Hosea 1-7: The prophet who’s life was an allegory.

September 18, 2015. Daily Reading: Hosea 1-7. Background: The book of Hosea is one of the 12 prophets in the Hebrew scriptures, and is the first of the minor prophets in the Old Testament (unless you make an argument that Daniel is a minor prophet, however Daniel’s prophecies are much different in nature and they…

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…

Proverbs 5-6: Adultery and practical wisdom.

June 11, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 5-6. Background: Proverbs 4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 Warning against adultery: It is very interesting that one of Solomon’s main concerns, at least at the beginning of this book, is to warn his sons against adultery. Perhaps he had learned from his father, as it was an affair…

Job 15-17: Miserable comforters.

February 26, 2015. Daily Reading: Job 15-17. Background: Job 12-14. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 15 Eliphaz’s answer and accusation. 1. “It’s because you don’t [insert criticism here] enough”: Often when we are trying to comfort someone that it pains us to see in the state that they are in, we want to help them help themselves….

Judges 11-16: Jephthah and Samson.

February 24, 2015. Daily Reading: Judges 11-16. Background: Judges 6-10. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 11 1. You are not the sin of your parents: The story of Jephthah is a rather peculiar one that some might find even hard to read though. When you consider that it is in the context of the bible, it…

Isaiah 34-39: Answers from the Lord.

February 20, 2014. Daily Reading: Isaiah 34-39. Background: Isaiah 29-33. It should be noted that the text found Isaiah 36-39 is quoted in/from II Kings 18:13 to 2 Kings 20:19, with the only difference (besides a minor word change here or there) being Hezekiah’s prayer found in chapter 38. These chapters also serve as a…

Isaiah 23-28: The glory of the Lord.

February 6, 2015. Daily Reading: Isaiah 23-28. Background: Isaiah 18-22. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 23 Destruction of the proud: The city of Tyre has a somewhat interesting history in relation to the children of Israel. The first time the city is mentioned in the bible (besides as a reference point when Joshua was portioning out the…

Isaiah 12-17: Oracles of destruction.

January 23, 2015. Daily Reading: Isaiah 12-17. Background: Isaiah 6-11. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 12 Praising the Lord for His steadfast love and salvation: After oracles of the coming destruction and captivity and oracles of the Messiah, the prophet’s words turn to praise and honor for the Great King, Almighty, Lord of hosts. There is…

Job 3-5: Lament and blame.

January 15, 2014. Daily Reading: Job 3-5. Background: Job 1-2. Job has lost everything, even his health, because he was righteous and is being tested. In this section of the story of Job, there has been seven days of silence before Job begins his lament. Chapters 4 and 5 are Eliphaz the Temanite’s rebuttal to Job’s…

Isaiah 1-5: Prophecy of destruction.

January 9, 2014. Hello fellow readers! If you are following along with the plan that I provided on the first day, you’ll notice that I have changed today’s reading from Isaiah 1-6 to Isaiah 1-5. I did this because I think the first five chapters of Isaiah have a central message and theme whereas the…

Finding peace amid waves of controversy.

December 5, 2014. It seems over the past week I have been involved in or read so many controversial things when it comes to the realm of religion. If I’m honest, I would say that I am quite tired of it, for the time being at least. In a society where drama is what excites…