Ezekiel 1-6: Visual prophecy.

June 19, 2015. Daily Reading: Ezekiel 1-6. Background: Ezekiel was a priest who was called to be a prophet of the Lord as an exile of Babylon. Judah, just as her sister Israel had been taken captive by the Assyrians years before, had fallen into the hand of the Babylonians under the rule of King…

Lamentations 1-5: Hope in the midst of lament.

June 12, 2015. Daily Reading: Lamentations 1-5. Background: The book of Lamentations is a collection of five poems (corresponding to the five chapters) that are traditionally ascribed to Jeremiah, though there is no textual evidence that states this claim outright. The first four poems are acrostics, with each verse beginning with a successive letter of…

II Samuel 20-24: David’s final years.

May 26, 2015. Daily Reading: II Samuel 20-24. Background: II Samuel 16-19. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 20 The rebellion of Sheba: The kingdom under David certainly had its challenges throughout his reign, often with political confusion and mixed loyalties. As the aftermath of Absalom’s conspiracy is settling down, a worthless man by the name of…

Genesis 44-47: Reunited.

March 23, 2015. Daily Reading: Genesis 44-47. Background: Genesis 40-43. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 44 Joseph tests his brothers: Just as in chapter 42, it is hard to speculate why Joseph chose to not tell his brothers who he was right away, but rather set up a trap for them as they went home so that…

Genesis 40-43: The tide turns for Joseph.

March 16, 2015. Daily Reading: Genesis 40-43. Background: Genesis 36-39. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 40 Joseph’s interpretation of dreams: As Joseph is in the prison that he was sent to because Potiphar’s wife falsely accused him of trying to lay with her, we learned from the last chapter that the Lord was with Joseph and the…