A Biblical Case Against Pacifism

Many people believe that Christians should never take up arms, even in self-defense. But today’s Bible reading* gives a Biblical case against pacifism. When Nehemiah sees that his enemies are threatening to attack his builders, he prayed for God’s protection. But not only did he pray for God’s intervention, he also placed a watchman on…

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…

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…