Job 30-31 / Acts 13:26-52            

Job Lamented Loss                In anguish Job lamented over his loss of honor.  He was not even allowed to suffer with dignity because young people, even outcasts opposed and mocked him. 30:9-10 “And now they mock me with vulgar songs! They taunt me! They despise me and won’t come near me, except to spit in my face. 30:12-15 These outcasts oppose me to my face. They send me... read more

Job 28-29 / Acts 13:1-25              

Revere God to be Wise & Avoid Evil to have Understanding     Job delivered a profoundly beautiful teaching revealing the source of wisdom and understanding. 28:1–3 “People know where to mine silver and how to refine gold. They know where to dig iron from the earth and how to smelt copper from rock. They know how to shine light in the darkness and explore the farthest regions of the... read more

Job 1-2 / Acts 7:22-43

Face Adversity Fully Devoted to God                    1:1-2 There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. Job was probably a contemporary with the patriarch Abraham. To this point in his life experience, he epitomized the conception God blesses... read more

Nehemiah 7-9 / Acts 3

Revival Comes as People Fully Surrender to God         After the wall was finished Nehemiah gave positions of leadership to men of integrity, placing his brother as governor of Jerusalem and another as commander of the fortress, 7:2 … for he was a faithful man who feared God more than most. There were few people within the spacious city because their homes had not been rebuilt. 7:5 So my God gave... read more

Nehemiah 4-6 / Acts 2:22-47         

The Wall is Completed            As the Jews united to rebuild the wall, the Samarian official Sanballat and Tobiah the Ammonite became angry—mocking and ridiculing the Jews. In the face of opposition, Nehemiah’s response was to pray. 4:4 “Hear us, our God, for we are being mocked. May their scoffing fall back on their own heads, and may they themselves become captives in a foreign land! Do... read more

Nehemiah 1-3 / Acts 2:1-21 

The Wall Rebuilt            After 70 years in exile, Zerubbabel led the first group of Jews back to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple. Ezra brought religious reforms with the second group. Then fourteen years later Nehemiah led the third group in the task of rebuilding the wall. Since most of the book of Nehemiah is written in first person, we can assume he is the author. In the fall of... read more

Ezra 9-10 / Acts 1  

The People Repented   Ezra had been in Jerusalem a little over four months when he received a very disturbing report. 9:2 “…the men of Israel have married women from these people and have taken them as wives for their sons. So the holy race has become polluted by these mixed marriages. Worse yet, the leaders and officials have led the way in this outrage.” Ezra grieved, fasted, and prayed for the... read more

Ezra 3-5 / John  20          

God Fulfills His Purposes through His People    The Jews previously exiled, returned to Jerusalem. 3:1 In early autumn, when the Israelites had settled in their towns, all the people assembled in Jerusalem with a unified purpose. 3:3 Even though the people were afraid of the local residents, they rebuilt the altar at its old site. Then they began to sacrifice burnt offerings on the altar to the LORD... read more

Ezra 1-2 / John  19:23-42           

Prophecy Fulfilled: Exiles Returned      The book of Ezra tells of the restoration of the Jews to the covenant land. The book begins exactly where 2 Chronicles ends— with the proclamation of King Cyrus of Persia to release the Jews from Babylonian captivity as prophesied. The prophet, Daniel, who had been taken into captivity as a teenager attained a position of high authority as a magistrate under... read more

2 Chronicles 34-36 / John  19:1-22           

God is in Control   34:1-3 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. He did what was pleasing in the LORD’s sight and followed the example of his ancestor David. He did not turn away from doing what was right. During the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, Josiah began to seek the God of his ancestor David. As a teenager, he sought... read more
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