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08/20/2018 — The Book of Habakkuk

First a bit of background on Habakkuk.  His name is all that we know of him — there are no further details.  Habakkuk was also a contemporary of Jeremiah and his prophecy was directed to the nation of Judah before the Babylonian captivity began.  In his commentary Coffman highlights a point  that I did not

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08/19/2018 — Jeremiah 38-40 & Psalms 74, 79

We continue with reading about Jeremiah’s persecution and a description of the fall of Jerusalem.  What impressed me during these descriptions is Jeremiah’s continued courage and dedication. In Chapter 38:4-6 we see the “officials” of Jerusalem lower Jeremiah into the deep mud in a cistern to starve for speaking the Lord’s word.  Yet in Chapter

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08/18/2018 — 2 Kings 24-25 & 2 Chronicles 36

While these chapters repeat the highlights of what we read in Jeremiah there was a passage that highlighted a fact about King Zedekiah & the remaining leaders in Jerusalem that helps provide a reason for their downfall. 12 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord his God and did not humble himself before Jeremiah

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08/17/2018 — Jeremiah Chapters 35-37

In these chapters we have another object lesson and then we have a bit of an interlude from Jeremiahs prophecies and, instead, read a bit of Jeremiah’s biography. In Jeremiah 35:18 we read the object lesson based on the dedication to the Lord of a family — the Recabites.  Coffman provides the following overview of

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08/16/2018 — Jeremiah Chapters 32-34

“Buy low — sell high” is the mantra of many a stockbroker and real-estate agent.   This precept actually helps me better understand the next object lesson the Lord instructs Jeremiah to perform.   Keep in mind that Jeremiah’s prophecy has consistently been that the nation and the city are about to fall to Babylon.  From Jeremiah

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08/15/2018 — Jeremiah Chapters 30-31

Aaah … Do the following prophetic words from Jeremiah sound familiar? Jeremiah 31:31-33 31 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord,     “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel     and with the people of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant     I made with their ancestors when I took them by

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8/14/2018 — Jeremiah Chapters 26-29

I found these three chapters to be “plum full” of important content and actions, including: Jeremiah’s reprieve from death by men who remembered Micah and the assassination of Uriah under Jehoiakim Jeremiah’s personally becoming an “object lesson” on Judah’s captivity by putting on a yoke of straps and crossbars The response of Jeremiah to the

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08/13/2018 — Jeremiah Chapters 23-25

Jeremiah 23:1-4  “Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord. 2 Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: “Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I

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08/12/2018 — Jeremiah Chapters 18-22

The object lesson of the potter’s wheel that the Lord provides Jeremiah in Chapter 13:1-10 is familiar to most of us. Just as the potter shapes a pot and may have to destroy and then re-mold it to it’s planned design, so was the nation of Judah. A verse is this lesson that caught my

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08/11/2018 — Jeremiah Chapters 14-17

As I read through Jeremiah’s prophecies a few verses made me think “Have times really changed at all?” Jeremiah 14:13-14  13 But I said, “Alas, Sovereign Lord! The prophets keep telling them, ‘You will not see the sword or suffer famine. Indeed, I will give you lasting peace in this place.’” 14 Then the Lord said to

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08/10/2018 — Jeremiah Chapters 10-13

Jeremiah is often called the “weeping prophet.”  And as we will see — the sorrow is not so much for the difficulties and persecutions he will encounter but for the absolute sorrow he feels for his rebellious Nation.   Jeremiah 13:16-17 speak directly to this reality: 16 Give glory to the Lord your God     before he brings

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08/09/2018 — Jeremiah Chapters 7-9

  Does Jeremiah 7:21-23 sound familiar? Jeremiah 7:21-23   ‘This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go ahead, add your burnt offerings to your other sacrifices and eat the meat yourselves! 22 For when I brought your ancestors out of Egypt and spoke to them, I did not just give them commands about

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08/08/2018 — Jeremiah Chapters 4-6

As we read through these chapters you can see the impending doom for Jerusalem.  But did you catch one series of verses?   From Jeremiah 4:18-19 18 “Your own conduct and actions     have brought this on you. This is your punishment.     How bitter it is!     How it pierces to the heart!” 19 Oh, my anguish, my anguish!     I

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08/07/2018 — Jeremiah Chapters 1-3

Unlike many of the “minor prophets” there is a great deal know about Jeremiah.  I have always felt that knowing the background of an author helps better understand his writings. Since the details of Jeremiah are scattered throughout his prophecy I thought it would be good to start our reading with his biography, as summarized

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08/06/2017 — the Book of Zephaniah

Well from Chapter 1:1 through 3:11 Zephaniah is a book of the impending destruction of rebellious nations. But what an image we have in the remainder of the book!  I found Chapter 3:17-20 and the promises there encouraging and uplifting, particularly personally for me v. 20.   For someone who has been “on the road”

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8/5/2018 — 2 Kings Chapters 22-23 & 2 Chronicles 34-35

After reading of all of the evil kings of Israel and Judah (particularly Manasseh) I find these chapters to be uplifting (until Josiah’s death.)  Particularly uplifting was the way that Josiah responded to the finding of the Book of the Law (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy) and the renewal of the Passover. I find it

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08/04/2018 — Nahum

It seems that many of the books of prophecy have several themes.  Nahum, however, is a single themed book — the fall of Nineveh and the nation of Assyria.   I have also heard that “Nahum” is the book that Jonah really wanted to write! Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, so Nahum’s prophecy not only

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08/03/2018 — 2 Chronicles Chapters 32-33

Again these events are described in 2 Kings and Isaiah but more important details are added.  In fact I hope that between yesterday’s and today’s reading we see another reason as to why we need to read all of the scriptures. 2 Kings left us pondering why the purely evil Manasseh was allowed to rule

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08/02/2018 — 2 Kings Chapters 20-21

As you read you probably remember already reading of these details in Isaiah 36-39.   Two points I’d like to highlight.  The first is another natural law miracle performed  by the Lord: 9 Isaiah answered, “This is the Lord’s sign to you that the Lord will do what he has promised: Shall the shadow go forward ten

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