There are five months left in this unique and crazy year. That is 153 days. What a better way to end this year than with a new Bible reading plan. Over the next five months, my plan is to read eight chapters a day: five Old Testament, one Psalm, and two New Testament. As there are 150 Psalms, my plan is based on reading one Psalm a day, creating a 150 day plan. The last three days of the year will be a buffer.
This past summer, I completed a 31/2 year Masters program. It seems a common question asked after a person completes a program of that magnitude is, “What did you learn?” To be honest, I didn’t learn much. Not because the school didn’t teach anything, they did. I read thousands of pages in dozens of books, I completed countless papers, and improved my knowledge of Greek and developed a base knowledge of Hebrew. But I don’t know if I actually learned anything.
During those two weeks, the smoke was so severe we couldn’t open the windows nor turn on the AC (our window unit does not have a good enough filter). For two weeks, we prayed for rain. For two weeks, we waited for rain.
The people of Israel waited three years for rain. I can only image what that feels like, day after day, not only needing the rain because of forest fires and smoke, but because of thirst and hunger. Rivers dried up. Wheat withered. People starved.
What I noticed today was that Jereboam was given the same promise by God that Rehoboam was. I think I was always under the impression that only Rehoboam, and his descendants, were given the promise of always having their descendant on the throne, because of David’s faithfulness, but Jereboam was given this promise as well. The difference, is that the promise to Rehoboam is not contingent on the behavior of the kings and the people where as the promise to Jereboam was.