Friday, December 12, 2014

2 Kings, Day 5 Readings

The Passover Celebrated Again and the Fall of Judah 

Today's first reading provides a description of some of the practices Josiah reintroduced to worship in Judah.  Perhaps most importantly, he decrees the first celebration of Passover in generations.

Read 2 Kings 23:1-28  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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The second selection describes the final days of the southern kingdom as they are invaded by the Babylonians.  Eventually, the capital city of Jerusalem is captured and the Temple is ransacked.  In a final embarrassment, all but the poorest people who remain are exiled into captivity in Babylon.

Read 2 Kings 24:8-25:12  (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 21-25 today.