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Week 25 and 26 Chronological Bible Reading – 2014

Week 25 – 2014 June
Monday 23 1 Kings 12;  2 Chron. 10:1-11:17
Tuesday 24 1 Kings 13-14;  2 Chron. 11:18-12:16
Wednesday 25 1 Kings 15:1-24;  2 Chron. 13-16
Thursday 26 1 Kings 15:25-16:34;  2 Chron. 17; 1 Kings 17
Friday 27 1 Kings 18-19
Saturday 28 1 Kings 20-21
Sunday 29 1 Kings 22:1-40;  2 Chron. 18
Week 26 – 2014 June/July
Monday 30 1 Kings 22-41-53; 2 Kings 1;     2 Chron. 19:1-21:3
Tuesday July 01 2 Kings 2-4
Wednesday 02 2 Kings 5-7
Thursday 03 2 Kings 8-9;  2 Chron. 21:4-22:9
Friday 04 2 Kings 10-11;  2 Chron. 22:10-23:21
Saturday 05 Book of Joel
Sunday 06 2 Kings 12-13;  2 Chron. 24

 

Joel – Author: Joel; Date: 835 B.C

The major theme of Joel’s prophecy is the “day of the Lord” – God’s special intervention in the affairs of human history. Three facets of the day of the Lord are discernible:

1 – The historical. That is, God’s intervention in the affairs of Israel (Zephaniah 1:14-18; Joel 1:15) and in the affairs of heathen nations (Isaiah 13:6; Jeremiah 46:10; Ezekiel 30:3)

2 – The illustrative. This is where an historical incident represents a partial fulfillment, or an illustration, of the eschatological day of the Lord (Joel 2:1-11; Isaiah 13:6-13).

3 – The eschatological. The eschatological “day” includes the time of the Great Tribulation (Isaiah 4:2; 12; 19:23-25; Jeremiah 30:7-9).

Through Joel, Yahweh communicates the importance of worshiping Him in spirit and in truth, in the way God prescribes.  Israel was not sacrificing or attending to the temple properly, so God brought a locust plaque to destroy staples in the land. When the people saw what they were missing they realized how they had been neglecting Yahweh.

Primarily preachers, the prophets were sent by God to turn their contemporaries back to right living by proclaiming the law. Likewise, Joel’s primary message was to his contemporaries. Today as we read about “the day of the Lord” in Joel, we get excited about Pentecost and Armageddon. But as we begin to read the prophets, don’t miss the significance of Joel’s preaching—and that of the other prophets—to his own generation. We must not be so future oriented that we miss opportunity for current good.

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