Today we read the third chapter of The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians and three chapters of Isaiah.
August 15: Philippians 3, Isaiah 16, Isaiah 17, Isaiah 18 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Philippians 3. Paul had reason to brag about his perfect Jewish credentials, but he did not, he would glory only in Christ, and his resurrection. Let us press on towards the goal, after all, our citizenship is in heaven.
Isaiah 16 speaks of the destruction of Moab.
Isaiah 17 tells of the oracle against Damascus (with a side note featuring Nancy Pelosi in Damascus)
Isaiah 18 features a prophecy against Cush (with a vignette from modern Sudan).
Today we are continuing in Romans, and read two chapters in 2 Kings.
May 27: Romans 5, 2 Kings 3, 2 Kings 4 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Romans 5. This is a great chapter and tells how faith triumphs in trouble, one quote: “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” And so it is: Death came through one man, Adam, but “if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” Let that sink in.
2 Kings 3. There is trouble all around: Moab Rebels Against Israel. Israel calls for Judah and Edom to help. They gather their armies and horses, but after seven days without water they call for Elisha. He tells them to dig ditches in the desert. They obey, and without rain the ditches are filled, they all got water and quenched the rebellion. Then they punished Moab, but the King offered his firstborn son as a burnt offering. This was too drastic even for Israel, so they drew back.
2 Kings 4, Like Elijah, Elisha multiplies a widow’s oil, like Elijah, Elisha Raises a person from death, this time the Shunammite’s Son. Elisha purifies a pot of stew, and at another time he feeds one hundred men. with twenty small loaves of bread, and there are leftovers, much like Jesus did, but on a much smaller scale.
After the dire prophecies of Chapter 24 comes this song of praise:
Revelation 7:17: For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”
Revelation 21:4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
The Arnon Canyon right before emptying into the Dead Sea
The ruins of Kir Hareseth are still impressive
The excavation of Heshbon shows the destruction.
When the Jews settled the promised land, Reuben, Gad and half of the half-tribe of Manasseh decided to settle east of the Jordan river. Reuben settled in southern Ammon and northern Moab.
The city of Dibon changed hands many times, destroyed and rebuilt.
The fort of Macherus is no more. It was here, according to Josephus that John the Baptist was beheaded.
This biblical word “know” here means Sodomy.