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The tone from God changes, starting in this chapter; and hope blooms on the horizon.

...continue reading "Hosea 11 (Israel and All of Us)"

God's making a final attempt to sway Israel's heart back to Him. He's given them the metaphor of the prophet and his unfaithful wife; and He has shown them "in court" their indictment and verdict. Now comes the response from the people.

...continue reading "Hosea 6 (Israel and Judah)"

Hosea has a wife and three kids that all tell the tales of an Israel who has forsaken God and God has disowned, while still giving His longsuffering hope for the future.

...continue reading "Hosea 2 (Israel)"

Chapter 29-31 are listed along with II Kings 18 and Psalm 48 in the Blue Letter Bible chronological list. In other lists I see II kings 18-20 included and Isaiah 36, so I'm curious how it's all going to fit together; but I have read that there are some questions about the chronology of Hezekiah's events.

...continue reading "II Chronicles 29 (Judah)"

Buckle up. We've concluded the section on the oracles of the nations. Now we're heading into a new set of chapters, 24-27. Just to give the sense of it, here the section heading in my Ryrie Study Bible: THE FUTURE TRIBULATION AND KINGDOM (ISAIAH'S APOCALYPSE). That's quite a title. Isaiah's Apocalypse sounds like the title to a horror film. Previously, I might have been tempted to skim this section very quickly. But I've learned that, even though these times are often filled with horror, they are actually a time of Hope. God drawing every last soul who will choose Him.

...continue reading "Isaiah 24, 25, 26, and 27"

We just finished a bit of a deep dive into King Ahaz in Judah, now the Blue Letter Bible Bible Chronological reading list is having us read about King Hoshea in Israel before we return to Isaiah.

...continue reading "II Kings 17 (Israel)"