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…

The Purpose of the Exile

We’ve looked at the reasons for the Exile before. But let’s use today’s Bible reading* to look at the purpose of the Exile. Again, the reasons were that God’s people had turned from God to follow the gods of the nations around them. From the kings to the common people — except for a few…

Warnings for those Entrusted with the Care of God’s People

Today’s Bible reading* includes some very strong warnings for those entrusted with the care of God’s people. Specifically, Jeremiah is addressing the spiritual leaders people of Judah and Israel. Instead of leading God’s people to gather around the heart of God, these leaders are scattering God’s people. But God promises to bring His people back….

God Acts for His Own Sake

Isaiah 48 in today’s Bible reading* drives home the point that God acts to bring attention to Himself. He does everything for His own sake. I will delay my anger for the sake of my name,and I will restrain myself for your benefit and for my praise,so that you will not be destroyed.Isaiah 48:9 (CSB)…