Monthly Archives: February 2020

What sin is (Jeremiah 2)

In this passage, God is essentially taking his people to court, and bringing his charges against them. And in doing so, we get a clear picture of what sin is. I live in Japan, and to many people here, they … Continue reading

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A prayer (Jeremiah 1)

O Lord, you chose me before you formed me in the womb. You knew me, and set me apart before I was born. You called me as your child, and as your priest, declaring your praises to the nations. (John … Continue reading

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A fountain of life (Proverbs 10)

This chapter in Proverbs has a lot to say about the words that come from our mouth. Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning. (13) The tongue of the righteous is pure silver. (20) The lips of the … Continue reading

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Living according to the Word (2 Chronicles 34-35)

It’s amazing to think about that the book of the Law (the Jewish Bible of the time which comprised of Genesis to Deuteronomy) had apparently been lost for years. Apparently, during the time of Amon (and perhaps Manasseh), worship of … Continue reading

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What’s in your temple? (2 Chronicles 33)

Sometimes people wonder why we need both Chronicles and Kings in our Bible, considering the fact that they cover much of the same material in Israel’s history. Just as the putting the gospels together gives us a fuller picture of … Continue reading

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Why evil people succeed (II Kings 19)

Why do evil people succeed? Certainly, the Assyrians were evil people. And yet we find that God allowed them to succeed. That in fact, it was a part of his plan (probably to judge other evil nations). How could that … Continue reading

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Satan’s oft-repeated lie (2 Kings 18)

In Assyria’s attack on Judah, we see Satan speaking his oft-repeated lie through the Assyrian Rabshakeh (the king’s official). What was the lie? “Don’t trust God. He’s trying to rob you of life. (27, 30). Come to me. I will … Continue reading

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Seeking the Lord (2 Chronicles 20)

As we read about the imminent attack on Judah, it’s hard to miss what Jehoshaphat’s response was. Jehoshaphat was afraid, and he resolved to seek the Lord. Then he proclaimed a fast for all Judah, who gathered to seek the … Continue reading

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Unequally yoked (2 Chronicles 18-19)

The apostle Paul wrote, Don’t become partners with those who do not believe. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? What agreement does Christ have with Belial? Or what does … Continue reading

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