Jesus Heals and Restores

In today’s Bible reading* we see stories of Jesus healing and restoring people. But he doesn’t just heal everyone. And He doesn’t restore everyone. The LeperA key factor in Jesus’ healing ministry was the faith of the one requesting the healing. The leper asked Jesus to make him clean, to remove his leprosy. He simply…

Affected by God’s Word

In today’s Bible reading* we see that God’s people were affected by God’s Word. When the book of Moses is read, the people learn that the Ammonites and Moabites were prohibited from entering the assembly of God (Deuteronomy 23:3) because of how they treated God’s people as they migrated into the Promised Land from Egypt….

Corruption in the Camp

In today’s Bible reading* we read that while Nehemiah was fortifying the wall around Jerusalem, he was heckled by Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem. Once the project was completed, Nehemiah was still hassled by Tobiah who continued to write intimidating letters to Nehemiah. Part of the problem was corruption on the part of God’s people who…

“We Have No Common Interests”

In today’s Bible reading* the people returning from Babylon run into opposition to their charge to rebuild the Temple. The people who had remained in the land offered to help with the construction and those returning responded, “No thanks. We have no common interests with you in rebuilding the temple.” (Ezra 4:3) Why would the…

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…