Through the Bible Week 34, Jeremiah 30 – 50


As Jeremiah was constantly receiving doom and gloom to pronounce on the Kingdom of Judah, you can imagine his heart sank deeper and deeper into despair. In fact, as he was receiving these proclamations from God and delivering them to the people, he was also writing the Lamentations. You can hear his heart breaking in those passages. But, God also gave to Jeremiah an uplifting prophecy as well. He promised that after all the calamity that would fall on Israel, God would one day bring His people back and set up the perfect Kingdom. In one such place, he says this:

Jeremiah 31:23–26 (NKJV) — 23 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “They shall again use this speech in the land of Judah and in its cities, when I bring back their captivity: ‘The LORD bless you, O home of justice, and mountain of holiness!’ 24 And there shall dwell in Judah itself, and in all its cities together, farmers and those going out with flocks. 25 For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.” 26 After this I awoke and looked around, and my sleep was sweet to me.

When the people return in that final gathering to the glorious Kingdom, they will use the words “The Lord bless you, O home of justice, and mountain of holiness!” This will be because Jesus himself will reign from Jerusalem. He will bless all ad He will proclaim and bring forth justice. His temple mount will be a mountain of holiness. This so encouraged Jeremiah that Jeremiah says his sleep was sweet to him. It was probably the first time in a long time that Jeremiah had sweet sleep.

For us, the born again, this should not just define the future, but should define us right now. We are blessed of the Lord. Because of that, we should be pillars of justice. We should be pillars of righteousness. Each of us should be a mountain of holiness. Paul, in writing to the Thessalonians who were waiting for the glorious Kingdom to come, writes to them about this holiness.

1 Thessalonians 3:11–13 (NKJV) — 11 Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you. 12 And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, 13 so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.

Holiness comes by following the direction of God. It is the fruit of love. Love is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. We receive love from God and grow in it. Love is the ultimate manifestation of holiness. With love, and only with love, can our hearts be established as blameless and holy before God. Let us love one another.

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – Jeremiah 51-52
  2. Day 2 – Lamentations 1-2
  3. Day 3 – Lamentations 3-5
  4. Day 4 – Ezekiel 1-4
  5. Day 5 – Ezekiel 5-8
  6. Day 6 – Ezekiel 9-12
  7. Day 7 – Ezekiel 13-15

Through the Bible Week 33, Jeremiah 4 – 29


Jeremiah was one of those prophets brought along to declare the coming judgment of the Lord upon Israel. Hs specific ministry was to the Kingdom of Judah and was centered around Jerusalem. He received many warnings over many years for the people of Judah to turn away from their evil ways and return to the Lord. Of course, the people didn’t listen. People rarely listen to what is right and what is good for them. When the people refused, God declared that they were cursing themselves. In one such place, God gets to the heart of a man. Here He is speaking to each person individually and it would be good for each of us to heed His words.

Jeremiah 17:5–6 (NKJV) — 5 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD. 6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited.

God says we are cursed when we put our trust in a man or think that anything in the flesh is our strength. Our hearts will depart from the Lord and we will be like a plant in the desert. A plant in the desert has very limited water and when the scorching sun comes, the plant is parched and dries up. So it is with us when our trust in not in the Lord. We are drinking from a dry source when we put our trust in flesh.

God declared a lot of curses upon Israel at this time. Yet, God never seems to give them a curse without following it with a blessing. God immediately follows that curse for a person who trusts in the flesh with a blessing if that person trusts in the Lord.

Jeremiah 17:7–8 (NKJV) — 7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

For the person who puts their trust in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord, that person won’t be like a plant in the desert. He will be like a tree planted by the waters. We have a perfect source of water to pull from. No matter what scorching heat may come, we will not dry up. We will stay green and fruitful. We will not worry no matter what comes at us. The Lord is the perfect source.

Psalm 1:1–3 (NKJV) — 1 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.

Put all of your faith and hope in the Lord. Put none in yourself or any other person. If you put your faith and hope in the Lord, you will not wither and you will bring forth good fruit no matter what the circumstances.

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – Jeremiah 30-31
  2. Day 2 – Jeremiah 32-34
  3. Day 3 – Jeremiah 35-37
  4. Day 4 – Jeremiah 38-41
  5. Day 5 – Jeremiah 42-45
  6. Day 6 – Jeremiah 46-48
  7. Day 7- Jeremiah 49-50

Through the Bible Week 32, Isaiah 42 – Jeremiah 3


Isaiah 58:6–7 (NKJV) — 6 “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh?”

There are lots of things people do trying to look holy. We go to church, we dress just right, we make sure people see us giving tithes. But, what does God require for someone to be holy? What does God look at? I can tell you, He definitely doesn’t look at all these outward personal shows of holiness.

God was speaking through the prophet Isaiah during Israel’s great backsliding prior to their captivity in Babylon. The people were trying to look holy for God, but were sinning, worshipping false gods,  and treating each other very badly. One of the ways they tried to look holy for God and others was to fast. They would put on their best fasting clothes (sackcloth and ashes) and would look forlorn and ill. They would cry out and wail in long prayers. The main problem with this is that it was all show. They weren’t doing it for God, they were doing it for themselves and for others to see how holy they were. Jesus even speaks of this.

Matthew 6:16–18 (NKJV) — 16 “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

God doesn’t care about these outward shows. God cares about the heart. Jesus says to fast in a way that only God knows you are fasting. That way, you know you aren’t seeking praise from men. But God, in Isaiah 58, really gets to the heart of the matter. Fasts are great and all, but that is not what God is after. God wants righteousness and love. God is righteousness and love and that is what He wants from those who follow Him. Let’s look at the fast God says He really wants in Isaiah 58. It is not a fast of denying oneself, but a fast of righteousness and love.

  1. Righteousness: To loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke – If we want to be holy, the first thing God wants is righteousness. God wants us to lift the burden of wickedness off of other people. He wants us to stop sinning against others. He wants us to share the gospel and the peace and the freedom from sin that can only be found in Jesus. John 8:36 (NKJV) — 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
  2. Love: Share your bread with the hungry, bring to your house the poor who are cast out, cover the naked, don’t hide from your brethren in need – If we want to show holiness, the second thing God wants is love. If we truly love others, we will give to them and deny ourselves. God wants us to take care of each other when we are in need. Yet, even in the Church, we often do everything in selfishness and to be self serving. Jesus opens this up by saying we should love even our enemies. Matthew 5:43–44 (NKJV) — 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,”

Jesus sums all this up in one statement.

Matthew 22:37–40 (NKJV) — 37 Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

If we do these things, then we will be perfect just as our Father in heaven is perfect (Matt 5:48).

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – Jeremiah 4-6
  2. Day 2 – Jeremiah 7-9
  3. Day 3 – Jeremiah 10-13
  4. Day 4 – Jeremiah 14-17
  5. Day 5 – Jeremiah 18-22
  6. Day 6 – Jeremiah 23-25
  7. Day 7 – Jeremiah 26-29

Through the Bible Week 31, Isaiah 9 – 41


Isaiah 9:6–7 (NKJV) — 6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

This passage is right smack in the middle of one of the greatest prophecies ever given. The whole book of Isaiah opens up the promise of Jesus Christ and His salvation. Let’s take a moment to examine what this passage says about Jesus Christ.

  1. For unto us a Child is born – Jesus, the Messiah, would be born. He was born of a virgin named Mary. He wouldn’t just come to the earth as a man to conquer evil, but He came as a baby and grew and was tempted and hurt and knew all the pains we know for the sole purpose of being able to aid us (Heb 2:17-18)
  2. Unto us a son is given – Jesus was born of Mary, but he was given to Joseph. Joseph wasn’t His natural father. Jesus was conceived miraculously in Mary. Therefore he is the Son of God yet given to a man to raise as a son.
  3. And the government will be upon His shoulder – Jesus will reign on the earth at His return. The government of the whole earth will rest upon Him and Him alone.
  4. His name will be called Wonderful – Jesus is awesome and wonderful. His rule will be awesome and wonderful.
  5. His name will be called Counselor – Jesus will be the ultimate source of all wisdom on the earth. His counsel will stand and put to shame all others.
  6. His name will be called Mighty God – It will be known throughout all the earth that the King Jesus Christ in Jerusalem is God.
  7. His name will be called Everlasting Father – Jesus will be known to be in unity with the Father. He is equal with the Father and on the earth speaks for the Father.
  8. His name will be called Prince of Peace – Jesus will usher in a time of complete peace. The passages in this chapter of Isaiah just before and after speak of this peace that will come after an age of war.
  9. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end – Jesus’ government and rule will be the ultimate authority. The whole earth will be His and nothing will be left out.
  10. Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom – Jesus will rule over David and all of Israel. This is the great promise He has made and Israel will be the first nation of all the earth. His rule is to bring justice on the earth and forever more.

We read this verse all the time at Christmas, yet never really look to the future. This passage in Isaiah covers the entire story of Jesus from his birth to eternity as king in the Millennial Kingdom. It speaks of a time when all people on the earth will worship and obey Jesus.

The very last words of this verse sum up the truth what is to come: “The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” Amen, come Lord Jesus.

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – Isaiah 42-44
  2. Day 2 – Isaiah 45-48
  3. Day 3 – Isaiah 49-53
  4. Day 4 – Isaiah 54-58
  5. Day 5 – Isaiah 59-63
  6. Day 6 – Isaiah 64-66
  7. Day 7 – Jeremiah 1-3

Through the Bible Week 30, Proverbs 30 – Isaiah 8


The book of Isaiah starts out with a simple explanation of its contents.

Isaiah 1:1 (NKJV) — 1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

The book is a vision. Isaiah received the vision (or multiple visions) from God. He is speaking to the people of the Kingdom of Judah the words God has given him. The main point: God isn’t happy. Israel and Judah have rebelled against Him. He has called them back again and again, but they refuse. Isaiah pleads with the people. God pleads with the people, but to no avail.

Isaiah is God’s mouthpiece. At this point God begins to declare “woes” on the people. Isaiah understands the people’s  wickedness. He declares the woes on the people for God. I can see him now in his righteous anger, pointing his finger at the wicked people of the nation.

  • Woe to those who sin and don’t hide it (Isa 3:9)
  • Woe to the wicked! (Isa 3:11)
  • Woe to those who mess up the divisions of the land that God gave as an inheritance (Isa 5:8)
  • Woe to those who drink all day (Isa 5:11)
  • Woe to those who haul sin around with them everywhere (Isa 5:18)
  • Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil (Isa 5:20)
  • Woe to those who think they are wise, even more than God (Isa 5:21)
  • Woe to those who are only valiant because they drink (Isa 5:22)

What a list of sins! Isaiah had every right to point his finger. The people were truly wicked and rebellious and deserving of judgment. He was just speaking the words God gave him anyway. We can look around us today and see the same thing. We live in a time where more and more every day, the world calls what is evil good and what is good evil. So what are we to do? Do we do as Isaiah and walk around pointing our fingers and declare the righteous judgment of God? We could.  The Bible does clearly talk about God’s righteous judgment. However, let’s look at what happened to Isaiah.

In chapter 6, Isaiah was given a another vision of the Lord.

Isaiah 6:1–4 (NKJV) — 1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” 4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.

Isaiah had been pointing his finger in righteous indignation at all those sinners. But now, in the presence of the Living God, Isaiah changes his tune.

Isaiah 6:5 (NKJV) — 5 So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.”

Instead of “Woe is you,” Isaiah is crying out “Woe is me!” Woe is me. Isaiah now understands something. Compared to the righteousness of God, we are all unclean and deserving of destruction. We should all be crying out “woe is me!”

I have to imagine that Isaiah’s heart changed. He still had to declare the judgment of God, but now it is probably done in tears and not anger. Even Jesus says we are to have a heart of humility in dealing with others. Jesus dealt with compassion and so must we. In fact, it is only by Jesus that anyone can stand in the presence of God. Isaiah was able to experience this forgiveness.

Isaiah 6:6–7 (NKJV) — 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.”

Isaiah’s sin was purged from him and we also experience the Lord’s forgiveness when we believe and put our faith in Him.

Colossians 2:13 (NKJV) — 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,

Remember this: we are not called to declare woes on people, we are called to declare the mercy of Jesus Christ.

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – Isaiah 9-12
  2. Day 2 – Isaiah 13-17
  3. Day 3 – Isaiah 18-22
  4. Day 4 – Isaiah 23-27
  5. Day 5 – Isaiah 28-30
  6. Day 6 – Isaiah 31-35
  7. Day 7 – Isaiah 36-41

Through the Bible Week 29, Proverbs 10 – Proverbs 29


The Proverbs, mostly spoken by King Solomon, are packed full of wise sayings. We read these sometimes and think, “Wow, that is really simple and really smart.” But then we usually immediately forget them and move on. However, there is a theme we find in scripture that the Proverbs speak to that has served me well in my life. It is good to never forget this.

Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV) — 9 A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.

Proverbs 19:21 (NKJV) — 21 There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the LORD’s counsel—that will stand.

As we read scripture, we see this theme over and over again. God is sovereign. This doesn’t just mean that God is in charge. This means that God directs even the smallest of details. The wind in your face, the stop light at the intersection, that phone call when you are late getting out the door…these are all things God uses to direct us into the exact path He wants us. The Proverbs tell us that even a single man is directed by the will of God. I am acutely aware of God’s hand upon me. I often let it slip my mind and forget, but He always brings it back to my remembrance. Think of the world this way. If you know that God is in control of even the smallest details of your everyday life, then you will live in a peace that you have never known. God has a personal plan for each of us; we need worry about nothing.  God also has a plan for the entire world.

Psalm 33:10–11 (NKJV) — 10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. 11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.

Look around us today. With modern technology, we can instantly see what is happening everywhere in the world. This can be quite discouraging. We see all the evil and rebellion against God that is going on in the world. This rebellion is not just from the average person, but from entire governments. Look at our own government. We are well into an acceleration of calling right wrong and wrong right. Our government is now telling us that we must accept sin as something that is good and we are told that we are evil if we don’t accept that sin.

Don’t worry, this “counsel of the nations” will come to nothing. God is using this to take the world to its great culmination, the return of Jesus Christ and the judgment of the nations.

Isaiah 46:10 (NKJV) — 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’

None of what is going on in the world is hidden from God. He doesn’t make anyone sin, but He does orchestrate the outcome. God declares the beginning from the end. This carries the full weight of two different forms of God’s sovereignty. First, God knows everything that will ever happen. He sees the beginning and the end together. But second, God declares what will happen and makes it happen. Only God’s counsel will stand. No other counsel will come to fruition, only God’s. He will do ALL His pleasure.

Hebrews 6:17 (NKJV) — 17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath,

God’s counsel is immutable. It can’t be taken away, it can’t be annulled, it can’t be moved. What God says…is. The great thing is that God has made many promises and oaths to us. If God can’t lie and his counsel is immutable, then we can rest in the knowledge that God’s sovereign will in our lives and controlling the nations is for our ultimate good. It is for the greatest blessings every dreamed.

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – Proverbs 30-31
  2. Day 2 – Ecclesiastes 1-4
  3. Day 3 – Ecclesiastes 5-8
  4. Day 4 – Ecclesiastes 9-12
  5. Day 5 – Song of Solomon 1-8 
  6. Day 6 – Isaiah 1-4 
  7. Day 7 – Isaiah 5-8

Through the Bible Week 28, Psalm 126 – Proverbs 9


Psalm 127:1–2 (NKJV) —
1 Unless the LORD builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the LORD guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep.

Psalm 127 is one of those often repeated passages from the Bible. The truth so evident here is that anything…and I mean anything…is futile unless the Lord is in it. You can think you are doing great work. You can think you are the smartest and best and the hardest working person out there, but unless the Lord is in it, it is all in vain. I have learned, or more importantly been taught by the Lord, that He is in control of everything in my life. I no longer believe in coincidence, but know that everything in my life is providence. The Lord is the one who makes me a success and the Lord is the one who puts me through trials. Does that mean I can be a slacker? Does that mean I should sit back and just let the Lord work? No, the Lord can work whether I am a slacker or not, but He expects me to be sober and responsible with what He has given me.

Jesus told a parable about this very thing. He compares His servants in this world to the servants of a rich man. Each servant is entrusted with growing the wealth of his master. When they are responsible he praises them. When they are irresponsible, he chastises them. Jesus expects us to be responsible with everything He gives to His glory. All that good He does for us is for His glory. We are entrusted with His Spirit and we are to share the love of Jesus with the world. Even in our workplace, our work should glorify Him. And when we are responsible with that to which He has entrusted us, we will be rewarded.

Matthew 25:21 (NKJV) — 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

Have you hidden away what the Lord wants you to use? Or, are you faithful with the gifts of the Lord? Do you glorify Jesus in your work? Let’s glorify our Lord in the work we do.

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – Proverbs 10-12
  2. Day 2 – Proverbs 13-15
  3. Day 3 – Proverbs 16-18
  4. Day 4 – Proverbs 19-21
  5. Day 5 – Proverbs 22-23
  6. Day 6 – Proverbs 24-26
  7. Day 7 – Proverbs 27-29