Through the Bible, June 30

Reading: Psalm 69, 135 Summary: Despite the attribution of Psalm 69 to David, some have concluded this Psalm is from the time following the Babylonian captivity.  It is believed vv. 35-36 date the Psalm to this time period. Remember, the inscriptions at the heading of the Psalms (not all contain …

Through the Bible, June 29

Reading: Psalm 137, 74 Summary: Psalm 137 contains the only certain historical reference to place it during the time of the exile.  Psalm 74, if not written during this time, certainly expresses the attitude of God’s people in their captivity. Devotional Thought: Do You Remember? Memory is a powerful feature …

June Supplemental Reading

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 …

Through the Bible, June 28

June 28: No scheduled reading Thoughts and Reflections: This is the scheduled day for you to be able to catch up if you have fallen behind in your reading. Though no Bible reading is scheduled for today, you may wish to consider the following thoughts drawn from this past week’s …

Through the Bible, June 27

Reading: Malachi 2:17-4:6 Summary: One of the primary themes of Malachi is the discrepancy between what God has said and done and how His people perceive it.  A literary formula is repeated throughout the book, “…says the Lord, but you say…” (1:2, 6, 7; 2:14, 17, 3:7,8, 13).  Half of …

Through the Bible, June 26

Reading: Malachi 1:1-2:16 Summary: Malachi is not only the last book of the Old Testament (in the arrangement of books in our English Bibles), he is the last of the prophets of the Old Testament era.  His is the final voice from God before the time between the Old and …

Through the Bible, June 25

Reading: Nehemiah 8, 9, 13 Summary: Nehemiah and Ezra join forces to help the people to learn and understand God’s Law.  They obeyed certain portions of the Law that had been neglected for many generations.   Also, the people learned of violations of God’s Law that needed to be corrected. Devotional …

Through the Bible, June 24

Reading: Nehemiah 4-6 Summary: Rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls, as great a task as it was, was only the beginning of Nehemiah’s good work.  He also set out to right the wrongs of the powerful and wealthy taking advantage of the poor.  For his efforts he was moved from an “unofficial” position …

Through the Bible, June 23

Reading: Nehemiah 1-3 Summary: Nehemiah has to be regarded as one of the great examples of leadership in all of Scripture.  He moved boldly to answer a dire need even though he was not in any “official” position to do so.  He moved decisively and influenced many others to action …

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 …