May Spiritual Guide Continuing with Journey Through the Bible
As a number of folks are studying God’s Word daily and meeting once a week to share and pray, the spiritual guide is following their daily assignments. We invite anyone to join us. Just start where May starts. Later on, you can go back and “catch up,” or just be where the group is. ALL of God’s Word is rich with meaning, abounding in knowledge and wisdom, and a major vehicle for connecting with God and maintaining a relationship with Him.
This month we finish the second book of Kings, go into the two books of Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, and even do a bit of Job. The books of Chronicles were written as one book. As you read them, you’ll feel like you already read them. Chronicles kind of retells Kings, but with a more God-like perspective as opposed to the (world’s) historical perspective of Kings. After the Babylonian exile of seventy years, Ezra and Nehemiah tell about post-Babylon and the return to Israel with the physical and spiritual rebuilding for the Israelites. Esther is set in Persia, from where the exiles are leaving to go back to Israel. Its story is encouragement that God never forgets His promises and always preserves a remnant.
The book of Job is the first of the wisdom books. That book deals with the age-old question: Why do innocent people suffer at the hand of evil people? As you read each day, begin with a prayer for the Holy Spirit to help you read and understand. End with a prayer that what you’ve just read will help you grow. Praise God for the blessings He has given. Bible study each day feeds our spiritual bodies and is as needed as food each day that feeds our physical bodies.
Blessings! Bobbie Denny, spiritual lay leader