Where Did That Come From?

Devotional Text: Psalm 69:9 Psalm 69 may have a familiar sound to it for New Testament readers.  That’s with good reason.  No less than six different texts from this Psalm are quoted in various places in the New Testament: verse 9a in John 2:17; verse 9b in Romans 15:3; verse …

June 29 Bible Reading: Psalm 137, 74

Psalm 137 contains the only certain historical reference to place it during the time of the exile—and thus possibly the latest of all the Psalms.  Psalm 74, if not written during this time, certainly expresses the attitude of God’s people in their captivity. For today’s daily devotional CLICK HERE For …

Do You Remember?

Devotional Text: Psalm 137:1 Memory is a powerful feature of the human psyche.  What a blessing to be able to recall the past with clarity; and what a curse. Memories may soothe and comfort and make us smile.  They may also irritate and agitate and stir up remorse or regret …

June Supplemental Reading Introduction

June Week 5: Supplemental Reading June 29-30 June’s two supplemental reading days will focus on Psalms apparently written during the time of exile or after.  The destruction of Jerusalem and the temple and the seventy years of exile had greatly affected the Jews’ understanding of themselves and their relationship with …

You Did Wrong; Now What?

Devotional Text: Ezra 9:4 Punishment itself doesn’t necessarily cure wrongdoing. Think about God’s people coming out of Babylonian captivity. The captivity was a punishment from God for their sinfulness.  God made that very clear. So, upon leaving their exile, were they cured of their sinful ways?  Hardly.   Both Ezra and …

Family is a Big Deal

Devotional Text: Malachi 4:6 The Old Testament ends in a striking way. A person gets a sense of what’s going on at this time, the status of God’s people, the prevailing attitudes and concerns—both of God and the people, the events of historical significance all by reading the historical books …

Arguing With God

Devotional Text: Malachi 1:2 I’m not a very good arguer.  Whenever I get into a discussion infused with some intensity and higher than normal emotion my mind tends to shut down.  My goal becomes getting out of the conflict at virtually any cost rather than sensible resolution.  That personality trait …