God Knew Us Before We were Born / God will Resurrect Our Bodies

Isaiah 47-49              When predicting Babylon’s fall, the Lord, through Isaiah, said their human wisdom and knowledge led them astray. He declared doom and calamities of catastrophic proportions upon those who practiced witchcraft, astrology, and idolatry. Then the LORD spoke of a new thing revealing he had chosen Cyrus as his ally to put an end to the Babylonian empire, long before the... read more

Messiah is our Shepherd / God Gives us Courage to Share

Isaiah 43-44              These two chapters are filled with an amazing number of names, attributes, and activities of God. Although spoken directly to the people of Israel, the following reveals God’s heart for us as well. 43:1-3 …”Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go... read more

God is Incomparable / He Uses Prayer & People to Advance the Gospel

Isaiah 39-40             Even godly leaders screw up! Soon after God saved Jerusalem from the Assyrian attack and restored Hezekiah’s health with fifteen additional years, Hezekiah foolishly entertained envoys from Babylon. Flattered by their attention, he showed them everything he owned—all of his treasures and weapons.  39:5-7  Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Listen to this message from... read more

God Promised Restoration & Protection / New Life in Christ

Isaiah 37-38             In response to Hezekiah’s prayer asking the LORD to vindicate himself against the arrogant claims of the Assyrians, Isaiah assured the king God would intervene. Sennacherib would never enter Jerusalem or even shoot an arrow. 37:7  “This is what the LORD says: …‘Listen! I myself will move against him, and the king will receive a message that he is needed at... read more

Jesus Will Return to Judge All Nations / Follow Him by Faith

Isaiah 34-36             The future judgment of all nations is frequently referred to as Armageddon, which will culminate with Christ’s return. 34:2-4  For the LORD is enraged against the nations. His fury is against all their armies. He will completely destroy them, dooming them to slaughter.  Their dead will be left unburied, and the stench of rotting bodies will fill the land.... read more

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
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