Chronological Bible 39: Repent, for the Kingdom of God is Near

This week we started reading chronologically through the New Testament with Matthew 1-4, 8-9, Mark 1-2, Luke 1-5, and John 1-4. The New Testament begins with the four biographical eyewitness accounts about Jesus. Each of these accounts is written from the perspective of one of Jesus' apostles and have very specific structures and goals. Matthew [...]

Chronological Bible 37: Returning from Exile (or not)

This week's passages are Daniel 10-12, Ezra 4-8, Haggai, Zechariah, and Esther. The passages this week essentially tell two parallel stories. Ezra tells about some of the exiles who are released from Persia (which conquered Assyria) to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. Haggai and Zechariah prophesy words of encouragement to the Israelites to [...]

Chronological Bible 33:The Babylonian Exile (Part 1)

This week we'll reflect on Jeremiah 27-28, 31, 37-38, 49-52, 2 Kings 24, 2 Chronicles 3, 36, and Ezekiel 1-16. I wrote last week about Jeremiah's prophecies of Judah's exile into Babylon and the unpopularity of that message. The book of Daniel and Ezekiel, in addition to parts of Jeremiah, contain additional prophesies and historical [...]