Day 204 – Isaiah 31-34

Day 204
Isaiah 31-34

The fifth “ah,” or “woe” was directed against those in Judah looked south for help from Egypt and relied upon its military arsenal rather than the Lord (31:1). God was not intimidated by the Egyptians who were mere men. All the Lord had to do was stretch out His hand and they would fall. The Lord Himself will descend onto Zion and shield it


Day 203 – Isaiah 28-30

Day 203
Isaiah 28-30

The key word in this section of Isaiah’s prophecy is the two-letter word translated “ah” in the ESV (28:1, 29:1, 29:15, 30:1) or “woe” in the NIV. Two additional “ah’s” will follow in the next reading (31:1, 33:1). The word typically expresses surprise but it can also convey pity or complaint. The first “ah” was directed against proud and stubborn Ephraim


Day 202 – Hosea 8-14

Day 202
Hosea 8-14

If God ever took you to court, it wouldn’t be a pleasant experience. The Lord’s case against Israel was relentless and unremitting. A blown trumpet signaled another series of judgments (8:1). Idolatry was Israel’s chronic problem. Altars for sinning dotted the landscape where the people sacrificed on mountaintops and burned offerings under


Day 201 – Hosea 1-7

Day 201
Hosea 1-7

Israel was like an unfaithful wife. God’s bride was guilty of spiritual adultery. As it happened, God sent a group of prophets to the northern kingdom in order to warn them of catastrophic judgment unless they repented. The message of these prophets was strong and severe. When Amos spoke, God roared like a lion. When Micah spoke, the


Day 200 – 2 Kings 18:1-8, 2 Chronicles 29-31, Psalm 48

Day 200
2 Kings 18:1-8, 2 Chronicles 29-31, Psalm 48

Hezekiah was a very good king, a very godly king was he. As it happened, he received more attention by the Chronicler than any of the other kings of Judah with the exception of David and Solomon. Overall, his reign was extraordinary, save an outbreak of pride from which he repented. He has rightly been called a “second Solomon” for


Day 199 – Isaiah 23-27

Day 199
Isaiah 23-27

There is one more oracle the prophet Isaiah had to unburden himself with concerning the cities of Tyre and Sidon. The two cities constituted the powerful shipping industry of the Phoenicians, in what is today Lebanon. It was also the home of King Ahab’s wife, Jezebel. In his oracle, Isaiah addressed the ships that were sailing east from Tarshish,


Day 198 – Isaiah 18-22

Day 198
Isaiah 18-22

Isaiah’s masterpiece of prophetic insight continued as he unburdened his sixth oracle, this one regarding Cush, a region that included present day Ethiopia, the Sudan, and Somalia. The prophet referred to it as a land of whirring wings because its desperate and frenetic rush to build diplomatic alliances as protection from an Assyrian


Day 197 – Isaiah 13-17

Day 197
Isaiah 13-17

In a prophetic masterpiece that blended the themes of judgment and salvation, Isaiah unveiled God’s plan for the southern kingdom of Judah and ten Gentile nations surrounding it (Chapters 13-23). These prophetic declarations were called oracles or burdens. The Hebrew word means “to lift up.” It was as if Isaiah was lifting up a heavy weight.


Day 196 – 2 Chronicles 28, 2 Kings 16-17

Day 196
2 Chronicles 28, 2 Kings 16-17

King Ahaz of Judah was a ruler without scruples. Overall, his reign was evaluated against the standard set by David and he woefully fell short. Specifically, he was indicted for three deliberate violations of the Law of God: First, his willful participation in Baal worship, even crafting metal images of Baal (28:2). Secondly, he committed child


Day 195 – Micah 1-7

Day 195
Micah 1-7

Micah of Moresheth joined Isaiah, Amos, and Hosea as a quartet of eighth century B.C. prophets. Amos and Hosea prophesied to Israel and its capital city, Samaria. Isaiah focused on Judah and its capital city, Jerusalem. Micah prophesied to both capital cities (1:1) tipping his emphasis,