Monday, December 8, 2014

2 Kings, Day 1 Readings

Elijah Ascends to Heaven and Elisha Raises Dead Boy  

Today's first reading tells of the final days of the great prophet Elijah.  Having mentored his successor Elisha, Elijah is taken into heaven riding a chariot of fire.  Elisha, who witnessed this event, picks up Elijah's mantle and assumes his role as God's prophet during very troubled times.

Read 2 Kings 2:1-18  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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The second selection describes one of the great miracles ascribed to Elisha.  The prophet rewards a hostess with the promise of a son, despite her husband's old age.  However, the boy dies from mysterious causes, causing his mother to send for Elisha and ask why God would have given a son only to have him die so soon.  The prophet comes again to the house and, through prayer, brought the boy back to life.

Read 2 Kings 4:8-37  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read 2 Kings 1-5 today.