John 16-18: Jesus’ final days.

October 10, 2015. Daily Reading: John 16-18. Background: John 13-15. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 16 A final discourse with the disciples: As we near the passion narrative as presented by John, he gives us one of the final discussions that Jesus has with His disciples before He is taken to trial and the cross, followed…

Psalm 108-110: Deliverance and the Messiah.

October 7, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 108-110. Background: Psalm 105-107. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 108 Deliverance over the foe: This psalm is ascribed to David and deals with the Lord’s power and loyalty to bring His people out victorious over their enemies. This psalm seems to be a combination of two other psalms of David,…

John 13-15: Discussions with the disciples.

October 3, 2015. Daily Reading: John 13-15. Background: John 9-12. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 13 Jesus’ passover meal with the disciples: As Jesus’ time before the cross is quickly coming to an end, John records one of the last suppers that He and His disciples would experience together before He was delivered over to the…

Mark 13-14: The near future.

May 2, 2015. Daily Reading: Mark 13-14. Background: Mark 11-12. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 13 Talks about the future: The entire chapter of Mark 13 is essentially devoted to prophecy of the future made by Jesus to His disciples (see Matthew 24 for a good parallel to this chapter). He begins with the foretelling of the destruction…

Psalm 39-41: Cries to the Lord.

April 8, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 39-41. Background: Psalm 36-38. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 39 Life is short: In this psalm, David beings with a held tongue and a muzzled spirit, not asking the Lord how many were the number of his days on the earth. But when he could not hold his peace for any…

Matthew 26-28: The death, burial and resurrection.

March 14, 2015. (3.14.15.  9:26:53) Daily Reading: Matthew 26-28. Background: Matthew 23-25. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 26 1. Foreshadowing: As He has told His disciples on a number of occasions, Jesus once again tells them that He is about to be delivered over to be crucified. His hour had come and they would soon be tested…