The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday July 6, 2022 (NIV)

1 Chronicles 2:18-4:4

18 Caleb, Hezron’s son, had children with his wife Azubah, and with Jerioth. These were her sons: Jesher, Shobab, and Ardon. 19 After Azubah died, Caleb married Ephrath, who gave birth to Hur for him. 20 Hur was the father of Uri, and Uri was the father of Bezalel. 21 Later, Hezron had sexual relations with the daughter of Machir, Gilead’s father, whom he married when he was 60 years old, and she gave birth to Segub for him. 22 Segub was the father of Jair, who owned twenty-three towns in the land of Gilead, 23 but Geshur and Aram took Havvoth-jair from them, as well as Kenath and its villages, sixty towns.

All these were descendants of Machir, Gilead’s father. 24 After Hezron’s death, Caleb went to Ephrath.[a] Abijah, Hezron’s wife, bore him Ashhur, Tekoa’s father.

25 The family of Jerahmeel, Hezron’s oldest son: Ram his oldest, Bunah, Oren, Ozem, and Ahijah. 26 Jerahmeel had another wife named Atarah; she was the mother of Onam.

27 The family of Ram, Jerahmeel’s oldest son: Maaz, Jamin, and Eker.

28 Onam’s family: Shammai and Jada.

Shammai’s family: Nadab and Abishur. 29 Abishur’s wife’s name was Abihail, and she gave birth to Ahban and Molid for him.

30 Nadab’s family: Seled and Appaim, but Seled died without children.

31 Appaim’s family: Ishi.

Ishi’s family: Sheshan.

Sheshan’s family: Ahlai.

32 The family of Jada, Shammai’s brother: Jether and Jonathan, but Jether died without children.

33 Jonathan’s family: Peleth and Zaza. These were Jerahmeel’s descendants.

34 Sheshan had no sons, only daughters; but Sheshan had an Egyptian servant whose name was Jarha. 35 Sheshan gave his daughter in marriage to Jarha his servant, and she gave birth to Attai for him.

36 Attai was the father of Nathan, Nathan was the father of Zabad, 37 Zabad was the father of Ephlal, Ephlal was the father of Obed, 38 Obed was the father of Jehu, Jehu was the father of Azariah, 39 Azariah was the father of Helez, Helez was the father of Eleasah, 40 Eleasah was the father of Sismai, Sismai was the father of Shallum, 41 Shallum was the father of Jekamiah, and Jekamiah was the father of Elishama.

42 The family of Caleb, Jerahmeel’s brother: Mesha his oldest son and Ziph’s father; and his second son[b] Mareshah, Hebron’s father.

43 Hebron’s family: Korah, Tappuah, Rekem, and Shema. 44 Shema was the father of Raham, Jorkeam’s father; and Rekem was the father of Shammai.

45 Shammai’s son: Maon; Maon was Beth-zur’s father. 46 Ephah, Caleb’s secondary wife, gave birth to Haran, Moza, and Gazez. Haran was the father of Gazez.

47 Jahdai’s family: Regem, Jotham, Geshan, Pelet, Ephah, and Shaaph. 48 Maacah, Caleb’s secondary wife, gave birth to Sheber and Tirhanah. 49 She also gave birth to Shaaph, Madmannah’s father; and to Sheva, Machbenah and Gibea’s father. Caleb’s daughter was Achsah. 50 These were Caleb’s descendants.

The family of Hur, Ephrathah’s oldest son: Shobal, Kiriath-jearim’s father; 51 Salma, Bethlehem’s father; and Hareph, Beth-gader’s father.

52 Shobal, Kiriath-jearim’s father, had a family: Haroeh, and the ancestor of half of the Menuhoth.[c] 53 Kiriath-jearim’s clans: the Ithrites, the Puthites, the Shumathites, and the Mishraites. From these came the Zorathites and the Eshtaolites.

54 The family of Salma, Bethlehem’s father:[d] the Netophathites, Atroth-beth-joab, half of the Manahathites, and the Zorites.

55 The clans of the scribes who lived at Jabez: the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and the Sucathites. They were Kenites who descended from Hammath, Beth-rechab’s father.

David’s line

This is David’s family born to him in Hebron: the oldest Amnon, with Ahinoam the Jezreelite; the second Daniel, with Abigail the Carmelite; the third Absalom son of Maacah, the daughter of Geshur’s King Talmai; the fourth Adonijah, Haggith’s son; the fifth Shephatiah, with Abital; the sixth Ithream, with his wife Eglah. Six were born to him in Hebron, where he reigned for seven and a half years. He also reigned in Jerusalem for thirty-three years. These were born to him in Jerusalem: Shimea, Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon—four from Bath-shua, Ammiel’s daughter; Ibhar, Eli-shama, Eliphelet, Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet—nine in all. This was all of David’s family, except for his secondary wives’ children. Tamar was their sister.

10 The descendants[e] of Solomon: Rehoboam, his son Abijah, his son Asa, his son Jehoshaphat, 11 his son Joram, his son Ahaziah, his son Joash, 12 his son Amaziah, his son Azariah, his son Jotham, 13 his son Ahaz, his son Hezekiah, his son Manasseh, 14 his son Amon, and his son Josiah.

15 Josiah’s family: the oldest Johanan, the second Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, and the fourth Shallum.

16 Jehoiakim’s family: his son Jeconiah and his son Zedekiah.

17 The family of Jeconiah the prisoner: Shealtiel his son; 18 Malchiram, Pedaiah, Shenazzar, Jekamiah, Hoshama, and Nedabiah.

19 Pedaiah’s family: Zerubbabel and Shimei.

Zerubbabel’s family:[f] Meshullam, Hananiah, and their sister Shelomith; 20 Hashubah, Ohel, Berechiah, Hasadiah, and Jushab-hesed—these five also.

21 Hananiah’s family:[g] Pelatiah, Jeshaiah, Rephaiah’s family, Arnan’s family, Obadiah’s family, and Shecaniah’s family.

22 Shecaniah’s family: Shemaiah and his family, Hattush, Igal, Bariah, Neariah, and Shaphat—six in all.

23 Neariah’s family: Elioenai, Hizkiah, and Azrikam—three in all.

24 Elioenai’s family: Hodaviah, Eliashib, Pelaiah, Akkub, Johanan, Delaiah, and Anani—seven in all.

Judah’s line

Judah’s family: Perez, Hezron, Caleb,[h] Hur, and Shobal.

Shobal’s son Reaiah was Jahath’s father, and Jahath was the father of Ahumai and Lahad. These were the Zorathite clans.

This was Etam’s family:[i] Jezreel, Ishma, and Idbash. Their sister’s name was Hazzelelponi. Penuel was Gedor’s father, and Ezer was Hushah’s father.

This was the family of Hur the oldest son of Ephrathah, Bethlehem’s father:

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Chronicles 2:24 LXX, Vulg; MT in Caleb-ephrathah
  2. 1 Chronicles 2:42 Or the family of
  3. 1 Chronicles 2:52 Heb lacks the ancestor of.
  4. 1 Chronicles 2:54 Cf 2:51; Heb lacks father.
  5. 1 Chronicles 3:10 LXX, Syr; MT son
  6. 1 Chronicles 3:19 LXX, Syr; MT son
  7. 1 Chronicles 3:21 LXX, Syr, Tg; MT son
  8. 1 Chronicles 4:1 Cf 1 Chron 2:19; MT Carmi
  9. 1 Chronicles 4:3 LXX; MT father
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Acts 24

Paul’s trial before Felix

24 Five days later the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and a lawyer named Tertullus. They pressed charges against Paul before the governor. After the governor summoned Paul, Tertullus began to make his case against him. He declared, “Under your leadership, we have experienced substantial peace, and your administration has brought reforms to our nation. Always and everywhere, most honorable Felix, we acknowledge this with deep gratitude. I don’t want to take too much of your time, so I ask that you listen with your usual courtesy to our brief statement of the facts. We have found this man to be a troublemaker who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the empire. He’s a ringleader of the Nazarene faction and even tried to defile the temple. That’s when we arrested him.[a] By examining him yourself, you will be able to verify the allegations we are bringing against him.” The Jews reinforced the action against Paul, affirming the truth of these accusations.

10 The governor nodded at Paul, giving him permission to speak.

He responded, “I know that you have been judge over this nation for many years, so I gladly offer my own defense. 11 You can verify that I went up to worship in Jerusalem no more than twelve days ago. 12 They didn’t find me arguing with anyone in the temple or stirring up a crowd, whether in the synagogue or anywhere else in the city. 13 Nor can they prove to you the allegations they are now bringing against me. 14 I do admit this to you, that I am a follower of the Way, which they call a faction. Accordingly, I worship the God of our ancestors and believe everything set out in the Law and written in the Prophets. 15 The hope I have in God I also share with my accusers, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. 16 On account of this, I have committed myself to maintaining a clear conscience before God and with all people. 17 After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem to bring gifts for the poor of my nation and to offer sacrifices. 18 When they found me in the temple, I was ritually pure. There was no crowd and no disturbance. 19 But there were some Jews from the province of Asia. They should be here making their accusations, if indeed they have something against me. 20 In their absence, have these people who are here declare what crime they found when I stood before the Jerusalem Council. 21 Perhaps it concerns this one statement that I blurted out when I was with them: ‘I am on trial before you today because of the resurrection of the dead.’”

22 Felix, who had an accurate understanding of the Way, adjourned the meeting. He said, “When Lysias the commander arrives from Jerusalem, I will decide this case.” 23 He arranged for a centurion to guard Paul. He was to give Paul some freedom, and his friends were not to be hindered in their efforts to provide for him.

Paul in custody

24 After several days, Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and summoned Paul. He listened to him talk about faith in Christ Jesus. 25 When he spoke about upright behavior, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix became fearful and said, “Go away for now! When I have time, I’ll send for you.” 26 At the same time, he was hoping that Paul would offer him some money, so he often sent for him and talked with him.

27 When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. Since Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison.

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 24:6 Critical editions of the Gk New Testament do not include We wanted to put him on trial according to our Law, but Lysias the commander arrived and took him from our hands with great force. Then he ordered his accusers to appear before you.
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Psalm 4

Psalm 4

For the music leader. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.

Answer me when I cry out, my righteous God!
Set me free from my troubles!
Have mercy on me!
Listen to my prayer!

How long, you people,
will my reputation be insulted?
How long will you continue
to love what is worthless
and go after lies? Selah
Know this: the Lord takes
personal care of the faithful.
The Lord will hear me
when I cry out to him.
So be afraid, and don’t sin!
Think hard about it in your bed
and weep over it! Selah
Bring righteous offerings,
and trust the Lord!

Many people say,
“We can’t find goodness anywhere.
The light of your face has left us, Lord!”[a]
But you have filled my heart with more joy
than when their wheat and wine are everywhere!
I will lie down and fall asleep in peace
because you alone, Lord, let me live in safety.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 4:6 Correction; MT Shine the light of your face on us, Lord!
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Proverbs 18:16-18

16 A gift opens the way
for access to important people.
17 The first person to testify seems innocent,
until the other comes and cross-examines him.
18 The dice settle conflicts
and keep strong opponents apart.

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07/05/2022 DAB Transcript

1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17, Acts 23:11-35, Psalms 3:1-8, Proverbs 18:14-15

Today is the 5th day of July welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it is great to be here with you today as we gather together and move forward taking the next step on this adventure that’s leading us through the Bible. And we’re moving into some new territory, new but familiar territory actually. We finished the book of second Kings yesterday and the book of second Kings ends with Babylon conquering the kingdom of Judah and carrying its people into exile and Jerusalem including the temple of the Lord being destroyed, which effectively ends the chronicling of kings, right? There’s no more king in Israel and there is no more king in Judah. There are no more kings to chronicle, which brings us to the books of Chronicles.

Introduction to the book of Chronicles:

And we’re going to go back through some of the same stories at the same time period. It’s just going to be through a little bit of a different lens. And, so, we don’t know who wrote the book of Chronicles. We do know they were one text and then were broken apart, just like the books of Samuel, ad the books of Kings. And there is a Jewish tradition that suggests that Ezra the priest and scribe was involved. But there isn’t a complete consensus on that or the time period. It’s thought that the books of Chronicles were probably penned about four centuries…400, 450 years before Jesus came and that is the time period of Ezra. And as I was just mentioning, we’re covering a lot of the same stories and territory that we covered in the books of Samuel in the books of Kings, but the lens is shifted away from royalty or the monarchy and this…these stories are seen through the lens of the priesthood, those who are charged with reminding the people who they are and who God is and where they’re going. And, so, a lot of the same stories with the little bit of a different complexion. So, as we launch in today and…and continue forward these…the first section of the book of first Chronicles is a lot of genealogy. And this is a really interesting point that we’ve reached in the Bible, at least for me. It’s a very memorable thing. I mean name after name after name who begat who is a tedious part of the Bible for most people. And this genealogy section or the genealogy sections of the Bible are often sort of skipped over, like what in the world do I need to try to sound out names I cannot pronounce. I don’t know anybody with any of those names and these people lived thousands of years ago. How is the story connected to my story? Why do I need to actually read these names? But if we begin to understand what’s happening it does become meaningful. And all you have to do is sort of just look back a day, just look back a couple of days back when we were reading second Kings and remember our journey through Samuel and Kings and the way that that story ends is that the northern kingdom of Israel is carried into exile by the Assyrian Empire and the southern kingdom of Judah is conquered and carried into exile by the Babylonian Empire. These are conquests of kingdom’s, military overthrow of a people who are then deported from their homeland. And it’s not like the enemy sat down with a pen and paper trying to document who belongs to who. People were sent away into exile in waves, and nobody had any control over it. If you were the conquered people, you did what you were told, or you die. And many people did die. And people died without their families knowing they had died. And people’s families were split apart and sent in different directions. This is exile. This is being conquered. And, so, they’re being re-settled into other areas. These genealogies that we’re about to read in first Chronicles is an attempt to remember who they are and where they came from and how they’re knit together as a family and to remember those who are lost. And, so, every year we come to this particular territory I…I remember the different kinds of museums that I have attended, that are there for remembrance, are there because an atrocity of some sort happened and people need to not forget what happened and not forget who was lost. So, I mean like…I’ve…I’ve talked about Holocaust museums in the past. I am thinking right now of the time I spent in Rwanda in Africa many years ago and visiting the different sites where genocide had taken place. And actually, it’s very stark, where the bones of the people that were killed in the genocide in Rwanda are preserved. And you can just…you know…walk into a room full of skulls of people who had died and another room of clothing that people were wearing when they died and rooms full of pictures of those who were lost so that family members who never knew what happened can come and see if they can find that name or remember the connections. And every time that I’ve been in a place like this there is this kind of contemplative space, a room that’s starkly lit, like the one that I’m thinking of in Rwanda had starkly lit. It’s got a very tall ceiling. It’s circular and floor-to-ceiling it’s pictures of people who were lost in the genocide. And it’s a quiet room. It’s not supposed to be a room to tell jokes and stuff. It’s a somber event to be in there. And you can sit down, and you begin to realize there is the voice of a woman coming through the speakers very softly saying the name’s, repeating the names of the people that were lost over and over and over so that this will never happen again. And, so, that it can be remembered and so that they can be remembered. And, so, if we put ourselves kind of in that position with that kind of posture understanding that this genealogy is in many ways a reconstruction of who they were and how they’re connected after such a terrible thing had happened to both the northern and the southern kingdoms, then we can find some meaning in the territory that we’re moving into. And, so, with that said, we will begin the book of second Chronicles. Chapter 1 verse 1 through 2 verse 17. And we will begin at the beginning with the first man.

Commentary:

Okay. So, we have already talked about the new territory we moved into in the Old Testament as we began first Chronicles. And, so, we have the lay of the land there. And just briefly just to point out what’s going on in the book of Acts, Paul went to Jerusalem as it turns out. We remember as he was moving in that direction, he was being warned every step of the way and there was only trouble in front of him. And we remember those sad goodbyes on the docks as they’re setting sail, people crying and Paul saying, you know, we’re never going to see each other face-to-face again. So super bittersweet on this journey back to Jerusalem. And Paul gets back to Jerusalem, but he’s not free for very long. He’s snatched up and grabbed in a mob formed and just, they’re trying to kill him and then the Romans find out that he’s a Roman citizen, so they have to protect them, which is interesting. It’s the Romans now protecting Paul from the Jewish people who are his people. And in today’s reading Paul leaves Jerusalem. Like he wasn’t there that long. And the commotion that was getting stirred up was significant. I would say, at least in my opinion…and you may have a different opinion, but if you have 40 people literally pledging themselves not to eat or drink until they have killed you that’s a pretty serious thing. And, so, as it turns out Paul is led out of the city in the evening after dark under heavy guard and sent on his way to the coast to Caesarea. And Caesarea was a very cosmopolitan very new city on the coast, a jewel, a beautiful place. And the ruins are extravagant until today. But at the time this would’ve been a playground for Romans, a place to go. That was the intention, to make a destination place in the Roman province of Syria. This is also the place if we remember from just a little bit earlier in the book of Acts that the apostle Peter was led to go in order to share the good news with the Roman centurion Cornelius and his family. So, this is where Paul is on his way, and this is not a dominant Jewish city. This is a dominantly Roman city. And, so, a significant less chance of Paul being assassinated before he can even stand trial. But as we learned, they had a stop on the way and that was in a city called Antipatris. And the ruins of Antipatris still remain. Very fascinating place, at least to me. I’ve been there a few times because there is the Roman road that still kind of exists, pieces of it going into the city, and there are like chariot tracks from repeated use from that era where you can still see where the chariots kinda ground their way into the road. I remember standing there just going, man this…this is how Paul got into this city on his way to Caesarea, and these chariot tracks, there from that time. They’re not just singular chariot that tracks, they’re like a worn into the stonework. So, it’s repeated use. But it’s just so fascinating to just look at that and go, man I’m touching the Bible here. This is this is where that happened. And I find that to be…even as I talk about it, like lifts something in me. It’s like touching these places and realizing these are real stories that really happened is really meaningful. Nevertheless, so Paul stops in Antipatris and then on to Caesarea which is where we leave him today. So, his journey to Jerusalem, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit and against all of the people that were warning him away happened and he was there just briefly and now he is no longer in Jerusalem. We are on the Mediterranean coast in the city of Caesarea Marittima. So, it seems like Paul, at least the fear of immediate death has been removed from Paul. We’ll have to see how this plays out as we continue the story tomorrow.

Prayer:

Father, we love You. We thank You for Your word. We thank You for these new territories that we get to investigate and hear about and learn of and people that we get to meet and we get to watch You in the middle of all of it realizing You are in the middle of all that’s going on among us. May we have five days to see and ears to hear exactly that. We pray this in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday July 5, 2022 (NIV)

1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17

Adam to Israel

Adam, Seth, Enosh; Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared; Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech; Noah; Noah’s family:[a] Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Japheth’s family: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras.

Gomer’s family: Ashkenaz, Riphath,[b] and Togarmah.

Javan’s family: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Rodanim.

Ham’s family: Cush, Egypt, Put, and Canaan.

Cush’s family: Seba, Havilah, Sabta, Raama, and Sabteca.

Raamah’s family: Sheba and Dedan.

10 Cush was the father of Nimrod, the first warrior in the land.

11 Egypt was the father of Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, 12 Pathrusim, Casluhim, from whom the Philistines came, and Caphtorim.

13 Canaan was the father of Sidon his oldest son, Heth, 14 the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, 15 the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites, 16 the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites.

17 Shem’s family: Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram.

Aram’s family:[c] Uz, Hul, Gether, and Meshech.

18 Arpachshad was Shelah’s father, and Shelah was Eber’s father. 19 Two sons were born to Eber: one was named Peleg,[d] because in his days the land was divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.

20 Joktan was the father of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, 21 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 22 Ebal, Abimael, Sheba, 23 Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab. All these were Joktan’s family.

24 Shem, Arpachshad, Shelah; 25 Eber, Peleg, Reu; 26 Serug, Nahor, Terah; 27 and Abram, that is, Abraham.

28 Abraham’s family: Isaac and Ishmael. 29 These were their descendants. Ishmael’s oldest son was Nebaioth, then Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 30 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadad, Tema, 31 Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. This was Ishmael’s family. 32 Abraham’s secondary wife Keturah’s family: she gave birth to Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.

Jokshan’s family: Sheba and Dedan.

33 Midian’s family: Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were members of Keturah’s family.

34 Abraham was Isaac’s father. Isaac’s family: Esau and Israel.

35 Esau’s family: Eliphaz, Reuel, Jeush, Jalam, and Korah.

36 Eliphaz’s family: Teman, Omar, Zephi, Gatam, Kenaz, Timna, and Amalek.

37 Reuel’s family: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah.

38 Seir’s family: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan.

39 Lotan’s family: Hori and Homam; Lotan’s sister was Timna.

40 Shobal’s family: Alian, Manahath, Ebal, Shephi, and Onam.

Zibeon’s family: Aiah and Anah.

41 Anah’s family: Dishon.

Dishon’s family: Hamran, Eshban, Ithran, and Cheran.

42 Ezer’s family: Bilhan, Zaavan, and Jaakan.

Dishan’s family:[e] Uz and Aran.

43 These were the kings who ruled in the land of Edom before any king ruled over the Israelites: Bela, Beor’s son, whose city was called Dinhabah. 44 When Bela died, Jobab, Zerah’s son from Bozrah, succeeded him. 45 When Jobab died, Husham from the land of the Temanites succeeded him. 46 When Husham died, Hadad, Bedad’s son who defeated Midian in the Moabite countryside, succeeded him; his city was called Avith. 47 When Hadad died, Samlah from Masrekah succeeded him. 48 When Samlah died, Shaul from Rehoboth on the river succeeded him. 49 When Shaul died, Baal-hanan, Achbor’s son, succeeded him. 50 When Baal-hanan died, Hadad succeeded him; his city was called Pai. His wife’s name was Mehetabel, Matred’s daughter and Me-zahab’s granddaughter. 51 When Hadad died, Edom’s tribal chiefs were: Chief Timna, Chief Aliah, Chief Jetheth, 52 Chief Oholibamah, Chief Elah, Chief Pinon, 53 Chief Kenaz, Chief Teman, Chief Mibzar, 54 Chief Magdiel, and Chief Iram. These were Edom’s tribal chiefs.

This was Israel’s family: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.

Judah’s line

Judah’s family: Er, Onan, and Shelah. These three were born to him with Bath-shua the Canaanite. Although Er was Judah’s oldest, the Lord considered him wicked and put him to death. His daughter-in-law Tamar bore him Perez and Zerah. Judah had five sons in all.

Perez’s family: Hezron and Hamul.

Zerah’s family: Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol, and Darda[f]—five in all.

Carmi’s family: Achar, who made trouble for Israel by disobeying the law dedicating war spoils to God.

Ethan’s family: Azariah.

Hezron’s family, who were born to him: Jerahmeel, Ram, and Chelubai. 10 Ram was the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab was the father of Nahshon, tribal chief of the Judeans. 11 Nahshon was the father of Salma, Salma was the father of Boaz, 12 Boaz was the father of Obed, and Obed was the father of Jesse. 13 Jesse was the father of Eliab his oldest son, Abinadab his second, Shimea his third, 14 Nethanel his fourth, Raddai his fifth, 15 Ozem his sixth, and David his seventh. 16 Their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail.

Zeruiah’s family: Abishai, Joab, and Asahel—three in all. 17 Abigail gave birth to Amasa, whose father was Jether the Ishmaelite.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Chronicles 1:4 LXX; MT lacks Noah’s family.
  2. 1 Chronicles 1:6 LXX; MT Diphath
  3. 1 Chronicles 1:17 LXX; MT lacks Aram’s family.
  4. 1 Chronicles 1:19 Or division
  5. 1 Chronicles 1:42 Cf 1:38; or Dishon’s family
  6. 1 Chronicles 2:6 LXX, Syr; MT Dara
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Acts 23:11-35

11 The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Be encouraged! Just as you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so too you must testify in Rome.”

A murder plot discovered

12 The next morning some Jewish leaders formulated a plot and solemnly promised that they wouldn’t eat or drink until they had killed Paul. 13 More than forty people were involved in the conspiracy. 14 They went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have solemnly promised to eat nothing until we have killed Paul. 15 You and the council must explain to the commander that you need Paul brought down to you. Pretend that you want to examine his case more closely. We’re prepared to kill him before he arrives.”

16 Paul’s sister had a son who heard about the ambush and he came to the military headquarters and reported it to Paul. 17 Paul called for one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the commander because he has something to report to him.”

18 He took him to the commander and said, “The prisoner Paul asked me to bring this young man to you. He has something to tell you.”

19 The commander took him by the hand and withdrew to a place where they could speak privately. He asked, “What do you have to report to me?”

20 He replied, “The Jewish leaders have conspired to ask that you bring Paul down to the council tomorrow. They will pretend that they want to investigate his case more closely. 21 Don’t fall for it! More than forty of them are waiting to ambush him. They have solemnly promised not to eat or drink until they have killed him. They are ready now, awaiting your consent.”

22 The commander dismissed the young man, ordering him, “Don’t tell anyone that you brought this to my attention.”

23 The commander called two centurions and said, “Prepare two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen to leave for Caesarea at nine o’clock tonight. 24 Have horses ready for Paul to ride, so they may take him safely to Governor Felix.” 25 He wrote the following letter:

26 Claudius Lysias, to the most honorable Governor Felix: Greetings. 27 This man was seized by the Jews and was almost killed by them. I was nearby with a unit of soldiers, and I rescued him when I discovered that he was a Roman citizen. 28 I wanted to find out why they were accusing him, so I brought him to their council. 29 I discovered that they were accusing him about questions related to their Law. I found no charge deserving of death or imprisonment. 30 When I was informed of a conspiracy against his life, I sent him to you at once and ordered his accusers to bring their case against him before you.

31 Following their orders, the soldiers took Paul during the night and brought him to Antipatris. 32 The following day they let the horsemen continue on with Paul while they returned to the military headquarters in Jerusalem. 33 The horsemen entered Caesarea, delivered the letter to the governor, and brought Paul before him. 34 After he read the letter, he asked Paul about his home province. When he learned that he was from Cilicia, 35 the governor said, “I will hear your case when your accusers arrive.” Then he ordered that Paul be kept in custody in Herod’s palace.

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Psalm 3

Psalm 3

A psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom.

Lord, I have so many enemies!
So many are standing against me.
So many are talking about me:
“Even God won’t help him.” Selah[a]
But you, Lord, are my shield!
You are my glory!
You are the one who restores me.
I cry out loud to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain. Selah
I lie down, sleep, and wake up
because the Lord helps me.
I won’t be afraid of thousands of people
surrounding me on all sides.

Stand up, Lord!
Save me, my God!
In fact, hit all my enemies on the jaw;
shatter the teeth of the wicked!
Rescue comes from the Lord!
May your blessing be on your people! Selah

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 3:2 Heb uncertain; probably a musical term
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Proverbs 18:14-15

14 The human spirit sustains a sick person,
but who can bear a broken spirit?
15 An understanding mind gains knowledge;
the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

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7/4/2022 DAB Transcript

2 Kings 23:31-25:30, Acts 22:17-23:10, Psalm 2:1-12, Proverbs 18:13

Today is July 4th, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is wonderful to be here with you. Happy Independence Day to those who live in the United States. This is a pretty large national holiday for us. in in this country, Independence Day. And so, we celebrate and at night people blow off the fireworks, all over the place and it's…it’s fun, but it’s even more special around here because today is my wife, Jill’s birthday. She’s a July 4th baby and so we always go out and sit outside and watch all the fireworks and celebrate her birthday like, it’s all about that, and so that’s fun. It’s great to be here with you today, just a couple of days before the Daily Audio Bible Long Walk. And so, it’s a special time in the year when we arrived at this place. So happy birthday Jill, who has along with our daughter China, been doing Daily Audio Bible Chronological this year, and what a beautiful, beautiful work that is, beautiful work that it is. It can make me misty eyed, just thinking about it, but it’s wonderful to be here, it’s wonderful to celebrate and it’s also wonderful to have the opportunity to take the next step forward on our journey through the Scriptures, and so let’s do that. We are still working our way through the book of second Kings and at this point we are only dealing with kings that were kings in Judah because there is no more Israel. And so, there are no more kings of Israel. Israel is gone and now that territory, that land, belongs to the Assyrian Empire and Assyria is bringing foreign people that have been conquered from other places, into the former land of Israel. And the people, the children of Israel, who were of those 10 tribes that were conquered, they have been exiled or deported to other regions of the Assyrian Empire. And so, all that’s left now, of what we know, what we, what we followed as it came about, what was the children of Israel, all that’s left is the kingdom of Judah. So those are the king’s that we are left with, as we continue this journey. We’re reading from the Common English Bible this week, second Kings chapter 23 verse 31 through 25 verse 30.

Commentary:

Okay, a couple of things. We, today with today’s reading, concluded the book of second Kings. So, we will be moving into some familiar but new territory tomorrow. We’ll talk about that then as we, as we begin the book of Chronicles. But what we bore witness to today, as we ended the books of the kings, was the, was the conquering and destruction of the kingdom of Judah. So, let’s just recap the times of the kings really quickly, so that this kinda lands, we’ve been through a lot of territory and a lot of stories. The first king of Israel, we remember, was named Saul, right. And then, there was a shepherd boy, very good-looking, well-built man named David and he killed the giant Goliath and became a national hero, which eventually made Saul go after David, with multiple assassination attempts. But in the end, Saul died in battle with his sons against the Philistines on Mount Gilboa. And finally, David wasn’t on the run anyone anymore, and eventually he became the King of Judah, right, Judah, the tribe of Judah. And then, shortly after that, he became the King of all of Israel. So, he was Israel’s second king. His son, Solomon followed him and was the third king of Israel and Solomon, with all of his wisdom was a massive developer and brought Israel to its finest hour, the United monarchy, the United tribes of Israel, the children of Israel. But Solomon, even though he was the wisest man, was seduced away, and in his later life, fell away from the Lord. And so, when he died, his son Rahaboehme became king. But that needed be ratified by all of the tribes. And when 10 of the tribes of the north, came before Rahaboehme, asking for him to be a little kinder on the labor force than his father had been, Rahaboehme, with arrogance and bluster, shot them down. There was a man who was kind of the spokesperson, kind of the leader, his name was Jeroboam and 10 of the tribes in the north, denounced the house of David. The 10 tribes came together as the kingdom of Israel. They anointed Jeroboam to be their king. And in short order, Jeroboam, son of Nebat, led the 10 tribes in the north, the kingdom of Israel into idolatry. Which left Rahaboehme, in the south, the king of Judah, but he was reining in the holy city of Jerusalem. And then we began to move through the different kings of Israel and the kings of Judah and how they overlapped and the prophetic voices that were involved in the story, over those centuries. And then we saw the Assyrian Empire eventually, truly with all force, raid and surround the capital city in the north of Samaria, and the kingdom fell. And so, the 10 tribes of the north, the kingdom of Israel, were carried away into exile and assimilated into the Assyrian Empire, and those 10 tribes at that point, disappeared from history. Like, never again did they come back to the homeland and form cohesive tribes again, until today. So, after Israel fell and became a part of the Assyrian Empire, the kingdom of Judah still remained and had a little bit of a longer life and we went through those kings, and in today’s reading, we see the Babylonian Empire and King Nebuchadnezzar raiding the land of Judah and succeeding. Jerusalem fell and that kingdom of Judah, those people, the citizens of Judah, were carried away into exile, in the Babylonian Empire. And then, Jerusalem was demolished, destroyed, like, there’s is still archaeological evidence in Jerusalem to this very day, that just shows the burning of Jerusalem in the Babylonian conquest. And the temple of the most-high God was destroyed. The palace of the king, all the governmental buildings, all of the more wealthy affluent neighborhood like, the city was destroyed. And that’s kind of where we are, everything that we’ve gone through, since we met Abraham, kinda comes to an end here. This is certainly not the end of God’s people, but what they were going for, this Promised Land, that could be their ancestral homeland, that they could build up, that they could be a people set apart among all of the nations who worshiped God and could reveal God to the nations, through their adherence and obedience to Him, revealing a completely different culture and a completely different way of doing things. As we’ve witnessed that worked, but it worked in fits and starts. It worked for a while, and then rebellion set in and it didn’t work and it was this kind of ever downward spiral, which eventually led to the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. So, it’s pretty sad moment actually. And then we got to think about ourselves. We are also to be a set apart people, revealing God to the world. When we trust God, when we have learned the lesson of the wilderness, confess our utter dependence and live in that place and follow what we are being led to do with humility and just a sense of gratitude that we get to be involved at all, then things move in certain directions, that are ever upward leading. It’s kind of like what we’re reading yesterday, were the roots go down, so that the fruit can spring up. But then when…when we find ourselves seduced away, in some sort of way, it has a way of compounding itself, until we look up one day and realize we are one way off track. And so, we return. And then maybe we go off track. And then maybe return and maybe that’s the pattern and God is gracious and kind enough, and loving enough and shepherding us, and fathering us enough, that He has compassion on us. But what would it look like if we stayed going in a straight line? Why do we have to find ourselves feeling in spiritual exile? Why not be moving in a straight line, not deviating, what would that do to our lives? Because in this long story that we’ve been reading about this one family of people, Israel’s children, we’ve been able to witness what it looks like to cling to God and what it looks like to depart from Him. We’ve seen where those pathways lead, we know where those pathways lead. Why would we choose the wrong path, knowing where it goes? So, let’s consider that, as we sit here in the center of the year, just kind of moving through the middle of the year and a time to reflect back on the first half of the year and a time to consider the second half of the year. This is a good time to consider the road, the path that we are walking.

Prayer:

And so, Father, we indeed do that, we invite Your Holy Spirit into it, as we even look back over the first half of this year and consider the path that we’ve been walking. As we look back over the rhythms of our lives, we look at the paths that we have chosen, we could see where they lead. And then as we look into the Scriptures, we see this is true of all people, the road that we are on and the path that we have chose, are made by the words that we speak, and the choices that we make and they are leading somewhere. And so often we’re just not paying attention to where they’re leading. And so, we’re taking this time to reflect upon the story that we’ve read so far, all the way until, well, until the children of Israel are no longer in the Promised Land. And we see the metaphors for our own lives, and so, it gives us pause to consider, to consider the welfare of our own spirit, our own heart and the condition of the spirit of our family and our children, our spouses and our communities. And it’s easy to be discouraged because it feels like it’s an ever spiral downward and yet Your mercies are new every morning and the story can change at any point. And so, we humble ourselves before You, recommitting ourselves as we saw the children of Israel do so many times. As we move into this second half of the year, we invite Your Holy Spirit to awaken us and root us in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudioible.com is home base and it is where you find out what’s going on around here. We get a couple of things going on. The Daily Audio Bible Long Walk, our own little Global Campfire holiday is coming up this Thursday, so just a couple of days from now. We’ve been talking about it for week and ½ or so, and so we could probably have the lay of the land but if you’re just kinda going what? Long Walk, what’s that? It’s in the center of the year, the 7th of July, not the exact center, but we’re passing through the center of the year. And every July 7th for the last, I believe, 14 maybe this is 15 years, we’ve done this. It’s a day, in the middle of the year, that we carve out and set aside for God, for a Long Walk, to go somewhere beautiful and to not feel guilty about it and to not be bogged down by all the obligations and responsibilities. But to say, no, like actually one day out of the year, I can take a day out of the year and consecrated to God and go enjoy everything that He has worked so hard on to make beautiful for me to enjoy. And all of the life that is happening in nature all around me, to re-connect and all of these obligations and responsibilities that crush me, they can be put in their proper perspective. You simply need to be out in beauty and so that’s what we do, go somewhere beautiful, near or far, down the street, or a couple hours away, wherever you find beauty and a place of meaning. Go and take a Long Walk, walk for hours if you want. Walk for a few minutes and sit down and enjoy hours with God, just watching the life that is around you. People walk 20 or more miles on the Long Walk. Some people walk ½ a mile and sit all day, just mesmerized by the presence of the Lord and all that He is created for us to enjoy. So, it’s that time, that we never have sure, we may pray every day, we may talk to the Lord every day, we may be very, very real religious about it, very regular about it, but there’s never enough time. It seems like there’s never enough time for anything. So, what if we had a day and it was like, I can say all that I need to say, even the things that I keep forgetting to say. I can talk about whatever we need to talk about because we’re unhurried. When does that ever after happen, unless we arrange for it and that’s what we’re doing here, arranging for unhurried time with God and imagine that the Lord has some things that He would love You to know or direction that He would like to aim you in and He just keeps waiting because you’re so busy? He’s patient, He’s kind and He’s waiting, He needs to tell this to you, just waiting for your schedule to clear up, but it never does. Imagine that the Lord has things to say to you, that you haven’t had time to hear, this is that time and it makes a huge difference in the second half of the year. So, make plans for that coming up this Thursday, take the day and go enjoy and those of you have to have like a 10…10-page plan, a minute-by-minute, yeah, that’s not really what this is like, this is where you don’t have to do that. Your unhurried, there is no agenda, other than to simply enjoy the time and the passage of time with God. A very beautiful, solitary thing to do. What makes it a community experience, what makes it like, the Global Campfire holiday is that, even though we’re doing it alone, we’re not doing it alone. We’re doing it with other brothers and sisters, all over the world, all at the same time. So, take a picture wherever you go, maybe shoot a little video, wherever you go and post it to the Daily Audio Bible Facebook page. We put a post on the page for the Long Walk and you can post as a comment, in that post and all of a sudden, we throw open the windows to the world, we get to see what the day look liked all over the world, and just really feel kind of, knit together. Like, this is really happening, we’re really doing this, we’re really doing this all over the world. We really are brothers and sisters. It’s a beautiful thing, that really ties the community together, for the second half of the year. So, really, really looking forward to that myself and I hope you are as well. That’s the 7th of July, just a couple days from now.

The other thing that we’re talking about is the pilgrimage that we are intending to take, to the Land of the Bible and that is to take place, February 6th through the 19th 2023. We had been annually, taking pilgrimage to the Land of the Bible, with the Daily Audio Bible Community for a decade, then COVID hit and changed a lot of things and we’re not really completely sure about the future or ongoing plans but we do have plans for this. Take a journey to the Land of the Bible to root ourselves in the soil and in the text and to see the Bible, where it happened and that is a remarkable thing to do. It’s a life-changing thing to do, actually. We end up not looking at the Bible the same, after that. It’s really interesting how we have read the Bible, maybe you’ve read the Bible many, many times, but we read the Bible, read the stories in the Bible, we see those stories occurring in our imagination, they kind of get fleshed out inside of our imagination and so they look a certain way to us. But it’s sort of murky, right, you can only see so much. But what if you’re standing in a place and your eyes are open and you can turn in a circle and see a 360° view of…of that place, wherever it is that we are, and you can hear the crunch of the soil beneath your feet, and you can smell the breeze in your face and you realize I am, like, this is where David slew Goliath. Or this is where Jesus made his adult hometown, I’m standing in it. I’m standing where Jesus stood. And on and on it goes and it just changes the way we see and read the Bible because we’ve seen things that are no longer in our imagination but we’ve seen them. And so, if that awakens something in you. And it’s something that’s on your bucket list then check it out. We’d love to spend time with you in February, touring the Land of the Bible, North, South, East, West and all of the central regions. We cover every region in the Land of the Bible, we see all of the major bodies of water the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River. You can be baptized in the Jordan River. So much and it’s so worthwhile to take a spiritual pilgrimage and root yourself in the Land of the Bible, where the Bible happened. So that’s coming up. You can check it out. There’s a few places to check it out. dailyaudiobible.com, if you’re at the website, there’s a navigation at the top, that’s normal for websites. One of those buttons is called initiatives, if you hit the initiatives button, you’ll see Israel 2023 in there. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can push the drawer icon, in the upper left-hand corner and that’ll open up a drawer, and inside that drawer, you’ll find initiatives and if you push the button, you’ll find Israel 2023 there. Or, go to dailyaudiobibleIsrael.com, that will get you there as well, give you the details that you would want to know, so check it out. Look forward to seeing you.

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And that’s it for today, other than to say Happy, Happy Fourth of July everybody and happy birthday Jill. I’m Brian, I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here, tomorrow.

Prayer and Encouragements:

Hi Daily Audio Bible family. Happy 1st of July, happy new month. It’s so amazing to be going into the second half of the year. And I just want to pray over this month with all of us, that July would be a month of supernatural blessing, trust in God for us. It will come to pass, manifestations, in Jesus name. I just want to encourage everybody. I know that when we come to these milestones, it can be kind of challenging to look back and see, maybe I haven’t reached my goals and things like that. But people you have six months ahead of you and so it’s, you can do anything. God has blessed us with so much to be able to do anything. And if you can’t do anything on your own there’s a community to support you. So, I just pray that you know, God would give us all the courage and the patience and the you know, the tenacity, the hope to go after the things we want with our hearts, that He has placed in our heart and have a good July everybody. Have a good week. We can, have a good weekend, take care. Bye.

Hey guys, it’s Beloved in Boston. How ya doing? It’s July 1st the start of a fresh new month. Yeah. And I wanted to pop on here and kind of give a praise report, followed by a prayer request for my friend named Sam. My 11-year-old daughter, Olivia and I, took her to a prayer night at our church on Tuesday night. And at the end, she accepting Jesus into her heart, which was so amazing, right? And then, long story short, you know, half-hour to an hour later, we were in the ocean, baptizing her and it was just an amazing night. And Jesus is so good. But of course, the enemy does not like this, at all. You know, he’s fuming, as we all know. He attacked, he attacked in her relationship with her boyfriend and some legal things and really just truly enemy attacks. And so, I am heading out, my family and I, to go camping for the 4th of July holiday. And we won’t have cell service and so I just really want an army of people to be praying for her, as the enemy is just gonna keep coming at her to distract and to destroy any steps forward, she’s making in this new wonderful journey and the kingdom, right guys? So, please just keep Sam and her boyfriend Josh in your prayers, Lord. Pray that she can continue to stay sober and praise Jesus that’s she’s been sober for over 90 days now. And just look at how good our God is. Love you all and I know and feel so safe and secure that while I don’t have access to her that you guys will be there carrying her, in spirit and in prayer. Thank you so much. Happy 4th of July.

Hey everybody, this is Addicted to Christ or Pellom in Birmingham, not in Birmingham, from Birmingham. I’m in Alabama though, so I’m calling in today because I just wanted to say a little something to everybody out there. So, life and who we are in the world as believers and people who have a relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit, different than the people around us in the world that we move in. We’re called to spread the news; we’re called to tell others about it. And that, right there, is one of life’s most difficult missions. Especially, with the climate that we’re in now in the United States. To even talk about Jesus is…is trouble, it’s extremely difficult in the workplace or in society, even to bring Him up. And I wonder why that is? Could that be because there’s something out there, that’s the opposite of Jesus, there’s something out there that wants us to stay quiet. And it’s created this machine that we’re in that’s made it, where you virtually get your head chopped off to even mention the name, metaphorically speaking. Yeah, that’s the enemy. That’s what he’s done. So, it’s an art form to bring Him up. In fact, at this point, we have to bring Him up without saying His name. So, you bring up Jesus by being Jesus, not by speaking Jesus. And know that life is like a great movie and every great movie has a crisis and seems like the good guy could not possibly win. But we’re on the underdog side. All you gonna do is hold on tight, let Him do the hard work

Hello, this is Five on the Farm and I’m calling for Katie, who called on, I believe, June 22nd. Who, is an attorney in Boston and you have panic attacks. Katie, I’m also an attorney. I want you to know that you will not be alone. I am putting you on my calendar, you are in my prayers, you will stay in my prayers. When a panic attack comes, just remember you are not alone. There is nothing to fear because you are not alone. And the Holy Spirit is there with you and I am praying for you. Take care and I know you will have success in your career. One attorney’s work to do the right thing and help bring order and understanding into the world. Whether it’s business contracts or working with the courts for children. There is so many ways that you, as an attorney can bring better into the world and help end discord. Take care, and you’re in my prayers Katie. Good bye.

Good morning my beautiful brother from California, I believe your name was Alfie. I heard this prayerful joy emanating from your being, in your voice this morning, oh my. You praised God for what He has done and your testimony was just stirring the joy in my heart and I wanted to share that with you. I just think that is absolutely wonderful. I add my prayers with yours in God answering your prayer and celebrate that we overcome by the blood of the lamb, our Lord Jesus, our brother Jesus and the word of our testimony. Abide us everything will align with God’s perfect plan for you because you are His and you are His blessed son that He perfectly loves. So, anyhow, this is Abundantly Blessed, Tanya from Massachusetts. Enjoy this day and thank you so much for sharing, Alfie from California.

Hey guys, this is The Single-Minded Plumber calling. I wanted to call and thank all you guys and tell you, I love you, God Bless you and have a great day. My mind just goes blank. I got a little social anxiety and every time I call in, it’s like, have you ever based jumped, or jumped from a high place like a cliff or high-diving board into water? I get that feeling every time I call in. But I call myself The Single-Minded Plumber because at the beginning of the year, everyone was talking about words, words of the year, words to focus on. And to me, single mindedness was really coming to mind because I hold a lot of reservations for kind of, excuses to do things, that are probably not good for me. And not follow what the Lord is telling me. And so, it’s kind of like a ribbon around my finger to remind me to not turn my eyes away from the Lord. And that pretty much anything, anything else, is gonna get me in trouble. You can’t serve two masters. And plumber, obviously, cause I’m a plumber. I make piping systems to deliver fresh water and take out waste. And, Brian, thank you, and all of you guys who call in and pray for other people, thank you as well. You guys have really changed my life. There hasn’t been a single thing I’ve called in for that the Lord hasn’t blessed me with. God Bless all you guys, I love you. Have a great day.      

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday July 4, 2022 (NIV)

2 Kings 23:31-25:30

Jehoahaz rules Judah

31 Jehoahaz was 23 years old when he became king, and he ruled for three months in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamutal; she was Jeremiah’s daughter and was from Libnah. 32 He did what was evil in the Lord’s eyes, just as all his ancestors had done. 33 Pharaoh Neco made Jehoahaz a prisoner at Riblah in the land of Hamath, ending his rule in Jerusalem. Pharaoh Neco imposed a fine on the land totaling one hundred kikkars of silver and one kikkar of gold.

Jehoiakim rules Judah

34 Pharaoh Neco made Eliakim, Josiah’s son, king after his father Josiah. Neco changed Eliakim’s name to Jehoiakim. Neco took Jehoahaz away; he later died in Egypt. 35 Jehoiakim gave Pharaoh the silver and gold, but he taxed the land in order to meet Pharaoh’s financial demands. Each person was taxed appropriately. Jehoiakim exacted silver and the gold from the land’s people in order to give it to Pharaoh Neco. 36 Jehoiakim was 25 years old when he became king, and he ruled for eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Zebidah; she was Pedaiah’s daughter and was from Rumah. 37 He did what was evil in the Lord’s eyes, just as all his ancestors had done.

24 In Jehoiakim’s days, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon attacked. Jehoiakim had submitted to him for three years, but then Jehoiakim changed his mind and rebelled against him. The Lord sent Chaldean, Aramean, Moabite, and Ammonite raiding parties against Jehoiakim, sending them against Judah in order to destroy it. This was in agreement with the word that the Lord had spoken through his servants the prophets. Indeed, this happened to Judah because the Lord commanded them to be removed from his presence on account of all the sins that Manasseh had committed and because of the innocent blood that he had spilled. Manasseh had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the Lord didn’t want to forgive that.

The rest of Jehoiakim’s deeds and all that he accomplished, aren’t they written in the official records of Judah’s kings? Jehoiakim lay down with his ancestors. His son Jehoiachin succeeded him as king.

The Egyptian king never left his country again because the Babylonian king had taken over all the territory that had previously belonged to him—from the border of Egypt to the Euphrates River.

Jehoiachin rules Judah

Jehoiachin was 18 years old when he became king, and he ruled for three months in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Nehushta; she was Elnathan’s daughter and was from Jerusalem. He did what was evil in the Lord’s eyes, just as all his ancestors had done. 10 At that time, the officers of Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar attacked Jerusalem and laid siege to the city. 11 Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar himself arrived at the city while his officers were blockading it. 12 Judah’s King Jehoiachin, along with his mother, his servants, his officers, and his officials, came out to surrender to the Babylonian king. The Babylonian king took Jehoiachin prisoner in the eighth year of Jehoiachin’s rule.

13 Nebuchadnezzar also took away all the treasures of the Lord’s temple and of the royal palace. He cut into pieces all the gold objects that Israel’s King Solomon had made for the Lord’s temple, which is exactly what the Lord said would happen. 14 Then Nebuchadnezzar exiled all of Jerusalem: all the officials, all the military leaders—ten thousand exiles—as well as all the skilled workers and metalworkers. No one was left behind except the poorest of the land’s people. 15 Nebuchadnezzar exiled Jehoiachin to Babylon; he also exiled the queen mother, the king’s wives, the officials, and the land’s elite leaders from Jerusalem to Babylon. 16 The Babylonian king also exiled seven thousand warriors—each one a hero trained for battle—as well as a thousand skilled workers and metalworkers to Babylon. 17 Then the Babylonian king made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin’s uncle, succeed Jehoiachin as king. Nebuchadnezzar changed Mattaniah’s name to Zedekiah.

Zedekiah rules Judah

18 Zedekiah was 21 years old when he became king, and he ruled for eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamutal; she was Jeremiah’s daughter and was from Libnah. 19 He did what was evil in the Lord’s eyes, just as Jehoiakim had done. 20 It was precisely because the Lord was angry with Jerusalem and Judah that he thrust them out of his presence.

The southern kingdom falls

Now Zedekiah rebelled against the Babylonian king. 25 So in the ninth year of Zedekiah’s rule, on the tenth day of the tenth month, Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar attacked Jerusalem with his entire army. He camped beside the city and built a siege wall all around it. The city was under attack until King Zedekiah’s eleventh year. On the ninth day of the month, the famine in the city got so bad that no food remained for the common people. Then the enemy broke into the city. All the soldiers fled[a] by night using the gate between the two walls near the King’s Garden. The Chaldeans were surrounding the city, so the soldiers ran toward the desert plain. But the Chaldean army chased King Zedekiah and caught up with him in the Jericho plains. His entire army deserted him. So the Chaldeans captured the king and brought him back to the Babylonian king, who was at Riblah. There his punishment was determined. Zedekiah’s sons were slaughtered right before his eyes. Then he was blinded, put in bronze chains, and taken off to Babylon.

On the seventh day of the fifth month in the nineteenth year of Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuzaradan arrived at Jerusalem. He was the commander of the guard and an official of the Babylonian king. He burned down the Lord’s temple, the royal palace, and all of Jerusalem’s houses. He burned down every important building. 10 The whole Chaldean army under the commander of the guard tore down the walls surrounding Jerusalem. 11 Then Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard exiled the people who were left in the city, those who had already surrendered to Babylon’s king, and the rest of the population. 12 The commander of the guard left some of the land’s poor people behind to work the vineyards and be farmers. 13 The Chaldeans shattered the bronze columns, the stands, and the bronze Sea that were in the Lord’s temple. They carried the bronze off to Babylon. 14 They also took the pots, the shovels, the wick trimmers, the dishes, and all the bronze items that had been used in the temple. 15 The commander of the guard took the fire pans and the sprinkling bowls, which were made of pure gold and pure silver. 16 The bronze in all these objects—the two pillars, the Sea, and the stands that Solomon had made for the Lord’s temple—was too heavy to weigh. 17 Each pillar was twenty-seven feet high. The bronze capital on top of the first pillar was four and a half feet high. Decorative lattices and pomegranates, all made from bronze, were around the capital. And the second pillar was decorated with lattices just like the first.

18 The commander of the guard also took away Seraiah the chief priest, Zephaniah the priest next in rank, and the three doorkeepers. 19 Of those still left in the city, Nebuzaradan took away an officer who was in charge of the army and five royal advisors who were discovered in the city. He also took away the secretary of the officer responsible for drafting the land’s people to fight, as well as sixty people who were discovered in the city. 20 Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard took all of these people and brought them to the Babylonian king at Riblah. 21 The king of Babylon struck them down, killing them in Riblah in the land of Hamath.

So Judah was exiled from its land.

Gedaliah governs Judah

22 Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar put Gedaliah, Ahikam’s son and Shaphan’s grandson, in charge of the people he had left behind in the land of Judah. 23 All the army officers and their soldiers heard that the Babylonian king had appointed Gedaliah as governor, so they came with their men to Gedaliah at Mizpah. The officers were Ishmael, Nethaniah’s son; Johanan, Kareah’s son; Seraiah, Tanhumeth’s son who was a Netophathite; and Jaazaniah, Maacathite’s son. 24 Gedaliah made a solemn pledge to them and their soldiers, telling them, “Don’t be afraid of the Chaldean officials. Stay in the land and serve the Babylonian king, and things will go well for you.”

25 But in the seventh month, Ishmael, Nethaniah’s son and Elishama’s grandson, who was from the royal family, came with ten soldiers, and they struck Gedaliah, and he died. They also killed the Judeans and the Chaldeans who were with him at Mizpah. 26 Then all the people, young and old, along with the army officers, departed for Egypt because they were afraid of the Chaldeans.

Jehoiachin in Babylon

27 In the year that Awil-merodach[b] became king of Babylon, he released Judah’s King Jehoiachin from prison. This happened in the thirty-seventh year of the exile of King Jehoiachin, on the twenty-seventh day of the twelfth month. 28 Awil-merodach spoke kindly to Jehoiachin and seated him above the other kings who were with him in Babylon. 29 So Jehoiachin took off his prisoner clothes and ate regularly in the king’s presence for the rest of his life. 30 At the king’s command, a regular food allowance was given to him every day for the rest of his life.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Kings 25:4 LXX, cf Jer 52:7; MT lacks fled.
  2. 2 Kings 25:27 Awil-merodach means Man of Marduk in Akkadian.
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Acts 22:17-23:10

17 “When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I had a visionary experience. 18 I saw the Lord speaking to me. ‘Hurry!’ he said. ‘Leave Jerusalem at once because they won’t accept your testimony about me.’ 19 I responded, ‘Lord, these people know I used to go from one synagogue to the next, beating those who believe in you and throwing them into prison. 20 When Stephen your witness was being killed, I stood there giving my approval, even watching the clothes that belonged to those who were killing him.’ 21 Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go! I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’”

22 The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Then they shouted, “Away with this man! He’s not fit to live!” 23 As they were screaming, throwing off their garments, and flinging dust into the air, 24 the commander directed that Paul be taken into the military headquarters. He ordered that Paul be questioned under the whip so that he could find out why they were shouting at him like this.

25 As they were stretching him out and tying him down with straps, Paul said to the centurion standing there, “Can you legally whip a Roman citizen who hasn’t been found guilty in court?”

26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and reported it. He asked, “What are you about to do? This man is a Roman citizen!”

27 The commander went to Paul and demanded, “Tell me! Are you a Roman citizen?”

He said, “Yes.”

28 The commander replied, “It cost me a lot of money to buy my citizenship.”

Paul said, “I’m a citizen by birth.” 29 At once those who were about to examine him stepped away. The commander was alarmed when he realized he had bound a Roman citizen.

Paul appears before the Jewish council

30 The commander still wanted to know the truth about why Paul was being accused by the Jews. Therefore, the next day he ordered the chief priests and the entire Jerusalem Council to assemble. Then he took Paul out of prison and had him stand before them.

23 Paul stared at the council and said, “Brothers, I have lived my life with an altogether clear conscience right up to this very day.” The high priest Ananias ordered those standing beside Paul to strike him in the mouth. Then Paul said to him, “God is about to strike you, you whitewashed wall! You sit and judge me according to the Law, yet disobey the Law by ordering that I be struck.”

Those standing near him asked, “You dare to insult God’s high priest?”

Paul replied, “Brothers, I wasn’t aware that he was the high priest. It is written, You will not speak evil about a ruler of your people.”[a]

Knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, Paul exclaimed in the council, “Brothers, I’m a Pharisee and a descendant of Pharisees. I am on trial because of my hope in the resurrection of the dead!”

These words aroused a dispute between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. This is because Sadducees say that there’s no resurrection, angel, or spirit, but Pharisees affirm them all. Council members were shouting loudly. Some Pharisees who were legal experts stood up and insisted forcefully, “We find nothing wrong with this man! What if a spirit or angel has spoken to him?” 10 The dispute became so heated that the commander feared they might tear Paul to pieces. He ordered soldiers to go down and remove him by force from their midst. Then they took him back to the military headquarters.

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 23:5 Exod 22:28
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Psalm 2

Psalm 2

Why do the nations rant?
Why do the peoples rave uselessly?
The earth’s rulers take their stand;
the leaders scheme together
against the Lord and
against his anointed one.
“Come!” they say.
“We will tear off their ropes
and throw off their chains!”
The one who rules in heaven laughs;
my Lord makes fun of them.
But then God speaks to them angrily;
then he terrifies them with his fury:
“I hereby appoint my king on Zion,
my holy mountain!”

I will announce the Lord’s decision:
He said to me, “You are my son,
today I have become your father.
Just ask me,
and I will make the nations your possession;
the far corners of the earth will be your property.
You will smash them with an iron rod;
you will shatter them like a pottery jar.”

10 So kings, wise up!
Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
11 Serve the Lord reverently—
trembling, 12 kiss his feet[a]
or else he will become angry,
and your way will be destroyed
because his anger ignites in an instant.

But all who take refuge in the Lord are truly happy!

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 2:12 Correction; Heb uncertain; MT rejoice with trembling, kiss the son (but with son in Aram, not Heb)
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Proverbs 18:13

13 Those who answer before they listen
are foolish and disgraceful.

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07/03/2022 DAB Transcript

2 Kings 22:3-23:30, Acts 21:37-22:16, Psalms 1:1-6, Proverbs 18:11-12

Today is the 3rd day of July welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it’s great to be here with you today as we greet a brand-new shiny sparkly week, the first full week in this brand-new shiny sparkly seventh month of the year. And what a joy to great this week together and take the next step forward on our journey through the Bible this year. And the seventh month of the year, July, August, that…that is the warm months actually the hot months here in the rolling hills of Tennessee. So, summer is upon us for those of us who live in the northern hemisphere. I guess for those of you down under it’s probably getting cold, which is so interesting to me, but so cool that no matter what is going on in the atmosphere around us we have a Global Campfire and campfires work really good in the winter for warmth and in the summer to gather community. So, I am thrilled we greet this new week together gathered around the Global Campfire. And add the next step forward for us leads us back to some territory that we been moving through, the book of second Kings. This week we will read from the Common English Bible and today we will read second Kings chapter 22 verse 3 through 23 verse 30.

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for your word and once again as we do every time we come to this point, we thank you for a brand-new week. We thank you for bringing us here into this seventh month of the year. And as we often do we reflect back on all that you brought us through even in the months that belong to this year. We are grateful for your compassion and your mercy upon us and we are so profoundly thankful that you are instructing us through the Scriptures and touching our hearts and leading us on the pathway to peace and leading us on the narrow path that leads to life. May we stay in lock step with you. May we stay vigilantly aware of what you are speaking and where you are leading. We ask this in the mighty name of Jesus. We ask this expectantly knowing that you will lead us into all truth. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In the name of Jesus we ask. Amen.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Coming soon…

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday July 3, 2022 (NIV)

2 Kings 22:3-23:30

In the eighteenth year of King Josiah’s rule, he sent the secretary Shaphan, Azaliah’s son and Meshullam’s grandson, to the Lord’s temple with the following orders: “Go to the high priest Hilkiah. Have him carefully count[a] the money that has been brought to the Lord’s temple and that has been collected from the people by the doorkeepers. It should be given to the supervisors in charge of the Lord’s temple, who in turn should pay it to those who are in the Lord’s temple, repairing the temple— the carpenters, the builders, and the masons. It should be used to pay for lumber and quarried stone to repair the temple. But there’s no need to check on them regarding the money they receive, because they are honest workers.”

The high priest Hilkiah told Shaphan the secretary: “I have found the Instruction scroll in the Lord’s temple.” Then Hilkiah turned the scroll over to Shaphan, who read it.

Shaphan the secretary then went to the king and reported this to him: “Your officials have released the money that was found in the temple and have handed it over to those who supervise the work in the Lord’s temple.” 10 Then Shaphan the secretary told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a scroll,” and he read it out loud before the king.

11 As soon as the king heard what the Instruction scroll said, he ripped his clothes. 12 The king ordered the priest Hilkiah, Shaphan’s son Ahikam, Micaiah’s son Achbor, Shaphan the secretary, and Asaiah the royal officer as follows: 13 “Go and ask the Lord on my behalf, and on behalf of the people, and on behalf of all Judah concerning the contents of this scroll that has been found. The Lord must be furious with us because our ancestors failed to obey the words of this scroll and do everything written in it about us.”

14 So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to the prophetess Huldah. She was married to Shallum, Tikvah’s son and Harhas’ grandson, who was in charge of the wardrobe. She lived in Jerusalem in the second district. When they spoke to her, 15 she replied, “This is what the Lord, Israel’s God, says: Tell this to the man who sent you to me: 16 This is what the Lord says: I am about to bring disaster on this place and its citizens—all the words in the scroll that Judah’s king has read! 17 My anger burns against this place, never to be quenched, because they’ve deserted me and have burned incense to other gods, angering me by everything they have done.[b] 18 But also say this to the king of Judah, who sent you to question the Lord: This is what the Lord, Israel’s God, says about the message you’ve just heard: 19 Because your heart was broken and you submitted before the Lord when you heard what I said about this place and its citizens—that they will become a horror and a curse—and because you ripped your clothes and cried before me, I have listened to you, declares the Lord. 20 That’s why I will gather you to your ancestors, and you will go to your grave in peace. You won’t experience the disaster I am about to bring on this place.”

Josiah’s reform

When they reported Huldah’s words to the king, 23 the king sent a message, and all of Judah’s and Jerusalem’s elders gathered before him. Then the king went up to the Lord’s temple, together with all the people of Judah and all the citizens of Jerusalem, the priests and the prophets, and all the people, young and old alike. There the king read out loud all the words of the covenant scroll that had been found in the Lord’s temple. The king stood beside the pillar and made a covenant with the Lord that he would follow the Lord by keeping his commandments, his laws, and his regulations with all his heart and all his being in order to fulfill the words of this covenant that were written in this scroll. All of the people accepted the covenant.

The king then commanded the high priest Hilkiah, the second-order priests, and the doorkeepers to remove from the Lord’s temple all the religious objects made for Baal, Asherah, and all the heavenly bodies. The king burned them outside Jerusalem in the Kidron fields and took the ashes to Bethel. He got rid of the pagan priests that the Judean kings had appointed to burn incense at the shrines in Judah’s cities and the areas around Jerusalem. He did the same to those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun, to the moon, to the constellations, and to all the heavenly bodies. He removed the Asherah image[c] from the Lord’s temple, taking it to the Kidron Valley outside Jerusalem. There he burned it, ground it to dust, and threw the dust on the public graveyard. The king tore down the shrines for the consecrated workers[d] that were in the Lord’s temple, where women made woven coverings[e] for Asherah.

Then Josiah brought all the priests out of Judah’s cities. From Geba to Beer-sheba, he defiled the shrines where the priests had been burning incense. He also tore down the shrines at the gates at the entrance to the gate of Joshua the city’s governor, which were on the left as one entered the city gate. Although the priests of these shrines didn’t go up on the Lord’s altar in Jerusalem, they did eat unleavened bread with their fellow priests.

10 Josiah defiled the Topheth in the Ben-hinnom Valley so no one could burn their child alive in honor of the god Molech. 11 He did away with the horses that Judah’s kings had dedicated to the sun. They were kept at the entrance to the Lord’s temple near a room in the annex[f] that belonged to an official named Nathan-melech. Josiah set fire to the chariots that were dedicated to the sun. 12 The king also tore down the altars that were on the roof of Ahaz’s upper story, which had been made by the Judean kings, and he did the same with the altars that Manasseh had built in the two courtyards of the Lord’s temple. He broke them up there[g] and threw their dust into the Kidron Valley. 13 The king then defiled the shrines facing Jerusalem, south of the Mountain of Destruction. Solomon the king of Israel had built these for Ashtoreth, the monstrous Sidonian god, for Chemosh, the monstrous Moabite god, and for Milcom, the detestable Ammonite god. 14 He smashed the sacred pillars and cut down the sacred poles,[h] filling the places where they had been with human bones.

15 Josiah also tore down the altar that was in Bethel. That was the shrine made by Jeroboam, Nebat’s son, who caused Israel to sin. Josiah tore down that altar and its shrine. He burned the shrine, grinding it into dust. Then he burned its sacred pole.[i] 16 When Josiah turned around, he noticed tombs up on the hillside. So he ordered the bones to be taken out of the tombs. He then burned them on the altar, desecrating it. (This was in agreement with the word that the Lord announced by the man of God when Jeroboam stood by the altar at the festival.) Josiah then turned and saw the tomb of the man of God[j] who had predicted these things. 17 “What’s this gravestone I see?” Josiah asked.

The people of the city replied, “That tomb belongs to the man of God who came from Judah and announced what you would do to the altar of Bethel.”

18 “Let it be,” Josiah said. “No one should disturb his bones.” So they left his bones untouched, along with the bones of the prophet who came from Samaria.

19 Moreover, Josiah removed all the shrines on the high hills that the Israelite kings had constructed throughout the cities of Samaria. These had made the Lord angry. Josiah did to them just what he did at Bethel. 20 He actually slaughtered on those altars all the priests of the shrines who were there, and he burned human bones on them. Then Josiah returned to Jerusalem.

21 The king commanded all the people, “Celebrate a Passover to the Lord your God following what is instructed in this scroll containing the covenant.” 22 A Passover like this hadn’t been celebrated since the days when the judges judged Israel; neither had it been celebrated during all the days of the Israelite and Judean kings. 23 But in the eighteenth year of King Josiah’s rule, this Passover was celebrated to the Lord in Jerusalem.

24 Josiah burned those who consulted dead spirits and the mediums, the household gods and the worthless idols—all the monstrous things that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem. In this way Josiah fulfilled the words of the Instruction written in the scroll that the priest Hilkiah found in the Lord’s temple. 25 There’s never been a king like Josiah, whether before or after him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart, all his being, and all his strength, in agreement with everything in the Instruction from Moses.

26 Even so, the Lord didn’t turn away from the great rage that burned against Judah on account of all that Manasseh had done to make him angry. 27 The Lord said, “I will remove Judah from my presence just as I removed Israel. I will reject this city, Jerusalem, which I chose, and this temple where I promised my name would reside.”

28 The rest of Josiah’s deeds and all that he accomplished, aren’t they written in the official records of Judah’s kings? 29 In his days, the Egyptian king Pharaoh Neco marched against the Assyrian king at the Euphrates River. King Josiah marched out to intercept him. But when Neco encountered Josiah in Megiddo, he killed the king. 30 Josiah’s servants took his body from Megiddo in a chariot. They brought him to Jerusalem and buried him in his own tomb. The people of the land took Jehoahaz, Josiah’s son, anointed him, and made him king after his father.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Kings 22:4 Heb uncertain
  2. 2 Kings 22:17 Or made
  3. 2 Kings 23:6 Heb lacks image; perhaps a pole dedicated to the goddess.
  4. 2 Kings 23:7 Traditionally cultic prostitutes
  5. 2 Kings 23:7 Heb uncertain
  6. 2 Kings 23:11 Heb uncertain
  7. 2 Kings 23:12 Correction; MT removed them quickly or ran from there
  8. 2 Kings 23:14 Heb asherim, perhaps objects devoted to the goddess Asherah
  9. 2 Kings 23:15 Heb asherah, perhaps an object devoted to the goddess Asherah
  10. 2 Kings 23:16 LXX; MT lacks when Jeroboam stood by the altar at the festival. Josiah then turned and saw the tomb of the man of God.
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Acts 21:37-22:16

37 As Paul was about to be taken into the military headquarters, he asked the commander, “May I speak with you?”

He answered, “Do you know Greek? 38 Aren’t you the Egyptian who started a revolt and led four thousand terrorists into the desert some time ago?”

39 Paul replied, “I’m a Jew from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of an important city. Please, let me speak to the people.” 40 With the commander’s permission, Paul stood on the steps and gestured to the people. When they were quiet, he addressed them in Aramaic.

Paul’s defense before his accusers

22 “Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense.” When they heard him address them in Aramaic, they became even more quiet. Paul continued, “I’m a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia but raised in this city. Under Gamaliel’s instruction, I was trained in the strict interpretation of our ancestral Law. I am passionately loyal to God, just like you who are gathered here today. I harassed those who followed this Way to their death, arresting and delivering both men and women into prison. The high priest and the whole Jerusalem Council can testify about me. I received letters from them, addressed to our associates in Damascus, then went there to bring those who were arrested to Jerusalem so they could be punished.

“During that journey, about noon, as I approached Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven encircled me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice asking me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you harassing me?’ I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are harassing,’ he replied. My traveling companions saw the light, but they didn’t hear the voice of the one who spoke to me. 10 I asked, ‘What should I do, Lord?’ ‘Get up,’ the Lord replied, ‘and go into Damascus. There you will be told everything you have been appointed to do.’ 11 I couldn’t see because of the brightness of that light, so my companions led me by the hand into Damascus.

12 “There was a certain man named Ananias. According to the standards of the Law, he was a pious man who enjoyed the respect of all the Jews living there. 13 He came and stood beside me. ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ he said. Instantly, I regained my sight and I could see him. 14 He said, ‘The God of our ancestors has selected you to know his will, to see the righteous one, and to hear his voice. 15 You will be his witness to everyone concerning what you have seen and heard. 16 What are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized, and wash away your sins as you call on his name.’

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Psalm 1

BOOK I

(Psalms 1–41)

Psalm 1

The truly happy person
doesn’t follow wicked advice,
doesn’t stand on the road of sinners,
and doesn’t sit with the disrespectful.
Instead of doing those things,
these persons love the Lord’s Instruction,
and they recite God’s Instruction day and night!
They are like a tree replanted by streams of water,
which bears fruit at just the right time
and whose leaves don’t fade.
Whatever they do succeeds.

That’s not true for the wicked!
They are like dust that the wind blows away.
And that’s why the wicked will have no standing in the court of justice—
neither will sinners
in the assembly of the righteous.
The Lord is intimately acquainted
with the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked is destroyed.

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Proverbs 18:11-12

11 The riches of the wealthy are a strong city
and like a high wall in their imagination.
12 Pride comes before a disaster,
but humility comes before respect.

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7/2/2022 DAB Transcript

2 Kings 20:1-22:2, Acts 21:18-36, Psalm 150:1-6, Proverbs 18:9-10

Today is the second day of July, welcome to the Daily audio Bible. I am Brian, like every day and it’s great to be here with you today, like every day, around the Global Campfire, like every day, together, like every day. And I am thrilled that we can take the next step forward on our adventure through the Scriptures, day-by-day, step-by-step. Now we are moving into this seventh month of the year and continuing our journey through the book of second Kings. A pretty dramatic thing happened yesterday, the kingdom of Judah was spared from being conquered by the Assyrian Empire, who had already conquered the northern kingdom of Judah and exported, or exiled all of the people, but when they got to Jerusalem, Hezekiah the king of Israel, cried out to God and God delivered them. And we kinda left that story with Sennacherib having to go back to Assyria, to the city of Nineveh, where he ended up being assassinated by his own sons. And so, the next step forward, leads us back to second Kings chapter 20 verse 1 through 22 verse 2, today.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word, we thank You for bringing us into this brand-new month, we thank You for bringing us to the end of another week and we look forward to our first full week in this month, we thank You for your ever-present faithfulness to us. We want to be able to say the exact same thing, that we are ever-present and faithful to You, but we fall short, so many of the times and You are so kind and gracious that you restore us, and we thank You and we love You and we’re grateful. So, as this week comes to a close and we release it and it becomes part of our history, we look forward, with great anticipation, for all that You have to teach us through the Scriptures and for all that You are transforming within us, for the path ahead, the adventure of a lifetime with You, we love You and we worship You and we pray this, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Announcements:

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The other thing that we’re talking about right now, is that we’re planning to go on pilgrimage, back to the land of the Bible, February 6 through the 19th 2023. Normally we, well, in the past we’ve, it’s been an annual pilgrimage to the land of the Bible and so, by the time that we get back from Israel, the next year is pretty close to full. We’re just kind of starting from ground zero here, just starting over, gonna go back one more time, after all this COVID stuff, we’re gonna go back and we’re gonna enjoy, we’re gonna reflect, we’re gonna discern and see if this is something that we do every year. But this is what we’re going to do in 2023. And you can check it all out by going to dailyaudiobible.com and in the initiatives section you will find Israel 2023. If you’re using the Daily audio Bible app, you just push the little drawer icon, in the upper left-hand corner and there’s the initiatives section inside the drawer, push that and you’ll find Israel 2023. Or you can go to dailyaudiobibleIsrael.com. So, check that out and we will look forward to seeing you on the Mediterranean coast in February.

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Prayer and Encouragements:

Hi, Daily Audio Bible, this is Joanna from the Pacific Northwest and it’s Wednesday, June 29th. Calling in because I wanted to give an update and also, just ask for prayer. I’ve called in about this before my husband and I, we’ve really wanted to have a baby for several years and it just hasn’t happened. And, we had someone, the Lord, prompted somebody to pay for IVF for us, which felt like a huge miracle, something we couldn’t afford on our own. So, we went through the whole hard process and it didn’t work for us. So, we’re just feeling pretty devastated and confused with what the Lord’s doing with us. And there’s a few other things, we’re, money has been really tight lately and trying not to be anxious about it but just ask the Lord for help and trust Him. And that’s hard. And been other health thing, my husband was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea which felt like a victory because we understand why he’s so tired all the time and why things are hard for him. Like getting up and doing regular stuff. But there’s a long wait to get the CPAP machine that will help him. So, things are just feeling hard right now, feeling pretty down. So, if you could pray for us, we would really appreciate that.

Okay family, so it’s Sparky. I got a wild God story. This morning, about 8 o’clock, I came out and I like to turn my DAB on and my dogs like to lay with me in the morning, we do our thing, I go through that, I get started. Well, I had applied for a job last week, where I was probably gonna take a pay cut. And I was okay with that but I had gotten an email that said, we have an interview. And I said, well okay. I get out of here, I’m pecking away at my phone, I can’t get the DAB app to work and I’m getting frustrated and so I reset my phone, thinking it’s my phone. And the reminder comes up, it wasn’t at 10 o’clock the interview, it was at 8:30. Well, it was 8 o’clock when this happened. So, I run in, panic, I’ve put my shirt on, a collared shirt, run back out, get on Microsoft Teams and the screen pops up and it is the Crime de la crime of the power company, that I have been contracting for. And they ask me, if I would be willing to take a top-level position. But I would have to go back to college and get another degree and they would pay for it. What!!!! God, but God. What!!! I had applied for that job like a year and a half ago. And I want to tell you, God moves, God speaks, our prayers matter. Good Lord, I love you guys. I just, it’s a God moment, be patient. Pray with Him.

Daily Audio Bible, it’s Quiet Confidence, can you please pray for me. Pray that God would take away all the fear, all the anxiety, and that He would heal my mental health, that I can help my family again. My husband is the only one that’s working right now. And it’s been a strain on our family. I just need my mind healed. I just ask that God would just restore to me, the joy of my salvation. I just don’t know how this happened. But I know that I need help. Pray for my husband’s health and he’s battling Greys Disease. That God would just restore everything, that the enemy has tried to steal. That He would restore my family and He would restore my marriage. That He would strengthen my walk with Him. The devil keeps telling me that I’ve back slide, that I’m going to hell. But I love Jesus, I confess Him as Lord and Savior and I just want God to just heal my mind. That He would just please heal my mind and restore my mind. Whatever it takes.

Hey, Daily Audio Bible, it’s Dr. John from Jordan, New York. Susan from Canada, God’s Yellow Flower, I heard you talk about going through the fire and having these difficulties and not minding because it encouraged other people, and I know exactly what you mean, because that’s what I went through last summer with my eyes and encouraging people with the…the blessings that I had from God. And so, yes, it is a blessing to go through trials when you can encourage each other and encourage one another. So, Heavenly Father, please continue to heal Susan and bring her through this trial. We thank You for her wonderful attitude, we thank You for her prayers. She is a blessing to us. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen. Daily Audio Bible, I have urgent prayers for my brother-in-law Carl. He just found out yesterday that his oldest son, John Carl, was found dead in and Airbnb, in Mexico. John has had problems with drug use in the past and it’s assuming that it’s an accidental overdose, but Carl has to go down to identify his son. He just lost his mother last month, my mother-in-law passed, that was a good death. She was able to be around family. It was her time. She was 87 years old and she passed peacefully with her loved ones around. This is not. Please pray for Carl and all of his family, that God will give him peace as he goes through these trials. Thank you, Dr. John, signing off.

Hello family, this is Paula, The Child Advocate from the LA area, calling with a message for Travis. Travis your prayer about becoming a pastor and you thought you were maybe too old or not smart enough, it really resonated with me, because when I was in my 40s, God was calling me to be a principal at a Catholic School. And I said, no Lord, it’s not me, too old, can’t do it, not smart enough. But God didn’t stop and at age 50, I finally answered the call, went back to school to get my Masters and became principal. And I look back now thinking, why didn’t answer that call when I was in my 40s. So, the message for you is, if God is calling you, don’t worry about it, just answer the call. He will provide what you need, you are smart enough and you are not too old by any means. So, my prayers are for you Travis. I know that you can do it. If it’s from the Lord, then you can do this. And family, I also have a quick prayer, I would like to ask of you, I put on the Prayer Wall, a young man named Angel, who went through a brain operation for a brain tumor. He was doing well. Came home for five days, fell, now they’ve discovered the tumor is back and it’s spread through his bones. His wife is due with their second child in a week and they desperately need a miracle. Please family, pray for Angel, he’ll be in the hospital for 30 days getting radiation. Thank you so much family. I know I can count on all of you. Take care.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday July 2, 2022 (NIV)

2 Kings 20:1-22:2

Hezekiah’s Illness and Recovery

20 In those days(A) Hezekiah became terminally ill.(B) The prophet Isaiah(C) son of Amoz came and said to him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Set your house in order, for you are about to die; you will not recover.’”(D)

Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall(E) and prayed to the Lord, “Please, Lord, remember(F) how I have walked before you faithfully and wholeheartedly and have done what pleases you.”[a](G) And Hezekiah wept bitterly.(H)

Isaiah had not yet gone out of the inner courtyard when the word of the Lord came to him: “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader(I) of my people, ‘This is what the Lord God of your ancestor David says: I have heard your prayer;(J) I have seen your tears. Look, I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the Lord’s temple. I will add fifteen years to your life. I will rescue you and this city from the grasp of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’”(K)

Then Isaiah said, “Bring a lump of pressed figs.” So they brought it and applied it to his infected skin, and he recovered.(L)

Hezekiah had asked Isaiah, “What is the sign(M) that the Lord will heal me and that I will go up to the Lord’s temple on the third day?”

Isaiah said, “This is the sign(N) to you from the Lord that he will do what he has promised: Should the shadow go ahead ten steps or go back ten steps?”

10 Then Hezekiah answered, “It’s easy for the shadow to lengthen ten steps. No, let the shadow go back ten steps.” 11 So the prophet Isaiah called out to the Lord, and he brought the shadow[b] back the ten steps it had descended on the stairway of Ahaz.[c](O)

Hezekiah’s Folly

12 At that time(P) Merodach-baladan[d] son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah since he heard that he had been sick. 13 Hezekiah listened to the letters and showed the envoys his whole treasure house—the silver, the gold, the spices, and the precious oil—and his armory, and everything that was found in his treasuries. There was nothing in his palace and in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them.(Q)

14 Then the prophet Isaiah came to King Hezekiah and asked him, “Where did these men come from and what did they say to you?”

Hezekiah replied, “They came from a distant country, from Babylon.”

15 Isaiah asked, “What have they seen in your palace?”

Hezekiah answered, “They have seen everything in my palace. There isn’t anything in my treasuries that I didn’t show them.”

16 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord: 17 ‘Look, the days are coming when everything in your palace and all that your predecessors have stored up until today will be carried off to Babylon; nothing will be left,’(R) says the Lord. 18 ‘Some of your descendants—who come from you, whom you father—will be taken away,(S) and they will become eunuchs[e] in the palace of the king of Babylon.’”(T)

19 Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord that you have spoken is good,”(U) for he thought, “Why not, if there will be peace and security during my lifetime?”

Hezekiah’s Death

20 The rest of the events of Hezekiah’s reign, along with all his might and how he made the pool(V) and the tunnel and brought water into the city,(W) are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings.(X) 21 Hezekiah rested with his ancestors, and his son Manasseh became king in his place.(Y)

Judah’s King Manasseh

21 Manasseh(Z) was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hephzibah.(AA) He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight,(AB) imitating the detestable practices of the nations that the Lord had dispossessed before the Israelites.(AC) He rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had destroyed(AD) and reestablished the altars for Baal. He made an Asherah,(AE) as King Ahab of Israel had done;(AF) he also bowed in worship to all the stars in the sky(AG) and served them. He built altars in the Lord’s temple,(AH) where the Lord had said, “Jerusalem is where I will put my name.”(AI) He built altars to all the stars in the sky(AJ) in both courtyards of the Lord’s temple.(AK) He sacrificed his son in the fire,[f](AL) practiced witchcraft and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists.(AM) He did a huge amount of evil in the Lord’s sight, angering him.(AN)

Manasseh set up the carved image of Asherah, which he made, in the temple that the Lord had spoken about to David and his son Solomon: “I will establish my name forever in this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel.(AO) I will never again cause the feet of the Israelites to wander from the land I gave to their ancestors if only they will be careful to do all I have commanded them—the whole law that my servant Moses commanded them.”(AP) But they did not listen; Manasseh caused them to stray so that they did worse evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites.(AQ)

10 The Lord said through his servants the prophets, 11 “Since King Manasseh of Judah has committed all these detestable acts(AR)—worse evil than the Amorites(AS) who preceded him had done—and by means of his idols has also caused Judah to sin, 12 this is what the Lord God of Israel says: ‘I am about to bring such a disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that everyone who hears about it will shudder.[g](AT) 13 I will stretch over Jerusalem the measuring line used on Samaria and the mason’s level used on the house of Ahab,(AU) and I will wipe(AV) Jerusalem clean as one wipes a bowl—wiping it and turning it upside down. 14 I will abandon the remnant(AW) of my inheritance and hand them over to their enemies. They will become plunder and spoil to all their enemies, 15 because they have done what is evil in my sight and have angered me from the day their ancestors came out of Egypt until today.’”(AX)

16 Manasseh also shed so much innocent blood that he filled Jerusalem with it from one end to another.(AY) This was in addition to his sin that he caused Judah to commit, so that they did what was evil in the Lord’s sight.

Manasseh’s Death

17 The rest(AZ) of the events of Manasseh’s reign, along with all his accomplishments and the sin that he committed, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings.(BA) 18 Manasseh rested with his ancestors and was buried in the garden of his own house, the garden of Uzza. His son Amon became king in his place.

Judah’s King Amon

19 Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king,(BB) and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Meshullemeth daughter of Haruz; she was from Jotbah. 20 He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, just as his father Manasseh had done.(BC) 21 He walked in all the ways his father had walked; he served the idols his father had served, and he bowed in worship to them.(BD) 22 He abandoned the Lord God of his ancestors(BE) and did not walk in the ways of the Lord.(BF)

23 Amon’s servants conspired against him and put the king to death in his own house.(BG) 24 The common people[h] killed(BH) all who had conspired against King Amon, and they made his son Josiah(BI) king in his place.

25 The rest of the events of Amon’s reign, along with his accomplishments, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings. 26 He was buried in his tomb in the garden of Uzza, and his son Josiah became king in his place.

Judah’s King Josiah

22 Josiah(BJ) was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah; she was from Bozkath.(BK) He did what was right in the Lord’s sight and walked in all the ways of his ancestor David;(BL) he did not turn to the right or the left.(BM)

Footnotes:

  1. 20:3 Lit what is good in your eyes
  2. 20:11 Lit shadow on the steps
  3. 20:11 Tg, Vg; DSS read on the steps of Ahaz’s roof chamber; Is 38:8
  4. 20:12 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Tg, some Vg mss, Is 39:1; other Hb mss read Berodach-baladan
  5. 20:18 Or court officials
  6. 21:6 Lit He made his son pass through the fire
  7. 21:12 Lit about it, his two ears will tingle; Hb obscure
  8. 21:24 Lit The people of the land
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Acts 21:18-36

18 The following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present.(A) 19 After greeting them, he reported in detail what God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.(B)

20 When they heard it, they glorified God and said, “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous(C) for the law. 21 But they have been informed about you—that you are teaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to abandon Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or to live according to our customs.(D) 22 So what is to be done?[a] They will certainly hear that you’ve come. 23 Therefore do what we tell you: We have four men who have made a vow. 24 Take these men, purify yourself along with them, and pay for them to get their heads shaved. Then everyone will know that what they were told about you amounts to nothing, but that you yourself are also careful about observing the law.(E) 25 With regard to the Gentiles who have believed, we have written a letter containing our decision that[b] they should keep themselves from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from what is strangled, and from sexual immorality.”

The Riot in the Temple

26 So the next day, Paul took the men, having purified himself along with them, and entered the temple, announcing the completion of the purification days when the offering would be made for each of them.(F) 27 When the seven days were nearly over, some Jews from the province of Asia saw him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd, and seized him,(G) 28 shouting, “Fellow Israelites, help! This is the man who teaches everyone everywhere against our people, our law, and this place. What’s more, he also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.”(H) 29 For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with him, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple.(I)

30 The whole city was stirred up, and the people rushed together. They seized Paul, dragged him out of the temple, and at once the gates were shut.(J)

31 As they were trying to kill him, word went up to the commander of the regiment that all Jerusalem was in chaos. 32 Taking along soldiers and centurions, he immediately ran down to them. Seeing the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33 Then the commander approached, took him into custody, and ordered him to be bound with two chains.(K) He asked who he was and what he had done. 34 Some in the crowd were shouting one thing and some another. Since he was not able to get reliable information because of the uproar, he ordered him to be taken into the barracks.(L) 35 When Paul got to the steps, he had to be carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the crowd, 36 for the mass of people followed, yelling, “Get rid of him!” (M)

Footnotes:

  1. 21:22 Other mss add A multitude has to come together, since
  2. 21:25 Other mss add they should observe no such thing, except that
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Psalm 150

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord

Hallelujah!
Praise God in his sanctuary.
Praise him in his mighty expanse.(A)
Praise him for his powerful acts;(B)
praise him for his abundant greatness.(C)

Praise him with the blast of a ram’s horn;(D)
praise him with harp and lyre.(E)
Praise him with tambourine and dance;(F)
praise him with strings and flute.(G)
Praise him with resounding cymbals;
praise him with clashing cymbals.(H)

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.(I)
Hallelujah!

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Proverbs 18:9-10

The one who is lazy in his work
is brother to a vandal.[a](A)

10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;(B)
the righteous run to it and are protected.[b](C)

Footnotes:

  1. 18:9 Lit master of destruction
  2. 18:10 Lit raised high
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07/01/2022 DAB Transcript

2 Kings 18:13-19:37, Acts 21:1-17, Psalms 149:1-9, Proverbs 18:8

Today is the 1st day of July welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. Welcome to a brand-new shiny sparkly month, the 7th month of the year and the 182nd day of the year. So, here we are launching into the 7th month. We have crossed through essentially the halfway point in terms of months for sure. And, so, here we are. I guess we could consider this the back half, and there is a lot in front of us. And, so, let us dive in and take the next step forward. That next step leads us back into the book of second Kings. We kind of ended the month of June just imagining the fact that 10 of the tribes of Israel are gone. Like, the kingdom of Israel is…is gone. The people of been deported into exile, the 10 tribes of the north when the Assyrian Empire conquered them. So, let’s take the next step forward and see what happens next. We’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week. Second Kings chapter 18 verse 13 through 19 verse 37.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in the book of second Kings we’ve continued this advance by the Assyrian Empire and King Sennacherib. They had conquered Israel, the northern kingdom, the 10 tribes in the north and were continuing their conquest southward through the land with the intention of also overcoming the kingdom of Judah and sending them into exile the same way. So, as the story goes, Sennacherib  captures the city of Lachish or La-chish and this…this was a walled fortified city. Like this was second only to Jerusalem and its defenses. And, so, the Assyrians captured the city and then send on an envoy to Jerusalem with essentially an intimidation tactic. And, so, they go outside the walls and some officials come to meet with them to get the message and they begin to speak with them and it is a message of intimidation, which essentially is, “what…what makes you think you can survive this? What…what are you relying on the makes you think you’re going to get away from us because you’re not? Who has ever withstood an attack from the Assyrian Empire? What place that we’ve ever gone did we not conquer and destroy? So, what would make you think that you’re gonna survive? Is it your God? Your God? Has any other God stood in the way of the king of Assyria?” You can just kind here the taunting and intimidation involved. And then the officials are like, speak to us in Aramaic, not in Hebrew so the people don’t understand. But that just makes the envoys from Sennacherib shout out to everybody in a language they can understand, in the Hebrew language to surrender so to like…to demoralize the people with inside the city. “Come out, surrender. You will live. You can stay here. You __. I’ll let you come back. And you’re gonna have to move but I’ll move you somewhere good, somewhere like this. You can keep your life you can keep your family. Surrender to me. Don’t be deceived by your king. Don’t be deceived by Hezekiah, thinking that the Lord is going to save you. No God has saved any country that we’ve invaded. Come out and surrender. Otherwise, you’re going to be trapped in there eating your own poop and drinking your own pee.” Totally demoralizing. If you are within the city walls trapped preparing for a siege surrounded outmanned outnumbered outgunned or out sordid and then this campaign of intimidation and taunting and arrogance comes. I mean sometimes that’s the thing that can take us out, the voice of intimidation, the accusation, the arrogance. And, so, king Hezekiah eventually gets the news, the word of all this and there’s sackcloth and ashes. And then there’s this beautiful scene of Hezekiah who was a good king, a good, good, reforming king in the land of Judah, the kingdom of Judah. He goes into the Lord’s temple with the letter, the second form of intimidation. He spreads this out before the Lord. Like right here on this page, that’s the taunting voice, that is the arrogance being spoken against you, Lord. It’s really actually a beautifully humble acknowledgment. I mean Hezekiah’s like the things that they’re saying our true as far as the destruction that has been left in their wake. Like they have destroyed everything they have attacked, and we truly are powerless to sustain or survive this without you, Lord. Sentiments inside of a prayer that we’ve probably prayed at one point or another. And then they send word to the prophet Isaiah asking for prayer. And Isaiah sends a message back from the Lord that relying on the Lord is actually a safe thing to do. The only safe thing to do at all in this scenario, and the Lord will not deny his people. And, so, Isaiah gives this message of confidence that there is a future for Judah, and that this isn’t going to happen. The Lord says, “this year you will you what grows on its own and in the second year what grows from that. But in the 3rd sow and re-plant vineyards and eat their fruit. Like, there’s a future here. And then the Lord says the surviving remnant of the house of Judah will again take root downward and bear fruit upward. And that has been the word for our year, rooted. And, so, that jumped off the page to me. And I begin to think, even as I was reading. Take root downward and bear fruit upward, that’s it. We are always asking for the fruit of the Spirit to be present and plentiful in our lives but thinking back to the parable of the good soil that Jesus…or the different kinds of soil that Jesus talked about. To have fruit upward we need roots downward. If we’re not seeing that, then it’s beneath the surface that we need to be looking. It’s in the rootedness. If all we’re doing is looking for or looking at the fruit…I mean if we see someone bearing fruit for the kingdom of God and we must know that they are rooted. And if we want a bountiful harvest of the fruit of the spirit in our lives, then we must likewise be rooted. And this is what God is promising these people who are totally outnumbered and totally being intimidated. But as the story goes the Angel the Lord strikes down the Assyrian army, 185,000 people die and King’s Sennacherib has to go back to Assyria and in short order, he is assassinated by his own sons, and Judah is rescued under the leadership of King Hezekiah and the prophetic voice of Isaiah. And it will take a little bit of time and a totally different Empire to eventually carry Judah into exile. But we will follow that story and see how it all goes down in the days ahead.

And then there’s this really heartbreaking scene in the book of Acts today where the apostle Paul is on his way to Jerusalem and everywhere he stops people are warning them not to go up to Jerusalem. I mean, he’s a lightning rod at this point. Paul is a Pharisee who was educated in Jerusalem, who was zealous for the Mosaic law, who was absolutely against the name of Jesus, and he’s done an about-face and is moving in a completely just different direction. And, so, the Jewish people look at Paul as a heretic, as somebody who has actually left his faith, somebody who was saying that Gentiles can be involved in this story, like somebody who needs to die. And, so, as Paul is making his way back to Jerusalem he’s been warned, even prophetically warned that captivity and chains and suffering are in his future. And, so, everywhere he goes he’s like on his goodbye tour on his way back to Jerusalem. Very, very, very sad. And, so, people are pleading with him today and he’s saying like it’s breaking my heart to listen to you guys. You have to know that the Lord told me to go to Jerusalem and I know what’s coming and I’m ready. Like, I’m willing for captivity. But I’m willing to die for the name of Jesus if that’s what this takes. But I have to obey the Lord and it’s breaking my heart to see you so sad. And, so, we get a little bit of a personal glimpse into the apostle Paul. We’re still kinda getting to know him. We’re in the book of Acts, but after this we will begin Paul’s letters. And, so, we’ll be listening to Paul’s personality in his letters for quite a while. So, this glimpse of him just having a human moment here is really helpful because a lot of Paul’s writings are highly theological. And obviously we will be continuing the story in the book of Acts. Is he gonna get there to Jerusalem? Does he make it? What happens? We’ll find out in the days ahead.

And then lastly from the book of Proverbs, a theme that comes up often in the Bible. And that is what is coming out of our mouths. And, so, the book of Proverbs has a single sentence for us. A gossip’s words are like choice food that goes down to one’s innermost being. I cannot read that proverb without saying something about it, even if I’m just talking to myself. Gossip is such a destructive force. It destroys communities. It’s like a cancer in communities. When there’s this kind of back story that’s unspoken that’s fragmented that’s in pieces throughout a community, it's…it can be so divisive and devastating. And, so, what we’re told here is that gossip is tasty. And we know that. Like it’s tasty to have the inside scoop, to sort of get some information that’s not out there about somebody or even have a friendly Christian conversation about somebody else. Somebody else’s problems that we need to pray for. What do you think is going on? Well, I heard this. Really, well I heard this. And before you know it just fully creating a story without…about a person without the person there to say, no that’s not…that’s not how it went. I was there, it’s me. This is how it went. We need to know from the voice of wisdom is that these things end up in our innermost being. Like we can pick up somebody else’s offense through gossip. All kinds of things can happen through this. And, so, let’s at least just simply acknowledge once again the Bible has brought this up. The Bible brings this up a number of times in a number of ways. We’re not to be able to escape the fact that the power of life and death is in our tongue. So, in our mouths and what comes out of our mouths actually matters and sets things into motion. But what we receive from other people’s mouths into our ears when it’s gossip, it may be tasty, but it goes into the innermost being, which simply allows us to question whether or not we want that we want that, do we want that stuff, that kinda stuff, other people’s offenses, this kind of stuff, do we want that in our innermost being? Not like just something that we heard and went in one ear and out the other, but something that went into our ears and sank down into our innermost being. If we don’t then…well…then wisdom would tell us to avoid this kind of behavior.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for even the many different facets that we could look at ourselves through Your word in the stories that we read today, being surrounded and taunted by an enemy trying to intimidate us or Paul following what You would told him to do even though he knew what was going to happen was being warned, and what the Proverbs have told us about being careful what we participate in and listening to. We thank You that the Scriptures really do touch all of the different facets of our lives as we enter into a relationship with them. And we thank You that day by day step-by-step we are doing just that. And indeed, the Scriptures are touching our lives. And, so, plant these seeds in our lives. May our roots go down word that we might bear fruit upward. We ask this in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is home base and it’s where you find out what’s going on around here. And we’ve got several things going on around here. And by the way, if you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app you can find out what’s going on around here as well by pushing the Drawer icon in the upper left-hand corner.

So, we have the Daily Audio Bible long walk coming up, which is less than a week now, a week from yesterday. The seventh day of July is the Daily Audio Bible holiday, our own little global campfire holiday. And I’ve been explaining it for…for a week or whatever. And it’s just a time to give ourselves permission to carve out a day and go for a long walk with God. Go out into nature, go intentionally with the idea that a long walk, a stroll through somewhere beautiful with the lover of our souls where we can say all that we need to say and hear all that we need to hear is a worthwhile endeavor to say the least. And, so, that’s what we do every seventh day of July. All over the world go out into beauty, spend the day with God saying we need to say and listening as we prepare to really set the course for the second half of the year. And, so, make plans for that. That’s coming up this coming Thursday, the 7th of July. And obviously that’s a solitary endeavor. That’s a very, very personal journey with God but it’s something that we’re doing by the thousands together at the same time in different places in the world. And it’s very unlikely we’re gonna go anywhere without her phone these days and it’s important to remember these times, especially like a time that we spent with God. Maybe take some pictures. Take some pictures of the beauty that you see, a video of what you experienced and come and share your long walk story. We put a post on the Daily Audio Bible Facebook page. That’s facebook.com/dailyaudiobible. And you can post your pictures and your stories in there and then we can all enjoy them together looking through each other’s lenses basically, opening windows into each other’s lives. So, that’s coming up on the 7th of July. Make plans for that. I am ready and looking forward to it.

And then the other thing that we’ve got going on right now is that we have announced the fact that we intend to go back to Israel on a pilgrimage, February 6th through the 19th 2023 and love to have you. And you can check out those details at dailyaudiobible.com in the Initiatives section or you can use the Daily Audio Bible app and open up the Drawer and find the Initiatives section and you’ll find Israel 2023 in  there or you can just go to dailyaudiobibleisrael.com and that will get you there as well. So, check it out and looking forward to that and in a few months.

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And that’s it for today. I’m Brian I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

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