• Darius Supports the Jews

    Ezra 6:1–12

    Our God is sovereign over all, which means that He can redeem even the situations that seem most hopeless and turn the plans of our adversaries in our favor. He promises to do this for His people, whether in this ...Read More

  • 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

  • Hope in the Southern Kingdom

    2 Kings 18:1–12; 2 Chronicles 30

    Hezekiah’s reformation shows us that the Lord will receive and bless His people even after a great fall when they repent and dedicate themselves anew to His covenant. We do not know what shape this blessing will take in every ...Read More

  • Idolatry Continues

    2 Kings 17:24–41

    Although today’s passage paints a bleak picture of continuing idolatry, there is a faint note of hope with the reminder that God will deliver those who fear Him from their enemies (2 Kings 17:39). This was the lesson that the ...Read More

  • Ahaz Appeals to Syria

    2 Kings 16

    Failure to believe God’s promises leads only to trouble. Ahaz did not trust the Lord but trusted in Assyria, and Judah suffered greatly. We may not sin to the same degree that Ahaz did, but we are likewise tempted regularly ...Read More

  • God’s Mercy to Israel

    2 Kings 13

    It is vital that we understand that God wants to show mercy to sinners. If we are confident that God, for the sake of His Son Jesus Christ, is merciful, then we will be encouraged to turn from our sin, ...Read More

  • King Jehoram of Judah

    2 Chronicles 21

    As believers, we must be cautious about the influence of unbelievers in our lives. Non-Christians who have undue influence on us because of the kinds of relationships we have with them can lead us away from the Lord. This happened ...Read More

  • Seeking the Wrong God

    1 Kings 22:51–2 Kings 1:18

    Idolatry is not a benign sin but is something that the Lord takes extremely seriously. Thus, we should daily seek to put to death any impulses to idolatry in our own lives. Let us devote ourselves to inquiring only of ...Read More

  • The Folly of Fighting the Lord

    2 Chronicles 13

    The Bible closes with the redeemed people of God worshiping the Lord in spirit and in truth (Rev. 21). As we worship the Lord rightly, we prepare for that final day, and we are assured that Christ will defeat all ...Read More

  • The Temple Celebration

    2 Chronicles 7

    Matthew Henry comments on 2 Chronicles 7:14 that “pardoning mercy makes way for healing mercy.” We cannot expect the Lord to fix the problems in the church if we are unwilling to turn from our sin and rest in His ...Read More

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