02 Sep Daily Reading Week of September 1st – 7th.
September 7—2 Kings 4:38—5:8; Ephesians 6:1-24
2 Kings 5–through him the Lord has given victory to Aram.
Eph 6–We aren’t fighting against human enemies but against rulers, authorities, forces of cosmic darkness, and spiritual powers of evil in the heavens.
2 Kings – “Give it to the people to eat. For this is what the Lord says: ‘They will eat and have some left over.’” 44 Then he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.
Ephesians – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
2 Kings 5:8 …”Have the man come to me and he will know that there is a prophet in Israel.”
Eph 6:11 “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
September 6—2 Kings 4:8-22, 32-37; Ephesians 5:15-33
2 Kings 4–Elisha said, “About this time next year, you will be holding a son in your arms.”
Eph 5–Take advantage of every opportunity because these are evil times.
2Kings – Let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us.”
Ephesians – Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
2 Kings 4:17 …she gave birth to a son, just as Elisha had told her.
Eph 5:17 “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand why the Lord’s will is.”
September 5—2 Kings 2:19-25, 4:1-7; Ephesians 4:25—5:14
2 Kings 2–Then two bears came out of the woods and mangled forty-two of the youths.
Eph 4–Don’t provide an opportunity for the devil.
2 Kings – “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”
Ephesians – Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”[a]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
2 Kings 4:7 …”Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”
Eph4:26,27 “In you anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”
September 4—2 Kings 2:1-18; Ephesians 4:1-24
2 Kings 2— Elijah then took his coat, rolled it up, and hit the water. Then the water was divided in two!
Eph 4—God’s goal is for us to become mature adults—to be fully grown, measured by the standard of the fullness of Christ.
2 Kings – “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,”
Ephesians – “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
2 Kings 2:9 …”Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?”
Eph 4:2,3 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
September 3—1 Kings 19:1-21; Ephesians 3:1-21
1 Kings 19—”I have preserved those who remain in Israel, totaling seven thousand”
Eph 3–that you’ll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God.
1 Kings – He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 5 Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.
Ephesians – This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus
1 Kings 19:4 …”I have had enough, Lord,…”
Eph 3:12 ‘ In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”
September 2—1 Kings 18:20-40; Ephesians 2:1-22
1 Kings 18–”How long will you hobble back and forth between two opinions?”
Eph 2–God raised us up and seated us in the heavens with Christ Jesus.
1 Kings – “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”
Ephesians – Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
I Kings 18:37 “Answer me , O Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”
Eph 2:4,5 “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.”
September 1—1 Kings 18:1-19; Ephesians 1:1-23
1 Kings 18–”As surely as the Lord of heavenly forces lives”
Eph 1–This is what God planned for the climax of all times, to bring all things together in Christ
1 Kings – When he saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?
Ephesians – to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
I Kings 18:1 “…I will send rain on the land.”
Eph 1:13,14 “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.”