Malachi 1-4: A message from God.

December 25, 2015. Daily Reading: Malachi 1-4. Background: The name Malachi means “My messenger”, and there is some debate as to whether or not this was considered a proper name of the prophet or if the book is written by an anonymous “messenger” of God. Regardless, there is a strong consensus that the ministry of…

Hosea 1-7: The prophet who’s life was an allegory.

September 18, 2015. Daily Reading: Hosea 1-7. Background: The book of Hosea is one of the 12 prophets in the Hebrew scriptures, and is the first of the minor prophets in the Old Testament (unless you make an argument that Daniel is a minor prophet, however Daniel’s prophecies are much different in nature and they…

Numbers 5-8: Purity, vows and consecration.

September 14, 2015. Daily Reading: Numbers 5-8. Background: Numbers 1-4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 1. Uncleanness,¬†confession and restitution: The first half of this chapter deals with some of the social aspects of the law, opening with the command to have all the people who were unclean in terms of the law to go outside…

Proverbs 7: Beware of the adulteress.

June 18, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 7. Background: Proverbs 5-6. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 7 The adulteress: Once again, Solomon returns to warning his sons about the adulteress who ensnares the foolish in her seduction. This is a very prevalent topic throughout the first proverbs and it seems to be near to the authors heart,…

Proverbs 5-6: Adultery and practical wisdom.

June 11, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 5-6. Background: Proverbs 4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 Warning against adultery: It is very interesting that one of Solomon’s main concerns, at least at the beginning of this book, is to warn his sons against adultery. Perhaps he had learned from his father, as it was an affair…

II Samuel 10-13: Problems in the house of David.

May 12, ¬†2015. Daily Reading: II Samuel 10-13. Background: II Samuel 5-9. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 10 Think twice before you shame someone: In this chapter, we read about an interesting story in which an act of kindness spirals into all out war. The king of the Ammonites has died and David sent messengers to…