Through the Bible, September 11

Reading: Acts 15-16 Summary: The first missionary journey concludes with Paul and Barnabas rejoicing over the fact that the “door of faith” has been opened to the Gentiles (14:27).  These men soon learn that not all their brethren are as joyful as they concerning this turn of events.  A major …

Through the Bible, May 20

Reading: 2 Kings 22:1-23:30; 2 Chronicles 35:1-17 Summary: Though Judah was in a precipitous spiritual fall and Babylon was emerging as a serious threat, one last bright spot remained for the nation’s monarchy; king Josiah.  Repairing the damage caused by both his father and grandfather would not be easy, but …

Through the Bible, April 4

Reading: 2 Samuel 14-17 Summary: The prophet’s warning to David that the sword would never depart from his house (2 Sam. 12:10) certainly finds fulfillment with his son Absalom.  David, the effective administrator, is outflanked by his own son as a diplomat.  He demonstrates great skill in gaining favor and …

Through the Bible, March 18

Reading: 1 Samuel 8-10 Summary: Samuel takes it personally when the people request to have a king to rule over them.  God assures him that he’s mistaken in his hurt feelings because it isn’t Samuel they’ve rejected as their leader, but God Himself. It’s a curious thing this request is …

Through the Bible, March 5

Reading: Joshua 16:1-18:10 Summary: The process for dividing the land among the tribes seems a bit curious as it involved the casting of lots.  This, perhaps, was done in faith believing that God was acting through those lots to provide each tribe their lands (see Prov. 16:33). Today’s reading is …

Through the Bible, March 4

Reading: Joshua 13:1-15:19 Summary: Apparently a number of years have passed as Joshua is now identified as “old and advanced in years” (13:1). As the land is conquered and its inhabitants driven out–almost to the Lord’s specifications (see Joshua 15:63; 17:12-13)–the tribes begin to settle the land.  Two and half …

Through the Bible, February 5

Reading: Exodus 13:17-15:21 Summary: The Red Sea Though Israel left Egypt in “martial array” (Ex. 13:18; NASB)–that is as a victorious army–their deliverance was not yet complete. God wanted them to have one more unquestionable assurance that their departure from Egypt could have but one explanation–He had made it so.  …