Monthly Archive: July 2016

31
Jul

Isaiah 18-22

Daily Reading Isaiah 18-22 Daily Thought Isaiah continues with chapter upon chapter of God’s judgment against nation upon nation; and so it is asked, “Why is God so judgmental? What have they done that’s so bad?” Back in Genesis, the Garden, the beginning, God gave us a few commands to obey. They were God’s design […]

30
Jul

Isaiah 13-17

Daily Reading Isaiah 13-17 Daily Thought Much of a prophet’s duty is the announcement of judgment, and for the next 12 chapters Isaiah will speak for God against nations, culminating in chapter 24 with judgment against the world. Their sin is our sin and is two-fold at its core: we forget our God and we […]

29
Jul

Isaiah 9-12

Daily Reading Isaiah 9-12 Daily Thought Midway through The Lord of the Rings, Gandalf is pulled off a bridge into a seemingly bottomless chasm. Frodo and his companions are certain he plunged to his death, but I didn’t think so. I tried to continue reading, turning the pages one at a time, but curiosity won and […]

28
Jul

Isaiah 5-8

Daily Reading Isaiah 5-8 Daily Thought And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me” (Isaiah 6:8). Isaiah speaks for God to a nation in judgment. He sings a song to Judah of a beautiful vineyard full […]

27
Jul

Isaiah 1-4

Daily Reading Isaiah 1-4 Daily Thought Everything begins with God, not only creation, but character and conduct. The nation of Judah is “a people laden with iniquity, children who deal corruptly” (Isaiah 1:4); Jerusalem “has become a whore” (Isaiah 1:21). This is how prophets talk. Isaiah cries against the sins of the people, the symptoms […]

26
Jul

Song of Songs 1-8

Daily Reading Song of Songs 1-8 Daily Thought How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride!     How much better is your love than wine,     and the fragrance of your oils than any spice! Your lips drip nectar, my bride;      honey and milk are under your tongue. ~Song of Songs 5:10-11 Solomon’s Song of […]

25
Jul

Ecclesiastes 9-12

Daily Reading Ecclesiastes 9-12 Daily Thought The preacher of Ecclesiastes wishes to say that “wisdom is better than might” (Ecclesiastes 9:16), and it is, but truth is most powerful of all, and all must bow to it. Of a life lived under the sun, without reference to God, the truth asserts itself, and the preacher […]

24
Jul

Ecclesiastes 5-8

Daily Reading Ecclesiastes 5-8 Daily Thought Ecclesiastes is the writing of a wise man looking at life “under the sun,” this life short of eternity, and he alternates between despair, and making the best of it. “All are from the dust, and to dust all return” (Ecclesiastes 3:20), so “there is nothing better for them […]

23
Jul

Ecclesiastes 1-4

Daily Reading Ecclesiastes 1-4 Daily Thought Remember the 1960’s jingle, “Ford has a better idea”? Truth is, we all have a better idea, and that is the point of Ecclesiastes. We all want to eat, drink, and be merry (Ecclesiastes 2:24, sort of), and we think we know how. Actually, we do know how, and […]

22
Jul

Proverbs 30-31

Daily Reading Proverbs 30-31 Daily Thought It was not “very good” in the Garden until Adam met Eve. Little wonder, then, that Proverbs, a book of wisdom written by male mentors to young men, is not complete without a portrait of a godly wife; “an excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious […]

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