Movement from Creation to New Creation in Genesis 1-9

We're reading through the Scriptures in our young adults group, and I noticed a chiastic structure in Genesis in the period between Creation and the New Creation of the flood. Initially I structured it this way: A. The Spirit of God hovers over the face of the waters (1:2) B. God creates animals (1:24,25) C. … Continue reading Movement from Creation to New Creation in Genesis 1-9

Bible Commentary: Introduction to Daniel

The Book of Daniel was written in the 6th century by Daniel, who served in the courts of the rulers of the Babylonian and Medo-Persian Empires. The book tells a tale of two kingdoms: the kingdom of God and the kingdom(s) of man. While man’s kingdoms war and fight amongst themselves, God is in sovereign … Continue reading Bible Commentary: Introduction to Daniel

Bible Commentary: Introduction to Isaiah

Isaiah prophesied during the reigns of the kings of Judah Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, from around 740 B.C. to at least 681 B.C.. The breadth of content in Isaiah is breathtaking – he prophesies concerning the grace of God through judgement for pre-exile Judah; concerning comfort for his people exiled in Babylon; and concerning … Continue reading Bible Commentary: Introduction to Isaiah

Bible Commentary: Introduction to 2nd Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians was written by the Apostle Paul around A.D. 49-51 to the church at Thessalonica, shortly after 1 Thessalonians. Paul wrote this letter in response to a fresh report that the Thessalonians had been alarmed by a false teaching that “the day of the Lord” had already come. He wrote to reassure them that … Continue reading Bible Commentary: Introduction to 2nd Thessalonians

Bible Commentary: 2 Chronicles 30

2 Chronicles 30:18-20 records a prayer of Hezekiah’s for the unclean Israelites who are celebrating Passover with Judah: "'May the good LORD pardon everyone who sets his heart to seek God, the LORD, the God of his fathers, even though not according to the sanctuary’s rules of cleanness.' And the LORD heard Hezekiah and healed … Continue reading Bible Commentary: 2 Chronicles 30

Bible Commentary: 2 Chronicles 20

Jehoshaphat models better than his predecessor, Asa, seeking God in times of need. In the face of foes and disease, Asa relied on men, not on God (2 Chronicles 16). Contrary to this, Jehoshaphat assembles all of Israel in prayer and fasting before God at his temple (20:3-5). He prays for deliverance from the horde, harking … Continue reading Bible Commentary: 2 Chronicles 20