Song of Songs 4-6: Drunk with love.

December 17, 2015. Daily Reading: Song of Songs 4-6. Background: Song of Songs 1-3. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 4 The consummation of marriage: The majority of this chapter is dedicated to Solomon’s admiration of his bride’s beauty. He describes her form in such detail that we still blush in parts of the poetry today. There…

II John: Truth and love.

December 13, 2o15. Daily Reading: II John. Background: This is John’s second epistle written to those that he loved in truth, likely disciples of whom the aged apostle had some role of oversight (see background to I John). The elder expresses his love for them and his joy in finding some of them walking in…

Song of Songs 1-3: The courtship.

December 10, 2015. Daily Reading: Song of Songs 1-3. Background: Traditionally attributed to Solomon, the Song of Songs is very unique amongst the Hebrew scriptures as it is, in its base form, a celebration of romantic love between a husband and wife as we travel through their courtship and subsequent marriage. The courtship is described in…

I John 1-5: Walking in the Light.

December 6, 2015. Daily Reading: I John 1-5. Background: The first of three letters that have been persevered, I John is attributed to the Apostle John, author of the gospel that bears his name. The letter is written to what would seem to be believers that the aged apostle held in his care, who he…

Psalm 129-131: Looking to the Lord.

December 2, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 129-131. Background: Psalm 126-128. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 129 Enduring affliction: Another psalm in the series of the songs of ascents (see psalm 120), this psalm recounts affliction that the people of Israel had endured from the people who oppressed them even from the beginning. As Israel was becoming a nation…

Psalm 119: For the love of the Law.

November 4, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 119. Background: Psalm 116-118. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 119 The love of the Law: This psalm is a very unique psalm that is set apart from the other psalms in length and focus. With 176 verses, psalm 119 is the longest psalm in the book (longer than any other given…

Psalm 116-118: The love of the Lord endures forever.

October 28, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 116-118. Background: Psalm 114-115. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 116 The Lord delivers: This is a psalm of thanks to the Lord, acknowledging the Lord’s hearing and answering the prayers of the psalmist, delivering him from the snares of death and Sheol. The psalmist proclaims his love for the Lord…

Hosea 8-14: The love and the wrath of God.

September 27, 2015. Daily Reading: Hosea 8-14. Background: Hosea 1-7. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 8 Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind: In this oracle, it becomes apparent that you will reap what you sow. The Lord, through Hosea, beings with a warning blast, to call Israel to attention that they might see their folly and turn…

John 9-12: The building climax of the ministry of Jesus.

September 26, 2015. Daily Reading: John 9-12. Background: John 7-8. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 9 The blinding of pride and stubbornness: In chapter nine of John’s gospel, we are given an account of Jesus’ healing of a man that had been born blind, but the irony of the story is that those who could well…

Philemon: Four lessons from a runaway slave.

September 25, 2015. Note: I am switching today and Sunday’s reading because of time constraints. I appreciate your understanding. _______________________________________________________________________ Daily Reading: Philemon. Background: Philemon is a letter by the apostle Paul written to a man named Philemon who seems to have been a leader in the church at Colossi, having a church that met in his…

I Thessalonians 4-5: The day of the Lord

July 19, 2015. Daily Reading: I Thessalonians 4-5. Background: I Thessalonians 1-3. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 4 1. A life pleasing to God: As Paul begins to finish his letter to the Thessalonians, he calls them here to live a life that is pleasing to God, noting two things in particular that the Thessalonians should pay…

I Thessalonians 1-3: Paul’s ministry to the Thessalonians.

July 12, 2015. Daily Reading: I Thessalonians 1-3. Background: The first letter that Paul wrote to the Thessalonians is believed to be one of his earliest letters, probably written before 52 AD, and as such, it is one of the first books in the New Testament. The church in Thessalonica was founded in Acts 17:1-19 on…