I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s worth mentioning again before we consider our passage for today. There are basically two major approaches to understanding the Bible, Reader response and authorial intent. Reader response is the perspective that it really doesn’t matter anymore what the author originally intended to communicate. What matters to me the reader is how I choose to interpret the meaning. From the perspective of reader response If you and I read the exact same passage, I may understand it to mean one thing, and you’ve reached a contradi...
In Habakkuk 1 we see the prophet initiating a conversation with Yahweh the living God. God responds to Habakkuk, and now in chapter 1:12 it’s Habakkuk’s turn in the conversational tennis match between them.
Verse twelve starts Habakkuk’s response after God told him He was about to judge the Southern Kingdom using the powerful Chaldeans.
12 Are You not from everlasting,
O Lord my God, my Holy One?
We shall not die.
O Lord, You have appointed them for judgment;
O Rock, You have ...
I have a great amount of respect for the individuals that read the entire Bible in a year. I know some people who have successfully completed a year-long trek through the Bible, they then start again at the beginning of the year confident they will once again complete the journey. I’ve started many times over the years, but to be honest I’m not sure I’ve ever made it all the way through. There are many different plans you can follow to help you accomplish this ambitious undertaking. Probably the most popular plan is to read in the Old Testament, maybe the Psalms, ...
If you want to get the most out of this article I suggest you read it with your Bible open to the chapters I reference. Let’s talk about a particular verse in the book of Matthew. It’s a popular verse amongst believers I’ve quoted many times over the almost four decades I’ve been a believer. You will immediately recognize it when you see it. There’s a good chance you know it by heart and have quoted it lots of times yourself. However, I want to challenge both you and myself. Have we misunderstood this verse? Have we pulled it out of context and thereby skewed ...
Habakkuk 1:5-11 details Yahweh’s response to the prophet’s sincere question, God, why are you allowing all this evil to continue? In Chapter one verse five God tells Habakkuk, Oh, you don’t think I’m doing anything? Watch and see what I am doing, it will astound you! God goes on to explain He is raising up a nation called the Chaldeans to judge Israel.
The modern-day reader should know that the Chaldeans and the Babylonians are the same people group. Consider the following excerpt from the Faith Life Study Bible.
The Chaldeans - The ...
I became a believer in Jesus Christ in September 1981. I have never really been interested in Bible prophecy. Looking back on it, one reason is the conclusions people were drawing seemed highly subjective. You’d hear one person give their opinion, then someone else would declare a completely different meaning of the same passage of scripture. Also, a significant amount of their explanations was the attempt to assign modern day explanations to the prophetic symbolism, which no one really agreed upon. I quickly concluded there was no decisive way to understand prophe...
The book of Habakkuk was penned around 605 B.C. a mere nineteen years before the Southern Kingdom of Judah was carried away into Babylonian captivity. This short (only three chapters) book chronicles a dialog between the prophet Habakkuk and God.
I’m sure there are many ways to outline the book, but I’ve chosen a simple one.
I. Habakkuk says to God (1:1 - 4)
II. God says to Habakkuk (1:5 - 11)
III. Habakkuk says to God (1:12 - 17)
IV. God says to Habakkuk (2:2 - 20)
V. Habakkuk says to God (chap. 3)
Although the above outline may not ...
For this study, you will find it helpful to read the whole chapter of Luke 24. The passage we will look at is Luke 24:12-32.
Have you ever wondered why the two on the road to Emmaus did not recognize Jesus as He walked and talked with Him? Why would Jesus conceal His identity? Before we attempt to answer the question it is important to remember that Jesus was very intentional about everything He did. All words and actions from Jesus had a specific purpose and accomplished a specific goal. Furthermore, every detail the Bible gives should be considered because it ...
Writing the weekly devotional post for my church has been an incredible experience. It has challenged me in ways that quite frankly I was not expecting. I think it has caused me to grow as a believer, a student of the Bible, and as a writer. I truly have no idea what kind of readership the posts have, beyond the occasional comment left, which I greatly appreciate by the way. Even if I only have three or four readers, I am determined to keep writing. My prayer is the posts help you - encourage you toward the joy of experiencing God’s Most Holy Word regularly.
There are those people in the Bible with whom most people are very familiar. For example, consider the question, who were the two people eating the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden? Even people who have never read the Bible can tell you, Adam and Eve. We know names and stories of Noah, Abraham, King David, King Solomon, Balaam, and his talking donkey, and on and on.
However, there exists a plethora of names in both the Old and New Testaments that hardly get a passing glance even though the devoted Christian may read through his Bible every year. For instance, ...