Monthly Archives: July 2011

Day 44: When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Today’s reading: Job 11-21, Psalm 68 Today the dialogue continues between Job and his friends. . .and becomes more heated. The more Job questions his circumstances, the more judgmental (and self-righteous, perhaps?) his friends become–Job must have done something to cause the situation. … Continue reading

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Day 43: The Patience of Job?

Today’s reading: Job 1-10, Psalm 66-67 For anyone who has never read the book of Job, your main association with this Biblical figure before today was likely the phrase, “the patience of Job.” What we discover in today’s reading, however, doesn’t exactly look like patience. Granted, Job … Continue reading

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Day 42: For Such a Time as This

Today’s reading: Esther 1-10, Psalm 64-65 Today we read the book of Esther, a story of how one young Jewish woman was chosen “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14) to save her people from destruction. Biblical scholars disagree over … Continue reading

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Day 41: The Sound of Music

Today’s reading: Nehemiah 1-13; Psalm 62-63 Today we get a second account of the people of Israel’s return to Jerusalem following exile in Babylon. This one is told from the perspective of Nehemiah. From the last two days’ readings, we gain an appreciation for what a great … Continue reading

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Day 40: The Remnant Returns

Today’s reading: Ezra 1-10, Psalm 60-61 Remember a few weeks ago when we started the book of Numbers? The first chapter included a head count of the males age twenty and older from all the tribes of Israel. The total? 603,550. Today, our reading begins … Continue reading

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Day 39: Sabbath

Today’s reading: 2 Chronicles 20-36, Ps 59 “Keep the Sabbath.” It’s the commandment that was intended to help set them apart as a holy people. By taking time to rest from their labors and to worship on every seventh day, the nation … Continue reading

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Day 38: Listening to Your Elders

Today’s reading: 2 Chronicles 10-19, Ps 57-58 Much of the reading will again sound familiar today, but keep your eyes alert for how the Chronicler interprets certain events along the way. In a number of places, if you pay close attention you will notice … Continue reading

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Day 37: Good Beginnings

Today’s reading: 2 Chronicles 1-9,  Ps 55-56 Six days ago, we read the story of King Solomon’s rule in 1 Kings. Today’s reading covers the same period from the Chronicler’s perspective. The readings are quite similar. Having focused on Solomon’s downfall on … Continue reading

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Day 36: A National Hero

Today’s reading: 1 Chronicles 13-29, Ps 54 Ever notice how, over time, our memories of those we love have a way of becoming smoothed around the edges? Their faults and failures fade into the background, while their accomplishments sometimes become larger than life. Today, we … Continue reading

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Day 35: The Family Tree

Today’s reading: 1 Chronicles 1-12, Ps 52-53 Today, we begin a set of readings that offer a re-telling of what we have just read the last few days in 1 and 2 Kings. The Chronicler gives us a second perspective on the period of Israel’s history from King … Continue reading

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