Song of Songs 4-6: Drunk with love.

December 17, 2015. Daily Reading: Song of Songs 4-6. Background: Song of Songs 1-3. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 4 The consummation of marriage: The majority of this chapter is dedicated to Solomon’s admiration of his bride’s beauty. He describes her form in such detail that we still blush in parts of the poetry today. There…

Song of Songs 1-3: The courtship.

December 10, 2015. Daily Reading: Song of Songs 1-3. Background: Traditionally attributed to Solomon, the Song of Songs is¬†very unique amongst the Hebrew scriptures as it is, in its base form, a celebration of romantic love between a husband and wife as we travel through their courtship and subsequent marriage. The courtship is described in…

II Chronicles 6-10: The end of Solomon and beginning of Rehoboam.

October 20, 2015. Daily Reading: II Chronicles 6-10. Background: II Chronicles 1-5. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 6 Solomon’s blessing and prayer: The majority of this text can be found in I Kings 8:12-15, see this section for notes. In short, Solomon blesses the people and prays a prayer of dedication after the completion of the…

II Chronicles 1-5: Building the house of the Lord.

October 13, 2015. Daily Reading: II Chronicles 1-5. Background: The book of II Chronicles is a continuation of the first book. See the background information for I Chronicles. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 1 Solomon’s prayer and wealth: After the death of David, his son Solomon takes the throne as he had been appointed, and the…

I Chronicles 25-29: David’s farewell.

October 6, 2015. Daily Reading: I Chronicles 25-29. Background: I Chronicles 20-24. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 25 David organizes the musicians: Continuing on as we have seen in the previous two chapters, here we find David organizing the musicians for their service in the house of the Lord. These musicians were set up in their…

Proverbs 25: More proverbs of Solomon.

October 1, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 25. Background: Proverbs 23-24. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 25 Proverbs of Solomon: Chapter 25 seems to mark a place in the book of proverbs, as it begins with a heading that indicates that these are the proverbs of Solomon that were copied during the reign of Hezekiah. There are…

I Kings 5-9: The house of the Lord.

June 9, 2015. Daily Reading: I Kings 5-9. Background: I Kings 1-4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 Preparing to build the temple: Since David was not allowed to build a house for the Lord due to the bloodshed and fighting that he had seen in his days (see II Samuel 7 and I Chronicles 22:6-10),…

Proverbs 4: A father’s plea.

June 4, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 4. Background: Proverbs 2-3. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 4 A father’s wisdom: Solomon reveals the purpose of his instruction in this chapter, emphasizing the importance of gaining wisdom and insight to his sons, just as his father and mother had taught him as a child. It is interesting to…

I Kings 1-4: Solomon.

June 2, 2015. Daily Reading: I Kings 1-4. Background: II Samuel 20-24. Though this is a separate book from II Samuel, it picks up right were II Samuel leaves off, with the end of the life of David. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 1 Solomon, not¬†Adonijah, to be king: As David’s life draws to an end,…

Proverbs 1: The call for wisdom.

May 21, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 1. Background: The book of Proverbs is a “collection of collections” harboring the wisdom attributed to King Solomon, whose wisdom came directly from God (see I Kings 3). A consistent theme throughout the book is “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge/wisdom,” as it takes this…

When worship and prayer are abominations.

November 18, 2014. As I read through the wisdom literature in the Old Testament, there is a concept that keeps coming up that is a bit concerning me when I read it. This concept is not one that we usually talk about, nor is it one that would probably be acceptable to teach in larger…

It’s then that we praise Thee.

November 6, 2014. When times are rough, and days are long, When comes the end, of days gone wrong, When cares are great and struggles endure, It’s then that we praise Thee. When the sun is high, and the day is clear, When hearts are bright, all full of cheer, When comes the end of…