Revelation 12-22: Wrath, judgment and the New Jerusalem.

January 30, 2016. Reading: Revelation 12-21. Background: Revelation 6-11. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 12 Satan banished to earth: This chapter mainly addresses the events that took place in the spiritual realm during the coming of the Christ. We see that before the Christ came, a woman clothed with the sun is in birth pains because…

Esther 6-10: The Jews are saved.

January 28, 2016. Reading: Esther 6-10. Background: Esther 1-5. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 6 Mordecai honored: In this chapter we see the hand of God at play as the very night before Haman planned to have Mordecai hanged, the king’s heart is troubled so that he could not sleep. He orders for the records of…

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 witnessĀ for God against the…

Revelation 6-11: Cycles of wrath and destruction.

January 26, 2016. Reading: Revelation 6-12. Background: Revelation 1-5. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 6 The seven seals: After we are called into heaven to see the awesome worship and praise of the Lamb who is worthy to open the seven seals, here we follow the opening of the seals. Before we go too much further,…

Acts 27-28: The unfinished story.

January 24, 2016. Reading: Acts 27-28. Background: Acts 23-26. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 27 Shipwrecked on the way to Rome: After a long period of prison and trials, the time finally came for Paul to go to Rome just as the Lord had told him. His journey to Rome, however, had probably not gone the…

Acts 23-26: Paul’s trials and testimony.

January 20, 2015. Reading: Acts 23-26. Background: Acts 21-22. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 23 Paul’s defense and the people’s reaction: As Paul stands before the counsel, he goes to make his defense. However, he is almost immediately cut short when he tells his fellow Jews that he had lived in good conscience to that day….

Deuteronomy 29-31: A choice set before the people.

January 13, 2016. Reading: Deuteronomy 29-31. Background: Deuteronomy 26-28. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 29 The covenant renewed: Continuing to prepare the children of Israel to enter the promised land, Moses gathers them together here to remember and renew the covenant that their God had made with their fathers. He relays to them the great provision…

Esther 1-5: The Jewish Queen.

January 12, 2016. Reading: Esther 1-5. Background: The book of Esther is set during the reign of the Persian empire. The children of Israel had been taken into captivity by the Babylonians between 607-586 BC, and now were dwelling under Persian rule, who had captured Babylon in 539 BC. The setting of Esther is during…

Revelation 1-5: The revelation of Jesus Christ.

January 11, 2016. Reading: Revelation 1-5. Background: The book of Revelation holds a very unique position amongst Christian thought and theology. The book is a letter containing the revelationĀ that the apostle John was given to send to the seven churches in Asia minor, probably near the end of the first century (though some argue that…

Psalm 148-150: Ending in praise.

January 7, 2016. Reading: Psalm 148-150. Background: Psalm 145-147. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 148 Praise the Lord: As we draw near the end of the book of psalms, we find that the majority of psalms are solely songs of praise to the Lord. This is the case with this song, as we are called together…

Nehemiah 11-13: Records and final reforms.

January 6, 2016. Reading: Nehemiah 11-13. Background: Nehemiah 8-10. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 11 Records of the returned exiles: This chapter serves as a record of the people who were chosen to live in Jerusalem after they had returned from exile. We see that the leaders of the people and then one in ten families…

Deuteronomy 26-28: Blessings and Curses.

January 4, 2016. Reading: Deuteronomy 26-28. Background: Deuteronomy 23-25. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 26 The offering of first fruits and tithes: This chapter focuses on the offerings that would be made by the people when they entered into the land that the Lord was giving them. They would come into the land and offer these…