Nehemiah 11-13: Records and final reforms.

January 6, 2016. Reading: Nehemiah 11-13. Background: Nehemiah 8-10. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 11 Records of the returned exiles: This chapter serves as a record of the people who were chosen to live in Jerusalem after they had returned from exile. We see that the leaders of the people and then one in ten families…

Deuteronomy 16-19: Statues.

December 14, 2015. Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 16-19. Background: Deuteronomy 13-15. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 16 The Passover, Feast of Weeks and Feast of Booths: The main body of this passage deals with three feasts that the children of Israel were to hold each year as memorials and religious ceremonies to the Lord God. The first…

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…

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…

Numbers 5-8: Purity, vows and consecration.

September 14, 2015. Daily Reading: Numbers 5-8. Background: Numbers 1-4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 1. Uncleanness, confession and restitution: The first half of this chapter deals with some of the social aspects of the law, opening with the command to have all the people who were unclean in terms of the law to go outside…

Leviticus 19-21: Holiness.

August 17, 2015. Daily Reading: Leviticus 19-21. Background: Leviticus 16-18. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 19 1. Holiness: The beginning of this chapter, which will be somewhat of a list of things for the children of Israel to abide by, begins with a discussion on holiness. The children of Israel were called to be Holy, just…

Leviticus 4-6: Sin and guilt offerings.

June 22, 2015. Daily Reading: Leviticus 4-6. Background: Leviticus 1-3. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 4 Unintentional sin offerings: This chapter outlines the instructions that were to be carried out for sins that were committed unintentionally and then realized later. The Lord addresses different grounds in turn, giving instruction of what He commanded concerning sin offerings. Then…

Exodus 29-31: Wrapping up temple and worship instructions.

May 27, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 29-32. Background: Exodus 25-28. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 29 Concentration of the priests: This chapter gives the ceremonial practices that were to be done to consecrate the priests before the Lord that they might minister before Him for the people without being consumed. Notice the attention to both detail and…