2017 March

Habakkuk 1:1-17

Introduction Habakkuk 1:1-17: The Book of Habakkuk records a prayer-filled conversation between the prophet Habakkuk and the LORD God. In today’s passage, Habakkuk complains to the LORD about th... Read More »

Jonah 2:1-10

Introduction Jonah 2:1-10: Jonah tries to run away from God’s call to prophesy to Nineveh. He is thrown from a boat, and God rescues him by sending a big fish to swallow him and deliver him safe... Read More »

Daniel 9:1-19

Introduction Daniel 9:1-19: This prayer follows two of Daniel’s visions. These visions show God’s control of historical events and provide hope for those who remain faithful in times of pe... Read More »

Job 42:1-17

Introduction Job 42:1-17: Today’s reading is from the end of the Book of Job. Job acknowledges that the LORD’s wisdom is beyond human understanding. The LORD accuses Job’s friends of... Read More »

Esther 4:1-17

Introduction Esther 4:1-17: After Persia defeated Babylonia, the Jews were allowed to return to Jerusalem, but many chose to stay in Babylon rather than returning to the ruins of their former homes. T... Read More »

Nehemiah 9:15-37

Introduction Nehemiah 9:15-37: Today’s reading is a continuation of the prayerful response of God’s people following the reading of the Law. It recounts the stubbornness of the Israelites ... Read More »

Nehemiah 9:1-14

Introduction Nehemiah 9:1-14: After hearing the Law read aloud, the people respond with worship, prayer and confession. The beautiful prayer in this passage is a summary of God’s dealings with I... Read More »

Nehemiah 8:1-18

Introduction Nehemiah 8:1-18: Today’s reading begins a section in which the returning exiles come together to form a new community of God’s people. Ezra reads God’s Law to the people... Read More »

Nehemiah 1:1-11

Introduction Nehemiah 1:1-11: Nehemiah was originally one book with Ezra. It provides a written history of the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, lists of those who returned to Jerusalem, and a rep... Read More »

Ezra 9:1-15

Introduction Ezra 9:1-15: The Book of Ezra is set during the formation of the Jewish community in Jerusalem following the Babylonian exile (538-430 BC). God returned the people to the land so that the... Read More »

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