Through the Bible Update

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 28, 2013
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Ken and Joni reading the Bible togetherIf you have been reading through the Bible with Ken and me, you'll know that we just completed I Chronicles. And in the last two chapters, I was struck with the way King David conducted himself right before he died. It paints a different picture of David than that of 1 Kings 1:1 (there, he appears old and decrepit, shivering under the covers with aches and pains)! But in these last chapters, King David rallied his strength and "rose to his feet and said: 'Listen to me, my brothers and my people. I had it in my heart to build a house as a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, for the footstool of our God, and I made plans to build it.'"

Did you catch that? Back in the Old Testament, David was excited that his people would have the chance to worship at God's footstool. But think of the far greater access we enjoy because of Christ, for we join the angels in worshiping God before his throne in heaven (Hebrews 4:16). And what's more, Jesus says in Revelation 3: 21, "To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne , just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne." Ken and I closed the Bible after yesterday's readings and sat there, amazed at the grace we have because of Jesus. And right now, I can't find a better expression of praise and thanksgiving to God than what old King David said before the assembly (in fact, this would be great to memorize):

"Praise be to you, O Lord, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name… Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand" (1 Chronicles 29:10-14). Onward and upward into our next readings…


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I am inspired and encouraged when I read things about Joni & Ken. You are a beautiful example of pure love, and that kind of love is ONLY FROM GOD!
  • June 2, 2013
  • 3:08 p.m.
  • janice ellis
I was watching the Billy Graham Classic from Sacramento in 1983 for the first time today. How wonderful to see you and Ken, a young married couple - so much to look forward to! I put the DVD on pause and Googled your name. The two of you are still one in Christ! How beautiful! From the declaration of your love for one another and Christ - until this very day - all these years! This is your great testimony to God's faithfulness without even a word. Your faces are radiant! May blessings abound for you continually!
  • June 1, 2013
  • 2:06 p.m.
  • Reta
I'm glad that even though we fall short, God can change us to be productive. Thank you for your encouragement Joni. As I felt too "short" to comment. Love, Leslie
  • May 30, 2013
  • 12:01 a.m.
  • Leslie.n
Thanks for all you and Ken do. Love you both.
  • May 28, 2013
  • 1:24 p.m.
  • Joyce
Hi! Joni! Was fun talking briefly to you about riding in Heaven one day. I have read your new book and am amazed how you and Ken have persevered through so much yet your faith shines so brightly.. Your testimony of faith reaches us deeply. I have a mentally handicapped adult son who lives with us his disablities are many and he suffers grand mal siezures. We see him being patient through so much as well. Your comments made me think of the far reaching love of God. That He would be willing to 'make room" on His throne for us! Why would He who suffered so much want to share His glory with us?? It defies anything imaginable. When I think of King David I remember his down fall into sin but even at that God called him "a man after His own heart!' David who disobeyed so much and yet God gives him a place of glory? Unbelievable but we know little of agape love! Life is so much of keeping close through adversity and forgetting Him in prosperity. Yet knowing that, it is still hard to welcome adversity. May He continue to shine through your lives with the beauty He always has! Till we meet on the other side!! Betty M
  • May 28, 2013
  • 11:08 a.m.
  • Betty Marschner
I was thinking of David this week after our pastor preached on his adulterous affair and having Uriah killed. David was a much better man when he was young, but even when he sinned so greatly, he still loved the Lord and the Lord still loved him. Thank you God that you still love me when I fall short.
  • May 28, 2013
  • 11:02 a.m.
  • Nancy
My husband and I have been reading along with you. It ha been such a blessing. Thank you so much for sharing this chronological reading and encouraging us to do it!! We look forward to each day's reading.
  • May 28, 2013
  • 9:25 a.m.
  • Della Anderson
Joni you are beautiful. Gorgeous.
  • May 28, 2013
  • 8:43 a.m.
  • brenda cash