Zechariah 5-8

Interesting. Okay. So these chapters are further encouragement to Israel regarding their restoration, promising judgment on their enemies, and compelling them to be better than their fathers. I didn’t find much to really hang on to here, to be honest, but there’s one thing about chapter 6 that got my attention. There are four chariots: … Read more

Zechariah 1-4

“And many nations shall join themselves to the Lord.” It was never just about Israel. I’m not sure there is a passage in the Bible to suggest that Israel ever understood that, ever acted like a nation of priests out to welcome and convert the nations of the world. Was there a single period in … Read more


It’s such a short book about a prophet calling the people to rebuild the temple and reconsecrate the people of Israel. People say it isn’t time to rebuild, but you seem to be quite comfortable in your house, why can’t you rebuild mine? You know nothing is going to grow well until you do, right? … Read more

Daniel 10-12

Prophecy is weird, man, but I gotta say, I think our reactions to it over time have become even weirder. So I grew up with this idea that the second half of Daniel was some big end times prophecy, and to be honest I’ve only skimmed it until now because it’s weird and difficult to … Read more

Daniel 7-9

Can I just say I’m really glad Daniel was bothered by his visions on account of not understanding them? Because I really don’t understand them at all. There are a lot of smart people out there with all sorts of explanations of what the visions might mean. Everything from recorded history that was still in … Read more

Daniel 1-3

There isn’t a whole lot to say about these chapters that hasn’t been said. I do feel that I have to comment on the diet Daniel and the others insist on following. I don’t think it’s a statement in favor of vegetarianism or anything like that. I believe it’s a matter of faith. They refused … Read more


I’ll be honest. Joel is one of those books that I’m not entirely sure what to do with. It’s a prophecy a lot like every other prophecy we have on record. There’s just one thing that stands out: the promise of the Holy Spirit. Eventually, Joel promises, the Spirit will be poured out on everyone. … Read more

Inadvertent Hiatus

I had no intention of taking a break from this blog between the Christmas season and the end of Easter. However, apparently it was necessary. I’m not entirely sure how I managed to keep it up during Christmas, to be honest, but I did. Once we were through that season, however, I found myself utterly … Read more

Esther 6-10

I love the story of Esther. It’s very cinematic. It is, quite simply, a good story. The king is a bit of a cliche. His reactions are so extreme to everything. He either completely distances himself from any decision, simply ordering his advisors to do as they please, or he’s quite dramatic. Haman gets truly … Read more