Deuteronomy 4-6: Hear, O Israel.

November 16, 2015. Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 4-6. Background: Deuteronomy 1-3. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 4 The people of God: After going over their history in the past three chapters, Moses now turns to the people of God to command their obedience. They were about to enter the promised land, and Moses wanted to remind them…

Acts 7-8: Stephen and the spread of the gospel.

November 14, 2015. Daily Reading: Acts 7-8. Background: Acts 5-6. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 7 Stephen: The previous chapter left of with the arrest of Stephen on the basis of false witnesses, being brought before the council of Jewish leaders. This chapter pics up here and records Stephen’s defense and message to the high priest…

Deuteronomy 1-3: Remembering history.

November 9, 2015. Daily reading: Deuteronomy 1-3. Background: The book of Deuteronomy is a unique book in the Hebrew scriptures, really standing independently from the previous books of the law and the subsequent books of history as it comprises aspects of both. The name is derived from a statement made in Deuteronomy 17:18 which talks…

Psalm 102-104: On praising the Lord.

September 30, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 105-107. Background:¬†Psalm 102-104. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 105 Praising the Lord through history: This is a psalm of praise to the Lord, telling of His mighty works. The audience¬†is are called to worship Him in the first stanza and sing of His works, that they might be known amongst…

I Chronicles 15-19: Moving the ark the right way.

September 22, 2015. Daily Reading: I Chronicles 15-19. Background: I Chronicles 11-14. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 15 Bringing the ark to Jerusalem the right way: Back in chapter 13, we saw David try to bring the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem, but he did it in a way that he thought was best, and…

Daniel 7-12: Visions and revelations.

September 12, 2015. Daily Reading: Daniel 7-12. Background: Daniel 1-6. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 7 The vision of the four beasts, the Ancient of Days and the Son of Man: The first six chapters of Daniel are very different in form and content from the last six chapters. The first six deal with history and…

Ezekiel 19-24: Oracles against Jerusalem.

July 10, 2015. Daily Reading: Ezekiel 19-24. Background: Ezekiel 13-18. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 19 Lamentation for the princes of Israel: In this chapter, we are given a lament over the princes of Israel for the people to hear and lament the fall of the house of David into captivity. The house of David is…

Psalm 78-80: Learning from the past and pleading for deliverance.

July 8, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 78-80. Background: Psalm 75-77. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 78 Learning from the past: Psalm 78, of Asaph, is a psalm of remembrance and teaching of things that had transpired throughout Israel’s history that they should look to an learn from. History was often passed down through oral tradition, and…

Joshua 21-24: Wrapping up.

February 3, 2015. Daily Reading: Joshua 21-24. Background: Joshua 16-20. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 21 1. Referring to the word of God: Though the portions of the land of Canaan had been allotted out to the different tribes of Judah, completing the promise that God made to Abraham in Genesis 12 about giving the land…

Joshua 1-5: Preparing to Enter the Promised Land.

January 6, 2014. Daily Reading: Joshua 1-5. Background. The book of Joshua picks up right were the book of Deuteronomy leaves off. Moses has recently died (for God had told him that he was not to enter into the promised land because of the waters of Meribah, see Numbers 20) and Joshua, who was an…

3 Reasons to remember your history/heritage.

December 20, 2014. “These are the words that Moses spoke to all Israel beyond the Jordan in the wilderness, in the Arabah opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Dizahab. It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of Mount Seir to Kadesh-barnea. In the fortieth year, on the first day…

The church of Christ, Part 1: The Movement.

November 22, 2014. Over the years I have been asked on a number of occasions a question that I find somewhat difficult to answer. “What kind of church do you go to?” The question isn’t difficult to answer because I am not readily able to call up the particular congregation of believers that I am…