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Stand Firm by Trusting God

Isaiah 7-8             Following the reign of King Solomon, the kingdom split over a tax issue. The ten northern tribes split away and became known as Israel with Samaria as their capital, while the remaining two tribes became known as Judah with Jerusalem as their capital. For the most part, Judah was more loyal to God than Israel. Therefore, God’s judgment came first to Israel. During the... read more

God’s Covenant Love is Not Dependent Upon the Law

Song of Songs 6-8             At this point, the bridegroom occupies his wife’s every thought. As she tells others about him, they too, want to find him. The bride clearly understands the unique bond of love, which exists between her husband and herself. 7:3  I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine. While this book provides an allegory of the relationship between Christ and his bride,... read more

God Considers us His Treasure / He Keeps His Promises

Song of Songs 4-5             The groom says to his love: 4:1 You are beautiful, my darling, beautiful beyond words. 4:7 You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way. He beckons her to him, calling her from her scattered thoughts to make herself totally available to him. 4:9 You have captured my heart, my treasure, my bride. Using a poetic metaphor of a beautiful... read more

Both Testaments Harmonize about Giving to Others

Proverbs 25-26         Solomon gave very practical advice in these proverbs, which King Hezekiah collected for the book of Proverbs. 25:17 Don’t visit your neighbors too often, or you will wear out your welcome. 25:19 Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot. 25:20 Singing cheerful songs to a person with a... read more

God Gives Wisdom / Through Jesus All God’s Promises are True

Proverbs 3-5                The phrase “my son” or “my child” (depending on the translation) is used throughout the first nine chapters of Proverbs as the parent teaches his child about wisdom. Each discourse is introduced with this phrase except where wisdom and folly are personified as ladies speaking to the reader. 3:1-3 My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store... read more

Praise the LORD — He is our Hope & Resurrection

Psalms 146-147            The last five psalms are songs of praise, each one beginning and ending with “Praise the LORD!” 146:1-2  Praise the LORD! Let all that I am praise the LORD. I will praise the LORD as long as I live. I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath. It is foolish to place our hope in mortals, but the God of Israel is our true hope. 146:6-9 He made heaven and... read more

Focusing on the LORD brings Order Out of Chaos

Psalms 143-145 When discouraged or troubled, turn to the LORD. 143:1  Hear my prayer, O LORD; listen to my plea! Answer me because you are faithful and righteous.  143:4-6 I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear. I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done. I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for... read more

Loved & Accepted by God / His Gifts are Empowered by Love

Psalms 137-139       The people of Judah understood their Babylonian captivity was the result of their prolonged rejection of God. Their grief and intense love for Jerusalem are expressed in this Song of the Exiles. 137:1 Beside the rivers of Babylon, we sat and wept as we thought of Jerusalem. 137:3 For our captors demanded a song from us. Our tormentors insisted on a joyful hymn: “Sing us... read more

Let Love & Praise Motivate & Align us with God

Psalms 119:89-176             The psalmist continues to uphold God’s Word in this alphabetic acrostic.  119:89 & 90 Your eternal word, O LORD, stands firm in heaven. Your faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as the earth you created. 119:97-98 Oh, how I love your instructions! I think about them all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for... read more

Trust God’s Promises / Be Motivated by His Love

Psalms 119:1-88         This wisdom psalm uses the Hebrew alphabet to convey attributes of Scripture. Only three verses in the entire chapter of 176 verses do not refer to God’s Word or a synonym meaning God’s Word. Each of the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet is used eight times in this, the longest chapter in the Bible. 119:1  Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the... read more
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