- Grab a Bible. If it fits your style, also grab a journal to write in.
- Which Bible version is best? The one you read! If you don’t have one, let us know! Print, Online, and Apps are available.
- Invite family or friends to join you.
- Pray! Ask the Holy Spirit to help you as you read. HE WILL.
- Check to see if there is a video to watch today
- Look up and read the assigned reading for the day.
- Look up the assigned Psalm that day: pray it out loud.
- Pray! Ask the Father to apply those readings to your life and to help you join Jesus where He is already working. HE WILL.
- Rally together each Sunday at Lindwedel Winery at 9:15 am with questions and discussion.
- Let's get started!!
Prefer a printable study guide? Click this button which contains our reading guide from now through the end of March. All the videos will be here, so check back each week!
Read 1 Kings 17-19, then Pray Psalm 99. Elijah appears on the scene. Take note of the Widow, and note that she is a Gentile (non-Hebrew) living in Gentile territory. Next, we come to Elijah versus the prophets of Baal. This episode is one of the greatest examples of the difference between “up religion” where people have to “do stuff” or “climb up” to get to their gods and “down religion” where God comes down to save His people!
Read 1 Kings 20-22, then Pray Psalm 100. The dark days continue, and God sends Elijah on specific missions. But the specific theme of justice in God’s eyes continue: when leaders cause others to sin, this is a grievous offense to God. **Remember, the only reason 1 Kings ends at this point is they ran out of scroll!**
Read 2 Kings 1-3, then Pray Psalm 101. Chapter 2 has one of the most famous stories in the Bible. It is strange at best, and leaves us wondering why God would take Elijah like this! Remember Genesis 5:21-24. Because we don’t know everything, we don’t know why. The problem is that humans ate from the Tree of “I Know What’s Best” and we don’t like not knowing why.
Read 2 Kings 4-7, then Pray Psalm 102. Take note of the story of Naaman. Again, not a Hebrew, but a Gentile. Jesus reminds the people of His hometown of this story in Luke 4:14-30.
Read 2 Kings 8-11, then Pray Psalm 103. He As you read, take note of the phrase “He did evil in the eyes of the Lord.” It will appear many times. The Bible Project Video on Justice helps us remember what God is interested in and contrast that with what people, especially most of these kings are interested in.
Read 2 Kings 12-14, then Pray Psalm 104. We see mention of “Asherah poles” in various places become a part of the story. These were detestable places where people did detestable things in order to “arouse” Asherah.
Read 2 Kings 15-17, then Pray Psalm 105. We are invited to remember the story of the Exodus (2 Kings 17:7). We are encouraged to be outraged at the behavior of these kings and to see that they were behaving like Pharaoh did in that story. And remember: the issue wasn’t the behavior, but what caused it. The same problem, hard hearts, now exist in God’s people as well.