• Edom’s Fall and Israel’s Rise

    Obadiah 15–21

    By His grace, God in Christ intervened in history before the final day of the Lord to save us from the Lord’s wrath to come (1 Thess. 1:10). Thus, we do not yet experience certain aspects of what Obadiah ...Read More

  • Egypt Falls to Babylon

    Ezekiel 30

    Idolatrous pride led to Egypt’s attempt to thwart God’s will in raising up Nebuchadnezzar to discipline Judah, and our own pride can lead to us making decisions that are against the Lord’s revealed will. When this happens, we show that ...Read More

  • Elijah and the Prophets of Baal

    1 Kings 18:20–40

    Ultimately, God only demands one thing—our full commitment to Him. We were made for our Creator, and He will not share us with another. He will not have us as His if we try to divide our ultimate allegiance ...Read More

  • Elisha Takes Up His Teacher’s Mantle

    2 Kings 2:1–14

    The gift of prophecy has ceased, so Jesus calls none of us to be prophets in the classical sense. However, we are called to bear witness to Him where we are and insofar as we are able. This is the ...Read More

  • God Calls His Son

    Hosea 11

    Our culture’s leaders tell us that we need salvation from poverty, corruption, terrorism, and a host of other societal ills. However, while we do not want to downplay the severity of these ills and the desirability of rescue from ...Read More

  • God’s Charge Against Judah

    Jeremiah 3:1–5

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, “When an adulteress finds her husband so willing of himself, and ready to grant free pardon, it is certainly an example not found among mortals.” Adultery harms, often irreparably, the bond between husband ...Read More

  • God’s Servants the Prophets

    Amos 3:1-8

    The imagery of Amos 3:3–8 indicates that Amos had a message that was so true and sure that he had to proclaim it. He saw disaster coming and had to implore Israel to repent that the Lord’s wrath ...Read More

  • Habakkuk Questions the Lord

    Habakkuk 1:12–2:1

    To ask questions of God in faith means asking Him with the willingness to be content with His answer or even if He never appears to give us an answer at all. To ask questions of the Lord in a ...Read More

  • Hosea Redeems His Wife

    Hosea 2:14–3:5

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage: “All who are sincerely devoted to God are betrothed to him; God will love them, protect them, and provide for them. The covenant itself shall be inviolable: God will not break it on his ...Read More

  • Hosea, the Son of Beeri

    Hosea 1:1–3

    The imagery of God as the husband of His covenant people—His bride—is pervasive in Scripture (Isa. 62:5; Rev. 19:6–10). It is a picture of great intimacy and tenderness, conveying the deep love that the Lord ...Read More

  • Isaiah Volunteers for Service

    Isaiah 6:8–13

    Matthew Henry writes, “Even the word of God oftentimes proves a means of hardening sinners.” This is seen most clearly in the ministry of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God Himself, whose parables were given to harden the ...Read More

  • Israel, the Son of God

    Hosea 11:1–7

    New Testament fulfillment language does not always mean a prophet directly saw an aspect of Jesus’ ministry. When the Apostles say Christ fulfilled a prophecy, they sometimes mean that He is the true realization of a particular old covenant theme ...Read More

  • Jehoiakim Burns the Word of God

    Jeremiah 36

    Jehoiakim tried to destroy the Word of God, showing the hardheartedness of king and people that made the exile inevitable. He was not the first ruler to try and destroy the Bible, and he would not be the last. But ...Read More

  • Jeremiah Versus Hananiah

    Jeremiah 28

    Jeremiah evaluates Hananiah’s message in today’s passage according to the true prophets who had preceded him. This is essentially the practice of sola Scriptura in an old covenant context. Like Jeremiah, we are to evaluate teachers based on what God ...Read More

  • Jerusalem without Boundaries

    Zechariah 2

    Part of the assurance given to God’s people in today’s passage is that we are “the apple of his eye” (Zech. 2:8). The Lord loves us so deeply and thoroughly that He will not let those who impenitently rise ...Read More