Deuteronomy 32-34: The end of Moses’ life.

January 27, 2015. Reading: Deuteronomy 32-34. Background: Deuteronomy 39-31. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 32 The song of Moses: The majority of the text in this chapter is dedicated to the song of Moses that the Lord had given him to teach the people. Remember that this song was given as a witness for God against the…

Psalm 126-128: Blessings.

November 24, 2015. Note I am switching today’s and tomorrow’s reading because of time constraints. Thank you for understanding. _________________________________________________ Daily Reading: Psalm 126-128. Background: Psalm 123-125. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 126 Restoration: Another psalm in the series of the songs of ascents (see psalm 120), this song was likely written after the end of the…

Ephesians 1-3: Jews and Gentiles.

May 31, 2015. Daily Reading: Ephesians 1-3. Background: The book of Ephesians is a letter written by Paul to a church that was probably founded by his first journey there recorded in Acts 18, where he has a short visit; the work seems to be carried on by Priscilla and Aquila. At the time of his letter,…

Genesis 48-50: Blessings.

March 30, 2015. Daily Reading: Genesis 48-50. Background: Genesis 44-47. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 48 The blessing of Ephraim and Manasseh: As Jacob nears the end of his life and becomes ill, Joseph takes his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, to his father so that he can bless his grandsons. Typically, the greater blessing would be…

Ruth 1-4: Redemption.

March 10, 2015. Daily Reading: Ruth 1-4. Background: The book of Ruth details a story of two widowed woman, a mother and her daughter-in-law, in the time when Judges lead Israel. The book was likely composed or finalized during the time of the kings, specifically during the reign of David or immediately following, judging from…

Job 1-2: Serving God through the tough times.

January 8, 2014. Daily Reading: Job 1-2. Background: The book of Job is set in one of the earliest times in the bible, still in the Patriarchal age before the time of Moses, despite is position in the biblical cannon. Job could have been a contemporary with Abraham, though no one actually knows. Job lives…

Praise for blessings.

April 7, 2014. Let’s all stop for a minute and take some time to praise God for the blessings we have. I know I tend to harp on American society some as I travel through biblical concepts and their misalignment with American morales, but it is true that we live in a great country where…

Count your blessings.

January 16, 2014. “Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his…