I Chronicles 15-19: Moving the ark the right way.

September 22, 2015. Daily Reading: I Chronicles 15-19. Background: I Chronicles 11-14. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 15 Bringing the ark to Jerusalem the right way: Back in chapter 13, we saw David try to bring the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem, but he did it in a way that he thought was best, and…

I Chronicles 10-14: The rise of David.

September 15, 2015. Daily Reading: I Chronicles 10-14. Background: I Chronicles 5-9. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 10 The death of Saul and his sons: The narrative of the Chronicles begins in this chapter with the death of Saul and his sons at the hand of the Philistines, to set up the story of David and…

I Kings 5-9: The house of the Lord.

June 9, 2015. Daily Reading: I Kings 5-9. Background: I Kings 1-4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 Preparing to build the temple: Since David was not allowed to build a house for the Lord due to the bloodshed and fighting that he had seen in his days (see II Samuel 7 and I Chronicles 22:6-10),…

Exodus 37-40: Preparing and building the tabernacle.

June 8, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 37-40. Background: Exodus 32-36. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 37 The ark, table, lamp stand and altar of incense: The last few chapters of Exodus are records of creating the structures and materials for the tabernacle, as well as the tabernacle itself, just as the Lord had commanded Moses to…

Exodus 25-28: Design for elements of tabernacle worship.

May 18, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 25-28. Background: Exodus 21-24. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 25 1. The contribution for the sanctuary: After giving practical laws in the previous chapter, the Lord commissions Moses to take up a freewill contribution (different from tithing) of the people to fill the sanctuary, which would be made according to…

I Samuel 7-10: Israel demands a king.

March 24, 2015. Daily Reading: I Samuel 7-10. Background: I Samuel 1-6. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 7 Fear and obedience:¬†In the previous chapter, the ark of the covenant was returned to Israel from the Philistines due to the hand of the Lord being heavy on the Philistine cities that kept the ark. Though there was…

I Samuel 1-6: In the days of Samuel.

March 17, 2015. Daily Reading: I Samuel 1-6. Background: The book of Samuel begins in the latter times of the Judges and quickly develops into the monarchy of Israel, with Saul being anointed the first king in chapter nine. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 1 A mother’s faith:¬†Similar to other stories such as Abraham and Sarah…

Genesis 6-8: The flood.

January 19, 2014. Daily Reading: Genesis 6-8. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 6 1. Nephilim: There is an interesting concept at the beginning of this chapter on the topic of the Nephilim, who were giants in the land. Angels are often referred to as “the sons of God” in the Old Testament, thus the Nephilim were…