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09/26/2018 — Nehemiah Chapters 1-5

Ezra and Nehemiah both deal with the restoration of Jerusalem and in the Hebrew Bible are combined into one book.  But there are certainly differences — one highlighted by Coffman:    As sequel of the book of Ezra the book of Nehemiah reports the third return to Jerusalem in 445 BC. Ezra stresses the religious restoration of the

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09/25/2018 — Ezra Chapters 7-10

So, we see Ezra 7 start with another one of those “geneology sections.”  And I hope you read these section because we see Ezra establish his “credentials” in that he is directly descended from the great high priest, Aaron.  And not only does he have the “heritage” he has has the dedication to understanding and

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09/24/2018 — Esther 6-10

2 Samuel 12:4-7  4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who

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9/23/2018 — Esther Chapters 1-5

Much has, rightly, been written on the Book of Esther and I can think of few secular books that contain all of the elements detailed.  We have love, faith, loyalty and irony all portrayed. And even as familiar as Esther is, there is always something “new” to me when I read God’s inspired word.  From

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09/22/2018 — Zechariah Chapters 10-14

In reading commentaries on these four chapters there is general agreement that the remainder of Zechariah’s prophesy applies to the final establishment of the kingdom, or church, of Jesus Christ our Lord. And we see references to the “cornerstone” (10:4;) “thirty pieces of silver” (11:13;)  a “sin cleansing fountain of water” (13:1;) and the “coming

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09/21/2018 — Zechariah Chapters 5-9

From Luke 19:29  29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks

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9/20/2018 — Zechariah Chapters 1-4

A bit of background — Zechariah is one of the three “post-exile” prophets along with Haggai and Malachi.  He was also a contemporary of Haggai and Zechariah’s first prophecy came only two months after Haggai’s first message. Personally, like the last chapters of Ezekiel, I find that I have to refer to Biblical scholars to

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09/19/2018 — the book of Haggai

As you read Chapter 2:3-4 did you pick up on a critical point that certainly applies to the church today? 3 ‘Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing? 4 But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, Joshua

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09/18/2018 — Ezra Chapters 4-6 & Psalm Chapter 137

Maybe it is because for the last 4 years or so Liz and I have been living in DC and I am a “tad” jaded.  But I could not read these chapters without thinking how little has changed politically since the days of Ezra.  We see Israel’s enemies take several modern-type political steps to stop

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09/17/2018 — Ezra Chapters 1-3

We return from books of prophecy to, now, a book of history.  Ezra’s narrative picks up right after 2 Chronicles ends.  And having just read Daniel you can see how Daniel and Ezra fit into the chronology of the nation of Israel.  Daniel Chapter 10 refers to the “third year of Cyrus, king of Persia.” 

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09/16/2018 — Daniel Chapters 10-12

In reading these prophetic scriptures and reviewing several related commentaries I am reassured by Daniels own words in Chapter 12:8-9 and then a promise in v. 13. 8 I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?” 9 He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words

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09/15/2018 — Daniel Chapters 7-9

As we mentioned as part of our first reading in Daniel we now enter a recording of Daniel’s prophecies.  And I will rely heavily from some notes I took during a series of lessons Artie taught. In chapters 7-9 we are blessed to have Daniel’s vision and his prophesy regarding the four great beasts, representing

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09/14/2018 — Daniel Chapters 4-6

These chapters are marvelous reading and contain Nebuchadnezzar’s madness as a result of his pride, David serving a new king, Belshazzar and the “writing on the wall,” the of course Daniel in the lions den as a result of his faithfulness.   Again, as I read I saw several verses of praise — but this time

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09/13/2018 — Daniel Chapters 1-3

So, after the short book of Joel we enter into another of the “minor prophets” whose book is filled with familiar history — the book of Daniel.  Daniel is pretty much divided into tow parts.  Chapters 1-6 are a history of Daniel and his comrades in Babylon.  The remainder of the book is prophesy. While

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09/12/2018 — the book of Joel

I find it interesting that the developer of our study plan placed the book of Joel at this point.  Since no historical reference points (e.g., the king, other historical events, etc.) are referenced the exact time of the writing is unknown.   Some commentators write that the book was, perhaps, written during the reign of Joash

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09/11/2018 — Ezekiel Chapters 46-48

In these concluding chapters we read the instructions for sacrifice and worship and the division of the lands for each of the tribes. I certainly do not claim to understand the purpose/reality of Ezekiel’s’ prophetic temple but I did do a bit of reading to see if I could at least come to a bit

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09/10/2018 — Ezekiel Chapters 43-45

So, as you read through these chapters did you have any thoughts on this temple being the final location of the Lord when He returns?  I did. From Ezekiel 43:18  Then he said to me, “Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: These will be the regulations for sacrificing burnt offerings and splashing blood against the altar

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09/09/2018 — Ezekiel Chapters 40-42

We will see that the next 9 chapters deal with Ezekiel’s vision of the temple and the nation of Israel.  The temple, itself, is described in these three chapters. The temple Ezekiel visioned was immense, almost beyond comprehension– much larger than Solomon’s and Herod’s temple.  One important fact we need to keep in mind is

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09/08/2018 — Ezekiel Chapters 37-39

Of all the prophecies/object lessons of Ezekiel there is probably none more well-known and discussed than 37:1-14 and the prophecy of the “dry bones.” But today I thought we can focus on the next lesson.  Ezekiel 37:15-27, the combining of the sticks of wood. First — the restoration of Israel and Judah: Ezekiel 37: 18 “When your

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09/07/2018 — Ezekiel Chapters 31-33

First, my apologies for an OOPS!   As you could tell from yesterday’s reading of Ezekiel 34-36 I mistakenly “skipped” the chapters we will read today (Ez. 31-33.) In chapters 31 and 32 we continue to read of the Lord’s condemnation of Israel’s neighboring countries.  Chapter 33 then ends with a precept from the Lord that

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