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Archive for October 2014

1 Peter – “the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow”

October 31, 2014

Peter wrote to brethren throughout the provinces of Asia Minor who were “distressed by various trials” and were patiently working toward “obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:1-9).  Throughout the book he encouraged them to be strong in the face of those trials (1:6-9; 2:12, 19-25; 3:8-17; […]

John 11 – “Lazarus, come forth!”

October 30, 2014

Jesus’ friend Lazarus – Mary and Martha’s brother – became sick.  Jesus wanted to go back to Judea, but the disciples questioned Him because the Jews there wanted to stone Him.  When He said Lazarus was dead and He was going to “awaken” him, Thomas said to them, “Let us also go, so that we […]

Ezekiel 25-32 – “they will know that I am the Lord”

October 29, 2014

While the Lord was going to punish Judah for its sin, He was also going to punish the nations around it for their scorn and vengeance against Judah.  Those nations included Ammon, Moab, Edom, and Philistia (Ezekiel 25).  “I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes; and they will know that I am the […]

Psalms – “How long, O Lord?”

October 28, 2014

While there is a book of the Bible titled Lamentations, the book that contains the most laments is the book of Psalms.  A lament/lamentation is an expression of sorrow or complaint.  There are more psalms of lament than any other kind.  They often reflect suffering and ask questions such as “How long…?” and “Why…?”  While […]

1 Kings 1-11 – “Long live King Solomon!”

October 27, 2014

When David became too old to continue as king, he appointed his son Solomon, Bathsheba’s son, to be king (1 Kings 1).  After delivering his parting words to Solomon, David died; and then Solomon carried out several deaths on behalf of his father.  “Thus the kingdom was established in the hands of Solomon.” (2).  The […]

Matthew 19-20 – “All cannot accept this”

October 24, 2014

At times “large crowds followed” Jesus (Matthew 19:2), but it was not because He catered to whatever was pleasing to them.  When the Pharisees questioned Jesus about divorce “for any reason at all” (which is basically how it is in our society today), He said that “from the beginning” God designed a man and woman […]

Ezekiel 20-24 – “the abominations of their fathers”

October 24, 2014

When “certain of the elders of Israel came to inquire of the LORD and sat before” Ezekiel in the seventh year of King Jehoiachin’s exile, God told him to say to them, “Do you come to inquire of Me? As I live, …I will not be inquired of by you.” (Ezekiel 20:1-3).  God wanted Ezekiel […]

2 Samuel – “a man after God’s heart”

October 20, 2014

When Samuel told King Saul, “But now your kingdom shall not endure,” he went on to tell him that “the Lord has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has appointed him as ruler over His people” (1 Samuel 13:14).  That man was David (Acts 13:22).  In the book […]

1 Timothy – “my true child in the faith”

October 17, 2014

When Paul was released from his first imprisonment in Rome (Acts 28), he and Timothy went to Ephesus, where Paul left Timothy while he went to Macedonia (1 Timothy 1:3).  From there he wrote to “Timothy, my true child in the faith,” to “instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, nor to pay attention […]

Luke 16 – “Now there was a rich man”

October 16, 2014

While speaking to “the Pharisees who were lovers of money” (Luke 16:14), Jesus told the account of the rich man and Lazarus.  The rich man “habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day.” (:19).  The poor man Lazarus “was laid at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be […]