Jul 17th 14
David sang this psalm on the day the LORD rescued him from Saul and the rest of his enemies.
18:1-3 I love you, LORD; you are my strength.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.
I called on the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my...
Jul 15th 14
David felt abandoned by God. The extent of his misery is reflected in the repetition of his questions related to the apparent slowness of God to act on David’s behalf.
13:1-2 O LORD, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have...
Jul 14th 14
Closely tied to the previous Psalm, the lament continues in the Hebrew as an alphabetic acrostic describing the deeds of the wicked and ending with confidence the LORD will punish them.
10:2-3 The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor…. For they brag about their evil desires; they praise the greedy and curse the LORD.
10:4 The wicked are too proud to seek God. They seem...
Jul 5th 14
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...
Jul 4th 14
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 earth as they search in the dark for...
Jun 24th 14
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 those who do good....
Jun 17th 14
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 me the idea to call...
Jun 16th 14
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 not...
Jun 15th 14
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...
Jun 14th 14
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...
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