about Christ and the Cross
1 Corinthians 2 Friends,
when I came and told you the mystery that God had shared
with us, I didn't use big words or try to sound wise. 2In
fact, while I was with you, I made up my mind to speak
only about Jesus Christ, who had been nailed to a cross.
first, I was weak and trembling with fear. 4When
I talked with you or preached, I didn't try to prove
anything by sounding wise. I simply let God's Spirit show
his power. 5That way you would have faith
because of God's power and not because of human wisdom.
do use wisdom when speaking to people who are mature in
their faith. But it isn't the wisdom of this world or of
its rulers, who will soon disappear. 7We speak
of God's hidden and mysterious wisdom that God decided to
use for our glory long before the world began. 8The
rulers of this world didn't know anything about this
wisdom. If they had known about it, they would not have
nailed the glorious Lord to a cross. 9But it
is just as the Scriptures say,
"What God has planned for people who love him
is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard.
It has never even entered our minds!"
Spirit has shown you everything. His Spirit finds out
everything, even what is deep in the mind of God. 11You
are the only one who knows what is in your own mind, and
God's Spirit is the only one who knows what is in God's
mind. 12But God has given us his Spirit.
That's why we don't think the same way that the people of
this world think. That's also why we can recognize the
blessings that God has given us.
word we speak was taught to us by God's Spirit, not by
human wisdom. And this same Spirit helps us teach
spiritual things to spiritual people. 14That's
why only someone who has God's Spirit can understand
spiritual blessings. Anyone who doesn't have God's Spirit
thinks these blessings are foolish. 15People
who are guided by the Spirit can make all kinds of
judgments, but they cannot be judged by others. 16The
"Has anyone ever known the thoughts of the Lord
or given him advice?"
But we understand what Christ is thinking.
King Abijam of Judah
(2 Chronicles 13.1-22)
1 Kings 15 Abijam
became king of Judah in Jeroboam's eighteenth year as
king of Israel, 2and he ruled from Jerusalem
for three years. His mother was Maacah the daughter of
did not truly obey the LORD his God
as his ancestor David had done. Instead, he was sinful
just like his father Rehoboam. 4-5David had
always obeyed the LORD's commands
by doing right, except in the case of Uriah. And since
Abijam was David's great-grandson, the LORD
kept Jerusalem safe and let Abijam have a son who would
be the next king.
war that had broken out between Rehoboam and Jeroboam
continued during the time that Abijam was king.
else Abijam did while he was king is written in The
History of the Kings of Judah. 8Abijam
died and was buried in Jerusalem, and his son Asa became
King Asa of Judah
(2 Chronicles 15.16--16.6, 11-13)
became king of Judah in the twentieth year of Jeroboam's
rule in Israel, 10and he ruled forty-one years
from Jerusalem. His grandmother was Maacah the daughter
obeyed the LORD, as David had done.
12He forced the prostitutes at the shrines to
leave the country, and he got rid of the idols his
ancestors had made. 13His own grandmother
Maacah had made an idol of Asherah, and Asa took it and
burned it in Kidron Valley. Then he removed Maacah from
her position as queen mother.
long as Asa lived, he was completely faithful to the LORD, even though he did not destroy the
local shrines. 15He placed in the temple all
the silver and gold objects that he and his father had
dedicated to the LORD.
was always at war with King Baasha of Israel. 17One
time, Baasha invaded Judah and captured the town of
Ramah. He started making the town stronger, so he could
put troops there to stop people from going in and out of
Asa heard about this, he took the silver and gold from
his palace and from the LORD's
temple. He gave it to some of his officials and sent them
to Damascus with this message for King Benhadad of Syria:
19"Our fathers signed a peace treaty. Why
don't we do the same thing? This silver and gold is a
present for you. So, would you please break your treaty
with Baasha and force him to leave my country?"
did what Asa asked and sent the Syrian army into Israel.
They captured the towns of Ijon, Dan, and
Abel-Bethmaacah, and the territories of Chinneroth and
Naphtali. 21When Baasha heard about it, he
left Ramah and went back to Tirzah.
ordered everyone in Judah to carry away the stones and
wood Baasha had used to strengthen the town of Ramah.
Then he used these same stones and wood to fortify the
town of Geba in the territory of Benjamin and the town of
else Asa did while he was king, including his victories
and the towns he rebuilt, is written in The History of
the Kings of Judah. When he got older, he had a foot
disease. 24Asa died and was buried in the tomb
of his ancestors in Jerusalem. His son Jehoshaphat then
King Nadab of Israel
son of Jeroboam became king of Israel in Asa's second
year as king of Judah, and he ruled two years. 26Nadab
disobeyed the LORD by following the
evil example of his father, who had caused the Israelites
son of Ahijah was from the tribe of Issachar, and he made
plans to kill Nadab. When Nadab and his army went to
attack the town of Gibbethon in Philistia, Baasha killed
Nadab there. So in the third year of Asa's rule, Baasha
became king of Israel.
LORD's prophet Ahijah had earlier
said, "Not one man or boy in Jeroboam's family will
be left alive." And, as soon as Baasha became king,
he killed everyone in Jeroboam's family, 30because
Jeroboam had made the LORD God of
Israel angry by sinning and causing the Israelites to
else Nadab did while he was king is written in The
History of the Kings of Israel.
Asa of Judah and King Baasha of Israel were always at
Joel 2 12The
It isn't too late. You can still return to me
with all your heart.
Start crying and mourning! Go without eating.
rip your clothes to show your sorrow.
Instead, turn back to me with broken hearts.
am merciful, kind, and caring.
don't easily lose my temper, and I don't like to punish.
am the LORD your God. Perhaps I
will change my mind
and treat you with mercy.
Then you will be blessed with enough grain and wine
for offering sacrifices to me.
the trumpet on Zion! Call the people together.
Show your sorrow by going without food.
sure that everyone is fit to worship me.
Bring adults, children, babies,
and even bring newlyweds from their festivities.
my servants, the priests, to cry inside the temple
and to offer this prayer near the altar:
"Save your people, LORD God!
Don't let foreign nations make jokes about us.
Don't let them laugh and ask, 'Where is your God?' "
Will Bless the Land
18The LORD was deeply
concerned about his land
and had pity on his people.
answer to their prayers he said,
"I will give you enough grain, wine, and olive oil
to satisfy your needs.
No longer will I let you be insulted by the nations.
army attacked from the north,
but I will chase it into a scorching desert.
There it will rot and stink
from the Dead Sea to the Mediterranean."
The LORD works wonders 21and
does great things.
So tell the soil to celebrate
wild animals to stop being afraid.
Grasslands are green again;
fruit trees and fig trees are loaded with fruit.
Grapevines are covered with grapes.
of Zion, celebrate in honor
of the LORD your God!
He is generous and has sent the autumn and spring rains
in the proper seasons.
will cover your threshing places;
jars will overflow with wine and olive oil.
Will Rescue His People
25I, the LORD your God,
will make up for the losses
caused by those swarms and swarms of locusts
sent to attack you.
people, you will eat until you are satisfied.
Then you will praise me
for the wonderful things I have done.
Never again will you be put to shame.
you will know that I stand at your side.
am the LORD your God-- there are no
Never again will you be put to shame.
Will Work Wonders
The LORD said:
I will give my Spirit to everyone.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your old men will have dreams,
and your young men will see visions.
those days I will even give my Spirit to my servants,
both men and women.
will work wonders in the sky above
and on the earth below.
There will be blood and fire and clouds of smoke.
sun will turn dark, and the moon will be as red as blood
before that great and terrible day when I appear.
the LORD will save everyone who
faithfully worships him. He has promised there will be
survivors on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and among them
will be his chosen ones.