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Nov
17
2017

Amos 6 In the sixth chapter of Amos the prophet continues his warning of judgment on Israel but focuses on the notable, wealthy leaders of the nation. Because of their status, these men have not felt the wrath of God in his judgments as harshly as the common person. And because of this, they feel secure and complacent against anything truly coming against them. They are deceived as they use their resources to make their situation seem like it is less than damning. They eat, drink, and merrily...keep reading»»


Nov
15
2017

Psalms 148-150 Worship is the grand declaration of the greatness of the Creator. It is our consuming purpose now and will be our joy throughout eternity.  The psalter crescendos into the final resounding notes of exuberant praise! These final 3 chapters of a section of Psalms (146-150) are dedicated to the theme of praising God and the reasons for it. Each Psalm begins and ends with “hallelu Yah” or “praise the Lord”! The call to praise is a summons extending to all creation, to those in...keep reading»»


Nov
10
2017

Psalm 142 At the introduction of this psalm, we read that this is a prayer of David when he was in the cave. Those who are familiar with David’s story will be able to recall two occasions that David found himself in a cave. These two instances can be found in 1 Samuel 22 and 1 Samuel 24. While we are not told which of these situations the psalm was written about, that detail is not important. Both instances share the same context of David fleeing from King Saul who was seeking to put him to...keep reading»»


Nov
08
2017

Hosea 14 As we conclude the book of Hosea, the general message is clear: Israel has forgotten her God.  The book began with God’s instructions to Hosea to marry an unfaithful wife. This would serve as a visible illustration of the unfaithfulness of Israel. Like a promiscuous wife, God’s people had turned from their first love and had given themselves to idols and foreign nations. Chapter 13 explains in haunting detail the judgement that Israel will receive for her rebellion, but as we so...keep reading»»


Nov
03
2017

Hosea 9 Many times the prophetic books tend to sound repetitive. How many different ways can you proclaim that judgment is coming because of syncretism and idolatry unless there is a return to the Lord? The fact that it is declared ad nauseum only shows the sinful stubbornness of Israel who failed to listen. So, we should be wary when we get that feeling that we’re bored with the continual theme as we read these pages. That could be an indication of our own stubbornness to really...keep reading»»


Nov
01
2017

Psalms 120-122 These 3 Psalms are part of a larger body (Psalms 120-134), which together are called the Psalms of Ascent. These were songs of hope and longing that God’s people sang as they made their journey up to Jerusalem and the sanctuary of God. According to Exodus 23:14-17, this journey to the temple occurred at three appointed yearly feasts (Passover, Pentecost, and The Feast of Tabernacles). These three Psalms highlight the metaphor of life as a journey homeward. We are...keep reading»»


Oct
25
2017

Daniel 10 The visions presented in the book of Daniel present a formidable challenge for us as modern, North American readers. We read of warfare being waged in the heavenly realm by angels with eyes of fire and our first instinct can sometimes be dismissal. These texts provide an excellent testing ground for our faith.  It has been my experience that most Christians have a deficient understanding of angels; there was a time when Christians overemphasized the spiritual realm. Keep...keep reading»»


Oct
20
2017

Daniel 5 Belshazzar has done more than host a party that got out of hand. This passage is more than just a story of a drunken hallucination. Daniel shares with us great insights into the interaction of God with sinful man. Much can be said about this passage because it is one of most pivotal points in the history of the nations. However, it may be helpful to focus on the way in which this story shows a pattern of God’s saving work. Keep reading...keep reading»»


Oct
18
2017

Psalms 107 God enthroned in the heavens, yet he is not far off (see Acts 17:27). He is near to his own (Psalm 145:18). Psalm 107 is about God coming to our rescue and our response of thanksgiving. Here is the pattern in this Psalm: trouble comes, we cry out, God rescues us, and we return thanks. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! (Psalm 107:1 ESV) The opening verse reminds us of the song we used to sing at the beginning of our...keep reading»»


Oct
13
2017

Ezekiel 46  The last chapters of Ezekiel can seem very tedious and uninspiring to the modern reader. But Ezekiel and his audience were well aware that Solomon’s temple was destroyed because of Israel’s sin. In Ezekiel 43:10-11, he reveals to us that these detailed descriptions of the temple – a most holy and perfect temple that God would build – are described to shame Israel for letting their sin and cause them to repent. These chapters present the holiness of God that should cause us to...keep reading»»


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