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…

Ecclesiastes 7-8: Contrasts.

November 19, 2015. Daily Reading: Ecclesiastes 7-8. Background: Ecclesiastes 5-6. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 7 Contrasting: In this chapter, the preacher sets forth many contrasting ideas and reveals wisdom from these juxtapositions. The first half of the chapter is dedicated to proverb-like sayings, focusing at first on the contrast between death and life, sadness and…

Micah 1-7: Judgment and restoration.

November 6, 2015. Daily Reading: Micah 1-7. Background: The book of Micah is the sixth of the twelve minor prophets in Hebrew scripture and contains the word of the Lord delivered through the prophet Micah in the 8th century BC. A contemporary of Isaiah, Amos and Hosea, Miach’s ministry spanned from approximately 737–696 BC in the land…

Ecclesiastes 3-4: Time, the eternal and the finite.

November 5, 2015. Daily Reading: Ecclesiastes 3-4. Background: Ecclesiastes 1-2. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 3 1. A time for everything: The first eight verses of this chapter comprise what is perhaps one of the most well known passages in the book. In beautiful poetry, the preacher makes the point that there is a time for…

Proverbs 22: Words of the wise.

September 17, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 22. Background: Proverbs 20-21. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 22 Words of the wise: The first half of chapter 22 continues on in the same manner that we have seen from many of the preceding chapters, giving us wisdom in couplets that speak much louder than it would seem, given…

Psalm 81-83: God and His people.

July 15, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 81-83. Background: Psalm 78-80. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 81 “Oh that My people would listen to Me”: After the opening stanza as a call for the people of God to sing and praise the Lord, the rest of this psalm is written from the perspective of God admonishing His…

Psalm 72-74: Speaking to the Lord.

June 24, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 72-74. Background: Psalm 69-71. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 72 Justice for the king: This psalm which is attributed to Solomon (the final verse of this chapter is likely in reference to the ending of the second book of the psalms, which houses many of David’s psalms) is one that…

Isaiah 56-61: Rebuke and glory.

March 21, 2015. Daily Reading: Isaiah 56-61. Background: Isaiah 51-55. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 56 The gathering of foreigners: The opening of this chapter is very interesting, especially for those who are not of a Jewish lineage. Often we think of Old Testament ideology as being completely against any other peoples who were not of the…

Multiplication through oppression.

October 27, 2014. Sometimes I hear phrases along the lines of “if the world continues down the path its going, the church will be dead in a generation or two.” I must admit that I myself have been tempted to say similar phrases in the past without really thinking too much about it. It is…