02.03.20 – 02.09.20

Readings Isaiah 58:1-12  •  Psalm 112  •  1 Corinthians 2  •  Matthew 5:13-20 Context Isaiah 58:1-12 Isaiah 56-66 is often referred to as ‘Third Isaiah’ as it focuses on the Israelites as they return to the promised land following the exile.  The first section is basically the rebuke and warnings to the Israelites, the second emphasizes the work of God andContinue reading “02.03.20 – 02.09.20”

01.27.20 to 02.02.20

Readings Micah 6:1-8  •  Psalm 15  •  1 Corinthians 1:18-31  •  Matthew 5:1-12 Context Micah 6:1-8 Micah is a prophet speaking largely to the area of Samaria (Northern Kingdom) shortly before it falls to the Assyrians (the conquering of the Southern Kingdom, Judah which includes Jerusalem, will fall to the Babylonians next).  Micah’s message accompanies the messages of Isaiah and JeremiahContinue reading “01.27.20 to 02.02.20”

01.20.20 – 01.26.20

Week of 01.20.20 – 01.26.20 Readings Isaiah 9:1-4  •  Psalm 27:1, 4-9  •  1 Corinthians 1:10-18  •  Matthew 4:12-23 Context Isaiah 9:1-4 As we move back in the book of Isaiah, before the exile has happened, we return to the initial calls from Isaiah on the people to return to God.  In the previous chapter (chapter eight) Isaiah has outlined theContinue reading “01.20.20 – 01.26.20”

01.13.20 – 01.19.20

Readings Isaiah 49:1-7  •  Psalm 40:1-11  •  1 Corinthians 1:1-9  •  John 1:29-42 Primer Isaiah 49:1-7 As we witnessed last week in Isaiah’s prophecies, Isaiah is addressing a people who have been completely traumatized and placed into their new reality.  While they had ignored God’s instruction through his prophets for decades, now they are experiencing the fruit of their choice toContinue reading “01.13.20 – 01.19.20”