Forward-Looking Statement

A couple of thoughts about reading futuristic Bible prophecies (like today’s reading): Often a prophecy speaks of more than one time period. For example, Old Testament passages pointing ahead to Jesus often spoke of both his first coming and his now future coming in the same section. Today too we

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God Was There All Along

The book of Job records a long and heated dialogue, but the conversation stops abruptly when God steps in. On the one hand, his appearance is a rebuke to Job’s challenges; he confronts Job with his error of justifying himself at God’s expense. I’m sure we can identify with Job

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In Support of the Faithful

As you read through Job, try paraphrasing each of the “speeches” – a one sentence summary for each section; I find it really helps you grasp what people are saying. For example, from today’s reading … Bildad: “God works in consistent ways. So rely on him and he will restore

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The Great Equalizer

A couple of thoughts from today’s reading … 1. God has a message for a number of nations of that time. For example, “Elam is there, with all her hordes around her grave. All of them are slain, fallen by the sword. All who had spread terror in the land

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Trust and Obey

The section we read today fits well with the “Picture it” method of Bible study/meditation in which you imagine being a part of the event and consider what God wants you to learn from it. For example, can you imagine being Zedekiah? It is a dangerous time – who knows

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What Do You Love?

Reading through the prophets can be challenging but a pencil can be a great help! As you read, interact with the passage by underlining key phrases/ideas, noting questions, circling repeated words, … anything that “jumps out at you.” Then when you are finished, go back over the notes you made

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Our God Is Mighty To Save

Today’s reading: Jeremiah 50:1-40; 51:59 Today’s reading predicts both God’s ultimate judgement against Babylon and Israel’s ultimate return – to the land and to relationship with God. Though their current situation is hopeless, “Yet their Redeemer is strong; the Lord Almighty is his name.” (Jer. 50:34) Their return is described

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Please Listen!

It’s come to a sad turning point in Israel’s history – in spite of periodic confession and revival, the nation in general continues on its rebellious course and God makes it clear that he is determined to follow through on judgement regardless what happens. Has God’s patience come to an

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What is your god?

On Sunday we looked at how the exercise of paraphrasing a verse (i.e. putting it in our own words) can really help us slow down and understand what God is saying. The suggested practice verse from today’s reading was 2 Kings 23:25: Neither before nor after Josiah was there a

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