Challenge #2: Day 20

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Esther

This is a longer reading – a whole book. But it doesn’t take too long to read and reading it all in one go gives you a good feel for the whole story.
During this time in Israel’s history, the Jews had been allowed to return to their land and they were rebuilding the city of Jerusalem and the Temple. However, there were many who remained in the land where they had been taken captivity, probably because they had made a comfortable life for themselves there.

This is chronologically one of the last books of the Old Testament and an interesting thing about this book is that it is the only book in the Bible that never mentions God. Perhaps it is meant to show how that God, whether acknowledged or not, still works out His purposes.

As you read, as well as putting a mark beside anything that stands out to you or that makes you ask why, put a mark beside anything that makes you think that God working behind the scenes. By now you should be doing great at asking and finding answers to your own questions. Visit Day 1 if you need a reminder of what to do.

Hope you enjoyed Challenge #2!

Challenge #2: Day 19

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Nehemiah 8

Read through the chapters and while you are reading, put a mark beside anything that stands out to you or that makes you ask why. Investigate your own questions or start with an idea below. Visit Day 1 if you need a reminder of what to do.

Nehemiah 8:2 – Often we forget that in Bible times people would not have had their own personal copy of God’s Word – they had to listen and be taught by the priests. How often were they supposed to read the Law?

Nehemiah 8:10 – Why was the joy of the LORD their strength?

Nehemiah 8:14 – Why were they to dwell in booths?

Challenge #2: Day 18

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2 Kings 18 & 19

Read through the chapters and while you are reading, put a mark beside anything that stands out to you or that makes you ask why. Investigate your own questions or start with an idea below. Visit Day 1 if you need a reminder of what to do.

2 Kings 18:3 – What was it that David his father had done?

2 Kings 18:4 – What was the brasen serpent?

2 Kings 19:28 – What does it mean to put a hook in his nose?

2 Kings 19:35 – Are there other occasions when the angel of the LORD fought for Israel in this way?

Challenge #2: Day 17

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2 Chronicles 20

Read through the chapters and while you are reading, put a mark beside anything that stands out to you or that makes you ask why. Investigate your own questions or start with an idea below. Visit Day 1 if you need a reminder of what to do.

2 Chronicles 20:2 – What sea is being referred to?

2 Chronicles 20:10 – Why were they not allowed to invade Ammon, Moab and Seir?

2 Chronicles 20:17 – Had the people ever been told to “stand still and see” before?

Challenge #2: Day 16

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1 Kings 18

Read through the chapters and while you are reading, put a mark beside anything that stands out to you or that makes you ask why. Investigate your own questions or start with an idea below. Visit Day 1 if you need a reminder of what to do.

1 Kings 18:1 – The third year of what?

1 Kings 18:21 – What does it mean to halt between two opinions?

1 Kings 18:24 – Had God every answered by fire before?

1 Kings 18:40 – Why were the prophets of Baal to be killed?

Challenge #2: Day 15

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2 Samuel 7

Read through the chapter and while you are reading, put a mark beside anything that stands out to you or that makes you ask why. Investigate your own questions or start with an idea below. Visit Day 1 if you need a reminder of what to do.

2 Samuel 7:2 – What did it mean that the ark dwelt in curtains?

2 Samuel 7:12,13 – Who is the seed being spoken of here?

2 Samuel 7:14 – What does it mean to be chastened with the rod and stripes of men?

Challenge #2: Day 14

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1 Samuel 17

Read through the chapters and while you are reading, put a mark beside anything that stands out to you or that makes you ask why. Investigate your own questions or start with an idea below. Visit Day 1 if you need a reminder of what to do.

1 Samuel 17:11 – Why were Saul and the people dismayed at Goliath’s words?

1 Samuel 17:12 – What was an Ephrathite?

1 Samuel 17:15 – What does it mean that David returned from Saul?

1 Samuel 17:26 – What was the reproach on Israel?

Challenge #2: Day 13

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1 Samuel 4 & 5

Read through the chapters and while you are reading, put a mark beside anything that stands out to you or that makes you ask why. Investigate your own questions or start with an idea below. Visit Day 1 if you need a reminder of what to do.

1 Samuel 4:3, 5 – Why did they think the ark would help them?

1 Samuel 5:4 – Was their any significance to the head and hands being broken off the idol?

1 Samuel 5:6 – What were emerods?

Challenge #2: Day 12

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1 Samuel 1

Read through the chapters and while you are reading, put a mark beside anything that stands out to you or that makes you ask why. Investigate your own questions or start with an idea below. Visit Day 1 if you need a reminder of what to do.

1 Samuel 1:5 – What was a worthy portion?

1 Samuel 1:11 – Why would no razor come upon his head?

1 Samuel 1:16 – What was a daughter of Belial?

Challenge #2: Day 11

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Ruth 3 & 4

Read through the chapters and while you are reading, put a mark beside anything that stands out to you or that makes you ask why. Investigate your own questions or start with an idea below. Visit Day 1 if you need a reminder of what to do.

Ruth 3:9 – What did it mean for Boaz to spread his skirt over her?

Ruth 3:13 – What was the part of the kinsman?

Ruth 4:1 – What was important about the gate of the city?

Ruth 4:2 – Who were the elders of the city?