Posts with the category “biblical-characters”
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
September 7th, 2022
John’s gospel presents a portrait of Jesus that is different from the first three gospel accounts. John opened with a recognition of the eternal nature of Jesus and the embodiment of God i...
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
September 6th, 2022
We know Luke in two ways—as a physician and as a Scripture writer. He was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the gospel known by his name and the book of Acts. Indeed, some people consi...
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
August 30th, 2022
Malachi is the last of the minor prophets and the final book of the Old Testament. He was the last prophetic voice until the emergence of John the Baptist who heralded the coming of Jesu...
Monday, August 29, 2022
August 29th, 2022
Zechariah’s name means “God remembered.” And in the days of his prophecy, the people needed to know that God had remembered them. He prophesied about the same time as the prophet Haggai....
Thursday, August 25, 2022
August 25th, 2022
Have you ever had a gnawing sense that God had something important and special for you to do? The prophet Haggai certainly did. He is regarded as “the prophet of the temple.” His mission w...
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
August 24th, 2022
Zephaniah was another one of the Old Testament’s minor prophets. Like many other prophets, he had a message of judgment that he received from the Lord God. In his three chapters, he proph...
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
August 23rd, 2022
Habakkuk is a prophet with a strange name and a short book. He was one of the minor prophets in Israel’s history. He prophesied primarily to Judah but has a message for anyone who may be a...
Monday, August 22, 2022
August 22nd, 2022
Nahum is an unusual name and a short book found near the end of the Old Testament. His name means “compassionate” or “one who is full of comfort.” He directed his prophecy primarily again...
Thursday, August 18, 2022
August 18th, 2022
Micah was a prophet to Judah and Israel whose time paralleled that of Isaiah. The name Micah means “who is like Jehovah?” His name alone tells us that his highest allegiance was to God a...
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
August 17th, 2022
Jonah may be the best known of the minor prophets. His four chapters are presented as a short story and easily read that way—a leading character, plot, twist, turn and resolution. His story...
Monday, August 15, 2022
August 15th, 2022
Amos was another minor prophet in the Old Testament. His name means “burden” or “burden-bearer.” Perhaps you have felt like that was your name too. Some people bear the burden of long-ter...
Thursday, August 11, 2022
August 11th, 2022
Joel was a minor prophet who delivered a message from God to the southern kingdom also known as Judah. His message was one of great earnestness—judgment was imminent upon the nation becau...
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
August 10th, 2022
Hosea was an Old Testament prophet who preached and prophesied about the same time as two other biblical prophets—Isaiah and Micah. He spoke primarily to the northern kingdom also known as...
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
August 9th, 2022
Daniel is the fourth and final major prophet of the Old Testament. He prophesied as a captive in Babylon during the Babylonian Exile suffered and endured by Judah. Some of his prophecy is...
Monday, August 8, 2022
August 8th, 2022
Ezekiel is the third major prophet found in the Old Testament. His name means “God strengthens” which is a good name for a prophet to have. One of this prophet’s key phrases is “I am the...
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
August 3rd, 2022
Jeremiah was the second of the major prophets in the Old Testament. He was called the “weeping prophet.” He spoke God’s Word during some dark days in Judah—the final days of Judah’s exis...
Monday, July 25, 2022
July 25th, 2022
Job is a fascinating book to read. It tells the story of a man who had almost anything, lost practically everything and then regained even more after his time of testing came to an end. A...
Thursday, July 21, 2022
July 21st, 2022
Esther has a rather surprising claim to fame as a book of the Bible. It never mentions the name of God. Not even once. It is the only book in the Bible that contains no mention or refer...
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
July 20th, 2022
Nehemiah was a builder—or more properly, a rebuilder. He was commissioned by God to rebuild the tattered and broken walls of Jerusalem. He gave up a position of prestige and comfort in t...
Thursday, July 14, 2022
July 14th, 2022
Ezra offered leadership to Judah near the end of the Babylonian exile and in the days that followed. The book that carries his name is ten chapters long and details the rebuilding of the ...
Monday, July 11, 2022
July 11th, 2022
II Kings continues with the history of ancient Israel and Judah. It continues to record the events of the various kings all the way up to Judah’s exile in Babylon. In II Kings 5, we fin...
Wednesday, July 6, 2022
July 6th, 2022
II Samuel is a continuation of the early years of Israel’s monarchy. We learn of Saul’s death and David’s ascent to the throne as Saul’s successor—chosen and anointed by God to assume thi...
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
July 5th, 2022
Samuel is an interesting and large figure in the life of Israel. He was sort of a transitional figure away from the judges to the monarchy where Saul and later David assumed the throne ove...
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
June 28th, 2022
Joshua succeeded Moses as Israel’s leader. After Moses died, God chose Joshua to lead the people in their conquest of Canaan. In some Bibles, the heading for Joshua 1 is “The LORD comman...
Monday, June 20, 2022
June 20th, 2022
Genesis 12 features the call of Abram to go to a new land. God’s call came this way, “leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you” (Gene...
Thursday, June 16, 2022
June 16th, 2022
In I Kings 2, David is nearing death. He’s enjoyed a prominent place in Israel as a musician, writer, defeater of Goliath and Israel’s second king. He was not perfect but he was called...
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
June 15th, 2022
The Song of Solomon is part of the Bible’s wisdom literature. It reads as love poetry and loving exchanges. People have often interpreted this book as a spiritual allegory representing t...
Thursday, June 9, 2022
June 9th, 2022
Nahum is a short book of prophecy. It has only three chapters and a total of forty-seven verses. The name Nahum means “compassionate” or “full of comfort.” Certainly, we could assign tho...
Thursday, June 2, 2022
June 2nd, 2022
Near the end of the Old Testament, we come across a minor prophet named Micah. He was from Moresheth and spoke the word of the Lord during the reigns of three kings of Judah—Jotham, Ahaz ...
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
May 31st, 2022
We know David as the writer of many of the Psalms that we have in our Bibles. His words of comfort and faith have encouraged so may people through the years. My guess is you have been b...
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
May 24th, 2022
Ezekiel ended his prophecy after forty-eight chapters with a four-word state-ment: The LORD is there (Ezekiel 48:35). The prophet made a declarative statement. The LORD is there. The divi...
Thursday, May 19, 2022
May 19th, 2022
In Daniel 9, we read the great prayer of confession that Daniel prayed on behalf of the people of Israel. In this prayer, the prophet acknowledged Israel’s sinfulness and rebellion against...
Monday, May 16, 2022
May 16th, 2022
Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament. He was one of the minor prophets with a book that spans only four chapters. In Malachi 3, the prophet spoke about the Lord God returning to H...
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
May 11th, 2022
Haggai was an Old Testament prophet. His prophecy spans only two chapters and can be read in its entirety in probably five to ten minutes. He is one of the Bible’s minor prophets. Not mi...
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
April 26th, 2022
The story of Jesus and Zacchaeus is one of the more engaging ones in Scripture. You may remember in Luke 19 when Jesus entered Jericho and met Zacchaeus. Luke tells us four things about t...
Monday, April 25, 2022
April 25th, 2022
Things left undone can be bothersome and worrisome. They can haunt us and follow us. Deadlines, appointments, work and obligations can linger and cast a huge shadow. In Luke 18, Jesus ...
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
April 20th, 2022
Mephibosheth is one of the Bible names and characters that we can easily run past or even forget about altogether. His name is both big and a bit odd. Not many new born babies today are na...
Monday, March 7, 2022
March 7th, 2022
“One thing you lack.” Those four words can sound rather haunting or biting. When we first hear those words, they can easily rub us the wrong way and leave us feeling angry or seething. But c...
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
March 1st, 2022
Each day we likely have opportunities to trust God in some way. We may not always recognize these opportunities. Sometimes God may be hidden or hard to see. But there He is. He is in...
Thursday, February 3, 2022
February 3rd, 2022
Moses is a huge figure in Israel’s history. He led the people on an Exodus out of Egypt. He guided the people through the wilderness to the edge of the Promised Land that God had chosen ...
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