Through the Bible, June 22

Reading: Ezra 7; 9:1-10:17 Summary: Ezra was a teacher, specifically of God’s Law.  His contribution to the “restoration of the Jews” following Babylonian captivity was to guide them in knowing and practicing God’s word.  That could, at times, be very challenging when the people had long neglected God’s word.  And …

Through the Bible, June 15

Reading: Haggai 1-2 Summary: Haggai, along with Zechariah, is named in Ezra 5:1 in connection with Zerubbabel’s efforts to rebuild the temple.  Prophets have been sent to deliver God’s message to nations, cities, and kings.  Haggai is sent specifically to leaders of the Jewish people attempting to re-occupy Jerusalem to …

Through the Bible, June 14

Reading: No scheduled reading Thoughts and Reflection: Today is the scheduled catch up day for the second week of June.  Take this opportunity, if needed, to get your reading up to date.  If you are all caught up, you may wish to think on the thoughts listed below based on …

Through the Bible, June 13

Reading: Ezra 4-6 Summary: The work of the Jews-returned-to-Jerusalem under the leadership of Zerubbabel was not without opposition.  As a matter of fact, their efforts were legally stopped based on complaints sent back to the king of Persia. Eventually, the original decree of King Cyrus was located and the work …

Through the Bible, June 12

Reading: Ezra 1, 3 Summary: Babylon fell to the Persians.  Babylon had a policy of dealing with conquered people (such as Judah and others) to take them into captivity.  The Persians did not.  The inherited captives of Babylon were allowed to return home.  It all transpired just as God had …

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 …

My Delight is the Lord, September 30

Differing Responses September 30, Friday: God’s Story (1) Scripture Reading: Ezra 1:1-11; 3:1-13 A singular event can elicit from different people, very different responses. Such was the case of the temple’s foundation being laid under Zerubbabel’s leadership. Some shouted praise for their great joy, others mourned and wept. No doubt …