• Faith in Times of Crisis

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  • Rebuilding the Temple

    Ezra 3

    Zechariah 4:10, addressed originally to the returned exiles, says that those who despised the small things of the new temple would rejoice. This implies that we should not despise what seem to be “small” moves of God, for from small ...Read More

  • Contrition

    Psalm 51:14–19

    Sometimes our sorrow is like that of a child who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar—we are sorry that we are in trouble but not sorry for offending the Lord’s holiness. In our repentance, we must always ...Read More

  • A Glimmer of Hope for Judah

    2 Kings 25:22–30

    The hope for Judah found in today’s passage is faint, to be sure. Jehoiachin was still in exile even if he held an exalted place there. Nevertheless, his exaltation was a true indication that better days were ahead for Judah. ...Read More

  • Jehoiachin and Zedekiah

    2 Kings 24:8–17

    The last four kings of Judah were caught in a downward spiral of wickedness that ultimately resulted in the Babylonian exile. They were trapped in a cycle of sin from which they could not escape. This should serve as a ...Read More

  • Josiah’s Covenant Faithfulness

    2 Kings 23:1–20

    It is easy to go through life never thinking deeply about the way we worship the Lord. However, Scripture is quite clear that the Lord takes His worship seriously. That is why we must be careful not to let any ...Read More

  • Manasseh’s Repentance

    2 Chronicles 33:10–20

    There is a time to examine our consciences and to understand the full magnitude of our sin. However, if we are not careful, such introspection can turn into despair. Thus, we must also meditate on the grace of God and ...Read More

  • Manasseh’s Reign of Terror

    2 Kings 21:1–18

    Manasseh’s example is a warning to us not to presume upon the grace of God. The Lord is slow to anger and exceedingly patient, but if we take advantage of this patience by remaining in our sin, we can expect ...Read More

  • The Lord Heals Hezekiah

    2 Kings 20:1–11

    When we pray, we must remember that God is sovereign and will answer us according to His eternal purposes. That does not mean, however, that we should not be earnest in prayer. Hezekiah prayed earnestly, and he was healed. We ...Read More

  • Sennacherib Defeated

    2 Kings 19

    In a sense, God has put His honor on the line in promising to save His people. By fulfilling His covenant commitments to redeem us, the Lord reveals Himself as the God of all nations when He keeps His Word. ...Read More

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