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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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08/01/2018 — Isaiah Chapters 64-66

Isaiah 65:17-18 17 “See, I will create     new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered,     nor will they come to mind. 18 But be glad and rejoice forever     in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight     and its people a joy I begin with these verses

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07/31/2018 — Isaiah Chapters 59 – 63

Isaiah 59:15-20 is certainly a fitting brief description of the Lord’s Plan of Salvation for all nations.  15  Truth is nowhere to be found and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey. The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice.  16 He saw that there was no one,     he was appalled that there was

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07/30/2018 — Isaiah Chapters 54-58

As I read Chapter 58 based on Jesus’s teachings I could almost hear Him using these verses to address the “Leaders of the Jews.”   Can’t you envision Him saying something like “You have hard it said that is good to fast.  Yet, I tell you:” Isaiah 58:3  “Yet on the day of your fasting, you

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07/29/2018 — Isaiah Chapter 49-53

Are not Chapters 52 and 53 exalted in their reference to the coming Messiah, especial when we remember that they were penned 700-800 years before the coming of Jesus? I had written a note in the margin of my Bible from a sermon (probably preached by Artie.)  My notes states that in Chapters 52 and

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07/28/2018 — 2 Kings Chapter 19; & Psalms 46, 80, 135

We read of the details of the salvation of Jerusalem and destruction of Sennacherib in Isaiah 37.  So, isn’t it marvelous that the developer of our reading program follows with Psalm 46?  Several commentators record that this Psalm was written shortly after the salvation of Jerusalem as the opening stanza seems to reference: 1 God is

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07/27/2018 — Isaiah Chapters 44-48

As we read through these chapters I saw an overall theme — the Lord describing the worthlessness of idols and the Lord describing who He is. The worthlessness of idols is so logically (and inspiringly) presented in Chapter 44:12-20 as to be undeniable.  The blacksmith forges an idol but remains hungry, looses his strength and

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07/26/2018 — Isaiah Chapters 40-43

As you read through these chapters I am sure that you could see the numerous references Isaiah makes to the signs of the coming Messiah.   But I was not fully aware of how many times these prophecies of Isaiah are referenced in the New Testament.   For example Isaiah 40:3-5 is referenced in each of the

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