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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

RMM RoundUp November 11

Thu. Nov. 10, 2016By: FBC Staff

2 Kings 24 The last three chapters of 2 Kings quickly run through the last few kings of Judah after Josiah. It is clear that Judah is fading fast into history. In chapter 24 we encounter a stark reminder about why this is happening.  “Surely this came upon Judah at the command of the Lord, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done” (2 Kings 24:2) Nebuchadnezzar was likely the instigator of the attacks upon Judah. But he and the invaders...Read More

RMM RoundUp November 4

Thu. Nov. 03, 2016By: FBC Staff

2 Kings 17 We come now to the account of Israel’s Assyrian exile. This is a lengthy and meaty chapter that would be beneficial to study in depth. But consider one of the major themes here.  Note how the unrighteous handle the warning of the wrath of God. King Hoshea sees the strength of the Assyrians. So he makes a compromise to submit and pay tribute to them. When he sees the burdened position that this puts Israel he colludes with Egypt, Israel’s original house of slavery! Instead of...Read More

RMM RoundUp October 28

Thu. Oct. 27, 2016

2 Kings 9 The Lord had proclaimed his judgment on Israel to Elijah back in 1 Kings 19:15-17 and we are watching now as it is carried out. Hazael began in 2 Kings 8 and now Jehu comes. With this we also see the fulfillment of the prophecy of Elijah that was given in 1 Kings 21:20-24 but has been delayed because of Ahab. But there’s more that we can see than just an execution of promised judgment from God to change history—even though much could be said about that. The events in this chapter...Read More

RMM RoundUp October 26

Tue. Oct. 25, 2016By: Paul Carter

2 Kings 7 This is one of my favourite stories in the Old Testament! One of the things you notice if you are a careful Bible reader is how many of the miracles of Elisha are repeated and amplified in the ministry of Jesus Christ. Elisha fed 100 men with 20 small loaves of bread - and they had some left over! Elisha raised a dead child back to life! And Elisha brought food and life to starving people with a word. All of these miracles in some way or another were repeated and enlarged upon by...Read More

RMM RoundUp October 21

Thu. Oct. 20, 2016By: FBC Staff

2 Kings 2 This has happened before. God’s people rebel against him, judgment falls on the people, and God raises up a man to deliver his people. The people reap the blessing of a rescuer and finally have a sense of hope. But then the question eventually comes, “what happens when he is no longer here?” Just as the people wondered this about Moses, the people wondered this concerning Elijah in 2 Kings 2. Everyone knew that Elijah was going to be taken. Would God be absent when he is...Read More

RMM RoundUp October 20

Thu. Oct. 20, 2016By: Paul Carter with Jody Cross

2 Kings 1 2 Kings 1 is another chapter about the northern kingdom of Israel. Indeed at times it seems that the focus of the narrative is far more on the northern kingdom than on the south. The reason for that is simple: there is not much happening in the south. The southern kingdom of Judea is enjoying long seasons of relative peace and prosperity. The 41 year reign of Asa gives way to the 25 year reign of Jehoshaphat. Both sons of David are generally good men, though not without their faults....Read More

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