Through the Bible – Week 19

Day 127: 2 Chronicles 8:1-11:12

Q1. How many of the Israelites did Solomon put into forced labor?

Q2. Why didn’t Rehoboam listen to the older, wiser counsel in 2 Chronicles 10?

A1. Trick question: Solomon used the non-Israelites that were supposed to be driven out back in Joshua’s day. None of the Israelites were put into forced labor (2 Chronicles 8:7-9).

A2. Rehoboam’s heart was hardened by the Lord, much like He did to Pharoah during Moses’ day. This was to fulfill a prophecy that the kingdom would be divided (Israel and Judah) found in 1 Kings 11:29-39.

 

Day 128: 2 Chronicles 11:13-15:19

Q1. Why did the Levites leave Israel and move to Judah?

Q2. How did Judah enjoy so much prosperity under King Asa?

A1. Jeroboam kicked them out of Israel because they were priests of the Lord and he set up his own idols to worship. 2 Chronicles 11:13-16

A2. 2 Chronicles 14:7; Judah sought the Lord with their whole hearts and God granted them peace and prospered them.

 

Day 129: 2 Chronicles 16:1-20:13

Q1. What was wrong with Asa asking Ben-hadad, of Syria, for help?

Q2. What did King Jehoshaphat do when he heard of the great army coming up against him in 2 Chronicles 20:1-4?

A1. Asa should have asked the Lord for help first (2 Chronicles 16:7).

A2. Jehoshaphat sought the help of the Lord and proclaimed a fast for the whole country of Judah. All Judah assembled to seek the Lord.

 

Day 130: 2 Chronicles 20:14-24:14

Q1. What was Judah’s strategy in the battle of 2 Chronicles 20?

Note1. King Jehoram must have been a horrible king. It says in 2 Chronicles 21:20 …he departed with no one’s regret.

Q2. How did Athaliah become queen?

A1. 2 Chronicles 20:17; they didn’t even have to fight. The Lord won the battle before Judah even arrived at the battlefield.

A2. 2 Chronicles 22:10; while Jehu was executing judgement on the house of Ahab, Ahaziah was killed along with them. Ahaziah’s mother took the throne after destroying all of the royal family of the house of Judah.

 

Day 131: 2 Chronicles 24:15-28:27

Q1. Why did Amaziah kill only the people that killed his father and not their families along with them?

Q2. Who was the prophet that told Israel that they had gone too far in their treatment of Judah after they had defeated Judah (2 Chronicles 28:5-15)

Note1. As Ahaz’s world is coming down around him, he become more faithless to the Lord instead of running to Him in repentance (2 Chronicles 28:22).

A1. 2 Chronicles 25:4; Amaziah was following one of the Mosaic laws saying a child shall not die for the sins of their parents (Deuteronomy 24:16).

A2. 2 Chronicles 28:9; his name was Oded.

 

Day 132: 2 Chronicles 29-31

Note1. 2 Chronicles 29:2; this seems like a great honor, to be compared to David and all David did.

Note2. Hezekiah used the restoration of the Temple as a chance to reunite the northern kingdom of Israel with the southern kingdom of Judah, even if it was not permanent.

Q1. Why wasn’t the Lord’s anger provoked when the northerners came and participated in the Passover without being ceremonially cleansed.

A1. 2 Chronicles 30:17-20; because of Hezekiah’s intercession and the hearts of the people, God was merciful!

 

Day 133: 2 Chronicles 32:1-35:19

Q1. What was the difference between Judah’s God and the gods of all the nations that Assyria had conquered?

Note1. King Manasseh’s “claim to fame” seems to be the intensity of his repentance.

A1. 2 Chronicles 32:19; the gods of the other nations are the work of men’s hands. Judah worshiped the Creator instead of the created! (Romans 1:21-23)

Through the Bible – Week 18

Day 120: 1 Chronicles 11:22-15:29

Note1. See Week 14, Day 92 of this study. 2 Samuel 6 mirrors 1 Chronicles 13:5-14

Note2. 1 Chronicles 15 adds a little detail to the same story from 2 Samuel 6:12-19.

 

Day 121: 1 Chronicles 16:1-19:9

Note1. David realizes, in 1 Chronicles 17:16-27, that anything great in his life is 100% the work of God.

Note2. 1 Chronicles 19:1-9 parallels 2 Samuel 10:1-6

 

Day 122: 1 Chronicles 19:10-23:11

Note1. 1 Chronicles 21 parallels 2 Samuel 24.

Q1. Why didn’t Joab include the Levites and the Benjaminites in the census?

Q2. How did David choose the building site of the temple?

Q3. Why was David not allowed to build the Temple?

A1. 1 Chronicles 21:6; Joab found the king’s command abhorrent.

A2. 1 Chronicles 21:15-22:1; after David’s sin of the census, the angel of the Lord is about to destroy Jerusalem, but God relented. The angel was standing by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. The angel tells Gad to have David build an altar there. This is where David wants to build the Temple.

A3. Solomon would build the Temple but not his father, David. David had shed so much blood that the Lord would not let him build the Temple (1 Chronicles 22:8).

 

Day 123: 1 Chronicles 23:12-26:19

Note1. 1 Chronicles 24:1-19; David has organized the priests into 24 shifts.

Note2. Even though David is not allowed to build the Temple, he is allowed to make preparations for the Temple to be built.

 

Day 124: 1 Chronicles 26:20-29:19

Note1. 1 Chronicles 27:24; this is the same census that was David’s sin, in 1 Chronicles 21:6.

Note2. 1 Chronicles 28:20; David gives his son some great advice. My favorite is “do not be afraid and do not be dismayed…” He is saying don’t fear and don’t break down because the God he has served his whole life is now with you.

Note3. 1 Chronicles 29:9; the people rejoiced because they had given willingly. To the Israelites, giving was a form a worship and part of praising their God.

 

Day 125: 1 Chronicles 29:20-30; 2 Chronicles 1:1-4:10

Note1. 2 Chronicles 1:7-13; this account is also found in 1 Kings 3.

Note2. 2 Chronicles 3 is a short summary of 1 Kings 6.

 

Day 126: 2 Chronicles 4:11-7:22

Q1. How much bronze was used in the building of the Temple?

Q2. What was in the ark of the covenant of the Lord when brought into the Temple?

A1. Solomon used too much bronze to measure! (2 Chronicles 4:18)

A2. In Exodus 16:32-34 and Numbers 17:10-11, Aaron’s rod and a jar of manna were kept along with the Ten Commandments in the ark. Now it appears only the Ten Commandments are still in there.

Through the Bible – Week 17

 

Day 113:  2 Kings 17:19-19:24

Q1. Was Hezekiah a good or bad king?

Note1. The Israelites were never meant to worship or give offerings to the bronze serpent of Moses. It is interesting that they kept it all this time (Numbers 21:4-9).

A1. 2 Kings 18:3-6; unlike Asa and Jehoshaphat, who were like David except for certain things, Hezekiah was more like David than any other king.

 

Day 114: 2 Kings 19:25-23:9

Q1. Why does God promise to keep a remnant from Jerusalem?

Note1. 2 Kings 20:19; Hezekiah seems more concerned with peace and security for himself than freedom for his kingdom.

Q2. How old was Josiah when he began to reign?

Q3. Was Josiah a good king or bad?

A1. 2 Kings 19:34; God will always rescue and preserve a remnant of the Israelites for His own sake and to keep His promise to David.

A2. 2 Kings 22:1; Josiah was 8 years old.

A3. 2 Kings 22:2; Josiah walked in all the way of David.

 

Day 115: 2 Kings 23:10-25:30; 1 Chronicles 1:1-16

Q1. After all that Josiah did for the Lord, was it enough to make up for everything that his forefather, Manasseh, had done?

Q2. Assyria had conquered Israel. Which country conquered Judah?

A1. 2 Kings 23:26; God was pleased with Josiah, but His anger still burned against Judah for everything that Manasseh had done.

A2. 2 Kings 24:10-17; Babylon captured Judah

 

Day 116: 1 Chronicles 1:17-3:9

Q1. How many older brothers did David have?

Note1. Reflect on how important history must have been to the Israelites to keep such detailed records of genealogies.

A1. 1 Chronicles 2:13-15; David was seventh, so he had 6 older brothers.

 

Day 117: 1 Chronicles 3:10-6:30

Note1. The Caleb in 1 Chronicles 4:15 is the same Caleb that went to spy out the land of Canaan along with Joshua and 10 others (Numbers 13).

Q1. Why wasn’t Reuben, Israel’s firstborn, not enrolled as the oldest son?

Q2. Who is the chief that came from the tribe of Judah in 1 Chronicles 5:2?

A1. 1 Chronicles 5:1-2; these verses recap what happened in Genesis 35:22, 49:4, and Genesis 48:15-22. Reuben defiled his father’s couch by laying with his father’s concubine.

A2. Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:6. The chief could be referring to David or Jesus or both!

 

Day 118: 1 Chronicles 6:31-8:28

Note1. 1 Chronicles 7:15; remember Zelophehad who had only daughters when the inheritances of land were being assigned (Numbers 27:1-11).

 

Day 119: 4/29 1 Chronicles 8:29-11:21

Q1. Why did Saul die (1 Chronicles 10:13-14)?

A1. Saul died for not keeping God’s commandments, seeking guidance from a medium, and not seeking guidance from the Lord.

Through the Bible – Week 16

Week 16 (Day 106-112)

Day 106: 1 Kings 18:1-20:25

Q1. What options does Elijah present to Israel in 1 Kings 18:21?

Note1. Even the greatest of prophets have times when self-doubt attacks. Elijah just took on hundreds of false prophets but now is afraid of a queen’s threats (1 Kings 19:3).

A1. Follow God or follow something else. Joshua presented a similar choice in Joshua 24:14-15. Jesus said no one can serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). The one option that no one is presented is neutrality! Who do you choose today?

 

Day 107: 1 Kings 20:26-22:36

Q1. Why was Ahab to lose his life?

Q2. Why did Ahab hate Micaiah the prophet?

Note1. King Ahab dies in battle after disguising himself as a soldier. This is very similar to the way his death was prophesied in 1 Kings 20:38-43.

A1. 1 Kings 20:42; Ahab let Ben-hadad go when the Lord had appointed him to destruction.

A2. 1 Kings 22:8; the king hates Micaiah because he never prophesies good for the king. That doesn’t mean that Micaiah is wrong.

 

Day 108: 1 Kings 22:37-53; 2 Kings 1:1-4:28

Q1. What was the hard thing that Elisha asked from Elijah?

Note1. Sometimes we think we only have access to God on certain days like the man thought about Elisha in 2 Kings 4:23. We need to realize that God wants to hear from us any time of day and any day of the week, just as the woman realized about Elisha.

A1. Elisha asked for a double portion of the spiritual power that Elijah has.

 

Day 109: 2 Kings 4:29-8:15

Note1. Naaman’s pride almost cost him his healing in 2 Kings 5:1-14.

Q1. What was Gehazi’s punishment for his greed?

Q2. How did Elisha’s prophecy of the captain seeing the promise of food, but not eating of it, come true?

A1. Gehazi would contract leprosy.

A2. The captain was trampled by the crowd going out to get the food (2 Kings 7:17-20).

 

Day 110: 2 Kings 8:16-10:24

Q1. With all the evil that the kings of Judah are doing, why was God unwilling to destroy Judah?

A1. 2 Kings 8:19; God was keeping His promise to David.

 

Day 111: 2 Kings 10:25-14:10

Q1. Jehoash (Joash) did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. He was a good king. How was he able to do this?

Q2. What happened to the corpse that was thrown into the same grave as Elisha’s body?

Note1. It seems as though David is the gold standard for kings after reading 2 Kings 14:3.

A1. 2 Kings 12:2; Jehoash had Jehoiada the priest to guide him. We all need help and accountability. Even with this help, he still neglected to take away the high places which the Israelites used for sacrifices. The Israelites were supposed to only bring sacrifices to the Temple for the priests to offer.

A2. 2 Kings 13:21; the man came back to life.

 

Day 112: 2 Kings 14:11-17:18

Note1. The promise mentioned in 2 Kings 15:12 is from 2 Kings 10:30.

Q1. The nation of Israel has now been conquered and only 1 of the 12 tribes is left. Which one?

Q2. Should the Israelites have been surprised that they had been conquered?

A1. 2 Kings 17:18; Judah is the only tribe left. The other tribes have been taken into captivity.

A2. 2 Kings 17:13; God gave them plenty of warning.

Through the Bible – Week 15

 

Day 99: 2 Samuel 24:18-25; 1 Kings 1:1-2:18

Q1. Why wouldn’t David accept the gift from Araunah?

Q2. Why did Adonijah fear his brother, Solomon?

A1. 2 Samuel 24:24; Araunah was offering David everything he needed to make the sacrifices to God. David wouldn’t offer up anything to the Lord except that which cost him something. David did compensate Araunah for everything.

A2. Adonijah tried to take the throne without giving David a choice as to who would succeed him. After Solomon was anointed as the true king, Adonijah would be considered an enemy of the new king.

 

Day 100: 1 Kings 2:19-4:19

Note1. Notice how much respect Solomon has for his mother in 1 Kings 2:19.

Q1. Why did Solomon have Adonijah to death?

Q2. Why did Solomon ask the Lord for a wise and discerning mind, when God was going to give him anything he wants?

A1. Abishag was one of David’s concubines and back then, lying with the king’s concubines was equivalent to claiming the throne (2 Samuel 16:20-22).

A2. 1 Kings 3:7; Solomon sees himself unable to lead a nation because of his age. He knows that he has a lot to learn about being king. Sometimes it takes great wisdom to know that you are not that wise.

 

Day 101: 1 Kings 4:20-7:39

Q1. How much time has passed between creation and the start of the Temple construction?

Q2. How long did it take to build the Temple?

A1. From Day 16 of this study, we know that from creation to Jacob (Israel) bringing his family to Egypt was 2236 years, Exodus 12:40 tells us that the Israelites were in Egypt 430 years and then 480 years from 1 Kings 6:1 and the answer is 3146 years, since creation.

A2. The foundation was laid in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign (1 Kings 6:1) and it was finished in the eleventh year (1 Kings 6:38). It took 7 years.

 

Day 102: 1 Kings 7:40-9:9

Q1. What was in the ark of the covenant of the Lord as it was brought into the Temple?

Note1. Solomon’s wisdom reminds him that foreigners will hear of the name of the Lord and will come to worship (1 Kings 8:41-43).

Note2. 1 Kings 8:46; See Romans 3:23.

A1. In Exodus 16:32-34, Numbers 17:10-11, and Hebrews 9:4 we learn that the ark contained Aaron’s staff, a jar of manna, and the tablets containing the Ten Commandments. However, in 1 Kings 8:9, we learn that the staff and manna had been lost and only the tablets of stone containing the Ten Commandments were left.

 

Day 103: 1 Kings 9:10-11:25

Note1. Deuteronomy 17:14-17; God gives warnings to future kings of Israel and Solomon is falling into a trap of being led astray by his foreign wives and their false gods.

Q1. Did God rip the entire kingdom from Solomon’s bloodline?

A1. No. For the sake of his father David, God would still allow 1 of the 12 tribes to be ruled by Solomon’s son. God would keep His promise to David that his throne would be established forever (2 Samuel 7:15-16).

 

Day 104: 1 Kings 11:26-13:34

Q1. When the kingdom divides, who will be king of each division?

Q2. Which of the 12 tribes belong to which kingdom?

Q3. What was the name of the prophesied king?

Note1. Chapter 13 is the account of a prophet and a man of God. The man of God is punished for breaking God’s command even though the prophet lied to him. We must remember that even if an angel appears to us and proclaims something different from the Word of God, we must stay true to the Word (Galatians 1:6-10).

A1. Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, will rule one kingdom and Jeroboam will rule the other.

A2. The kingdom of Judah comprised of the tribe of Judah and ruled by Solomon’s son Rehoboam. All of the other tribes became the kingdom of Israel and ruled by Jeroboam.

A3. The future king’s name is Josiah (1 Kings 13:2).

 

Day 105: 1 Kings 14-17

Q1. Was King Asa good or bad?

Note1. Notice how many evil kings come and go while Asa, a good king, had a long reign.

Q2. Was King Ahab good or bad?

Note2. 1 Kings 16:34; remember what Joshua said about Jericho (Joshua 6:26).

A1. 1 Kings 15:11; good.

A2. 1 Kings 16:30; Ahab was worse than all the men before him.

Through the Bible – Week 14

 

Day 92: 2 Samuel 3:1-6:11

Q1. Why did Joab kill Abner?

Q2. Why did David mourn so much at Abner’s funeral?

Q3. How did Uzzah die?

A1. Joab was one of David’s high ranking officials. Abner was one of Saul’s high ranking officials. Abner was going to persuade all of Israel to follow David even though he was working for Saul. Joab thought Abner was just trying to gain intelligence to report back to Saul. Also, Abner killed Joab’s brother, Asahel in the battle of Gibeon (2 Samuel 3:30).

A2. David was genuinely grieved at Abner’s death, but David wanted all of Israel to know that it was not his will that Abner was killed.

A3. He touched the ark of God. God gave very specific directions for carrying the ark in Exodus 25:14-15. The Israelites had not been transporting the ark as they were supposed to.

 

Day 93: 2 Samuel 6:12-10:19

Q1. David wants to build a temple for the Lord to dwell in, instead of the tent. Who will actually build this temple for the Lord?

Q2. Who was Mephibosheth and why did David want to show him kindness?

A1. Solomon, David’s son, will become king and build the temple (2 Samuel 7:12-13).

A2. Mephibosheth was son of Jonathan, who was the son of Saul (2 Samuel 9:6). Remember Jonathan was like a brother to David (1 Samuel 18) and David wanted to show kindness to someone of Saul’s family, for Jonathan’s sake. Also remember that David promised in 1 Samuel 20 that he wouldn’t destroy Saul’s family.

 

Day 94: 2 Samuel 11-13

Q1. Where was David supposed to be when he first saw Bathsheba?

Note1. Uriah showed a lot of character after David called him home from battle.

Q2. How did David handle the sin he committed?

Note1. God graciously forgave David, but he still had to face the consequences of his actions.

Note2. As a parent that has lost a child, 2 Samuel 12:23 is a verse that I hold onto dearly. David knows that he will get to see his baby again, someday.

Q3. Why did Joab call for David to join his army at the Ammonite city of Rabbah?

A1. David was supposed to be with his army, in battle. Instead he stayed home and was probably bored (2 Samuel 11:2; …David arose from his couch). How many temptations come upon us when we are bored?

A2. Instead of taking responsibility for his sin, coveting and adultery, he tried to cover it up with another sin, murder.

A3. We already know that David doesn’t go with army (2 Samuel 11:1). Joab wants David to come to the battle so that the king gets credit for the victory, not Joab.

 

Day 95: 2 Samuel 14-16

Note1. 2 Samuel 14; Joab could tell that David was missing his son, Absalom. He used the woman of Tekoa to get the king to bring Absalom back to Jerusalem.

Note2. 2 Samuel 15; it seems as though this chapter is about Absalom “brainwashing” Israel so that he can take over as king.

Note3. 2 Samuel 16; Absalom returns to Jerusalem and publicly claims the throne by going in to his father David’s concubines.

 

Day 96: 2 Samuel 17-19

Q1. Why did Hushai’s advice sound so much better than Ahithophel’s?

Note1. Joab confronts David because David’s behavior suggests that he would be happier if Joab and all his men were dead and Absalom were still alive (2 Samuel 19:6).

A1. 2 Samuel 17:14; following Ahithophel’s advice would have left Absalom safe back at home. Hushai’s advice puts Absalom in the middle of the entire conflict. The Lord made Hushai’s advice sound better because He wanted to bring harm upon Absalom.

 

Day 97: 2 Samuel 20:1-22:34

Note1. 2 Samuel 20:10; David replaced Joab with Amasa, as leader of David’s army.

Q1. Why was there famine in the land?

Note1. After everything David has survived, it might be tempting to think that he is clever or cunning. David’s song in 2 Samuel 22 wants everyone to know that it is always the Lord that delivered him and nothing in himself.

A1. 2 Samuel 20:1; God brought the famine because Saul broke an oath with the Gibeonites and killed them (Joshua 9).

 

Day 98: 2 Samuel 22:35-24:17

Note1. David is listing some of the greatest warriors that he has ever fought with in 2 Samuel 23:8-39. It is interesting that the last man he lists is Uriah the Hittite. Uriah was Bathsheba’s husband that David had killed (2 Samuel 11).

Q1. Why was a census such a great sin?

A1. The Lord wanted David to depend on Him to supply the men he needed for any given battle. A census would probably also feed David’s pride in all of the people under his command. David realizes what Joab had already told him, that this was wrong.

Through the Bible – Week 13

Day 85: 1 Samuel 12:19-14:42

Note1. We see another wonderful example of God’s grace in 1 Samuel 12:22.

Q1. What was Saul’s punishment for offering an unlawful sacrifice?

Q2. Who was Jonathan?

A1. 1 Samuel 13:13-14; Saul will lose his position as king. God’s appointed leaders face harsh punishments because He holds them to a higher standard (Numbers 20:8-12).

A2. Jonathan was Saul’s son.

 

Day 86: 1 Samuel 14:43-17:25

Note1. 1 Samuel 15:22; as much as God is pleased with the sacrifices of His people, He is even more pleased by heart of obedience.

Note2. David, as Saul’s armor-bearer, would have a very close relationship with Saul.

Note3. Remember in Joshua 11:21-22, Gath was the only city where some of the Anakim, or giants, still remained.

 

Day 87: 1 Samuel 17:26-19:24

Note1. We can be as bold as David was with Goliath. We receive the permanent presence of the Holy Spirit when we confess Jesus as our Lord. David was the only person in the Old Testament to have the permanent presence of the Holy Spirit (1 Samuel 16:13).

Q1. How did Saul plan on getting rid of David since David was so popular among Israel?

A1. Saul knew that it would be bad for him to go after David, so Saul kept sending David into battle, hoping the Philistines would kill him (1 Samuel 18:17).

 

Day 88: 1 Samuel 20-22

Note1. Jonathan was risking his life to help David escape Jonathan’s father.

Q1. Why was Saul surprised that Jonathan was helping David?

A1. 1 Samuel 20:31; Saul thought Jonathan valued the throne more than his friendship with David.

 

Day 89: 1 Samuel 23:1-25:31

Note1. 1 Samuel 23:1-2; the first thing David does when there is a problem is inquire of the Lord.

Q1. Why didn’t David seize the opportunity to kill Saul while he was vulnerable?

Q2. David vows to kill Nabal and every male in his family. David is thankful to God and Abigail that she persuades him to give up on vengeance. Doesn’t David still have to fulfill his vow?

A1. 1 Samuel 24:6; David had the utmost respect for anyone that was the Lord’s anointed.

A2. It is better to break a vow than commit the sin that was vowed, hastily. Jephthah should have lived by this principle (Judges 11:29-40).

 

Day 90: 1 Samuel 25:32-30:10

Q1. Why did no one notice David and Abishai sneaking into Saul’s camp?

Q2. Did Saul really talk to Samuel’s spirit?

A1. 1 Samuel 26:12; a deep sleep from the Lord had fallen upon them. God knew that David would not kill Saul. David decided to let the Lord deal with Saul.

A2. There is a lot of debate about this. Was the witch really able to summon the dead or did God just allow her to this one time for His purpose? The true test of a prophet is if their prophecy comes true (Deuteronomy 18:15-22). Did Samuel’s prophecy of Saul’s death along with his sons come true? See 1 Samuel 31. The spirit seems to have really been Samuel.

 

Day 91: 1 Samuel 30:11-31:13; 2 Samuel 1-2

Note1. David’s army in 1 Samuel 30:22 didn’t want to give any of the spoils of war to the men who were too tired to fight. David knew the spoil was not from his armies’ might, but from God, so all shall share in it.

Through the Bible – Week 12

This week you’ll finish Judges and Ruth. Next is 1 Samuel.

Day 78: Judges 14-16

Q1. Judges 14:4; how could God cause Samson to desire a Philistine when He says that the Israelites shall not do this? Is this a contradiction?

Q2. What made Samson’s hair so powerful?

A1. God forbade marrying certain people groups, but the Philistines were not in this list (Deuteronomy 7:1-3).

A2. There was nothing special about his hair. His power came from the Lord.

 

Day 79: Judges 17:1-20:11

Note1. Judges 17:6 describes the state of affairs in Israel.

Note2. Judges 19:22; Israel has become as bad as Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:4-9)

 

Day 80: Judges 20:12-21:25; Ruth 1:1-2:13

Q1. Which tribe of Israel was almost wiped out in Judges 20?

Note1. Naomi believes that the Lord is punishing her for some reason. We have probably all thought that God has turned against us at some point in our lives. Please consider when you are feeling like this, that the rest of the book of Ruth proves her wrong. Naomi becomes the grandmother of Obed, who will be the grandfather of David.

A1. The tribe of Benjamin was almost wiped out by the rest of Israel.

 

Day 81: Ruth 2:14-4:22; 1 Samuel 1

Q1. What is a redeemer (Ruth 2:20)?

A1. See Leviticus 25:23-25 and Deuteronomy 25:5-6; Boaz, as a family redeemer would be able to buy Naomi’s son’s land and keep it in the family even though both sons had died. He also would be able, through levirate marriage, to give Naomi’s husband, Elimelech, an heir to carry on his family name. Boaz and Ruth fulfilled this.

 

Day 82: 1 Samuel 2-4

Note1. God was angry at Eli because his sons were blaspheming God and Eli did nothing about it.

Note2. 1 Samuel 3:19; everything that Samuel prophesied came true making him a true prophet (Deuteronomy 18:21-22).

 

Day 83: 1 Samuel 5:1-9:10

Q1. Why did the Israelites want a king?

A1. There were a few reasons. The Israelites thought Samuel was too old to be their leader and his sons were not worthy of succeeding him. The Israelites also forsook the Lord by serving other gods and forgetting all that He had done for them. In asking for a king, the Israelites showed that they didn’t want the Lord to be their king.

 

Day 84: 1 Samuel 9:11-12:18

Note1. 1 Samuel 11; Israel was ready to give their right eyes to be slaves to Nahash the Ammonite. This series of events leads to Saul proving himself and being accepted by Israel as their king.

Through the Bible – Week 11

This week you’ll finish Joshua and start Judges!

Day 71: Joshua 18:1-21:12

Note1. It’s interesting to see that even though the Israelites didn’t have surveying equipment, they still kept accurate records of their parcels of land.

Note2. Joshua 19:15; Bethlehem is a northerly village not to be confused with the more famous Bethlehem in Judah. (ESV Study Bible)

 

Day 72: Joshua 21:13-23:16

Q1. Why does God make such grand promises? Hint: Joshua 21:45

Note1. Notice how quickly Satan can turn brother against brother in Joshua 22:12.

Q2. How was war avoided?

A1. God wants to establish His track record and assure us that He is trustworthy. He promises miracles and always comes through. We have no reason to doubt Him.

A2. Confrontation is healthy. It allowed the 10 tribes of Israel to realize a huge misunderstanding. Leviticus 19:17

 

Day 73: Joshua 24; Judges 1-2

Q1. Should Israel be proud of their army after defeating all of these nations? Hint: Joshua 24:12

Note1. Joshua 24:32; Joseph’s final wish is granted (Genesis 50:25, Exodus 13:19). (ESV Study Bible)

Note2. Judges 1:12; this is the same Caleb that was one of the 12 spies who surveyed the Promised Land over 40 years earlier. He was only 1 of 2 that had the faith to give a good report. Joshua was the other.

Note3. Judges 2:2-3; we can see this being fulfilled even to this day in Israel.

Q2. How many generations passed before Israel forgot the Lord?

A1. Israel should boast in the Lord and give Him all praises. The victories were from His power not Israel’s army.

A2. The generation that saw all the wonders of the Lord had passed and the very next generation forgot Him and turned away from Him (Judges 2:7-10).

 

Day 74: Judges 3-5

Q1. Why did the Lord leave some nations living among the Israelites?

Note1. Judges 3:6 was in direct violation of Exodus 34:12-16.

A1. Judges 3:2 says the only reason was to train Israel’s army. Judges 3:4 says the reason was to know if Israel would obey God’s commandments. I wonder if choosing to follow the Lord’s commandments was the main component of preparing Israel’s army for battle.

 

Day 75: Judges 6-7

Q1. Judges 6:15; how many times do we think like Gideon and believe that God is going to recruit the biggest and the strongest to accomplish His will? Who gets the glory if the biggest and strongest wins the day? Who gets the glory if the smallest and weakest wins the battle?

Note1. God had already shown Gideon the angel, and His protection, as Gideon starts obeying God’s commands. God continues to show grace to Gideon by offering 2 more miracles, according his request.

A1. If there is no logical explanation for a person capable of doing great things, then the only conclusion left is that God must have stepped in and shown His power. It is then that everyone recognizes God’s mighty hand.

 

Day 76: Judges 8-9

Note1. We must constantly fight idolatry. We must never let our guard down. Everything that God did through Gideon is quickly forgotten after Gideon passes away. Idolatry can be so powerful that it makes us forget the times in our life that we have been rescued.

Note2. Remember Jerubbaal is another name for Gideon.

 

Day 77: Judges 10-13

Note1. “The people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord…” (Judges 10:6). Do you see a pattern here?

Note2. There was no reason that Japhtheh had to keep his vow from Judges 11:30-31. Leviticus 5:4-6 talks about a sin offering that a person can bring for making a rash oath.

Through the Bible – Week 10

This week you’ll finish Deuteronomy and begin Joshua!

Day 64: Deuteronomy 29:1-32:14

Q1. Who would take over leading the Israelites since Moses could not enter the Promised Land?

A1. Deuteronomy 31:23; Joshua would take over. This is the same Joshua who was one of the 12 spies sent to survey the land that the Lord was about to give them.

 

Day 65: Deuteronomy 32:15-34:12; Joshua 1:1-9

Q1. How old was Moses when he died?

A1. Deuteronomy 34:7; Moses was 120 years old when he died.

 

Day 66: Joshua 1:10-4:24

Q1. Was it wrong for Rahab to lie about the spies she was hiding?

Q2. What was Israel’s sign that God would be with them as they crossed the Jordan river into the Promised Land?

A1. This is one of my favorite questions. The answer is not so simple, but that’s okay. The ESV Study Bible mentions that ruses are used to gain tactical advantage during war time and Joshua himself uses one in Joshua 8:5-8. Rahab protecting the spies shows her allegiance to the Lord along with her profession of faith in Joshua 2:9-14. So it could be said that Rahab was helping the spies in their warfare. Rahab has the honor of being listed in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1:3. I remember 1 Samuel 16:7 that reminds us that God sees the heart, so whatever we may think of Rahab’s decision, God saw what was truly in her heart.

A2. Joshua 3:10-13; the waters of the Jordan will stop once the priests that carry the ark enter the water.

 

Day 67: Joshua 5:1-8:23

Q1. When did the manna stop falling each morning for the Israelites?

Note1. After reading Joshua 6:26, read 1 Kings 16:34.

A1. Joshua 5:12; the day after their first Passover in the Promised Land.

 

Day 68: Joshua 8:24-11:9

Note1. The ceremony in Joshua 8:30-35 is the same ceremony that Moses commanded in Deuteronomy 27:1-8

Q1. Joshua and Israel were told not to make any covenants with the inhabitants of the land (Deuteronomy 7:1-2). Was Joshua innocent of breaking this since the Gibeonites deceived him? Hint: Joshua 9:14

Q2. What would become of the Gibeonites after this covenant was made?

A1. Joshua was without excuse because neither he nor Israel sought the counsel of the Lord.

A2. Joshua 9:27; the Gibeonites would be servants for the Tabernacle.

 

Day 69: Joshua 11:10-14:15

Q1. Why was cutting down the Anakim such a big deal in Joshua 11:21?

Q2. Joshua left some of the Anakim remaining in the land (Joshua 11:22). Why is it interesting that one of the cities was Gath?

Note1. Joshua 14:6-15; Remember Caleb and Joshua were the two spies who had faith in God that Israel could defeat the inhabitants of the Promised Land (Numbers 13).

A1. The Anakim were the giants that 10 of the 12 spies were afraid of and made Israel too scared to attack (Numbers 13:33).

A2. 1 Samuel 17:4; Goliath was from Gath.

 

Day 70: Joshua 15-17

Note1. Joshua 15:3; remember Kadesh-barnea was the area they were in when they decided not to enter the Promised Land because of the spies’ report (Numbers 13:25). This was over 40 years ago.

Note2. Joshua 17:3-6; Zelophedad had no sons, but only daughters. These daughters didn’t want their father’s name to be taken away because he had no sons. They petitioned Moses and Eleazar the priest to give them land (Numbers 27:1-7) and here they receive it.