Mark 9-10: Teachings of Jesus.

April 18, 2015. Daily Reading: Mark 9-10. Background: Mark 7-8. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 9 1. Times to come: Upon two occasions in the chapter, Jesus speaks of certain things that are to come. The first is about the kingdom of God, which would come with power before that generation died, which was fulfilled in Acts…

Mark 7-8: Missing the big picture.

April 11, 2015. Daily Reading: Mark 7-8. Background: Mark 5-6. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 7 1. Traditions of men: Jesus has had many run ins with the Pharisees, and this instance is not all that dissimilar to the other disputes they have had with Him. In this case, they attack His disciples for not washing their…

I Corinthians 14-16: Worship, the resurrection and salutations.

April 5, 2015. Daily Reading: I Corinthians 14-16. Background: I Corinthians 12-13. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 14 1. Prophecy verses speaking in tongues: The church in Corinth was a church in which many of the members were blessed with spiritual gifts. It seems that this blessing had lead to dispute and chaos in the assembly, which…

Mark 3-4: The social Christ.

March 28, 2015. Daily Reading: Mark 3-4. Background: Mark 1-2. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 3 1. Antagonists to Christ: We see a couple of different antagonists to Christ in this chapter, one that is expected and another that might not be as obvious. The first is the opposition of the Pharisees, who were just waiting for…

Mark 1-2: The early ministry of Jesus.

March 20, 2015. Just as a heads up, I have switched the order of reading for today and tomorrow. Today we will look at Mark 1-2, and tomorrow we will look at Isaiah 56-61. _________________________________________________________ Daily Reading: Mark 1-2. Background: Mark is the beginning of the testament of Christ, a recording of His ministry. Many…

Psalm 30-32: Joy, refuge and forgiveness.

March 18, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 30-32. Background: Psalm 27-29. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 30 Joy in the Lord: This psalm is indicated that it was used at the dedication of the temple by David (see II Samuel 5 and I Chronicles 22). It is a psalm of praise and thanksgiving, giving credit to the Lord…

Matthew 26-28: The death, burial and resurrection.

March 14, 2015. (3.14.15.  9:26:53) Daily Reading: Matthew 26-28. Background: Matthew 23-25. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 26 1. Foreshadowing: As He has told His disciples on a number of occasions, Jesus once again tells them that He is about to be delivered over to be crucified. His hour had come and they would soon be tested…

Isaiah 51-55: The gospel according to Isaiah.

March 13, 2015. Daily Reading: Isaiah 51-55. Background: Isaiah 45-50. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 51 Zion’s coming comfort: In chapter 51, the oracle calls to the righteous of the land, to the people of God, to proclaim the coming comfort that would come from the Lord. This call goes out to a people who might…

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…

Matthew 20-22: Wisdom of Jesus.

February 28, 2015. Daily Reading: Matthew 20-22. Background: Matthew 17-19. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 20 1. The first shall be last, and the last first: Two of the main stories in this passage carry with them the same message at the end: the last shall be first and the first shall be last. Each story pertains…

Psalm 21-23: The Lord and the Christ.

February 25, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 21-23. Background: Psalm 18-20. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 21 1. Rejoicing in the Lord: King David often writes psalms of praise when the Lord has delivered him from his enemies or out of a bad situation and he is apt to give all the gory to God. We know that…

Matthew 17-19: The transfiguration and practical teachings.

February 21, 2015. Daily Reading: Matthew 17-19. Background: Matthew 14-16. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 17 1. The transfiguration: The account told here of the transfiguration of Christ is a well known story that displays the glory and majesty of Jesus as the Son of God. Jesus takes His inner core, so to speak, of Peter,…