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Read Nehemiah 12-13.
You might wonder why Chronicles, a review of history from Adam to King Cyrus, is scheduled now. Chronicles was written at the time we are now reading about – after the rebuilding of Jerusalem, to remind the Jews of their history and how God had His hand on them. Now that they have returned to Israel, will they keep their Jewish identity? Will they remember their special relationship to God? Chronicles looks back at Israel’s history so that the exiles remember who they are and how God has dealt with them, and can look expectantly to the future for the Messiah.
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Read 1 Chronicles 1-2.
Read 1 Chronicles 3-5. For most of us, genealogies don’t seem important, but in some cultures even today genealogies are highly treasured and provide more validity to Scripture. As you read through the lists, try to remember key events for names you recognize. Also focus on the inserted information, such as in 4:9-10 today, and think about why it was important enough to include.
Read 1 Chronicles 6-7.
Read 1 Chronicles 8-10.
Use this video to pray for New Zealand today.
Read Psalm 78. Because it’s the second longest psalm, it’s scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday. The audio link will play all of Psalm 78.
Finish reading Psalm 78. The audio link is the same as yesterday.