Foolish wisdom.

February 8, 2016. Well, I have completed my journey through the bible which I set out to do last year where I took a daily reading plan and wrote about each chapter in that plan as my daily blog. I didn’t quite finish in a year, but I did finish before the end of January,…

Ecclesiastes 9-10: Wisdom and folly.

November 26, 2015. Daily Reading: Ecclesiastes 9-10. Background Reading: Ecclesiastes 7-8. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 9 Time and chance happen to all: Similar to the preachers words in the second chapter, he looks out again here and sees that the same event (death) happens to all men, regardless of how righteous they are. Though he…

Ecclesiastes 7-8: Contrasts.

November 19, 2015. Daily Reading: Ecclesiastes 7-8. Background: Ecclesiastes 5-6. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 7 Contrasting: In this chapter, the preacher sets forth many contrasting ideas and reveals wisdom from these juxtapositions. The first half of the chapter is dedicated to proverb-like sayings, focusing at first on the contrast between death and life, sadness and…

Ecclesiastes 1-2: All is vanity.

October 29, 2015. Daily Reading: Ecclesiastes 1-2. Background: The book of Ecclesiastes is one of the most interesting and different books found in scripture. The words of the preacher, or teacher (or even gatherer- Hebrew “Qoheleth”) are traditionally ascribed to Solomon, though modern scholarship doesn’t take too well to this idea. The author never names…

Proverbs 19: Words of wisdom.

September 3, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 19. Background: Proverbs 17-18. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 19 Continuing proverbs: The list of proverbs in couples of wisdom continues here with a focus on righteousness and and pursuing wisdom. There is a variety of topics that are found here, including the foolishness of lying, implications and pitfalls of…

Proverbs 17-18: Wisdom in word and deed.

August 27, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 17-18. Background: Proverbs 16. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 17 Proverbs for life: This chapter continues on in a like manner of the previous chapters before it, laying out couplets of few words but great wisdom. Each couplet typically addresses a different concept, but there are themes that run through…

Proverbs 14-15: Couplets of wisdom.

August 13, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 14-15. Background: Proverbs 13. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 14 Continuing proverbs: As with the previous chapters, Proverbs 14 continues in recording couples of wisdom that are not necessarily related to each other, but harbor so much meaning and practical application that it would be wise to delve into each…

Proverbs 13: More proverbs.

July 16, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 13 Background: Proverbs 11-12. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 13 Proverbs: Chapter 13 continues in like fashion of the previous few chapters, laying out wisdom in proverbs of couplets. Here we find some themes that are beginning to reoccur throughout the proverbs. These themes include listening to a father’s wisdom,…

Proverbs 10: Character comparisons.

July 2, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 10. Background: Proverbs 8-9. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 10 Wisdom versus folly: Chapter 10 begins a collection of various proverbs that are typically short in nature (2-6 lines) but great in implication and teaching. This chapter seems to focus on three groups, each the antagonist of the other, showing the…

Proverbs 8-9: The blessing of wisdom.

June 25, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 8-9. Background: Proverbs 7. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 8 The blessing of wisdom: Here in chapter eight we find wisdom calling once again, just as she did at the opening of the book (see Proverbs 1:20-33). Wisdom seeks to be found, seeks to be sought. She calls to the…

I Samuel 21-25: Saul pursues David.

April 14, 2015. Daily Reading: I Samuel 21-25. Background: I Samuel 16-20. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 21 1. Learning from examples: As David begins his run from Saul, he comes in haste to Nob meet Ahimelech the priest, looking for something to eat for him and his men. The problem is, however, that the only bread that…

I Corinthians 1-3: A call for unity.

February 22, 2014. Daily Reading: I Corinthians 1-3. Background: The church in Corinth was founded on Paul’s second missionary journey, as he traveled to the city of Corinth and stayed with them for a year and six months (see Acts 18:1-16). Paul had a deep connection and love for the church in Corinth, as we…