Judges 17-21: Perversion in Israel.

March 3, 2015. Daily Reading: Judges 17-21. Background: Judges 11-16. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 17 1. “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes”: The final section in Judges is one that might be very hard to read through, especially if you are not prepared for stories like these to be in the bible….

Isaiah 40-44: The Holy One of Israel.

February 27, 2015. Daily Reading: Isaiah 40-44. Background: Isaiah 34-39. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 40 1. A voice of one crying in the wilderness: Comfort was coming for the people of Israel, which is likely an immediate reference to the Babylonians (who had taken Judah captive) being defeated by the Medes and Persians. As chapter 40…

Judges 6-10: The cycle continues through Gideon.

February 17, 2015. Daily Reading: Judges 6-10. Background: Judges 1-5. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 6 1. The charge of the Lord: At the beginning of this chapter, we see that the vicious cycle that would occur time and again in Israel during the time of the judges has once again begun with the people forsaking…

Lessons from a weeping prophet.

October 3, 2014. “What can I say for you, to what compare you,     O daughter of Jerusalem? What can I liken to you, that I may comfort you,     O virgin daughter of Zion? For your ruin is vast as the sea;     who can heal you? Your prophets have seen for you     false and deceptive visions; they…

Stumbling blocks.

January 31, 2014. What is a stumbling block? If you have been in religious company long and topics of opinion and preference have come up, chances are you have heard this word. “Don’t be a stumbling block for your brother.” But what is a stumbling block? That is the topic we are going to deal…