|A QUICK LOOK BACK|
They say the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. That usually means that the son is very much like the father. In Rehoboam’s case, it isn’t true. Where his father Solomon was wise and even tempered, Rehoboam is jealous and insecure. He decides to make the people fear him rather than love him. Because he deals harshly with his subjects, they break away from his kingdom and a new second kingdom has emerged. We need a score card already to keep track of the kings.
THE ROAD AHEAD
It will seem as things will get a little bit worse in each generation. Perhaps that’s why the prophets of God are now in full swing. God will send messengers to rebuke, correct, and encourage the kings. This week we continue with Elijah and Elisha. We will hear from Obadiah. We also get a taste of things to come as the Syrians invade the north and lay siege to Samaria. They do not win. The northern Kingdom of Israel holds out, but Syria will be back.
Keep reading! I’ll see you in the Bible!
WEEK 26 Reading Schedule:
Jun 25 Psalms 77, 81, 88, 93 Various Psalms of God’s Glory
Jun 26 Obadiah; Psalms 82-83 Various Psalms
Jun 27 2 Kings 1-4 More Kings, Elisha replaces Elijah
Jun 28 2 Kings 5-8 Healing of Naaman, War with Aram
Jun 29 2 Kings 9-11 Jehu’s Violent Attack on House of Ahab, Athaliah
Jun 30 2 Kings 12-13; 2 Chronicles 24 Joash Repairs the Temple
Jul 1 2 Kings 14; 2 Chronicles 25 Reigns of Uzziah and Jeroboam II