• The God of Second Chances

    Esther 10

    The full story line of the Old Testament Historical Books points us finally to Christ. We learn in these books our need of a perfectly righteous king when we see the leaders of God’s people fail time and again. Because ...Read More

  • A New Day for God’s People

    Ezra 1

    The Lord is not bound to act in ways that we might expect, but in His sovereignty He is free to use whatever tool He chooses—even unbelievers—to accomplish His purposes. When God does this, He does not necessarily approve of ...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

  • Jerusalem Captured

    2 Kings 24:18–25:21

    The Lord is patient and often delays His judgment for what seems to be a long time. Thus, people often think His judgment is never coming. As Christians, we do not fear eternal punishment, yet the Lord’s patience with us ...Read More

  • Covenant Curses upon Israel

    2 Kings 6:8–7:20

    As we continue our study of the Old Testament Historical Books, we should be in awe of the Lord’s patience with His people. He preserved Israel and Judah far longer than they deserved, continually sending prophets to plead with the ...Read More

  • Ahab Fights Ben-hadad

    1 Kings 20

    One commentator notes that even Christians can think that God is strong in one place and not so strong in another. Perhaps we think He is concerned only with big events and not the details of our lives. Maybe we ...Read More

  • Evil Kings in the North

    1 Kings 15:25–16:7

    God uses evil individuals to judge other evil people, but that does not absolve His instruments of judgment for their sin. That should remind us that we cannot be excused of evil motives for actions that end up causing good ...Read More

  • Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication

    2 Chronicles 6:12–42

    God cannot be confined to a particular space, but He does meet with His people in particular spaces. When we gather for worship, the Lord meets with us, and we enjoy His presence. It is fitting to build church sanctuaries ...Read More

  • Solomon Exalted

    1 Chronicles 29:10–30

    It is easy for our prayers to become long lists of requests for things we need or want. While it is appropriate to bring such requests before the Lord when they are not sinful, we should also be focusing on ...Read More

  • David Repents

    2 Samuel 12:1–15a

    Today’s passage also proves that sin often brings with it severe consequences even when God forgives us (2 Sam. 12:10–14). We will see that play out over the rest of David’s life. Today, we note that for God to forgive ...Read More

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