2 Kings 20- 25- We did it! Six books of the Old Testament and a few Psalms!
We are done!
I really enjoyed that summer reading plan!! I hope you did too.
It was great to be able to read about the rise of Israel with the first of their kings, Saul, David and Solomon (boy, that seems like a long time ago that we read about that!). And then, it was sad to read how Israel split into two kingdoms, Israel and Judah, and all the subsequent kings who didn't want to follow in the way of the Lord.
As a result, Israel is completely wiped out and then Judah, in short order, falls as well. Yet, after all that sad reading, we were left with a slight ray of hope!!!! Did you notice how the reading ended?
2 Kings 24 says that Jehoiachin is taken captive and brought to Babylon. He was 18 years old when that happened. Then 37 years later.....the King of Babylon released him from prison! What??... what came over that foreign king to speak "kindly" to Jehoiachin and give him a seat above the other seats of the kings who were with him in Babylon? (25:28)
I tell you, God is the master story teller! Finishing the reading was like finishing a movie and you just know that there is going to be a sequel because you are left with a ray of hope. Woo hoo! The Davidic line was not completely wiped out! God would never allow that to happen because He had a plan from the beginning of time. The Savior of the world would be coming from that line. It can't be wiped out!
I hope you continue with your daily reading practice. I will be taking a break from the blog so that I can focus on homework for my theology degree. I am excited about that, but I will miss reading with you all! Let's meet up again sometime in the future to read together again!
God bless you!!