Bible in 90 Days: Week 5

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Today began the 5th week of reading through the Bible in 90 Days. I finished reading Samuel and Kings this week. I followed the story of Israel’s disobedient history until they were taken into captivity by the Assyrians and Babylonians. It’s a sad decline from David, a man after God’s own heart and Solomon when the country lived in peace and prosperity to a time when people ate their own children because of famine in the land.

One thing that has always stood out to me as I’ve read this part of Israel’s history is how many times a really good king had a really bad son. The kings of Israel were pretty much all bad. But there were kings in the line of Judah- the descendants of David- that were good. Some were really good, and they would turn the country back to God. But then the next king- the son of the really good king- would be awful. He would turn the country back to idolatry and allow the idol worship and all the evil acts to begin again.

There’s a message here for me as a parent. There is a warning. I need to make really sure that in my efforts to be the best and do the best that I’m not overlooking my first and most important job- to pass on a Christian worldview to my kids. I don’t want them just to see me do good things. I want them to know Who I am trying to serve. And I want to pass on to them that desire to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Because it really doesn’t matter what great things I’m known for accomplishing if I haven’t done that.

The reading about Israel’s history is heavy. This week I’ll finish it up with Kings and then I’ll head into the poetic books.

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