Monday, November 30, 2009

Isaiah 53:1-6

The opening question of this passage implies that without divine revelation, it would be impossible to understand Jesus accurately.

The next four verses describe Jesus' low status.

The last two verses explain the theological significance of his sacrifice.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

End of Chapter 52

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on Isaiah 52:13-15
John Wesley's Explanatory Notes, same passage

The phrase which stands out most to me is v. 14b: "his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man"

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Outline of Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Outline of Isaiah 52:13-53:12

  1. Servant Lifted Up
  2. Servant Disfigured Beyond Recognition
  3. Tender Shoot
  4. Man of Sorrows
  5. Burdened with Iniquities
  6. No Descendants
  7. Innocent Intercessor

Friday, November 27, 2009

2 Chronicles 35

Josiah was a fervent follower of the Lord, but he didn't listen to wise counsel and got killed in battle.

Sometimes even the most faithful are foolish.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


I'm grateful for people in my life who―like Josiah to the people of Judah―set a godly example and helped steer me in the right direction.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


In 23:1-3, Josiah leaves nothing unclear.

National elders come together and listen to the Law.

This becomes their charge.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Josiah, Age 25

Funny that the first 17 years of Josiah's reign aren't described in any detail.

It's a bit like how we know nearly nothing about Jesus' childhood.

Anyway, once Josiah learns of the Lord's law, he kicks right into gear.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Josiah's Reign Established

Josiah's father, Amon, was wicked. He was assasinated at age 24.

But Josiah, only 8 years old, had a faithful mother. The young kings' mothers are all given prominent mention.

Without Jedidah, Josiah wouldn't have had the influence necessary to grow into a faithful king.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Josiah's Mission Predicted

I didn't realize that Josiah's name and passion for following the Lord were predicted in advance.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Josiah, Good King of Judah

Josiah's name appears in 56 verses.

He was one of the greatest kings in Judah's history.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Last Prayers

In Revelation, prayers are symbolized by incense.

Time to stop writing about prayer and do it more.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Pray At All Times

Wow. I wouldn't have been praying with thanksgiving if I'd been thrown in a nasty dungeon.

What am I missing that Paul and Sials had?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Between the Lord's Supper and Arrest

  1. Right after singing a song, the disciples left the room where they celebrated Passover
  2. Jesus quotes scripture
  3. He anticipates his betrayal and abandonment
  4. Peter argues with Jesus
  5. Jesus attempts to correct Peter
  6. Peter still argues
  7. How often do we argue with God?
  8. All the other disciples agreed with Peter. I've never noticed this detail before.
  9. Jesus went to a private garden to prepare in prayer
  10. Where and when do I pray? What are my habits?
  11. Jesus admits to James and John and Peter that he's depressed
  12. He asks his friends to stay near him
  13. Even Jesus desired companionship when his life was nearing its end
  14. Jesus was not a loner, even though he appears introverted on occasion
  15. Jesus catches his friends sleeping
  16. Jesus tells them to pray to "stay out of temptation"
  17. When's the last time I prayed to "stay out of temptation?"
  18. Jesus acknowledges his willingness to do anything God expects
  19. What am I unwilling to do?
  20. Jesus' friends fall asleep a second and third time
  21. Jesus announces the arrivalof his betrayer to his followers

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Lord's Prayer

My favorite analysis of Jesus' prayer is ACTS:


Monday, November 16, 2009

First New Testament Prayer

In Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, he fixes a misconception.

Prayer is for our enemies, too, not only our friends.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Jonah's Selfish Prayer

We find Jonah complaining to the Lord in prayer after seeing the Ninevites forgiven.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Daniel's Habit

I find Daniel's unwillingness to pray privately in Daniel 6 fascinating.

He knew he'd be thrown to the lions.

But he stuck to his regular habit of praying in front of his windows anyway.

I wonder if he was really several steps ahead of his adversaries and sensed that his God would save him from the lions.

This is one of the best reminders in the Bible that prayer really does make a difference.

Friday, November 13, 2009

When Not to Pray

In Jeremiah 7, we find that the Lord tells the prophet not to pray for the people.

There comes a time that even sincere prayer to God will fall on deaf ears.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Hezekiah's Powerful Prayer

In Isaiah 37, we learn that Hezekiah's humble prayer led directly to the defeat of the Assyrian army.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sacrifice v. Prayer

In Proverbs 15:8, we learn that God would prefer words of prayer from "the upright" than gifts from "the wicked."

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Psalm 109

David asks his enemy's prayers to "condemn him."

This is a surprising spiritual request.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Job's Prayer

Why is Job's prayer immediately followed by a description of his reinstated wealth?

There is not a one-to-one correspondence between sincere prayer and wealth.

The text connects Job's prayer to the sins of his friends, not his wealth.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Nehemiah, Man of Prayer

Whenever Nehemiah faces a challenge, the first thing he does is pray.

He sets a great example.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Ezra's Prayer

Ezra prayed a community prayer of confession.

Sometimes a leader prays publicly over a group's sins to make things right.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Elisha's Prayers

Elisha prays and his allies see God's spiritual troops.

He prays again and enemy troops are blinded.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Elijah's 2 Prayers

Prayer 1: Burn up this soaking sacrifice
Prayer 2: Let me die. I'm no better than my ancestors

Prayer 2 doesn't appear to follow logically after God answers Prayer 1 so spectacularly.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Jeroboam, the Man of God, and the Prophet of Bethel

Jeroboam sinned by allowing anyone to become his priest.

A man of God prophesied against Jeroboam.

Jeroboam asked the man of God to pray for him, so God would forgive his sin.

Curiously, an old prophet called the man of God back into town against God's explicit directions. The prophet lied to the Man of God, and as a result, the Man of God was killed by a lion.

Afterwards, the prophet retrieved the man of God's body and buried him in Bethel.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Solomon's Prayer for the Temple

King Solomon prayed special blessings on the Temple, particularly that the Lord would pay special attention to requests directed toward the temple.

This is meta-prayer, a prayer about the efficacy of future prayers meeting a given set of criteria.

Monday, November 2, 2009

King David's Courageous Prayer

David says that it sometimes requires courage to pray to the Lord.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sin of Omission

Samuel explains that if he didn't pray for the people, he would be sinning "against the Lord."