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…

Daniel 1-6: A message of deliverance.

September 4, 2015. Daily Reading: Daniel 1-6. Background: The book of Daniel is set in the time period just after the fall of Jerusalem to Babylon and continues on through the Medo-persian era. It makes mention of Kings Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar of Babylon and Kings Darius and Cyrus of the Median/Persian reign. The book is divided into two different…

Ezekiel 43-48: Prophecy and Measurement.

August 30, 2015. Daily Reading: Ezekiel 43-48. Background: Ezekiel 37-42. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 43 1. The glory of the Lord fills the temple: In the previous chapters, we have read about Ezekiel’s vision of the temple and the man measuring the temple meticulously, relaying the pattern of the temple to Ezekiel. In the beginning of…

II Kings 21-25: Evil, reform and ruin.

August 25, 2015. Daily Reading: II Kings 21-25. Background: II Kings 16-20. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 21 1. Manasseh: After King Hezekiah died, his son Manasseh reigned in his place, beginning at age 12 and reigning for 55 years, which would be the longest reign in the history of the kingdom of Judah. For all…

Luke 23-24: The trial, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

August 21, 2015. I am switching Friday and Saturday’s reading this week due to timing issues. I appreciate you bearing with me. Thank you for reading and following along! _________________________________________________________ Daily Reading: Luke 23-24. Background: Luke 21-22. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 23 The trial, crucifixion and burial of Jesus: Luke, being the historian that he…

Psalm 87-89: Addressing God.

August 19, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 87-89. Background: Psalm 84-86. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 87 The city of God: A song of the sons of Korah, this psalm highlights the holy city of God (Jerusalem, whether physical or spiritual), often referred to as Zion, of which glorious are spoken of her. The first three verse of…

Luke 21-22: Signs and the betrayal.

August 15, 2015. Daily Reading: Luke 21-22. Background: Luke 19-20. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 21 1. The widow’s offering: This chapter opens up with the story of the widow that gives two small copper coins into the treasury as an offering to the temple. He says that she has put in more than all the…

Ezekiel 31-36: Prophecies against the nations, and Israel’s renewal.

August 14, 2015. Daily Reading: Ezekiel 31-36. Background: Ezekiel 25-30. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 31 Prophecy against Pharaoh: In this chapter, the word of the Lord comes to Ezekiel to give to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, on the things that will happen to him. Though the prophecy is directed towards Pharaoh, the oracle uses the…

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…

Ezekiel 19-24: Oracles against Jerusalem.

July 10, 2015. Daily Reading: Ezekiel 19-24. Background: Ezekiel 13-18. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 19 Lamentation for the princes of Israel: In this chapter, we are given a lament over the princes of Israel for the people to hear and lament the fall of the house of David into captivity. The house of David is…

II Kings 1-5: Elijah and Elisha.

July 7, 2015. Daily Reading: II Kings 1-5. Background: I Kings 19-22. The book of II Kings picks up right were the book of I Kings left off, after the death of Ahab with his son Ahaziah reigning in his place. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 1 Elijah and Ahaziah: We learn from the final chapter of I…

Ezekiel 13-18: The fallen people of God.

July 3, 2015. Daily Reading: Ezekiel 13-18. Background: Ezekiel 7-12. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 13 Speaking for God when He did not speak: Ezekiel is sent by the Lord with an oracle against the prophets of Isreal in this chapter, because the prophets were speaking lies, telling of false visions. They would said “Declares the…