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Archive for April 2014

Isa 58-66 – “those who turn from transgression”

April 30, 2014

The Lord could save Israel, but their sin separated them from Him (59:1-2; 64:7).  “A Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” (59:20), but punishment awaited those who remained unfaithful.  “And the hand of the LORD will be made known to His servants, but He will be indignant […]

Proverbs – “I will incline my ear to a proverb”

April 29, 2014

A proverb can be defined as a brief statement that expresses a general truth.  While various books in the Bible contain proverbs, only one wears the name Proverbs.  The purpose of the book is stated in the first few verses: “To know wisdom and instruction, to discern the sayings of understanding, to receive instruction in […]

Lev 11-15 – “Unclean! Unclean!”

April 28, 2014

The Lord gave the Israelites various laws that related to keeping them clean, including what animals were clean or unclean to eat (Leviticus 11), a woman after giving birth (12), dealing with leprosy (13-14), and bodily discharges (15).  He gave them these various laws so they could “make a distinction between the unclean and the […]

2 Thes – “the day of the Lord”

April 25, 2014

Shortly after writing 1 Thessalonians, Paul wrote his second letter to them while he was still in Corinth.  He dealt with the second coming in the first letter (1 Thes 4:13-5:11), but they still had some misunderstandings which he tried to further explain.  He also wrote to encourage them in their ongoing persecution (2 Thes […]

“Follow Me”

April 24, 2014

When Jesus saw Peter and John fishing He told them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19).  They didn’t question Him, but instead “immediately they left their nets and followed Him.” (4:20).  James and John responded the same way (4:21-22), as did Matthew (9:9).  Jesus later told the rich young […]

Isa 44-57 – “My shepherd …My Servant …My salvation”

April 24, 2014

God had a plan to deliver His people.  Part of that plan involved Cyrus delivering them from Babylonian captivity.  “He is My shepherd!… whom I have taken by the right hand, to subdue nations before him…” (Isaiah 44:28; 45:1).  His ultimate deliverance would come through “My Servant.”  While God had many servants (20:3; 22:20; 37:35; […]

Song of Solomon – “whom my soul loves”

April 22, 2014

The Song of Solomon is basically a love story written poetically in the form of a play.  It is one of only two books (the other being Esther) that does not directly mention God.  The main “characters” are Solomon and a Shulammite girl – and some also believe a shepherd boy who makes it a […]

Lev 8-10 – “which He had not commanded”

April 21, 2014

Moses consecrated Aaron and his sons “just as the Lord had commanded” (Leviticus 8).  Aaron and his sons then presented various offerings “just as the Lord had commanded” (9).  A problem arose when Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu “offered strange fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded” (10:1).  God considered this such a […]

1 Thess – “an example to all the believers”

April 19, 2014

Jealous Jews ran Paul out of Thessalonica a few weeks after he started preaching there, but not before “some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with a large number of the God-fearing Greeks and a number of the leading women.” (Acts 17:4).  After traveling on to Athens (17:15-34), Paul sent Timothy […]

John 4 – “Go; your son lives”

April 17, 2014

After introducing the Samaritans to living water (John 4:1-42), Jesus traveled on to Galilee.  In Cana a royal official asked Him to come and heal his son.  After challenging the man’s faith “Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your son lives.’ The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started off.” (:48-50).  His […]