Through the Bible, July 31

Reading: Ezekiel 21; Daniel 7:1-14 Summary: Of the many titles and references used for Jesus, “Son of Man” is the most frequent.  It is also the only one used by Jesus in referring to Himself and He’s the only one to use it.    Though it appears in all four Gospels, …

Through the Bible, June 11

Reading: Ezekiel 37, 38 Summary: The imagery of the valley of dry bones provides a striking and memorable message to God’s people of God’s ability to restore His people no matter how far gone they may appear to be (chapter 37). The message regarding Gog of Magog (chapter 38) finds …

Through the Bible, June 10

Reading: Ezekiel 33, 34, 36 Summary: The last chapters of Ezekiel (33-48) follow the fall of Jerusalem and focus on the time of restoration and God’s eternal kingdom.  The prophet also addresses the critical issue of Israel’s failed leaders.  The discussion of the roles of watchmen and shepherd are insightful …

June Week 2 Bible Reading Introduction

Week 2: Captivity Ends and Restoration Begins June 8-14          From an historic vantage point, this week’s readings come from the time of the captivity in Babylon.  Both Daniel and Ezekiel are active in this time as God’s servants delivering His message.  Though God is punishing His people by this …

Through the Bible, June 7

Reading: No scheduled reading Thoughts and Reflections: Today is the regularly scheduled “Catch Up” day for the first week of June.  If needed use it to go back and cover some readings where you may have fallen behind—it happens.  Otherwise, below are some thoughts for your consideration from this week’s …

Through the Bible, June 5

Reading: Ezekiel 18, 20, 23 Summary: Some regard Ezekiel 18 as the most important passage in the entire book.  Certainly, every person is a part of larger groups; a family, a generation, etc., but each of us are individually responsible to God. Chapter 20 is a sad but familiar scene, …

Through the Bible, June 4

Reading: Ezekiel 4-5; 13 Summary: Many of Ezekiel’s prophecies were acted out instead of spoken.  These included a miniature model of Jerusalem and its impending siege as well as Ezekiel shaving his head and beard and weighing and dividing the hair. Chapter 13 stands as one of the classic texts …

Through the Bible, June 3

Reading: Ezekiel 1:1-3; 2:1-3:27 Summary: Another important figure found apart from Jerusalem and located in the early captivity, prior to Jerusalem’s fall, is Ezekiel.  Jehoiachin— Jehoiakim’s son and successor to the throne when Jehoiakim was taken captive to Babylon—was himself removed from the throne in Jerusalem and taken to Babylon.  …

June Week 1 Bible Reading Introduciton

Week 1: The Final Fall of Jerusalem and Judah from Captivity’s Perspective June 1-7          God’s people have been taken into captivity.  Previously, Israel had fallen to Assyria and now it was Judah’s turn to be deported to Babylon.  Judah’s departure was actually a process rather than a singular event.  …

June Bible Reading Introduction

June Bible Reading Introduction Old Testament History Ends Captivity and Restoration Books: Daniel, Ezekiel, Lamentations, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi Old Testament history concludes with God’s people being restored to their homeland and rebuild their nation. It is of great interest to note that when given the opportunity, the …