God’s Encouraging Promises

Today’s Bible reading* includes some very encouraging promises for God’s people. Yes, Isaiah spoke to a specific group of people in a specific nation in history. But God’s Word is still very applicable to us today. God points to the coming of John the Baptizer to announce Jesus the Messiah’s soon arrival. “Comfort, comfort my…

God is Sovereign

Isaiah 14 from today’s Bible reading* describes God’s absolute sovereignty. When I say that God is sovereign, I mean His absolute rule, His reign, His right to call the shots. God is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Jesus told His disciples to seek God’s Kingdom and righteousness above everything else and…

They Feared the Lord, But…

Several times in today’s Bible reading* we read that the people “feared the Lord, but …” (2 Kings 17:32-33, 41) The people appointed their own priests, worshiped their own gods, and served their own idols. How is it possible to say that someone “feared the Lord” and follow that statement with “, but”? Wouldn’t that…

Solomon Dedicates the Temple

Today’s Bible reading* includes the completion of the Temple’s construction and when Solomon dedicates the Temple. We’re told that Solomon took almost twice as long (thirteen years) to build his ornate palace complex as he did to build the Temple (seven years). At first glance, it sounds like he cared more for his own house…