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son became king in his place.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


12 August 2017 Verse of the Day

But you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water; and I will remove sickness from your midst.  (Exodus 23:25 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Ahaz Reigns in Judah
2Ki 16:1-20  In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah, Ahaz the son of Jotham, king of Judah, became king.  (2)  Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem; and he did not do what was right in the sight of the LORD his God, as his father David had done.  (3)  But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and even made his son pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD had driven out from before the sons of Israel.  (4)  He sacrificed and burned incense on the high places and on the hills and under every green tree.  (5)  Then Rezin king of Aram and Pekah son of Remaliah, king of Israel, came up to Jerusalem to wage war; and they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome him.  (6)  At that time Rezin king of Aram recovered Elath for Aram, and cleared the Judeans out of Elath entirely; and the Arameans came to Elath and have lived there to this day.  (7)  So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, saying, “I am your servant and your son; come up and deliver me from the hand of the king of Aram and from the hand of the king of Israel, who are rising up against me.”  (8)  Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the LORD and in the treasuries of the king’s house, and sent a present to the king of Assyria.  (9)  So the king of Assyria listened to him; and the king of Assyria went up against Damascus and captured it, and carried the people of it away into exile to Kir, and put Rezin to death.  (10)  Now King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, and saw the altar which was at Damascus; and King Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the pattern of the altar and its model, according to all its workmanship.  (11)  So Urijah the priest built an altar; according to all that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus, thus Urijah the priest made it, before the coming of King Ahaz from Damascus.  (12)  When the king came from Damascus, the king saw the altar; then the king approached the altar and went up to it,  (13)  and burned his burnt offering and his meal offering, and poured his drink offering and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings on the altar.  (14)  The bronze altar, which was before the LORD, he brought from the front of the house, from between his altar and the house of the LORD, and he put it on the north side of his altar.  (15)  Then King Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, “Upon the great altar burn the morning burnt offering and the evening meal offering and the king’s burnt offering and his meal offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land and their meal offering and their drink offerings; and sprinkle on it all the blood of the burnt offering and all the blood of the sacrifice. But the bronze altar shall be for me to inquire by.”  (16)  So Urijah the priest did according to all that King Ahaz commanded.  (17)  Then King Ahaz cut off the borders of the stands, and removed the laver from them; he also took down the sea from the bronze oxen which were under it and put it on a pavement of stone.  (18)  The covered way for the sabbath which they had built in the house, and the outer entry of the king, he removed from the house of the LORD because of the king of Assyria.  (19)  Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz which he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?  (20)  So Ahaz slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David; and his son Hezekiah reigned in his place.
 
Hoshea Reigns in Israel
2Ki 17:1-41  In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah, Hoshea the son of Elah became king over Israel in Samaria, and reigned nine years.  (2)  He did evil in the sight of the LORD, only not as the kings of Israel who were before him.  (3)  Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against him, and Hoshea became his servant and paid him tribute.  (4)  But the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea, who had sent messengers to So king of Egypt and had offered no tribute to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year; so the king of Assyria shut him up and bound him in prison.  (5)  Then the king of Assyria invaded the whole land and went up to Samaria and besieged it three years.

The Fall of Israel
(6)  In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria and carried Israel away into exile to Assyria, and settled them in Halah and Habor, on the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.

Exile Because of Idolatry
(7)  Now this came about because the sons of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, who had brought them up from the land of Egypt from under the hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and they had feared other gods  (8)  and walked in the customs of the nations whom the LORD had driven out before the sons of Israel, and in the customs of the kings of Israel which they had introduced.  (9)  The sons of Israel did things secretly which were not right against the LORD their God. Moreover, they built for themselves high places in all their towns, from watchtower to fortified city.  (10)  They set for themselves sacred pillars and Asherim on every high hill and under every green tree,  (11)  and there they burned incense on all the high places as the nations did which the LORD had carried away to exile before them; and they did evil things provoking the LORD.  (12)  They served idols, concerning which the LORD had said to them, “You shall not do this thing.”  (13)  Yet the LORD warned Israel and Judah through all His prophets and every seer, saying, “Turn from your evil ways and keep My commandments, My statutes according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you through My servants the prophets.”  (14)  However, they did not listen, but stiffened their neck like their fathers, who did not believe in the LORD their God.  (15)  They rejected His statutes and His covenant which He made with their fathers and His warnings with which He warned them. And they followed vanity and became vain, and went after the nations which surrounded them, concerning which the LORD had commanded them not to do like them.  (16)  They forsook all the commandments of the LORD their God and made for themselves molten images, even two calves, and made an Asherah and worshiped all the host of heaven and served Baal.  (17)  Then they made their sons and their daughters pass through the fire, and practiced divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him.  (18)  So the LORD was very angry with Israel and removed them from His sight; none was left except the tribe of Judah.  (19)  Also Judah did not keep the commandments of the LORD their God, but walked in the customs which Israel had introduced.  (20)  The LORD rejected all the descendants of Israel and afflicted them and gave them into the hand of plunderers, until He had cast them out of His sight.  (21)  When He had torn Israel from the house of David, they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king. Then Jeroboam drove Israel away from following the LORD and made them commit a great sin.  (22)  The sons of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they did not depart from them  (23)  until the LORD removed Israel from His sight, as He spoke through all His servants the prophets. So Israel was carried away into exile from their own land to Assyria until this day.

Assyria Resettles Samaria
(24)  The king of Assyria brought men from Babylon and from Cuthah and from Avva and from Hamath and Sephar-vaim, and settled them in the cities of Samaria in place of the sons of Israel. So they possessed Samaria and lived in its cities.  (25)  At the beginning of their living there, they did not fear the LORD; therefore the LORD sent lions among them which killed some of them.  (26)  So they spoke to the king of Assyria, saying, “The nations whom you have carried away into exile in the cities of Samaria do not know the custom of the god of the land; so he has sent lions among them, and behold, they kill them because they do not know the custom of the god of the land.”  (27)  Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, “Take there one of the priests whom you carried away into exile and let him go and live there; and let him teach them the custom of the god of the land.”  (28)  So one of the priests whom they had carried away into exile from Samaria came and lived at Bethel, and taught them how they should fear the LORD.  (29)  But every nation still made gods of its own and put them in the houses of the high places which the people of Samaria had made, every nation in their cities in which they lived.  (30)  The men of Babylon made Succoth-benoth, the men of Cuth made Nergal, the men of Hamath made Ashima,  (31)  and the Avvites made Nibhaz and Tartak; and the Sepharvites burned their children in the fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech the gods of Sepharvaim.  (32)  They also feared the LORD and appointed from among themselves priests of the high places, who acted for them in the houses of the high places.  (33)  They feared the LORD and served their own gods according to the custom of the nations from among whom they had been carried away into exile.  (34)  To this day they do according to the earlier customs: they do not fear the LORD, nor do they follow their statutes or their ordinances or the law, or the commandments which the LORD commanded the sons of Jacob, whom He named Israel;  (35)  with whom the LORD made a covenant and commanded them, saying, “You shall not fear other gods, nor bow down yourselves to them nor serve them nor sacrifice to them.  (36)  “But the LORD, who brought you up from the land of Egypt with great power and with an outstretched arm, Him you shall fear, and to Him you shall bow yourselves down, and to Him you shall sacrifice.  (37)  “The statutes and the ordinances and the law and the commandment which He wrote for you, you shall observe to do forever; and you shall not fear other gods.  (38)  “The covenant that I have made with you, you shall not forget, nor shall you fear other gods.  (39)  “But the LORD your God you shall fear; and He will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.”  (40)  However, they did not listen, but they did according to their earlier custom.  (41)  So while these nations feared the LORD, they also served their idols; their children likewise and their grandchildren, as their fathers did, so they do to this day.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard