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Yes, this morning we go back to Ezra’s first verse, but with an entirely different emphasis than yesterday. “Now in the first year of CYRUS king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of CYRUS king of Persia, that he […]
Ezra 1:1 simply informs us of the actions of a King, a lost (heathen) King at that! “Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, THE LORD STIRRED UP THE SPIRIT OF CYRUS KING OF PERSIA, that he made […]
Anytime one studies a Book of the Bible it is helpful to know the writer. (Understand please that the Real Author of all Scripture is God the Holy Spirit!) By writer I mean the human who held the pen, who placed the words on the scroll. And in the case of our present study, it […]
Yes, we’re going to begin a systematic journey through the Book of Ezra. At least chapter by chapter, and in each chapter we shall be concentrating on a paragraph of verses. But why have I called this Portion of Scripture “little studied?” I think that is generally true of the Old Testament when compared to […]
It was early Thursday morning, before sunrise I mean. Debbie and I had the car nearly packed, ready to drive from Michigan to Georgia. And I stepped back over to the Church, where I had preached in Revival Services, over five hours of verse-by-verse exposition I am told. I walked into the empty, quiet sanctuary, […]
I finally (after 13 1/2 hours in the car, yesterday being a travel day) wrote a Lesson (more of a Bible “thought” really) last night (about 10:00) which most of you have not yet read, or so I suspect. I hope you’ll take the time this morning to do that, study my thoughts about the “snow.” […]
Ready to load! Yes, it’s an 11 hour trip home. And a dusting of snow awaits us outside! But, the Lord willing, I do plan to write the Bible Study Lesson … from a moving car … later this morning. Newaygo, Michigan to Tunnel Hill, Georgia … God is good! “The Lord be magnified!”
I believe the Lord has laid upon my heart a series of sermons from the Book of Ezra. Either from the whole Book (chapter by chapter) or concerning the man himself, Ezra the Scribe. If this “tugging” at my heart continues, I will have our printer prepare me a “Bible Portion” Booklet, containing just the […]
Our Lord, teaching His Disciples to pray, added these words to the “model” He gave … “Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11 (And Luke includes the same command as well, “Give us day by day our daily bread.” Luke 11:3) No doubt this can be seen as trusting God for all our […]
Actually we’ve come to the end of another Book of Scripture. (I don’t know how many Bible Books we’ve either studied in some detail or surveyed totally in the twelve plus years our Website has existed.) Here is Joshua’s closing paragraph: “And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, […]
Photo quickly made last night, at a rest stop … Today is a heavy travel day. We’re driving to preach in Revival Services beginning tomorrow morning in Newaygo, Michigan. (I’ve slept a little too long here in the motel, and must get “on the road.”) Pray for us as we travel, please. The Lord willing, […]
Joshua has gathered the people of Israel … for his last Sermon! This great man of God has brought Israel to a place of commitment once again. “Will you serve the Lord, or will you serve the (still remaining) idols of the land?”” “And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the […]
As we have earlier learned, when Israel occupied the Land of Promise a few “enemy” inhabitants remained. “Pockets” of resistance here and there. And the people of God were required “to separate themselves” from those wicked survivors of the Jewish conquest. Here in today’s Text the aging Joshua reminds the little nation Israel, the “Apple […]
One line, one clause really from Joshua chapter 23 nearly “arrested” my attention this morning! Here God’s faithful leader (Joshua) is charging the Israelites to continue living for the Lord, obeying His Word diligently. Then comes the warning! About the vestiges of heathenism that still remain (little “spotty” areas not yet conquered) within the Land. […]
Somehow we’ve slowed down a bit, traveling through the Book of Joshua! It’s 23rd chapter has been amazing, in its practicality especially. Today we’ve come to verse 8: “But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.” Again, Joshua 23:8, King James Version. I would have been sure the verb […]
Joshua was once young (as in Exodus 33:11) but now has grown old (Joshua 13:1 and 23:1) and tired, or literally worn (out) … (here said to be “stricken in age,” perhaps due to the heavy responsibility of leading Israel as commander of her armed forces). This great (godly) man is now calling the leaders of Israel to […]
Sometimes it is called the “penultimate,” the next-to-last chapter of a book. In Latin (of course) the term means “almost the last.” And that’s a good description of Joshua 23, with only 16 verses. Here’s the first verse, which supplies us with a ton of meaning, when studied carefully, a plethora of thoughts. “And it […]
I just noticed something about Joshua chapter 22. It contains one single name, a proper name, more times than any other chapter in the whole Bible. That fact alone may shed some light on how to interpret our Text, all 34 verses of Joshua 22. And that name is Phinehas! Who? Phinehas, the High Priest of Israel. […]
“And he (Joshua) spake unto them (the Tribes of Reuben and Gad and half of Manasseh), saying, Return with much riches unto your tents, and with very much cattle, with silver, and with gold, and with brass, and with iron, and with very much raiment: divide the spoil of your enemies with your brethren.” Joshua 22:8 […]
I just noticed a great “summary” verse in Joshua 22, that being verse 5 specifically. Joshua the General of the army of Israel is dismissing some of his “troops” … the seven year war for Canaan being virtually over. His “commission” to them: “But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which […]
Today’s Lesson might be an example of Bible hermeneutics, the study and practice of “interpretation.” From Joshua 22, next in line in our short journey through this key Old Testament Book of history. I’d like to ask each of you to read the entire chapter (all 34 verses) when you can. It tells a story. […]
“And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand. There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of […]
Concerning the Levites, when they asked Joshua for places to live: … “The LORD commanded by the hand of Moses to give us cities to dwell in, with the suburbs thereof for our cattle. And the children of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their inheritance, at the commandment of the LORD, these cities […]
Sunset last night, just before the Revival Service! I’m writing you at 5:42 am this morning. With well over an eight hour drive ahead of us! But at the same time I am thrilled over the Word of God! Pray for us today, please. By the way … On the way to Church each night, […]
As we transition from Joshua chapter 20 to Joshua chapter 21 … we also are shifting from the Book’s shortest chapter (20) to its longest chapter! Yes, chapter 21 has a total of 45 verses! Therefore it must be of significant importance, judging from the Holy Spirit’s “emphasis” placed on its content. Yet still, we are […]

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