They Feared the Lord, But…

Several times in today’s Bible reading* we read that the people “feared the Lord, but …” (2 Kings 17:32-33, 41) The people appointed their own priests, worshiped their own gods, and served their own idols. How is it possible to say that someone “feared the Lord” and follow that statement with “, but”? Wouldn’t that…

A Messianic Prophecy in Isaiah

Today’s Bible reading* includes a familiar prophecy concerning the coming Messiah. It is often quoted around Christmastime. For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.Isaiah 9:6 (CSB)…

I Saw the Lord

Today’s Bible reading* contains a beautiful picture of when Isaiah saw the Lord in heaven. He describes God and His majesty. He describes angels — how they looked and how they moved. He describes the angels’ worship of God. He describes the effects that God’s presence has on heaven. Isaiah also describes his reaction to…

God Compares His Children to Donkeys

In today’s Bible reading* we hear God’s disappointment and frustration. God uses donkeys and oxes to express His feelings about His children. “I have raised children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me.The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s feeding trough,but Israel does not know; my people do not understand.”(Isaiah…