Day 63 (Literary Finale)

[reaction to One Year Bible’s July 9-11 readings]

First, in the vein of the prayer of Jabez, this little snip-it from Chronicles might make a good women’s empowerment movement. “His daughter was Sheerah, who built Lower and Upper Beth Horon as well as Uzzen Sheerah.” The Sheerah She Rocks movement.

Today’s readings concluded the book of Acts. I will try to reflect on the Gospels + Acts in a separate post, but I wanted to mention here how beautifully Luke tells the final story in chapters 27 & 28. At first it reminds me of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Then it gets all Captain’s Courage. And ends on an up note. Maybe like Swiss Family Robinson–although I haven’t read that one.

For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. 31 He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!

That is the end of story telling in the New Testament. From here on out it is letters discussing theology and spiritual discipline. The Old Testament is retelling 1-2Kings in 1-2Chronicles and we still have Ezra & Nehamiah.

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