Look, not to brag or anything, but I’ve managed to get through 3 entire Bible books in one month so far in 2013, which is like, beyond breakneck speed for me. And none of these books were short either. My pace in 2012 was absolutely pathetic, so my goal in 2013 is to keep a much better pace so that I can hopefully finish this freaking thing sometime before I die. Let’s hope I don’t get hit by a bus or have some other terrible twist of fate befall me tomorrow.
Anywho. 1st Chronicles is the book this time around. 29 chapters, a pretty decent length. I’ll just go ahead and get straight to my summary right here and now:
“And the watchman told, saying, He came even unto them, and cometh not again: and the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi; for he driveth furiously.” – 2 Kings 9:20
Even if there were nothing else of interest in 2nd Kings, it was worth the read just so that I could accidentally stumble across the origin of the name of one of my longtime favorite bands. I don’t know why I never thought about where their name originated from before this (and I’ve loved them for as long as I can remember), but now I know. And let me tell you, the guy they’re named after, Jehu, is a beast. But we’ll get to that later. For now I’ll just give more good news: While 1st Kings was not the most riveting book I’ve read thus far, 2nd Kings was considerably more entertaining and action-packed.
BAM, I am so proud of myself. It took me 5 months to get through 1st Samuel and 3 1/2 months to get through 2nd Samuel, but it only took me a couple weeks to get through 1st Kings. And it’s 22 chapters long, so it’s not exactly short. Granted, I had the advantage of being on Christmas break this time. We’ll see how I do with 2nd Kings now that I’m back to the grind of work (uggh). I am trying to turn over a new leaf for 2013 in which I stop my habit of constant paralyzing procrastination. I say that every year though. This year is finally gonna be the time!! Err, we’ll see.
Anyway let’s get to 1st Kings. I’m frankly having trouble figuring out how I’ll even summarize this book. It’s very similar in structure to Judges in that it just follows the succession of a bunch of leaders (kings this time instead of judges) of Israel. It doesn’t give you a whole lot to latch onto in terms of one or two main characters to follow, like we get in most of the other books. And like Judges, Kings also follows a repetitive cycle, with very few exceptions: A king is appointed, he eventually does bad in the eyes of the Lord, the Lord curses him (and his family) to die, that king’s son eventually takes over, and the cycle then repeats itself.