Day 276 Matthew 2, Luke 2:39-52

Day 276
Matthew 2; Luke 2:39-52

Approximately two and a half years have passed since the Messiah entered the world in a Bethlehem stable. The King of glory had come and few were aware except for a handful of shepherds, whose testimony was unacceptable in a court


Day 275 Matthew 1; Luke 2:1-38

Day 275
Matthew 1; Luke 2:1-38
In the Jewish culture genealogies were stacked with significance. A person’s genealogy was a record of one’s status and identity. For example, it was essential in documenting someone’s right to own property in Israel. When the exiles


Day 274 Luke 1, John 1:1-14

Day 274
Luke 1; John 1:1-14

Two-thousand years of Old Testament history confirmed one self-evident fact. If there was any hope for humanity, it would only emanate from the direct intervention of God Himself. The prophets spoke of a day when God’s Anointed, the Seed of a woman, would come. God the


Day 273 Malachi 1 – 4

Day 273
Malachi 1-4

Malachi was the final prophetic voice of the Old Testament. He ministered in Israel during the time of Nehemiah’s return to Susa, Persia, somewhere between 433 and 425 B.C. The issues Malachi confronted resembled the conditions Nehemiah encountered when he returned to


Day 272 Nehemiah 11 – 13; Psalm 126

Day 272
Nehemiah 11-13; Psalm 126

The rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem was the last major event of the Old Testament era. After the people of Judah participated in a renewal of the covenant, the city of Jerusalem was repopulated again. What was a capital city without people? The first to occupy the city were 


Day 271 Nehemiah 8 – 10

Day 271
Nehemiah 8-10

Nehemiah may rank, with more than a little justification, as one of the four greatest leaders in the Old Testament (behind only Moses, Joshua, and David). Ezra, whose lineage could be traced back to Aaron, seemed to embody all that God had intended when He established the


Day 270 Nehemiah 6 – 7

Day 270
Nehemiah 6-7

Since the first day Nehemiah set his heart on rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, he faced one difficulty after another. He was confronted with great challenges before he traveled to Jerusalem. After his arrival the opposition began to coagulate. Every day was a battle. He 


Day 269 Nehemiah 1 – 5

Day 269
Nehemiah 1-5

Nehemiah was an impressive leader with a God-shaped life. Though remembered best for inspiring the Jews to rebuild the broken wall of Jerusalem in just 52 days, his greatest legacy was not in what he did but in the kind of man he was. Nehemiah was a man of God–wholly dedicated 


Day 268 Ezra 7 – 10

Day 268
Ezra 7-10

A time-gap of fifty-seven years separated Ezra Chapter 6 from Chapter 7. The story of Esther took place during this gap. In the first six chapters, the decree of Cyrus the Great of Persia which released the Jews to return to Judea occurred in 539 B.C. The first exiles who came home


Day 267 Esther 6 – 10

Day 267
Esther 6-10

Haman was an Amalekite who hated Mordecai because he refused to bow whenever he passed by. He also hated Mordecai because he was Jewish. For one thousand-years the Amalekites despised the Israelites and sought to annihilate them. Now Haman was the second-most