A Broken Heart
Jun 25, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “She is no longer my wife, and I am no longer her husband” (Hosea 2:2). Hosea’s name means salvation and through his message we see God as a heart-broken groom. Even though Israel has been unfaithful and judgment is coming, God will restore them eventually. This ...
A Second Exodus
Jun 24, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “The Lord will make a dry path through the gulf of the Red Sea… so it can easily be crossed on foot. He will make a highway for the remnant of his people… just as he did for Israel long ago when they returned from Egypt” (Isaiah 11:15-16). ...
A Nation Shattered
Jun 23, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “Why is this happening? Because of the rebellion of Israel” (Micah 1:5). In today’s reading, we read from four books of the Bible, all of which describe the historical events we are studying. We are introduced to Micah today, a prophet from a town southwest of ...
A Sifting of Grain
Jun 22, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “I’m not a professional prophet, nor was I trained to be one. I’m just a shepherd, but the Lord told me to ‘Go and prophesy to Israel'” (Amos 7:14-15). The five visions of Amos tell him what God will do to the nation of Israel for ...
The Trappings of Lifestyle
Jun 21, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “The Lord never does anything until he reveals his plans to his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7). Israel has been enjoying prosperity. The decree of Amos comes as quite a surprise. They have been going to Temple, making offerings, and anxiously awaiting the coming Day of ...
Grace Without Limits
Jun 20, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord” (Jonah 1:3). Jonah was a prophet who ran from God. Because of the atrocities committed by the people to which he was sent, he did not want to see their redemption. ...
Jun 19, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “Joash’s officers plotted to kill him for murdering the son of Jehoiada the priest” (2 Chronicles 24:25). Syria attacked Jerusalem, invaded with force and killed all the leaders. This battle is not to be underestimated as it put Joash in a position of weakness, fear and ...
A Coup d’etat
Jun 18, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “Then Jehoiada brought out Joash, the kings’s son, placed the crown on his head and presented him with a coy of God’s laws” (2 Kings 11:12). Athaliah was related by blood to Ahab. The daughter of this wicked king, she grew up with Jezebel and false ...
Jun 17, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “I anoint you king over the Lord’s people, Israel. You are to destroy the family of Ahab, your master. In this way, I will avenge the murder of my prophets and all the Lords’ servants who were killed by Jezebel” (2 Kings 9:7). We have been ...
Getting Your Attention
Jun 16, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “Don’t you realize that I was there in spirit when Naaman stepped down from his chariot to meet you?” (2 Kings 5:26). Many of the stories we read today in 2 Kings are stories of God’s attempt to get the people’s attention. Time after time, He ...
A Christ-like Prophet
Jun 15, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “Elisha stretched himself out again on the (dead) child. This time the (dead) boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes” (2 Kings 4:35)! Elijah was a prophet taken to heaven in 848 BC – alive – in a whirlwind. Elisha, his disciple of 7-8 (maybe ...
The Power of Quiet Time
Jun 14, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “While the harp was being played, the power of the LORD came upon Elisha” (2 Kings 3:15). In the midst of crisis and the heat of war, Israel’s and Judah’s troops had no water, so at Jehosophat’s suggestion, they inquired of God’s help through Elisha. In ...
Praise Before Battle
Jun 13, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “The king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the LORD and praising him for his holy splendor” (1 Kings 20:23). Jehosophat was king of Judah (southern kingdom). He is listed in the Bible as a good king. During his great crisis, he ...
A National Crisis
Jun 12, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “Ben-hada’s officers said, ‘The Israelite gods are gods of the hills, but we can beat them on the plains'” (1 Kings 20:23). Israel was in crisis. Ben-hadad had mustered the alliance of 23 kings to come against the nation of Israel. Yet through a prophet, God ...
Hardships of Obedience
Jun 11, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “Elijah said, “I am the only prophet of the Lord who is left, but Baal has 450 prophets” (1 Kings 18:22). At Mount Carmel, Elijah represented Yahweh and came up against Baal’s 450 prophets. When they could not invoke action from their (false) god after a ...
A Cure for War
Jun 10, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “Jehoshaphat sent his officials to teach in all the towns of Judah… He sent Levites… He also sent out the priests… They took copies of the Book of the Law of the Lord and traveled around through all the towns of Judah, teaching the people” (2 Chronicles 17:7-9). ...
A 300 Year Prophecy
Jun 09, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “A child named Josiah will be born into the dynasty of David. On you he will sacrifice the priests from the pagan shrines who come here to burn incense, and human bones will be burned on you” (1 Kings 13:2). An anonymous man tells a prophecy ...
The Duty of Everyone
Jun 08, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “Fear God and obey his commands. This is everyone’s duty” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). When Jeroboam became king over the northern ten tribes of Israel, thus splitting the kingdom into two sections, this turn of events was the will of God (1 Kings 12:15). When the Northern ...
Where To Find Meaning
Jun 07, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “For everything there is a season” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Solomon searches for meaning using the senses within the material universe and has trouble finding any! He concludes this life holds no special revelation apart from God! Living well during our lifetime requires living a life with ...
Jun 06, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “For everything there is a season” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Ecclesiastes means “Leader of the assembly,” referring to Solomon as teacher. In this book, he teaches us what’s important in life and what’s better left behind. During Solomon’s life as king of Israel during its peaceful golden ...
An Undesirable Inheritance
Jun 05, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “His son will have one tribe so that the descendants of David my servant will continue to reign, shining like a lamp in Jerusalem” (1 Kings 11:36). Because Solomon worshipped the gods of the surrounding nations, God told him that the kingdom would be split in ...
The Most Excellent Song
Jun 04, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “How happy we are for you” (Song of Songs 1.4). The Song of Songs is known as “the most excellent song.” It celebrates the joy of being married to the one you love. The Bible teaches us how to live a happy and good life, ...
A Plea for Wisdom
Jun 03, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction” (Proverbs 22:17). The writings in today’s Scripture differ in writing style from previous Proverbs. Today we see a major division, as if a father is writing, pleading with his son, to heed these ...
A Life Worth Living
Jun 02, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?” (Proverbs 20:24). Today we read about three vices: gluttony, quarreling and laziness, and are reminded that we cannot perfect ourselves from these or other problems without the help of the Holy Spirit ...
How to Apply Truth
Jun 01, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “To acquire wisdom is to love oneself; people who cherish understanding will prosper” (Proverbs 19:8). There is a marked different between human wisdom and God’s wisdom. God’s wisdom gives us the ability to apply truth to life. A wise person will ask God for it and ...
The Yahweh Proverbs
May 31, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “The Lord is far from the wicked, but hears the prayers of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29). Yahweh Proverbs are sayings about God – God the Father. We can learn much about God from studying Proverbs. These tell us specific things about Him. Chapter 15 alone contains ...
Use Straightforward Speech
May 30, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “God likes straightforward speech” (Proverbs 12:22). Today we focus on three topics: money, hard work and speech. Having a Biblical worldview towards these things requires that we understand God’s thoughts about them, for the world teaches a very different philosophy. Death and life comes in ...
When Wisdom Calls
May 29, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me” (Proverbs 8:17). When God created the world, He delighted in wisdom. Each time He created, He concluded with the words, “It is good.” Wisdom was present in creation. In fact, all things were ...
How To Live Skillfully
May 28, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “Drink water from your own well” (Proverbs 5:15). The book of Proverbs teaches wisdom to help us to perform a specific job skillfully – and that is the job of living! Proverbs teach us how to live well and also help us understand life from God’s ...
The Purpose of Proverbs
May 27, 2017 / Bible Study / 0 COMMENTS
Today’s Scripture “Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just and fair” (Proverbs 1:2-3). Solomon wrote over 3,000 ...