Month: <span>April 2016</span>

Daniel was so valuable that after Nebuchadnezzar passed, Daniel remained in the court of Belshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar’s son, and Darius, the king of the Medes. While leaders of the empire changed,…

Commentary Daniel Old Testament

The situation of Daniel and friends exemplifies God’s jealousy for glory in the life of the exiles (Ezra 1:1-4; 6:1-22; Nehemiah 4; Esther 7-10). Daniel, who was given the Chaldean…

Commentary Daniel Old Testament

Ezekiel prophesied about Jerusalem to those who had already been taken from Jerusalem, exiled to Babylon. Why would God have the prophet speak words and perform symbolic acts in Ezekiel…

Commentary Ezekiel Old Testament

The final chapters of Ezekiel bridge Exodus and Revelation, stitching the Old and New Testaments together. Ezekiel’s vision of restoration in Ezekiel 40-48 establishes a grid for understanding the storyline…

Commentary Ezekiel Old Testament

Ezekiel exhorted the exiles to acknowledge that—just as God was the cause of their captivity—He was also the hope of their restoration. Ezekiel 33-48 sounds this theme. The word of…

Commentary Ezekiel Old Testament

Ezekiel warned and encouraged the exiles living in the land of the Chaldeans. These exiles had received the grace of God in a special way; their friends and family who…

Commentary Ezekiel Old Testament

Ezekiel was terrified by the visions he received concerning the destruction of Jerusalem. In Ezekiel 6-11, the prophet was forced to endure visions of the Lord’s glory exiting Jerusalem and…

Commentary Ezekiel Old Testament

While Jeremiah prophesied to the exiles in Babylon (Jer 24:1-14), Ezekiel described how the exile affected God’s plans for His people in Jerusalem. Ezekiel was called to be a watchman…

Commentary Ezekiel Old Testament

The book of Lamentations is composed of four acrostic poems. Jeremiah used each letter of the Hebrew alphabet as the start of a verse, four times over. He followed these…

Commentary Lamentations Old Testament

These chapters record Jeremiah’s experiences following the fall of Jerusalem. The sympathetic reader hopes for the prophet’s final days to be brighter than the former, but the rebellion of the…

Commentary Jeremiah Old Testament