Song of Songs 7-8: The maturation of love.

December 24, 2015. Daily Reading: Song of Songs 7-8. Background: Song of Songs 4-6. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 7 Descriptions of love: The majority of this chapter is the husband’s address of his bride’s beauty, again describing her in intimate detail. He goes through several parts of her body and expounds on the beauty he…

Proverbs 26-27: The fool, sluggard and gossip.

October 8, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 26-27. Background: Proverbs 25. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 26 The fool, sluggard and gossip: This chapter returns back mostly to the style in which we have seen the proverbs written in for most of the book, couplets of wisdom. However, it seems that the couplets are organized more by…

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…

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…

Proverbs 23-24: Wisdom as honey for the soul.

September 24, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 23-24. Background: Proverbs 22. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 23 Gluttony, wisdom and alcohol: Following the slight deviation in form that we saw in the previous chapter, the wisdom that is laid out in this chapter does not typically come in the form of couplets that we have seen for…

Luke 11-12: Teachings of Christ.

June 20, 2015. Daily Reading: Luke 11-12. Background: Luke 9-10. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 11 1. Prayer: The opening of this chapter deals with Jesus’ teaching on prayer, as His disciples came and asked Him directly to teach them how to pray, just as John taught His disciples. Here Luke records the Lord’s prayer (see…

I Kings 5-9: The house of the Lord.

June 9, 2015. Daily Reading: I Kings 5-9. Background: I Kings 1-4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 Preparing to build the temple: Since David was not allowed to build a house for the Lord due to the bloodshed and fighting that he had seen in his days (see II Samuel 7 and I Chronicles 22:6-10),…

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…

Matthew 23-25: Woes, signs and parables.

March 7, 2015. Daily Reading: Matthew 23-25. Background: Matthew 20-22. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 23 Seven woe’s to the scribes and Pharisees: In this passage, Jesus talks very openly and distinctly about the scribes and the Pharisees. It does not seem that He is too worried about whether or not they would take offense at His…