For Such a Time as This

Today’s Bible reading* is a familiar story to many of us who grew up in church. It concerns a young Jewish woman who became queen and found herself in a position to intercede on behalf of her people “for such a time as this”. Hadassah (Esther’s real name) didn’t seek the position of queen. But…

The Gathered People of God

In today’s Bible reading* God promises a new day when the people of God are gathered from their exile. In God’s judgment and anger, He scattered His rebellious people, sending them far from their homes in Israel and Judah to an exile in Babylon in modern-day Iraq. But God says a day is coming when…

Marked for Life

Today’s Bible reading* paints a grim picture: God’s angel marks for life those (few) who weep over sin and the desolation of God’s land. You’ll notice that God tells an angel to mark the forehead of every person who weeps over the sin of God’s people. (Ezekiel 9:4) Everyone without the mark for life is,…

As Sure as the Sun Rises

Today’s Bible reading* has a definitive statement concerning the promises of God: As sure as the sun rises, God will make good on His covenant with His people. You would more likely break God’s covenant with the day and night than break God’s covenant with His people. Wow! ‚ÄúThis is what the LORD says: If…