Monthly Archives: March 2013

Zechariah 4 — Filled to do His work, in his power

The more I’m reading Zechariah, the more I’m starting to love it.  This is another great passage that’s rich in meaning. The temple was still under construction at this time, and the people were still facing opposition.  It was uncertain … Continue reading

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Zechariah 3 — Free from accusation

This is probably one of my favorite passages in the entire Old Testament, basically because of how rich in meaning it is for us who are Christians. In this passage, Joshua, the high priest was standing before the Lord, and … Continue reading

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Zechariah 1:7-2:13 — Wall of fire, glory within

This message, along with all the others in the rest of this book, came to Zechariah during the rebuilding of the temple. Here, we see a vision of horsemen going out to see the state of things in the world.  … Continue reading

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Haggai 2:20-23 — Though all is shaken

The book of Haggai ends with a word of encouragement to Zerubbabel.  Perhaps Zerubabbel saw the opposition that was rising up against the rebuilding of the temple and of Jerusalem and he was getting discouraged. But God told him, Tell … Continue reading

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Ezra 5-6 — When we commit ourselves

It took a long time for the Israelites to commit themselves to the building of the temple, but finally, at the urging of Zechariah and Haggai, they once again got started. And once again, almost as soon as they got … Continue reading

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Haggai 2:10-19 — The difference between impurity and holiness

After Zechariah gave his message, it was Haggai’s turn.  And here he shows us one of the differences between impurity and holiness. To give a bit of background, in Mosaic law, after the altar was anointed, it became holy, and … Continue reading

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Zechariah 1:1-6 — Learning from the past

Zechariah started his ministry at the same time as Haggai, and together they helped the Israelites get back on track with the rebuilding of the temple.  As well as being a prophet, he was also a priest. By the way, … Continue reading

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Haggai 2:1-9 — Where our true glory comes from

I’ve mentioned before in the book of Ezra that some of the older generation that had seen Solomon’s temple wept when then saw the foundations of the new temple that was being built. And here, we see some of the … Continue reading

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Ezra 4:4-5, 24; Haggai 1 — Getting our priorities straight

Before I go on, I should make some comments on the chronology of events going forward.  I’ve mentioned before that there is a lot of dispute among scholars about the timing of events, and the more I dig, the more … Continue reading

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Daniel 11-12 — Those who are wise

I suppose that for those who are skeptics, these chapters take the cake in terms of prophesy, so detailed and accurate as they are. Here, Daniel talks first about what was to come in the Persian and Greek Empires, and … Continue reading

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Daniel 10 — War

A long time ago, a book came out called “This Present Darkness,” by Frank Peretti.  It was a fiction book, but after reading it, it really made me think about the the spiritual warfare that goes on that we can’t … Continue reading

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Daniel 6 — Integrity

We now come back to Babylon where Daniel was still residing.  A man named Darius was ruling as king there.  This is not, by the way, Darius the Great who is later mentioned in the book of Ezra.  It is … Continue reading

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Ezra 4:1-5 — Opposition

Things are about to become messy concerning the chronology of Ezra.  I think I’ve got a handle on it now, but as we go through the next several blogs, keep in mind that there is quite a bit of dispute … Continue reading

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Ezra 3 — Joy and regret

In this passage, we see several things.  First, we see the restarting of sacrifices and offerings, and the first Feast of Tabernacles in years. But we also see the start of the rebuilding of the temple.  And after the Israelites … Continue reading

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II Chronicles 36:20-23; Ezra 1-2 — Called by name

And so after about ten months, we finally come to the end of II Chronicles.  Sometimes I thought we’d never get to the end of Kings and Chronicles. But here, and at the beginning of Ezra, we see the return … Continue reading

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Daniel 9:20-27 — The coming of Messiah, the coming of Antichrist

Before I go to today’s blog, I just noticed a mistake from my last blog which has now been corrected.  I had said that Daniel had recalled the words of Isaiah concerning the 70 year exile, and it should have … Continue reading

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Daniel 9:1-19 — When your life has been shattered by sin

Shortly after Babylon fell to the Persians, Daniel remembered the words of Jeremiah saying that the exile of the Israelites would last 70 years.  With the 70 years up, it caused Daniel to hit his knees.  The interesting thing to … Continue reading

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Daniel 5 — Numbered and weighed

We now come to the end of the Babylonian empire in this chapter as Daniel had prophesied in chapters 2, 7, and 8. Belshazzar, the co-regent of Nabonidus, was reigning in Babylon at the time, and was holding a party … Continue reading

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Daniel 8 — Fleeting power

Two years after Daniel’s vision of the four beasts, he has another vision of two beasts which in many ways is similar to the first. Here he dreams of a ram with two horns, with one horn longer than the … Continue reading

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Daniel 7 — The God who will reign over all

Daniel is a bit out of order chronologically, so we’re going to skip chapters 5 and 6 for the time being.  Belshazzar was now king of Babylon.  He was the son of Nabonidus who had apparently married a daughter of … Continue reading

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II Kings 25:27-30; Jeremiah 52:31-34 — Grace

And with one fell swoop, we finish two books, which happen to end with the same story.  We started II Kings way back in June of 2012, and many major and minor prophets later, we finally come to a close … Continue reading

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Daniel 4 — The God who is sovereign

We now return to the book of Daniel, and close up the story of Nebuchadnezzar.  This is the famous story of how Nebuchadnezzar lost his sanity, acting basically like a cow for 7 years before finally acknowledging that God alone … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 47-48 — A new inheritance

We wrap up Ezekiel today and as we do, God outlines the new inheritance that will be received by the Israelites.  Or shall we say a renewed inheritance.  God promised to bring his people back to the land he had … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 47:1-12 — Living water

On the right, you can see a body of water called the Dead Sea.  It is so called because the water is so salty, that no animals can survive there.  The only signs of life there are tiny quantities of … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 45-46 — Setting apart our hearts for God

In these two chapters, God gives the people instructions for when they return to the land.  A lot of this (as well as the things in chapters 43-44) are repetitions of instructions God had originally given Moses. But as I … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 44 — What we let enter our hearts

When I was a kid, there was a song we used to sing in Sunday school.  “Oh be careful little eyes what you see.”  And “Oh be careful little ears what you hear.” Basically, it was a simple song about … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 40-43 — Made anew

I feel like I’m going back to the book of Exodus, plowing through these chapters.  Here, as in Exodus, we see extremely detailed information for the temple (albeit in Exodus, it was a tabernacle not a temple). With the current … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 38-39 — For His purposes, for His glory, that all may know…

In this passage, Ezekiel looks to the last days when nations will rise up against Israel and try to destroy it, only to be thrust back and destroyed by God.  There’s quite a bit of debate as to when this … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 37 — The God who raises what’s dead

Well, winter’s almost over, and spring is almost here.  Which mean that Easter is right around the corner.  And here we get a vivid picture of what Easter is all about. In this passage, Ezekiel is given a vision of … Continue reading

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