Oct 12th 15
God is Incomparable
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 the LORD of...
Oct 11th 15
God Promised Restoration & Protection
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...
Oct 10th 15
Jesus Will Return to Judge All Nations
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...
Sep 29th 15
Stand Firm by Trusting God
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.
Sep 25th 15
God Designed Marriage for Intimacy
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, the...
Sep 24th 15
God Considers us His Treasure
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 fragrant garden...
Sep 16th 15
Both Testaments Harmonize about Giving to Others
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...
Sep 8th 15
God Gives Wisdom
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 my commands...
Sep 5th 15
Praise the LORD!
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 earth, the sea, and...
Sep 4th 15
Praise the LORD in times of Trouble for He Hears our Cries
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...
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