Jews

King Herod and the Wise Men

Between Malachi and Matthew: Greedy, Obsessed People, Far from God, Vie for Power

When last we left the Hebrew people, they were enjoying 100 years of independence from any Gentile nation as the Hasmonean Dynasty. Why only 100 years? Where was God all this time? Today, we conclude the story with various people — both men and women — vying for power, and not caring who they crush …

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1 Chronicles

1 Chronicles 1-2: The Importance of Lineage From Adam to Jesus Messiah (Part 1)

Several years ago, I dug into my family’s ancestry. I knew one of my mom’s cousins was a well-known Socialist revolutionary in Spain. For some reason, she was proud of him. Yet, on my dad’s side, I discovered my great great grandfather helped to abolish slavery in Puerto Rico! Now, that’s something to brag about! …

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Nehemiah 5-8: Don’t Be Sad! The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength!

The rubble of the destroyed City of Jerusalem’s wall represented failure, sin, disobedience, and judgment. The repaired wall symbolized hope, a future, life, power, a real city, more people and a threat to the enemies. Enthusiasm led to hard work, which led to tired, dejected people. However, hearing the Word of God changes things. Seek the truth…

Ezra 1-3: God Sends the People to Reclaim, Restore, and Rebuild the Temple

The books of Ezra and Nehemiah are the stories of the restoration of God’s temple in Jerusalem and the city itself. It’s c. 538 BC, the Babylonians who captured the Jews and brought them to Babylon were gone. The Medes and Persians ruled by King Cyrus are in power. It’s time for God’s promise to the Jews of renewal and reconstruction to be fulfilled. Seek the truth…

Esther 3-4: God’s Providence Calls for Courage For Such a Time as This

or such a time as this. That’s a phrase that is often quoted when a person is in the right place at the right time, with proper authority, ability, skill, or wherewithal to do something positive. It could be to fix what is broken, to correct a wrong, or to bring an important issue to a leader. That’s the situation in which we find Queen Esther in these next 2 chapters. Seek the truth…

Esther 1-2: A Courageous Story of Providence: A Jewish Girl Becomes Queen

Providence. Esther was a “fish out of water”. This historical account takes place in 438 BC. That’s over 100 years since the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem and took all the Jews away. Since then, some went back to start rebuilding — we’ll get to those stories in Ezra and Nehemiah next — however, many stayed. This is where our story starts. Seek the truth…

Mark 13: Future Shock! The Apocalypse of Jesus Happening Now! Be Alert!

Spoiler Alert! Usually that means that a key pivotal point in a story will be revealed. If you don’t want to know, don’t listen. Jesus, however, in His Mercy, gives us a clue as to what’s going to happen in the future, the end times, the last days. The word “Apocalypse” comes from the Greek apokalupsis, which means to “uncover” or “reveal”. Hence, God gave us the Book of Revelation. Mark 13 actually ties Revelation with the Old Testament prophecies. Seek the truth…