Trusting in God – Isaiah 37

Read the Passage: Isaiah 37

Isaiah’s Assurance (37:1–7)

Isaiah 36–39 is an historical narrative that punctuates the prophecies of Isaiah. These four chapters are almost copied verbatim in 2 Kings 18:13–20:19 and again in 2 Chron. 32:1–23. It is probable that the writer of 2 Kings, whom tradition holds was Jeremiah, copied from Isaiah, not vice-versa (cf. 2 Chron. 32:32). Continue reading Trusting in God – Isaiah 37

Trust and Mistrust – Isaiah 31

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Error of Mistrust (31:1–3)

Generally speaking, in Isaiah 28–33 God is confronting Israel for their self-reliance, their dependence upon others, and their lack of trust in Him. More specifically, in Isaiah 30–31 God warns the people about their tendency to rely upon Egypt for help. Continue reading Trust and Mistrust – Isaiah 31

Isaiah: Introduction – Isaiah 1

Read the Passage: Isaiah 1

Author and Date – Isaiah was a prophet who ministered mainly to the southern nation of Judah during the time of the divided monarchy. He ministered from ~739 BC–686 BC. Isaiah is one of the so-called major prophets, along with Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. Continue reading Isaiah: Introduction – Isaiah 1

Confronting Sin – Joshua 7

Read the Passage: Joshua 7

Result of Sin (7:1–9)

The first verse in Joshua 7 gives an overview of the contents of the chapter. In sum, this chapter narrates the results of Israel taking the “accursed things” (Josh. 7:1) from Jericho in direct violation of Josh. 6:18. Josh. 7:1–5 gives the details, explaining that Israel presumptuously sent an armed force of less than 3,000 men to attack the city of Ai. Continue reading Confronting Sin – Joshua 7

Anger and Rebuke – Jonah 4

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Jonah’s Despair (4:1–3)

Jonah 3 records the result of Jonah’s ministry in Nineveh, which was, “The people of Nineveh believed God. . . . Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said he would bring upon them, and He did not do it” (Jon. 3:5, 10). Continue reading Anger and Rebuke – Jonah 4

Jonah’s Ministry – Jonah 2–3

Read the Passage: Jonah 2-3

Prayer (2:1–10)

Jonah 1:17 records that when Jonah was cast into the sea, he was swallowed by a great fish that the Lord had prepared for this very purpose. While we later learn that the three days and three nights Jonah spent in the belly of the fish were a sign of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection (cf. Matt. 12:39–40), it seems unlikely that Jonah was aware of this fact. Continue reading Jonah’s Ministry – Jonah 2–3