2018 March

2 Chronicles 1:1-17

Introduction 2 Chronicles 1:1-17: 2 Chronicles tells the story of Solomon building the temple. It was written to give encouragement to the people who had returned from exile in Babylon. In today’s rea... Read More »

Lamentations 3:1-24

Introduction Lamentations 3:1-24: Lamentations is a collection of poems or “laments” that are presented as eyewitness accounts to the Babylonian invasion of Jerusalem. A writer called “the prophet” pr... Read More »

Jeremiah 32:16-44

Introduction Jeremiah 32:16-44: Today’s reading contains Jeremiah’s prayer, in which he recounts God’s marvelous acts towards the children of Israel, and deeply deplores the lamentable sta... Read More »

Jeremiah 32:1-15

Introduction Jeremiah 32:1-15: In today’s reading, the Babylonian army has surrounded Jerusalem. Jeremiah is in prison for his prophecy and God tell him to purchase a piece of ground. This was to sign... Read More »

Isaiah 58:1-14

Introduction Isaiah 58:1-14: Today’s passage discusses the meaning of true worship and sacrifice. The people of Israel practiced the rituals of worship and fasted according to the Law. However, even d... Read More »

Isaiah 55:1-13

Introduction Isaiah 55:1-13: This chapter of Isaiah invites readers to an abundant life full of sustenance, mercy, joy, and peace—a life marked by the richness of the presence of God. God’s lasting co... Read More »

Isaiah 38:1-20

Introduction Isaiah 38:1-20: As the Assyrian army encroaches upon Jerusalem, King Hezekiah becomes sick and almost dies. He cries out to God for help, and God promises to let him live longer and to pr... Read More »

Matthew 4:1-11

Introduction Matthew 4:1-11: As we begin the Lenten season, we read about Jesus’ temptation. The Spirit leads Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the Devil. After forty days and nights without food... Read More »

Joel 2:18-27

Introduction Joel 2:18-27: Joel says that the Lord promises to bless the people by making the land produce food again and by rescuing them from the locust attack. He instructs them to prepare for God ... Read More »

Joel 2:1-17

Introduction Joel 2:1-17: Joel continues his description of the locust swarm as it covers the land of Israel, destroying crops and causing starvation. Using powerful battle imagery, he says that the i... Read More »

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