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…

Hebrews 9-10: Christ’s sacrifice, once for all.

October 18, 2014. Daily Reading: Hebrews 9-10. Background: Hebrews 1-8. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 9 Old Covenant worship and Jesus Christ: The Hebrew writer showed us in the previous chapter that through Jesus, a better ministry was brought forth. Here, he seeks to examine the sanctuary and temple worship to show us how the ministry that…

John 7-8: Words of the I AM.

September 19, 2015. Daily Reading: John 7-8. Background: John 5-6. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 7 Jesus at the feast of booths: After Jesus gives some pretty hard teachings in the last chapter, we pick up here as He avoids going to Judea because He perceived that they were seeking to kill Him. The feast of…

Ezekiel 31-36: Prophecies against the nations, and Israel’s renewal.

August 14, 2015. Daily Reading: Ezekiel 31-36. Background: Ezekiel 25-30. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 31 Prophecy against Pharaoh: In this chapter, the word of the Lord comes to Ezekiel to give to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, on the things that will happen to him. Though the prophecy is directed towards Pharaoh, the oracle uses the…

Luke 17-18: Jesus and the people.

July 11, 2015. Daily Reading: Luke 17-18. Background: Luke 15-16. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 17 1. Forgiveness, faith and humility: At the opening of this chapter, Jesus teaches thee core concepts in our relationship with Him and with others around us. First, He warns that temptations to sin are sure to come, but condemns out…

Luke 15-16: Lost and found.

July 4, 2015. Daily Reading: Luke 15-16. Background: Luke 13-14. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 15 1. The parables of the lost sheep and lost coin: Jesus tells two short parables at the beginning of this chapter when the scribes and Pharisees criticized Him for eating with tax collectors and sinners. Each parable had the same…

II Corinthians 7-9: Paul’s commendation.

April 26, 2015. Daily Reading: II Corinthians 7-9. Background: II Corinthians 4-6. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 7 Godly sorrow: In this chapter, Paul really reveals the love he has for the church at Corinth, as he even says that they were his joy when he was going through various trials and persecutions. Though he loved this…

Psalm 36-38: Appeals to God.

April 1, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 36-38. Background: Psalm 33-35. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 36 Contrast between the wicked and righteousness: In this psalm, David gives a contrast between the wicked and the Lord’s righteousness, with an ending plea for the Lord to remember him as righteous. The psalm opens with a picture of the…

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…

Psalm 30-32: Joy, refuge and forgiveness.

March 18, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 30-32. Background: Psalm 27-29. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 30 Joy in the Lord: This psalm is indicated that it was used at the dedication of the temple by David (see II Samuel 5 and I Chronicles 22). It is a psalm of praise and thanksgiving, giving credit to the Lord…

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…

The same God, Old and New.

December 29, 2014. Sometimes when we look at the allegedly striking differences between the Old Testament and the New Testament we can almost get two different pictures of God. We see His character in the Old Testament and usually focus on His righteous and wrathful side and then we flip over to the New Testament…