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RMM RoundUp December 31

Sat. Dec. 31, 2016

2 Chronicles 36 Today will be a day of endings. Each of the 4 chapters we read today brings a certain scene in God’s redemptive story to a close. The scene that is concluded in 2 Chronicles 36 might be titled “The Kingdom Lost”. As we have been talking about over the course of our series “After Darkness Light” the kingdom of Israel reached its high water mark under the reigns of David and Solomon. David defeated all the enemies of God’s people and Solomon built the temple and established the...Read More

RMM RoundUp December 23

Fri. Dec. 23, 2016By: FBC Staff

2 Chronicles 27-28 These 2 chapters repeat the general pattern of the Chronicles in miniature. There is the hope of some revival followed by the failure to pass on faith to the next generation. Jotham did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the days of his life. He imitated what was good about his father’s faith and he avoided his more obvious mistakes. His son Ahaz however, was another story. In chapter 28 the northern tribes of Israel and Syria were under pressure from the mighty...Read More

RMM RoundUp December 17

Sat. Dec. 17, 2016By: Paul Carter

2 Chronicles 19-20 Jehoshaphat is one of the more noteworthy reformers in David’s line.  In chapter 18 however, we are introduced to his fatal flaw.  Jehoshaphat makes a marriage alliance with the house of Ahab.  He has forgotten the example of his great grandfather Solomon: For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father (1 Kings 11:4 ESV) Jehosphaphat’s sin...Read More

RMM RoundUp December 16

Thu. Dec. 15, 2016By: FBC Staff

2 Chronicles 18 As we can see in chapter 17, Jehoshaphat was blessed by God because he walked in the ways of David. But sadly, we begin reading here that he made a marriage alliance with Ahab, the king of Israel. In 1 Kings 21, it is evident that an alliance with Ahab is not the wises move for one who desires to seek God. Other than to steering clear of the marrying of idolatrous women, Ahab gives us a few other warnings? In this chapter we notice that Ahab surrounds himself with 400...Read More

RMM Round Up December 9

Fri. Dec. 09, 2016By: FBC Staff

2 Chronicles 9  The news about Solomon had spread far and wide. It seemed that this man was the one everyone had waited for. God had surely blessed him with wisdom, wealth, and honor. The Queen of Sheba heard about him due to the extensive trade routes throughout Arabia. So she deemed it worth the long travel to see if these things were true. And she became literally speechless at the sight of it. In response, she gave lavish gifts to Solomon: 4.5 tons of gold with additional spices. But...Read More

RMM RoundUp December 7

Wed. Dec. 07, 2016By: Paul Carter

2 Chronicles 7 According to a recent Christianity Today article the most searched for Bible verse during the 2016 American Presidential election cycle was 2 Chronicles 7:14.  The verse reads as follows in the ESV: if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV) It isn’t very often that a verse from 2 Chronicles tops any...Read More

RMM RoundUp December 2

Fri. Dec. 02, 2016By: FBC Staff

 2 Chronicles 1 The Chronicler has prepared the way and now lifts Solomon up as an ideal. The negative things about Solomon that we find in Kings are left in the background and the grace of God upon his life is highlighted. He begins the account of his reign at the assembly where Solomon worships God with a thousand offerings and receives the promises of God. Not only will he have wisdom and knowledge to lead but also riches, possessions, and honor. And God faithfully gives what he has...Read More

RMM RoundUp November 25

Fri. Nov. 25, 2016By: FBC Staff

1 Chronicles 21 David has accepted his role in preparing the temple and has secured the resources for the project. Now the location of the temple is to be determined. For the most part, David has been revealed by the Chronicler in a favorable light. But here, the site of the temple is established by God’s discipline upon David’s sin.  Immediately, we see the origin of temptation: Satan. In the parallel account in 2 Samuel 24, it appears that God incites David due to his anger upon...Read More

RMM RoundUp November 18

Fri. Nov. 18, 2016By: FBC Staff

1 Chronicles 11-12 The Chronicler here tells of the rise of David as the anointed king of Israel which roughly parallels 2 Samuel 5. The theme of “all Israel” is evident from the beginning and we can see that the people are united under David as their shepherd and ruler. The king establishes the city of David from which to rule and mighty warriors rally around him to accomplish his tasks. This passage’s main point is to show God’s providence and favor in anointing David as a type of the...Read More

RMM RoundUp November 17

Wed. Nov. 16, 2016By: Paul Carter

1 Chronicles 9-10 Last year I wrote a blog called “All Scripture Is Inspired By God And Profitable - Even Leviticus!” I thought about writing a second version of that blog focused on 1 and 2 Chronicles. Why in the world are these books in the Bible? The first 9 chapters of 1 Chronicles rank among the most difficult chapters of the Bible to plow through, it is name after name after name after name. What gives? While I cannot make the argument that reading genealogies is interesting I can make...Read More

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