Here’s to 2016.

January 1, 2016. Two years ago, I decided to start a blog. It was then that I embarked on a journey that would prove enriching, challenging and defining, as day by day would bring something new.┬áThe first year, I often didn’t know how each days thoughts would go as I just set out to write…

Psalm 145-147: Praise the Lord!

December 31, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 145-147. Background: Psalm 142-144. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 145 Great is the Lord: This psalm, attributed to David, is a song of praise and glory to the Lord, praising His marvelous nature and deeds. The psalmist opens with blessings and praise, setting the Lord in unsearchable greatness. Notice the…

Psalm 142-144: Refuge.

December 30, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 142-144. Background: Psalm 139-141. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 142 The Lord as refuge: This psalm, attributed to David, is a cry and prayer of mercy and protection from the Lord. Notice how the psalmist puts his faith and trust in the Lord, even when he finds little refuge here…

Nehemiah 8-10: Reestablishing holiness.

December 29, 2015. Daily Reading: Nehemiah 8-10. Background: Nehemiah 1-7. Concepts and Connections.   Chapter 8 Ezra, the Law and Holy Days: After the wall and the gates were finished, we find here that all the returned exiles gather together as one man and tell Ezra the scribe to bring out the book of the…

Deuteronomy 23-25: Miscellaneous laws.

December 29, 2015. Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 23-25. Background: Deuteronomy 20-22. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 23 Exclusions, Uncleanness and Miscellaneous laws: This chapter is dedicated to various laws concerning those who were excluded from the assembly of the Lord, laws about uncleanness and other various laws that pertained to the lives of the children of Israel….

Jude: Warning against apostasy.

December 27, 2015. Daily Reading: Jude. Background: Though there is some debate as to which Jude wrote the epistle of Jude, it is typically attributed to Jude, the brother of Jesus and of James (see Matthew 13:55 and Mark 6:3, noting that ‘Jude’ and ‘Judas’ are two English translations of the same name in Greek),…

Acts 21-22: Paul in Jerusalem.

December 26, 2015. Daily Reading: Acts 21-22. Background: Acts 19-20. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 21 Paul in Jerusalem: As Paul set fourth to Jerusalem, he and his company made several stops along the way. Notice the bond of the brethren here as they stop and find disciples in various cities, prolonging their stay a bit…

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…

Song of Songs 7-8: The maturation of love.

December 24, 2015. Daily Reading: Song of Songs 7-8. Background: Song of Songs 4-6. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 7 Descriptions of love: The majority of this chapter is the husband’s address of his bride’s beauty, again describing her in intimate detail. He goes through several parts of her body and expounds on the beauty he…

Psalm 139-141: God and man.

December 23, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 139-141. Background: Psalm 136-138. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 139 God’s intimate knowledge of man: This psalm, attributed to David, is one that is fairly popular. It is a beautiful psalm that speaks to the knowledge of God and his intimate relationship with man. If anyone ever wondered if the…

Nehemiah 1-7: Rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem.

December 22, 2015. Daily Reading: Nehemiah 1-7. Background: Until the third century AD, the book of Nehemiah was combined with the book of Ezra in a work that was referred to as either Ezra or Ezra-Nehemiah (see intro to Ezra). The book is a record of history continuing on after the temple was rebuilt under…

Deuteronomy 20-22: Various laws.

December 21, 2015. Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 20-22. Background: Deuteronomy 16-19. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 20 Laws of warfare: In this chapter, Moses gives the children of Israel laws concerning warfare. There are three different categories of these laws. The first is that the children of Israel are not to be afraid when they go to…