Ezra: Determined to Study, Obey, and Teach God’s Word

Today’s Bible reading* gives us an example of someone who was deeply committed to study, obey, and teach God’s Word, Ezra the Priest and Scribe. Ezra traveled for four months to return home from his captivity in Babylon. (Ezra 7:9) The Christian Standard Study Bible gives us a little insight into Ezra’s journey: “Ezra’s journey…

Haman Hanged on His Own Gallows

In today’s Bible reading*, we read about Haman being hanged on the seventy-five foot-high gallows he had built for hanging Mordecai. You will remember from yesterday’s reading and devotional, that Haman had tricked King Ahasuerus into enacting a law to exterminate all of the Jews and to entrap Mordecai, giving Haman a way to hang…

Choose Your Counselors Wisely

In today’s Bible reading* we read about King Rehoboam who consulted two sets of counselors and heard two very different responses. The people came to him and asked him to be kind to them, unlike King Solomon had been. First, he consulted the elders who had counseled King Solomon. They encouraged King Rehoboam to lead…