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Jun

Job 8-10

Daily Reading Job 8-10 Daily Thought Bildad’s callous solution to Job’s suffering is simply, “If you are pure and upright, surely then he (God) will rouse himself for you and restore your rightful habitation” (Job 8:6); to which Job rightly replied, “Truly I know that it is so: But how can a man be in […]

01
Jun

Job 5-7

Daily Reading Job 5-7 Daily Thought Job’s three friends came and sat silently seven days. In this they did well. When they did speak, Eliphaz, likely the oldest, spoke first, “Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty” (Job 4:7). You must have done wrong, Job. What […]

31
May

Job 1-4

Daily Reading Job 1-4 Daily Thought Zero is quite powerful. When you add zero, nothing much happens. But try multiplying! Go ahead. Multiply anything by 0, and what do you get? Zero. Zero dominates! 12 x 0 = 0; 20 x 0 = 0; 7 billion (the number of people on planet earth) x 0 […]

30
May

Esther 6-10

Daily Reading Esther 6-10 Daily Thought The first half of the story of Esther ends with the plan of man, “This idea pleased Haman, and he had the gallows made” (Esther 5:14). The following verse opens Act Two, the plan of God, “On that night the king could not sleep” (Esther 6:1). Haman had gallows […]

29
May

Esther 1-5

Daily Reading Esther 1-5 Daily Thought Esther is a book more political than religious, the name of God not found on its pages. One passage oft quoted is Mordecai’s appeal to Esther to approach the king at a time of national peril, “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such […]

28
May

Nehemiah 12-13

Daily Reading Nehemiah 12-13 Daily Thought Nehemiah led the effort to rebuild Jerusalem. He returned the Word of God to public reading, reestablished the worship, the Sabbath, and the festivals of the Jewish faith, and rededicated a confessing people to follow their God. Then he left for a time, traveling to Babylon to visit her […]

27
May

Nehemiah 10-11

Daily Reading Nehemiah 10-11 Daily Thought “On the seals are the names of Nehemiah the governor, the son of Hacaliah, Zedekiah, Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah, Pashhur, Amariah, Malchijah, Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch, Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah, Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch, Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin, Maaziah, Bilgai, Shemaiah; these are the priests. And the Levites: Jeshua the son of Azaniah, Binnui […]

26
May

Nehemiah 8-9

Daily Reading Nehemiah 8-9 Daily Thought When the Word of God is open, we read the story of God and us. We see the ebb of our disobedience and rebellion and the flow of God’s discipline, his grace, and his mercy. We  begin to understand ourselves and our God. “And all the people gathered as […]

25
May

Nehemiah 7

Daily Reading Nehemiah 7 Daily Thought So far, Nehemiah has been about rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. The book begins with the report to Nehemiah, “The wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates are destroyed by fire” (Nehemiah 1:3). Nehemiah is cupbearer to the king, believes he can do something about it, and […]

24
May

Nehemiah 4-6

Daily Reading Nehemiah 4-6 Daily Thought “So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work. But…” (Nehemiah 4:6-7a). Discouragement had set in. “The strength of those who bear the burdens is failing. There is too much rubble. By ourselves we […]

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