Through the Bible, July 6

Reading: Matthew 2:13-23; Luke 2:39-52 Summary: As a result of divine warning to Joseph of Herod’s evil intent against Jesus, he takes the family to Egypt only to return after Herod’s death.  Upon their return, the family takes up residence in Nazareth where Jesus is raised. The only event recorded …

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 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, April 16

Reading: 1 Kings 4-8 Summary: Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem is thought to have been one of the most magnificent structures of the ancient world.  It is described as “exceedingly magnificent, of fame and glory throughout all lands” (1 Chron. 22:5). Not only that, but his prayer of dedication for 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 …