Ezra 5-10: Finishing the temple and seeking the Lord.

December 15, 2015. Daily Reading: Ezra 5-10. Background: Ezra 1-4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 The rebuilding begins again: After a long period of cessation due to persecution, Haggai and Zechariah, prophets of the Lord, stirred up the Jews who had returned to Judah and Jerusalem to begin again rebuilding the temple. The two strong leaders,…

Psalm 132-134: The last of the songs of ascents.

December 9, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 132-134. Background: Psalm 129-131. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 132 The Lord’s choice through David: Another psalm in the series of the songs of ascents (see psalm 120), this psalm speaks of the house of the Lord that David sought to build (see II Samuel 7 and I Chronicles 22, 28)…

Ezra 1-4: The beginning of rebuilding the temple.

December 8, 2015. Daily Reading: Ezra 1-4. Background: The book of Ezra was originally combined with the book of Nehemiah until it was divided into two books by Christians around the third century. The story records the story of the exile’s return from Babylonian captivity to rebuild the temple, as per Cyrus’ decree that is…

Haggai 1-2: Lethargy and obedience.

December 4, 2015. Daily Reading: Haggai 1-2. Background: Not a lot is known about the prophet Haggai other than he was the first of three post-exilic prophets. His ministry is set around 520 BC in the second year of Darius, king of Persia, and deals with the people’s failure to build the house of the Lord as issued by…

Psalm 120-122: Songs of Ascents.

November 11, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 120-122. Background: Psalm 119. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 120 A cry for deliverance: Psalm 120 begins a set of fifteen psalms (120-134) that are labeled as “Songs of Ascents,” a phrase of which different opinions have formed as to its meaning. Two notable views put forth that these psalms…

II Chronicles 21-24: A rough patch for Judah.

November 10, 2015. Daily Reading: II Chronicles 21-24. Background: II Chronicles 16-20. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 21 Jehoram: After the death of Jehoshaphat, his firstborn son Jehoram assumed the throne in his place. When he took the throne, he killed his brothers and some of the princes of Israel to establish his reign. Jehoram did…

II Chronicles 6-10: The end of Solomon and beginning of Rehoboam.

October 20, 2015. Daily Reading: II Chronicles 6-10. Background: II Chronicles 1-5. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 6 Solomon’s blessing and prayer: The majority of this text can be found in I Kings 8:12-15, see this section for notes. In short, Solomon blesses the people and prays a prayer of dedication after the completion of the…

II Chronicles 1-5: Building the house of the Lord.

October 13, 2015. Daily Reading: II Chronicles 1-5. Background: The book of II Chronicles is a continuation of the first book. See the background information for I Chronicles. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 1 Solomon’s prayer and wealth: After the death of David, his son Solomon takes the throne as he had been appointed, and the…

I Chronicles 25-29: David’s farewell.

October 6, 2015. Daily Reading: I Chronicles 25-29. Background: I Chronicles 20-24. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 25 David organizes the musicians: Continuing on as we have seen in the previous two chapters, here we find David organizing the musicians for their service in the house of the Lord. These musicians were set up in their…

I Chronicles 20-24: David’s reign.

September 29, 2015. Daily Reading: I Chronicles 20-24. Background: I Chronicles 15-19. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 20 David’s Conquests: After the story of the Ammonites given in the previous chapter, here we are given more records of some of David’s conquests when he became king. Notes on the second half of this chapter dealing with…

Psalm 84-86: Talking to God.

August 11, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 84-86. Background: Psalm 81-83. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 84 The dwelling place of the Lord: This psalm is a psalm of the sons of Korah and addresses the lovely dwelling place of the Lord. The psalmist’s soul longs to be in the Lord’s dwelling place, in the court of…

I Kings 5-9: The house of the Lord.

June 9, 2015. Daily Reading: I Kings 5-9. Background: I Kings 1-4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 Preparing to build the temple: Since David was not allowed to build a house for the Lord due to the bloodshed and fighting that he had seen in his days (see II Samuel 7 and I Chronicles 22:6-10),…