Missing the Obvious

Why is it so easy to miss the obvious?  For an example of this see today’s reading:  2 Chronicles 35:1-Ezra 1:11

The enemy of our souls masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).  No wonder, without the illumination of the Holy Spirit, we miss the obvious, mistaking truth for error and error for truth.  Don’t be fooled today.

[For daily reflections on every book of the Bible get my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

Starting Well, Ending Badly (and vice versa)

Today’s reading: 2 Chronicles 32:1-34:33

Life is long (for the average person) and how you start doesn’t determine how you will end.  May you start well and end well, but if you started badly be aware that God’s grace is able to turn around any life so that it ends well.  A bad start doesn’t rule out a good finish.

[For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

 

Weekend Bible Reading

Here are our scheduled readings for the weekend.  Once again God speaks in His Word to both warn and challenge us in our daily walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Saturday, May 21 — 2 Chronicles 25:1-28:27  Dangerous Presumption

Sunday May 22  — 2 Chronicles 29:1-31:21 Wholehearted Service

For more on these passages see my book Cover to Cover:Through the Bible in 365 Days available on Amazon in either Kindle ($4.99) or print format ($12.99).

May 14-15, 2016 Weekend readings

Saturday, May 14: 1 Chronicles 26:20-29:30 “Godly Leaders and Biblical Churches”

Sunday, May 15: 2 Chronicles 1:1-5:1 “Starters and Finishers”

I will be preaching this Lord’s Day, May 15, 2016 at 10:45 AM and 6:00 PM at Grace Church, 2731 Edgewood St. Roanoke, VA  24015.  Everyone is invited.

Have a great weekend.  See you again on Monday!

[For more reflections on these passages see the corresponding readings in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

May 7-8, 2016 Weekend readings

Saturday, May 7: 1 Chronicles 7:6-8:40  “Death and Comfort”

Sunday, May 8: 1 Chronicles 9:1-11:9 “Ignorant Idols; Blinded Idolators”

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[For more reflections on these passages see the corresponding readings in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

Fleeing to Satan

Today’s reading: II Chronicles 34-36; John 19:1-22 19

15 They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” 16 So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.                                                 John 19:15-16

And they burned the house of God and broke down the wall of Jerusalem and burned all its palaces with fire and destroyed all its precious vessels. 20 He took into exile in Babylon those who had escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and to his sons until the establishment of the kingdom of Persia, 21 to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed its Sabbaths. All the days that it lay desolate it kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years.                                                                        II Chronicles 36:19-21

When people attempt to flee from God, they always flee to something else.

The margin notes in the Reformation Study Bible helpfully point out that at Jesus’ trial, the chief priests in their eagerness to rid themselves of Jesus Christ confessed to being loyal to Caesar. In other words, they forsook their professed allegiance to the Lord God as their ruler (Psalm 24; 47). God alone is ruler over all the nations and peoples of the earth. He alone is worthy of worship and praise. But the chief priests, in rejecting Christ, enthroned Caesar in their hearts and minds. Such was the level of their sin.

The people of Judah had also forsaken their God, despite the brief return to some level of faithfulness under the reign of Josiah. In fleeing from God, even by failing to honor one of His laws like the keeping of the Sabbath, they turned to other gods and other laws. God through Jeremiah told them they would pay for their negligence of the Sabbaths. They would have forced Sabbath-keeping during their seventy years of exile. This was the indictment against Judah that resulted in their captivity in Babylon.

Keep your heart with all vigilance (Proverbs 4:23) for those who abandon the Lord do not move to a neutral position spiritually and theologically, but they actually flee into the arms of Satan.