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TODAY’S READING: Genesis 25–26 Abraham took a third wife named Keturah. Since 1 Chronicles 1:32–33 calls Keturah a concubine, some rabbinical commentators think she is the same person as Hagar. The connection is unlikely as her sons are listed in the text as Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah, while Hagar’s son is listed…

TODAY’S READING: Genesis 22–24 Historians estimate that the Pythagorean theorem[1] was discovered around 1900 B.C., concurrent with the life of Abraham. It’s almost as if God is helping us see that (His blessings on His children)2 + (His Spirit)2 = (His glory among all peoples)2. Sarah dies and Abraham the Iraqi haggles with Ephron the…

TODAY’S READING: Genesis 19–21 God will destroy what is wicked (Gen. 19:13, 14). God will consume and punish (v. 15). God will rain fire and brimstone on the earth (v. 24). God will turn disobedient housewives into a pillar of salt (v. 26). And God will do this even when men in all of our…

TODAY’S READING: Genesis 16–18 Though much has been made of Sarah’s haste in pushing Hagar on Abraham, not much has been made of the reality that Hagar was Egyptian. Thus, Abraham’s first son (by Sarah’s choice) was half “foreigner.” Perhaps this is why God called Sarah “mother of nations, kings of peoples” (Gen. 17:16), for…

TODAY’S READING: Genesis 13–15 It’s a dizzying, crowded, and technologically booming time. Drains, sewers, and pottery are being developed in Crete. Egypt launches a postal system. Babylon is using soap, and cities are flourishing in Lebanon, so it’s timely to have soap on the scene. A confusing array of tribes, peoples, and places (Shinar, Ellasar,…

TODAY’S READING: Job 38–42 The book of Job culminates as it started: God is so much bigger than any of us individually and God will be inclusively worshiped by every people group on earth. God refuses to be limited to my individual understanding of Him. God refuses to be limited to my individual preferences about…

TODAY’S READING: Job 35–37 Elihu, being half-right about God, had God horribly wrong. Elihu intoned that God is great (true) and that we do not know Him (false) in Job 36:26. Elihu said that God is awesome in majesty (true) and that we cannot find Him (false) in Job 37:22–23. No Christian and no missionary…

TODAY’S READING: Job 32–34 An intriguing if mysterious figure enters the story of Job, a young man, Elihu, whose name intriguingly means “My God is He.” Just as intriguingly, the Buzites were most likely from Northern Arabia,[1] a land described as full of snakes and scorpions.[2] Elihu is a rather smug little lad whose scholarship…

TODAY’S READING: Job 29–31 Job, battling against the prevailing wisdom of his time and his own fears, has inklings that there must be more. He frets about the passing of time. The inexorable march toward death scares him as it does so many of us who claim we believe in eternal life. More terrifyingly, life…

TODAY’S READING: Job 25–28 The wisdom of the day in the time of Job was pretty pessimistic concerning the ability of man to interact with or understand God. Bildad bluntly calls man a maggot and, intriguingly, “the son of man” he terms a worm (Job 25:5-6). Ancient wisdom considered life after death to be a…

TODAY’S READING: Job 21–24 All cultures and all peoples share the common idea of a day of reckoning. All cultures eventually decline, and all societies have some type of prophecy, mythology, theology, or belief of an end to the world as it’s known. Frustration with the wicked thriving in this world (21:9, 17) is universally…

TODAY’S READING: Job 18–20 In Greek mythology, Pluto was the God of the netherworld, ruling below the earth. In Ugaritic myths Mot was the god of death, the king of terrors that Bildad references in Job18:14. All peoples are terrified of hell, and all peoples dream of the milk and honey of paradise (Job 20:17)….

TODAY’S READING: Job 13–17 The gospel is hard to contain. The gospel was not designed to be held within one nation, one people, or one person. The gospel has this bursting, spreading, growing attribute intrinsic to its essence. God designed the gospel to be borderless, unrestrained by either the problems or prejudices of man. The…

TODAY’S READING: Job 9-12 Zophar seems harsh to us as he tells Job that God has given him “less than [his] iniquity deserves” (Job 11:6). Ancient wisdom had a cut and dried view of good and bad. If good things happened to you, you deserved them because you were good. If bad things happened to…

TODAY’S READING: Job 5–8 I am often amused by those who underline in their Bible or quote authoritatively expressions from Job’s friends. Certainly, there is truth in their harangues, but it is twisted truth. Wisdom requires us to exegete context and even pre-suppositional logic. The same is true for our approach to the Scriptures broadly….

TODAY’S READING: Job 1–4 Job is thought by most scholars to be a contemporary of Abraham or possibly to have lived shortly after Abraham. Like Abraham, Job’s wealth was based on accumulated animals and Job worshiped God directly without the intermediary of a priest. Uz is an uncertain location, but most likely located in Edom,…

TODAY’S READING: Genesis 10–12 God intentionally makes the different languages and cultures and races of the earth (10:31, 11:9), and God intentionally places these peoples in specific and spread out locations. In this period (Early Bronze Age, around 3000 B.C.), we have record of peoples settling as far away as Spain (Tarshish in 10:4). In Erech,…

TODAY’S READING: Genesis 8-11 The flood was universal. ALL the high hills under the whole heaven were covered (Gen. 7:19). ALL flesh died (7:21). ALL in whose nostrils was the breath of life…died. We have flood stories from the time of Ammisaduqa (King of Babylon, 1646-1626 B.C.). In that story, the Mesopotamian gods destroy humans…

TODAY’S READING: Genesis 4-7 The Genesis record is a historical one; salvation history unfolds in the context of the whole earth and all the nations. Eve knows there is a problem. She understands a divine answer will come from her seed, and so she says in Genesis 4:1, literally, “I have brought forth a man,…

TODAY’S READING: Genesis 1–3 God is a missionary God, and the Bible is a missionary book. From Genesis to Revelation the Bible presents God’s goal: representatives of every tribe, tongue, people, and nation glorifying Him, enjoying Him forever. Missions is not a theme introduced in the New Testament, it is THE unifying theme of the…

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