Ezekiel 31-36: Prophecies against the nations, and Israel’s renewal.

August 14, 2015. Daily Reading: Ezekiel 31-36. Background: Ezekiel 25-30. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 31 Prophecy against Pharaoh: In this chapter, the word of the Lord comes to Ezekiel to give to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, on the things that will happen to him. Though the prophecy is directed towards Pharaoh, the oracle uses the…

Ezekiel 25-30: Oracles against the nations.

July 17, 2015. Daily Reading: Ezekiel 25-30. Background: Ezekiel 19-24. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 25 Oracles against the nations: In this chapter, the Lord tells Ezekiel to speak oracles concerning several of the nations that were around Israel, each of the coming destruction that the Lord was about to send on thjum. The first nation…

Exodus 9-12: The final plagues and the passover.

April 20, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 9-12. Background: Exodus 5-8. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 9 1. The fifth plague- Death of Egyptian livestock: With the fifth plague, the Lord continues His distinction between Israel and the Egyptians, causing only the livestock of the Egyptians to die an not the livestock of the Israelites who dwelt in…

Exodus 5-8: Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh.

April 13, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 5-8. Background: Exodus 1-4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 When it’s darkest before the dawn: Have you ever been in a position where it seemed like the more you tried to do the will of God, the harder your situation became? This was precisely what Moses and Aaron were…

Exodus 1-4: The birth and call of Moses.

April 6, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 1-4. Background: Genesis 48-50. Exodus is the second book in the Pentateuch, detailing much of the leadership of Moses and the exodus (thus the name of the book) of the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage and their history thereafter. It picks up right where the book of Genesis…

Genesis 44-47: Reunited.

March 23, 2015. Daily Reading: Genesis 44-47. Background: Genesis 40-43. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 44 Joseph tests his brothers: Just as in chapter 42, it is hard to speculate why Joseph chose to not tell his brothers who he was right away, but rather set up a trap for them as they went home so that…

Genesis 40-43: The tide turns for Joseph.

March 16, 2015. Daily Reading: Genesis 40-43. Background: Genesis 36-39. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 40 Joseph’s interpretation of dreams: As Joseph is in the prison that he was sent to because Potiphar’s wife falsely accused him of trying to lay with her, we learned from the last chapter that the Lord was with Joseph and the…