Monthly Archives: July 2011

Day 64: Tears for Jerusalem

      Today’s reading: Lamentations 1-5, Ps 98-99 la·ment/ləˈment/ n.   A passionate expression of grief. Today’s reading is a unique contribution to the Bible.  Its author, traditionally assumed to be Jeremiah, is not interested in providing a historical account of events in Israel and Judah–other … Continue reading

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Day 63: The End. . .for Now

      Today’s reading: Jeremiah 39-52, Ps 97 Today, our reading of Jeremiah comes to a close. By now, you’ve noticed that this book does not always follow a chronological order. There are flashback scenes and moments of foreshadowing along the way. When it comes to weaving together an … Continue reading

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Day 62: The Time Is Coming. . .

      Today’s reading: Jeremiah 29-38, Ps 95-96 Today’s reading begins with a sudden change in setting. Jeremiah, who has apparently stayed behind in Jerusalem, sends a letter to the people who are now exiled in Babylon. It contains a message of hope, including the most well-known … Continue reading

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Day 61: On Trial

      Today’s reading: Jeremiah 20-28, Ps 93-94 The people have finally had enough. Tired of hearing Jeremiah preach doom and gloom, a great crowd mobs him and hauls him to the temple gate (chapter 26). It is a chilling moment–the first word out of their mouths is … Continue reading

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Day 60: A Tough Assignment

      Today’s reading: Jeremiah 11-19, Ps 91-92 Ever been so upset by a child’s behavior that you’re tempted to just pack their bags and send them on their way? Then you have an inkling of how God might be feeling as we continue to read the dialogue … Continue reading

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Day 59: Code Blue

      Today’s reading: Jeremiah 1-10, Psalm 90 Spend a little time with Jeremiah and you’re likely to come away feeling depressed. Reading this book is a little like listening to Eeyore. Doom and gloom. Nothing but bad news on the horizon. His perspective is certainly shaped … Continue reading

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Day 58: Home Again, Home Again

      Today’s reading: Isaiah 56-66, Psalm 88-89 Reading the closing section of Isaiah today may feel a little like watching a ping-pong match. Different passages seem at odds with each other. Theme and tone sometimes change from one set of verses to another without warning.  If this was a high … Continue reading

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Day 57: A Light to the Nations

      Today’s reading: Isaiah 49-55,  Psalm 86-87 Our reading for today begins with the second of four “servant songs” in Second Isaiah, passages that identify someone through whom God will bring salvation for God’s people. This particular song is spectacular in its announcement that salvation will be not … Continue reading

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Day 56: A New Chapter

      Today’s reading: Isaiah 40-48,  Psalm 84-85 “Comfort, O comfort my people,” says your God. The opening verse of Isaiah 40 marks an abrupt shift in this prophetic book, our first clue that the pages which follow are from the pen of a different author than chapters 1-39. We have … Continue reading

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Day 55: Staying Power

Today’s reading: Isaiah 34-39,  Psalm 82-83 Much of our reading for today closely parallels 2 Kings 18-20, which we read three weeks ago. The accounts of the reign of King Hezekiah in both these places as well as 2 Chronicles 29-32 are in agreement that, for the most part, he was … Continue reading

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