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Commuter Bible OT is a work-week audio Bible reading plan to match your weekly schedule. In five days a week, Monday-Friday, you can listen to the entire Old Testament over the course of a year. We even break on holidays! Presented chronologically, this podcast presents the Old Testament's contents in the order in which they occurred. Subscribe today and get more of God's Word in your daily life. Part of the Commuter Bible family of podcasts, using the Christian Standard Bible translation (CSB). Learn more at www.commuterbible.org
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As we continue our chronological reading of the Old Testament, we’re spending some time in the book of Ecclesiastes which was written by King Solomon. With all of his wealth, fame and wisdom, Solomon discerned that these things could not ultimately extend one’s life or even necessarily make it better. No matter what a person may accomplish, one day he will die. In today’s reading Solomon considers the rhythms of life, the nature of death and eternity, justice and injustice, authentic religion, and wealth. Our reading concludes with wise sayings in chapter 7, including proverbs, meditations on moderation, and the limitations of wisdom.Ecclesiastes 3 - 1:04 . Ecclesiastes 4 - 4:32 . Ecclesiastes 5 - 7:24 . Ecclesiastes 6 - 12:21 . Ecclesiastes 7 - 14:49 . Psalm 113 - 19:41 .  :::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org
Today, we’re going to be in four different books of the Old Testament, which makes this episode the record-holder in number of places. Don’t worry, though: it’s not any longer than the average episode. In 2 Chronicles and 1 Kings we’ll cover Solomon’s imposition of forced labor over non-Israelites and the initial institution of worship in the Lord’s temple. From there, we’ll transition to the book of Ecclesiastes, a wisdom book written by King Solomon. In it, the king tests the bounds of all that could be seen as valuable to men, and finds them all to be empty without God at the center. Finally, we’ll read a short Psalm.2 Chronicles 8 - 1:07 . 1 Kings 9 - 4:44 . Ecclesiastes 1 - 10:47 . Ecclesiastes 2 - 13:40 . Psalm 112 - 19:19 .  :::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org
Solomon has finished the work of building the temple and the ark of the covenant is now in the newly constructed room known as the most holy place. The priests have consecrated themselves and will worship the Lord through music. Solomon prays to the Lord before the nation of Israel, asking God to hear their prayers, reminding the people through his prayer that God resides in heaven, and is not confined to the walls of the temple. At the conclusion of his prayer, the temple fills with a cloud and with the Lord’s glory to such a degree that the priests are not able to continue ministering. The Lord responds to Solomon by reaffirming his commitment to David’s lineage so long as they are faithful to His statutes.2 Chronicles 6 - 1:03 . 2 Chronicles 7 - 10:48 . Psalm 111 - 17:00 .  :::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org
Today’s reading contains the second-longest chapter in all of Scripture, which is 1 Kings chapter 8, and it’s long for a great reason: King Solomon gets excited and is full of prayer and praise as he conducts the first worship gathering at the Lord’s temple. Though the tabernacle existed before the temple, this is the first permanent structure built for the worship of God in a particular geographic location. As you can imagine, it’s a pretty big deal. The party lasts for two full weeks, after which the Lord appears to Solomon a second time echoing both the blessings and curses he gave to Moses before him.2 Chronicles 5 - 1:05 . 1 Kings 8 - 4:18 . Psalm 110 - 18:18 .  :::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org
Today we’ll conclude our readings about the construction of the Lord’s temple and the king’s palace built under Solomon’s rule, stopping short of the dedication of the temple which we’ll begin in our next episode. Remember, before the construction of this temple, Israel had worshipped the Lord under the tabernacle, a mobile worship center comprised of varying poles, beams, curtains, cloths, and furniture that could be packed up and moved from site to site as they traversed the wilderness. This grand temple complex mirrored the layout of the tabernacle but was decidedly more permanent, marking a turning point in Israel’s history. 2 Chronicles 3 - 1:05 . 2 Chronicles 4 - 4:04 . 1 Kings 7 - 7:56 . Psalm 108 - 16:56 .  :::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org
We finished Song of Songs in our last episode which means we are back into the narrative of King Solomon. As always, the Lord God makes good on His promises, and Solomon flourishes under the Lord’s lavish provision. Blessed with peace on every side and abundant wealth, Solomon sets His mind on things above and gets to work. Knowing that the Lord had promised David a son who would come from his family and would establish God’s house forever, Solomon builds a center of worship for God that reflects the plans for the original tabernacle. In work, wealth, and worship, Solomon is a foreshadow of the Son of David who would establish a greater kingdom where God is worshipped by the nations and the people dwell with Him in peace.2 Chronicles 2 - 1:05 . 1 Kings 5 - 5:39 . 1 Kings 6 - 9:42 . Psalm 108 - 16:17 .  :::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org
As mentioned at the beginning of our last episode, we’re taking a brief hiatus from the narrative of Solomon to read through Song of Songs. This continues in line with our chronological reading of the Old Testament. The Lord created mankind in his image as male and female, and from the beginning the joys of sex were part of his design for humanity. Speaking of Adam and Eve’s union in the Garden of Eden, it says in Genesis 2:24-25 “This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh. Both the man and his wife were naked, yet felt no shame.”Song of Songs 5 - 1:02 . Song of Songs 6 - 4:11 . Song of Songs 7 - 7:46 . Song of Songs 8 - 10:07 . Psalm 107 - 13:17 .  :::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org
We’re taking a brief hiatus from the narrative of Solomon to read through Song of Songs, which was either written for Solomon or written by Solomon. This is a song about the thrills of love, marriage, and sexual intimacy. In our overly sexualized society, the moral pendulum can sometimes swing to the other side until we wrongly treat sex as something that is to be shunned or ashamed of. God created sex to be enjoyable, exhilarating, and exclusive between a man and a woman in the covenant of marriage. This short book includes a lot of symbolic imagery and innuendo, so if you ever wonder: does that mean what I think it means? The answer is probably, yes!Song of Songs 1 - 1:02 . Song of Songs 2 - 3:59 . Song of Songs 3 - 8:02 . Song of Songs 4 - 10:08 . Psalm 106 - 13:30 .  :::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org
In our last episode, Solomon’s brother Adonijah tried to take the throne while David was on his death bed. His plan failed, and Solomon successfully ascended to the throne. During the attempted coup, Adonijah recruited Abiathar the priest and Joab, David’s former commander. Since then, Adonijah has been executed, Abiathar has been banished, and today. Joab will be executed. Later, the Lord appears to King Solomon in a dream, and instead of asking for wealth or long life, he asks the Lord for wisdom to lead God’s people. This pleases the Lord, who promises blessing upon Solomon’s reign, including both wisdom and wealth.1 Kings 2:28 - 1:08 . 1 Kings 3 - 5:16 . 1 Kings 4 - 11:37 . 2 Chronicles 1 - 16:55 .  :::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org
Today we’ll be reading about the death of King David from two sources. The first will be from 1 Chronicles as we conclude that book. In this reading, we’ll hear a prayer that David gives in the assembly of the leaders of Israel, followed by a brief account of Solomon coming to power as king. Our second reading will be from 1 Kings, which gives a much more dramatic perspective on what took place during that transition of power. David’s oldest son, Adonijah, gains support for himself from well-known leaders like Joab and Abiathar, calling Judah together for a feast to celebrate his bid for kingship. Nathan the prophet catches word, and teams up with Bathsheba to alert the king that Solomon’s title of king is being contested in an underhanded scheme to usurp David’s decree.1 Chronicles 29:10 - 1:08 . 1 Kings 1 - 6:33 . 1 Kings 2 - 18:01 .  :::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org
1 Chronicles 27:1-29:9

1 Chronicles 27:1-29:9

2024-06-2617:04

As the book of 1 Chronicles comes to a close we’re given a look at an assembly of all the leaders of Israel. In this gather, David gives glory to God for his many blessings, and charges Solomon to build the Lord’s temple. In so doing, he also makes it clear that, of his many sons, Solomon is to become king, appointed by the Lord God Himself. He passes the plans for the temple on to Solomon and declares that he will be giving his riches to the work of building this place of worship. The leaders and the people of Israel follow suit, and together they amass a great stockpile of wealth. Our reading will end just shy of the completion of 1 Chronicles; we’ll connect the end with 1 Kings in our next episode.1 Chronicles 27 - 1:05 . 1 Chronicles 28 - 8:01 . 1 Chronicles 29 - 13:42 .  :::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org
As David prepares to pass the crown to his son Solomon, his heart and mind continue to be fixed on God’s glory, particularly through the building of the temple and structuring it properly. David has spent years of his life amassing materials for it’s construction, and not only that, he has also drawn up architectural plans, built instruments, and created systems for all who work in and around the temple. For someone who knew scarcity and insecurity for a good portion of his life while running from King Saul, it is notable that David gives so much away and invests in the future of God’s worship, rather than holding onto it for himself.1 Chronicles 24 - 1:03 . 1 Chronicles 25 - 5:09 . 1 Chronicles 26 - 10:05 . Psalm 105 - 15:49 .  :::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org
In his latter days, David charges his son Solomon to build the temple for the worship of God, and this is when we learn a few pieces of new information. First, we learn that the Lord did not allow David to build the temple because his hands had shed so much blood and because he had waged great wars. We also realize that David looked forward to the building of the temple even though he himself couldn’t build it, charging his son with the task and spending his own time and resources to create a stockpile for the project. David also assigns duties and tasks for the Levite priests before he dies, paving the way for transition from the tabernacle to the temple once Solomon becomes king.1 Chronicles 21 - 1:03 . 1 Chronicles 22 - 8:07 . 1 Chronicles 23 - 12:24 . Psalm 104 - 17:22 .  :::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org
Now that the account of King David has essentially come to a close, the author recording the account is looking back on David’s life to record some of the events that happened during David’s lifetime that were not included in the chronological story line. These accounts include the execution of members of Saul’s family and battles against the giant descendants of Goliath, both of which were covered in our last episode. Today’s episode begins with a song of David, followed by David’s final words. Next, the author covers the exploits of David’s best warriors, and the census that David ordered to survey his kingdom. While imperfect, David is sensitive to his sin to the end, seeking repentance when he realizes his error.2 Samuel 23 - 1:02 . 2 Samuel 24 - 8:44 . Psalm 103 - 14:40 .  :::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org
In a foreshadow of coming division, a man named Sheba divides the rest of Israel from Judah, and David sends Amasa to gather troops. Remember, David has just been reinstated as king after his son Absalom turned against him to take the throne for himself. During that period, Absalom appointed Amasa as the new leader of his army, a position once held by Joab. Joab is the man who killed David’s son Absalom, and David surely knew this. When reinstated as king, David appointed Amasa, not Joab, as the leader of the army. When Joab and Amasa meet on the road, Joab drops his sword to the ground, and picks it up non-chalantly, asking Amasa if he is well, all of which is a very clever way to deceive the new leader and take over.2 Samuel 20 – 1:01 . 2 Samuel 21 – 6:26 . 2 Samuel 22 – 12:31 . Psalm 102 – 19:36 .  :::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org
2 Samuel 18-19

2 Samuel 18-19

2024-06-1820:08

David’s son Absalom is a handsome young man who has won the hearts of Israel by deception, telling them that King David had no time for them but he would grant justice if only he were in charge. Absalom devises a coup to overthrow David, but his father catches wind of his plot and flees before he arrives. Today, David’s men prepare for battle and meet the forces of Absalom’s Israelite troops. He “goes out on a limb” as it were and fights against his father but ends up “hanging out with the wrong crowd.” That’s two dad jokes for the price of one; if you don’t get it, you will soon. Anyways, the forest itself claims more lives than the sword, and Absalom meets his end at the hands of Joab.2 Samuel 18 – 1:02 . 2 Samuel 19 – 9:36 .  :::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org
2 Samuel 15-17

2 Samuel 15-17

2024-06-1721:43

After killing his brother at a family dinner, Absalom fled to another country, and was only brought back after Joab convinced David to do so by way of a theatric analogy. Today, Absalom begins a plan to win the hearts of the people and turn Israel against his father, the king. Learning of this impending insurrection, David flees Jerusalem with all of his people, save a handle of men who serve as spies. Nathan prophesied that the Lord would bring disaster on David from his own family, and that another man would sleep with his wives before Israel in broad daylight. David’s own son, Absalom, is that man. :::2 Samuel 15 - 1:02 . 2 Samuel 16 - 9:41 . 2 Samuel 17 - 14:47 .  :::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org
Today’s reading includes an account of sexual violence, so listener discretion is advised. The sexual sin that began in David’s heart and was executed in front of his household is now spreading throughout his family, as his sons begin to use their power to satisfy their own  lust and perversity. David’s son Amnon lusts after Tamar, his own half-sister, and plots to rape her at the encouragement of his friend Jonadab. When David discovers that Tamar has been raped by Amnon, he is furious, but sadly, he does nothing to intervene. Tamar’s brother Absalom is furious, setting in motion a series of events that causes havoc, not only in David’s household, but in his kingdom.2 Samuel 13 - 1:05 . 2 Samuel 14 - 10:01 . Psalm 101 - 17:47 .  :::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org
Throughout the Old Testament, we meet men of varying backgrounds who set out to obey the Lord and deliver God’s people. Time and again, God’s people rejoice and revel in their hero, but inevitably, these men fall and are shown to be sinful. David is no exception. Luxury and boredom turn into lust, which turns into an abuse of power, then adultery, then deception, then second-hand murder. Though he tries to hide his sin by sinning further, the Lord will not allow the sin of Israel’s king to go unpunished. Because of his sin, the Lord says that he will take David’s wives and give them to another before all of Israel. While 2 Samuel records this failure, 1 Chronicles does not.2 Samuel 11 - 1:04 . 2 Samuel 12 - 8:06 . 1 Chronicles 20 - 15:19 . Psalm 100 - 17:26 .  :::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org
In today’s readings, we’ll cover some of David’s military exploits. As he and his forces are victorious over their enemies, the reader is to understand that the Lord is with him in battle. The narrative thus far has established that David prioritizes the right worship of God. Much like the gospel accounts, we’ll read parallel narratives when we read portions from 2 Samuel and from 1 Chronicles, so don’t be alarmed or feel like you’re experiencing déjà vu. One section that’s unique to 2 Samuel is a recording of David’s kindness to a handicapped man named Mephibosheth; he was last remaining relative of Saul’s family, the son of his friend Jonathan.2 Samuel 8 - 1:06 . 2 Samuel 9 - 4:18 . 2 Samuel 10 - 8:22 . 1 Chronicles 18 - 14:39 . 1 Chronicles 19 - 15:29 . Psalm 99 - 19:31 .  :::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org
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