Day 229 – Jeremiah 35 – 37

Day 229
Jeremiah 35-37

As it happened, Chapter 35 was a flashback to the time of Jehoiakim, that took place about a decade earlier than the previous chapter. It illustrated the difference between an oath-breaking Zedekiah and


Day 228 – Jeremiah 32 – 34

Day 228
Jeremiah 32-34

Jeremiah’s life and ministry was a test of his endurance and faith. For forty years he faced one low point after another, each one a colossal test of his character and fortitude. He stood alone and declared what the Lord told


Day 227 – Jeremiah 30-31

Day 227
Jeremiah 30-31

This section of Jeremiah has been called, “The Book of Consolation” (Chapters 29-31). It is filled with words of great comfort, the hope of a united and restored Israel, and the promise of a New Covenant God was going to make with His people. As it happened, the ministry of Jeremiah


Day 226 – Jeremiah 26-29

Day 226

In 597 B.C. thousands of Jews (i.e. soldiers, craftsmen, tribal leaders, royal family members, including Jehoiachin and Ezekiel) were rounded up and dragged off to Babylon. They were forced to walk the 600-mile route on foot and under armed guard. Many did not survive the


Day 215 – 2 Chronicles 32-33

Day 215
2 Chronicles 32-33

There is no one who is so far gone that he or she becomes irredeemable to God. Manasseh was an utterly evil king for most of his fifty-five years on the throne of Judah. He came to the throne when he was twelve years old, first reigning as a co-regent with his father, Hezekiah, for ten


Day 214 – 2 Kings 20-21

Day 214
2 Kings 20-21

The story of Hezekiah’s illness that nearly took his life, followed by the Lord’s healing, including the extension of fifteen years, as recorded in Kings was paralleled by Isaiah’s own record of the same series of events with only a few differences (see Isaiah 38, Day 206). Upon receiving news of


Day 213 – Isaiah 64-66

Day 213
Isaiah 64-66

Desperate times demand desperate measures. In Isaiah’s day, the people of God were in exile but were preparing to return home. Today, the western Church is experiencing exilic conditions in its own backyard. The urgent need then, as well as today, is for the people of God to become


Day 212 – Isaiah 59-63

Day 212
Isaiah 59-63

Our world is broken. It is broken because human nature is essentially warped. In Plato’s Republic, the Greek philosopher acknowledged that, “In all of us, even in good men, there is a lawless wild-beast nature,” and “there is no conceivable folly or crime which . . . when he has parted company with all shame and sense, a man may not be


Day 211 – Isaiah 54-58

Day 211
Isaiah 54-58

Isaiah was comfortable shifting back and forth between the great majestic peaks of redemptive history often without reference to time or distance between the events. At one moment, he might be surveying the peak of God’s outrageous mercy shown to undeserving people through the sin-bearing work of the Servant (Isaiah 53) and the


Day 210 – Isaiah 49-53

Day 210
Isaiah 49-53

The second Servant Song of Isaiah described the Servant’s relationship to the Gentile nations against the backdrop of Israel’s failure to be a light to them (49:1-7). The Servant spoke and said, “Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you people’s from afar” (1). The Servant was deeply conscious that God had called Him and equipped Him