Devotions August

Jer 14-17

August 11, 2015

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What does it say?

Chapters 14 and 15 concern a severe drought. The people cry out to God, but it is too late. What they are experiencing is the consequence of listening to the lies of false prophets. Though Jeremiah continues to pray for them, God is past listening. In fact, the […]

Jer 10-13

August 10, 2015

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What does it say?

Jeremiah’s tenth chapter is a direct challenge from God to those who fear idols. No matter how elaborate they may be made, idols are still made by human hands. To fear them and not fear Almighty God is ridiculous … and dangerous.

Chapter 11 reminds the […]

Jer 7-9

August 9, 2015

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What does it say?

The Jews have tremendous faith in the temple – the building itself, not the God that dwells there (Jer 7). They believe that as long as the temple was standing Jerusalem could never fall. God reminds them that the tabernacle once stood in Shiloh, yet the Philistines took […]

Jer 4-6

August 8, 2015

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What does it say?

In Jeremiah 4 God gives the prophet confirmation that unspeakable destruction is about to fall upon the nation at the hand of Babylon. This vision fills Jeremiah with horror. He knows that Jerusalem is still unrepentant and still seeking security from foreign alliances.

Jeremiah 5 describes […]

Jer 1-3

August 7, 2015

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What does it say?

Previously, Assyria was the power feared by Jerusalem. Isaiah foresaw that Babylon, not Assyria, was the enemy they should fear. Isaiah died about a century as Jeremiah begins a prophetic ministry of 40 years over the span of the last five kings of Judah. Jeremiah is from a […]

Zep

August 6, 2015

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What does it say?

Zephaniah came onto the scene probably during the early years of king Josiah of Judah before he begins his aggressive reforms. He would also be contemporary with the prophet Jeremiah during the early years of that prophet’s ministry. From his introductory genealogy Zephaniah appears to be of the […]

2 Kin 22-23; 2 Chr 34-35

August 5, 2015

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What does it say?

The main focus of these four chapters is the reign of Josiah, another of Judah’s good kings. Only eight-years-old when he came to the throne, Josiah quickly becomes a great reformer. Josiah initiates a much-needed remodel of the temple. In the process of the work, the high priest […]

Nah 1-3

August 4, 2015

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What does it say?

Other than what we have here, we know nothing of Nahum’s life or the location of the village of Elkosh where he lived. Both Jews and Christians agree on the authenticity of his prophecy and its importance. We read Nahum at this time because this is a message […]

2 Chr 32-33

August 3, 2015

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What does it say?

Besides David and Solomon, Hezekiah is one of the largest figures among the monarchs of Judah. The story of his life spreads out across 2Kings, 2Chronicles and Isaiah. In our reading today we revisit Hezekiah and the stories of God’s miraculous deliverance from the Assyrians, the healing from […]

2 Kin 20-21

August 2, 2015

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What does it say?

These two chapters in 2Kings 20-21 take us back to the story of Hezekiah receiving the ambassadors from Babylon that we recently read also in Isaiah 38-39. This carelessness on Hezekiah’s part follows God healing him and adding 15 years to his life, confirmed by having the sundial […]

Isa 64-66

August 1, 2015

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What does it say?

The essence of Isaiah 64 is Isaiah’s impassioned prayer for God to have mercy on his people. This chapter is really inseparable from chapter 63 where this prayer began.

God’s response to Isaiah’s prayer is the subject of Isaiah 65-66. God will answer this prayer in […]