Deuteronomy 10-12: Seeking the Lord whole heartedly.

November 30, 2015. Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 10-12. Background: Deuteronomy 7-9. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 10 Circumcision of the heart: As Moses continues his discourse from the previous chapter to the children of Israel, he reminds them of how he was told to make two new tablets of stone and an ark, that the Lord might write…

Deuteronomy 7-9: The Lord’s chosen people.

November 23, 2015. Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 7-9. Background: Deuteronomy 4-6. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 7 Set apart from the world: In this chapter, Moses addresses the children of Israel to teach them what kind of people that are and ought to be. The children of Israel were a holy people, not because of their own…

Deuteronomy 1-3: Remembering history.

November 9, 2015. Daily reading: Deuteronomy 1-3. Background: The book of Deuteronomy is a unique book in the Hebrew scriptures, really standing independently from the previous books of the law and the subsequent books of history as it comprises aspects of both. The name is derived from a statement made in Deuteronomy 17:18 which talks…

Numbers 33-36: Preparing the way before entering the promised land.

November 2, 2015. Daily Reading: Numbers 33-36. Back ground: Numbers 29-32. Concepts and Connections. Numbers 33 The path of the exodus and the warning from God: This chapter records the path of the journey of the children of Israel took from their exodus of Egypt all the way to their encampment by the Jordan just before…

Exodus 21-24: Practical laws of the covenant.

May 11, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 21-24. Background: Exodus 17-20. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 21 Practical laws: After giving the ten commandments that are well known, the Lord continues His law, giving the children of Israel a basis for rule and government as they now would become their own people without the oversight of another nation….

Genesis 9-14: New beginnings.

January 26, 2015. Daily Reading: Genesis 9-14. Background: Genesis 6-8. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 9 1. A new beginning and a new covenant: After Noah and his family were brought safely through the flood via the ark, it was time for a new beginning and a new covenant between God and man. There were a few…

Joshua 11-15: The inheritance of the promised land.

January 20, 2014. Daily Reading: Joshua 11-15. Background: Joshua 6-10. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 11 The Lord is in control: One of the most prominent themes that runs through the book of Joshua is God’s charge of “do not be afraid.” The first chapter of the book has this phrase several times as God is…

Joshua 1-5: Preparing to Enter the Promised Land.

January 6, 2014. Daily Reading: Joshua 1-5. Background. The book of Joshua picks up right were the book of Deuteronomy leaves off. Moses has recently died (for God had told him that he was not to enter into the promised land because of the waters of Meribah, see Numbers 20) and Joshua, who was an…

Hymnnotes: Wayfaring Stranger.

December 10, 2014. Today I would like to talk about a hymn that is so moving that it almost gives me chills when I hear or sing it. I grew up singing this hymn and it has always held a special place in my heart. More recently, it seems that this song comes to mind…