Deuteronomy 32-34: The end of Moses’ life.

January 27, 2015. Reading: Deuteronomy 32-34. Background: Deuteronomy 39-31. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 32 The song of Moses: The majority of the text in this chapter is dedicated to the song of Moses that the Lord had given him to teach the people. Remember that this song was given as a witness for God against the…

Revelation 6-11: Cycles of wrath and destruction.

January 26, 2016. Reading: Revelation 6-12. Background: Revelation 1-5. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 6 The seven seals: After we are called into heaven to see the awesome worship and praise of the Lamb who is worthy to open the seven seals, here we follow the opening of the seals. Before we go too much further,…

Revelation 1-5: The revelation of Jesus Christ.

January 11, 2016. Reading: Revelation 1-5. Background: The book of Revelation holds a very unique position amongst Christian thought and theology. The book is a letter containing the revelation that the apostle John was given to send to the seven churches in Asia minor, probably near the end of the first century (though some argue that…

Zechariah 1-14: Addressing the people of God.

December 11, 2015. Daily Reading: Zechariah 1-7. Background: Zechariah is one of the final Hebrew prophets and is a contemporary of Haggai (see Ezra 5:1) encouraging the returning exiles to continue rebuilding the house of the Lord. Though not much is known about the personal life of Zechariah, he does date his writings more specifically than…

Psalm 132-134: The last of the songs of ascents.

December 9, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 132-134. Background: Psalm 129-131. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 132 The Lord’s choice through David: Another psalm in the series of the songs of ascents (see psalm 120), this psalm speaks of the house of the Lord that David sought to build (see II Samuel 7 and I Chronicles 22, 28)…

Haggai 1-2: Lethargy and obedience.

December 4, 2015. Daily Reading: Haggai 1-2. Background: Not a lot is known about the prophet Haggai other than he was the first of three post-exilic prophets. His ministry is set around 520 BC in the second year of Darius, king of Persia, and deals with the people’s failure to build the house of the Lord as issued by…

Nahum 1-3: The oracle against Nineveh.

November 13, 2015. Daily Reading: Nahum 1-3. Background: Nineveh, the capitol city of Assyria, was a particularly cruel enemy to the children of Israel. Nahum is given an oracle from God against Nineveh here that foretells of their destruction and devastation, which would be at the hands of the Medes and Babylonians in 612 B.C….

Micah 1-7: Judgment and restoration.

November 6, 2015. Daily Reading: Micah 1-7. Background: The book of Micah is the sixth of the twelve minor prophets in Hebrew scripture and contains the word of the Lord delivered through the prophet Micah in the 8th century BC. A contemporary of Isaiah, Amos and Hosea, Miach’s ministry spanned from approximately 737–696 BC in the land…

Obadiah: The oracle against Edom.

October 23, 2015. Daily Reading: Obadiah. Background: Few clues are given in the text of this prophet to estimate the date and time periods that Obadiah prophesied. Different dates have been discussed based on contextual clues (such as Edom’s future raiding when Jerusalem is attacked), the two main suggestions being c. 850 BC, which would make…

Amos 1-4: For thee transgressions, and for four.

October 9, 2015. Daily Reading: Amos 1-4. Background: Though the book of Amos is third among the 12 minor prophets, his ministry was likely one of the first of the minor prophets. Amos dates his ministry during the reign of Uzziah in Judah and Jeroboam II in Israel, which places his ministry around 767-753 BC,…

Joel 1-3: Judgement and Redemption.

October 2, 2015. Daily Reading: Joel 1-3.  Background: Joel is the second in succession of the twelve minor prophets in the Hebrew scriptures. Fairly little is known about Joel, as all we are given in the book is his name and who he is the son of. There are different views among scholars about the…

Daniel 7-12: Visions and revelations.

September 12, 2015. Daily Reading: Daniel 7-12. Background: Daniel 1-6. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 7 The vision of the four beasts, the Ancient of Days and the Son of Man: The first six chapters of Daniel are very different in form and content from the last six chapters. The first six deal with history and…