Numbers 29-32: Offerings, avenging and inheritance.

October 26, 2015. Daily Reading: Numbers 29-31. Background: Numbers 25-28. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 29 Offerings in the seventh month: The seventh month was a busy month for the Israelites, as they had several memorials and feasts set aside to worship the Lord. Here, Moses is given instructions about the offerings that were to be…

Proverbs 23-24: Wisdom as honey for the soul.

September 24, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 23-24. Background: Proverbs 22. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 23 Gluttony, wisdom and alcohol: Following the slight deviation in form that we saw in the previous chapter, the wisdom that is laid out in this chapter does not typically come in the form of couplets that we have seen for…

Isaiah 62-66: A strong conclusion.

March 27, 2014. Daily Reading: Isaiah 62-66. Background: Isaiah 56-61. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 62 Coming salvation: At this time, Israel was in captivity and had been in this situation for some time. Now, the oracle turns to the thoughts of God, and His arousal to take vengeance for Israel, laying His mighty hand against this…

Isaiah 56-61: Rebuke and glory.

March 21, 2015. Daily Reading: Isaiah 56-61. Background: Isaiah 51-55. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 56 The gathering of foreigners: The opening of this chapter is very interesting, especially for those who are not of a Jewish lineage. Often we think of Old Testament ideology as being completely against any other peoples who were not of the…

Genesis 32-35: Jacob’s return home.

March 2, 2015. Daily Reading: Genesis 32-35. Background: Genesis 28-31. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 32 Facing fear: We saw in the previous chapter how the angel of the Lord had come to him in a dream and reminded him that God and been with him and it was time to rise and return to the land of…