Joshua 3-5, Psalm 73, Mark 1:9-20, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31  Joshua 3-5: More stunning events in the story of the Book of Joshua. God determines to exalt Joshua in the eyes of Israel (3:7), that they would honor him as they had Moses, and does so by performing—through Joshua’s instructions—an astonishing miracle. The ark of the Lord will stand…

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Exodus 30-31; Psalm 34; Matthew 14:22-36; Acts  20:13-38  Exodus 30-31: These last two chapters before the infamous golden calf end with the delivery of two stone tablets to Moses (31:18). God describes how the tent of meeting is to be organized and gives instructions for the Day of Atonement (Ex. 30), a day whose fulfillment…

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Exodus 27-29; Psalm 33; Matthew 14:1-21; Acts 20:1-12  Exodus 27-29:  These kind of details seem only interesting to those who love drawing pictures of bygone ceremonies with precise detail. It is hard (at first glance) to establish the relevance of these matters. Why are they here? What do they say to us today, to a people…

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John 20:19-23, Revelation 19, Job 40, Zechariah 1-5 Revelation 19: Having described the great Babylon – the military and economic powers ranged against God and his people – and its fall, John now turns to describe the final judgment, this time in terms of a great last battle. The first part of chapter 19 describes the song of…

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John 20:10-18, Revelation 18, Job 39, Haggai 1-2 Revelation 18: We are still in the section when John is describing Babylon. Babylon is symbolic of the military and economic might, of the Roman Empire and other nations in rebellion against God. Babylon is opposed to the work of Christ and to his people, killing God’s prophets and people:…

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John 20:1-9, Revelation 17, Job 38:22-41, Zephaniah 3 Revelation 17: We now to the part of Revelation where John’s revelation describes three different ways that the end will come. The first, from Revelation 17 to 19, describes Babylon. The way John describes Babylon, as a beautiful woman who is drunk with the blood of the martyrs (17:6) and…

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Hosea 4-6, Job 24, John 14:15-21, Revelation 1:9-20 Revelation 1:9-20: For an introduction to the Book of Revelation as a whole, see the previous devotional on the first part of chapter 1. Here we begin to get into the content of the book proper, and we are entering into the substance of John’s vision. Note, the five parts…

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Isaiah 42-43, Proverbs 26:1-16, Luke 23:26-31, Hebrews 9:11-28 Hebrews 9:11-28: Now in this section the author of Hebrews outlines, at some length, not only the differences between the old covenant and the new covenant, but the great superiority of the new. It is here that Christ – fulfilling all that was promised in the Old Testament – sacrifices…

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Isaiah 37-39, Proverbs 25:1-14, Luke 23:1-12, Hebrews 8:7-13 Hebrews 8:7-13: Now the author of Hebrews describes the new covenant that has come in the person of Christ, the new covenant that God has now established. This new covenant will: Give an increased desire to obey God’s law: I will put my laws in their minds and write them…

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Isaiah 34-36, Proverbs 24:23-34, Luke 22:63-71, Hebrews 8:1-6 Hebrews 8:1-6: Now the author of Hebrews is coming closer to establish the reason for this extended exhortation regarding Jesus being a priest in the line of Melchizedek. The point that he is proving is that following Jesus, and therefore remaining as a Christian and not going back to Judaism,…

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