Spectacular and Terrifying Visions Lead to Confession

In today’s Bible reading* Daniel has some spectacular visions that terrify him. Chapters Seven through Nine coincide with the stories in Daniel Chapters Five and Six. In other words, Chapters Seven through Nine are flashbacks. Daniel investigates Jeremiah’s prophecy and timetable and learns that God’s punishment on His people would last for seventy years. This…

Ezekiel’s Call to Ministry

Today’s Bible reading* recounts Ezekiel’s call to ministry to prophesy against God’s people. God strictly warns him to not be rebellious like His people, but to faithfully deliver God’s Word. If he does, God will hold him blameless, regardless of how the people respond. But if Ezekiel fails to faithfully speak God’s, God will hold…

A Psalm for Deliverance

God’s people find themselves captives in a strange land and they cry out for God’s deliverance in today’s Bible reading*. Asaph records their prayer in Psalm 79. Do not hold past iniquities against us; let your compassion come to us quickly, for we have become very weak. God of our salvation, help us, for the…

The Deceitful Heart

Today’s Bible reading* paints a bleak picture of the human condition: we all have a deceitful heart. In fact, our heart is desperately sick. I mentioned a few days ago that Jeremiah had more to say about the heart. The heart is more deceitful than anything else, and incurable—who can understand it? I, the LORD,…