Nehemiah 11-13: Records and final reforms.

January 6, 2016. Reading: Nehemiah 11-13. Background: Nehemiah 8-10. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 11 Records of the returned exiles: This chapter serves as a record of the people who were chosen to live in Jerusalem after they had returned from exile. We see that the leaders of the people and then one in ten families…

Deuteronomy 16-19: Statues.

December 14, 2015. Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 16-19. Background: Deuteronomy 13-15. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 16 The Passover, Feast of Weeks and Feast of Booths: The main body of this passage deals with three feasts that the children of Israel were to hold each year as memorials and religious ceremonies to the Lord God. The first…

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…

Numbers 17-20: From Kadesh to Mount Hor.

October 5, 2015. Daily Reading: Numbers¬†17-20. Background:¬†Numbers 13-16. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 17 The house of Levi confirmed: In the previous chapter, we saw the rebellion of Korah, which was motivated by jealously of who the Lord had chosen to be concentrated before Him, specifically Moses and Aaron. In this chapter, the Lord wants to…

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…

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…

Numbers 1-4: Censuses and duties.

September 7, 2015. Daily Reading: Numbers 1-4. Background: The book of numbers is the fourth book of the Torah, covering the time from when the children of Israel were on Mount Sinai (where Moses was given the Law) though their journey to the promised land, the subduing of which was halted by God because of…