Isaiah 23-28: The glory of the Lord.

February 6, 2015. Daily Reading: Isaiah 23-28. Background: Isaiah 18-22. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 23 Destruction of the proud: The city of Tyre has a somewhat interesting history in relation to the children of Israel. The first time the city is mentioned in the bible (besides as a reference point when Joshua was portioning out the…

Romans 7-8: Flesh versus Spirit.

January 25, 2015. Daily Reading: Romans 7-8. Background: Romans 5-6. Concepts and Connections: Chapter 7 1. Old Law and Christ: As we have seen from the previous chapters, Paul is making an argument of the difference between being under the Old Law given by Moses and being in Christ. Though the law in an of…

Isaiah 12-17: Oracles of destruction.

January 23, 2015. Daily Reading: Isaiah 12-17. Background: Isaiah 6-11. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 12 Praising the Lord for His steadfast love and salvation: After oracles of the coming destruction and captivity and oracles of the Messiah, the prophet’s words turn to praise and honor for the Great King, Almighty, Lord of hosts. There is…

Isaiah 1-5: Prophecy of destruction.

January 9, 2014. Hello fellow readers! If you are following along with the plan that I provided on the first day, you’ll notice that I have changed today’s reading from Isaiah 1-6 to Isaiah 1-5. I did this because I think the first five chapters of Isaiah have a central message and theme whereas the…

Lessons from a weeping prophet.

October 3, 2014. “What can I say for you, to what compare you,     O daughter of Jerusalem? What can I liken to you, that I may comfort you,     O virgin daughter of Zion? For your ruin is vast as the sea;     who can heal you? Your prophets have seen for you     false and deceptive visions; they…

Lip service.

March 28, 2014. “And the Lord said: ‘Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me,and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men, therefore, behold, I will againdo wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder; and the wisdom…