Jesus In All Of The Bible

We believe the only path to transformative Bible engagement is to see Jesus and his gospel wherever you are in the story. Through this podcast we will do just that. In just a few minutes, each episode will look at what is happening in the text and how it points to Jesus.

Religion & Spirituality
Christianity
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Amos 3-6: Let Justice Roll Like a River
This Bible study covers Amos 3-6. In this passage, Israel worships the gods of sex and power from the nations around, and it leads to injustice. So, Amos begs Israel to seek the Lord alone and seek good and not evil.
5 min
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Amos 1-2: God Hates Injustice
This Bible study devotional covers Amos 1-2. In this passage, Amos details the inhumanity, injustice, and corruption within Israel. As Israel has given itself over to false gods, it has abandoned its responsibility to care for the poor and weak.
4 min
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Amos 7-9: The Plumb Line
This Bible study devotional cover Amos 7-9. In a series of visions, Amos sees Israel’s destruction play out five times. The book of Amos then ends with hope that the lineage of David will one day restore all that Israel has lost.
4 min
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Joel 2:18-3:21: I Will Pour Out My Spirit
This Bible study devotional covers Joel 2:18-3:21. In this passage, God responds to Israel’s repentance with promises of mercy and restoration. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. In Joel 2:18-3:21, we show Jesus and his Spirit fulfill each of God’s prophecies to Israel and Joel. In Jesus, the Spirit comes, our enemies will be defeated, and the garden of Eden will return.
5 min
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Joel 1:1-2:17: The Day of the Lord
This Bible study devotional covers Joel 1:1-2:17. In this passage, Joel explains that a recent plague of locusts was only the first of the Lord’s judgments against Israel. Israel needs to lament and repent if they want to avoid judgment. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. In Joel 1:1-2:17, we see that while he didn’t know if God would respond to his repentance, Jesus always will.
5 min
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Hosea 11-14: Death, Where Is Your Sting?
This Bible study devotional covers Hosea 11-14. In this passage, God calls on the sting of death to rise against his adulterous people. They have repeated the idolatry of the Exodus story, and now the plagues that came against Egypt are coming against them. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. In Hosea 11-14, we see that Jesus flipped the sting of death on its head. Because he died under our plagues and rose from the dead, the threat of death’s sting has turned into a taunt. Where is your sting death? In Jesus’ resurrection, it is completely gone!
3 min
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Hosea 8-10: Mountains, Cover Us!
This Bible study devotional covers Hosea 8-10. In this passage, Hosea brings the promise of Israel’s destruction. Because they have trusted in political alliances and false gods, their judgment is coming. And it will be so severe that they would prefer the mountains to bury them than to face what was coming. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. In Hosea 8-10, we see that Jesus repeated Hosea’s promise of coming judgment on his way to the cross. But the good news is that Jesus bore the mountain-crushing punishment we deserved. Even though we chose our political and national idols over him, he rescues us from what we deserve.
4 min
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Hosea 6-7: Mercy, not Sacrifice
This Bible study devotional covers Hosea 6-7. In this passage, Hosea condemns Israel for running to everyone and everything for help except God. They have put their trust in political alliances and even in heartless religious activity. But God wants their hearts, not just their religion. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. In Hosea 6-7, we see that Jesus also desires mercy instead of sacrifices. That’s because he has provided al
5 min
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Hosea 4-5: Lack of Knowledge
This Bible study devotional covers Hosea 4-5. In this passage, Hosea explains that Israel will be destroyed because of her lack of knowledge. That’s not to say that she doesn’t know enough, but that she has forgotten her marriage covenant with God and, therefore, forgotten God himself. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. In Hosea 4-5, we see that Jesus brings us the knowledge of God we need. Now, when we know Jesus, our marriage covenant is restored, and we can know God.
4 min
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Hosea 2-3: A Whore's Ransom
This Bible study devotional covers Hosea 2-3. In this passage, Hosea warns Israel that God will remove the temple from their land and send them back into the wilderness. But he will bring them back. This promise is pictured by Hosea paying the ransom price to bring his promiscuous wife back home once again. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. In Hosea 2-3, we see that Jesus has paid the ultimate price for our harlotry on the cross. And since he did, there is no place we can go from which he cannot buy us back.
4 min
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Hosea 1: God's Adulterous Wife
This Bible study devotional covers Hosea 1. In this passage, God tells Hosea to marry a promiscuous woman as a living picture of his relationship with Israel. God’s people have been unfaithful, and God will use Hosea to prove it to them. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. In Hosea 1, we see that Jesus is the good husband who does everything necessary to marry his adulterous bride.
5 min
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Jude: An Attack on False Teachers
This Bible study devotional covers the book of Jude. In this passage, Jude, the brother of Jesus, responds to a theological crisis and calls his people to fight for the faith passed down to them. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Jude, we see that Jesus has kept us for himself, mercifully snatching us from the fire. And he empowers us to show mercy towards those who doubt the reality of God’s judgment.
4 min
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3 John: Hospitality
This Bible study devotional covers 3 John. In this passage, we see that hospitality towards missionaries is a litmus test of inclusion in God’s Kingdom. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 3 John, we see that Jesus is like a good and generous host towards his people. And when his people are hospitable in kind, God shows up.
4 min
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2 John: False Teachers
This Bible study devotional covers 2 John. In this passage, we see that people of the truth should reject lies because lies have the potential to rob us of our full reward of God’s truth and eternal life. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 John, we see that by Jesus’ coming and by his cross, he has spoken Truth to a world cursed under a lie. And the Truth is we will not surely die but have eternal life in God alone through him.
4 min
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1 John 5:6-21: Baptized in the Blood
This Bible study devotional covers 1 John 5:6-21. In this passage, we see that the Gospel is attested to by the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and empty tomb. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 John 5:6-21, we see that Jesus is both the true God and eternal life. Only in Jesus’ body is there love that covers our sin, only in Jesus’ bloody death is there resurrection.
4 min
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1 John 4:7-5:5: God is Love
This Bible study devotional covers 1 John 4:7-5:5. In this passage, we see that love is not defined as our love for God but as Jesus’ sacrificial death to cover our sins. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 John 4:7-5:5, we see that God shows the world the definition of love by giving us his Son. And now, like our Father and our Brother Jesus, we can show the world God’s redemptive love by loving those around us.
4 min
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1 John 2:28-3:24: Children of God
This Bible study devotional covers 1 John 2:28-3:24. In this passage, we see that since the beginning of time, there have been two families: the family of God and the family of Satan. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 John 2:28-3:24, we see that because of Jesus’ death and resurrection we, can be confident even in death that we are children of God, and the family of Satan can do nothing against us.
3 min
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1 John 2:18-24; 4:1-11: Who Are the Antichrists?
This Bible study devotional covers 1 John 2:18-24 and 4:1-11. In these passages, we see that there are many antichrists in the world right now and that they are a normal part of church life. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 John 2:18-24 and 4:1-11, we see that there is no antichrist that’s ultimately threatening to us because Jesus the Christ has risen from the dead and lives in us.
4 min
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1 John 2:12-17: Loving the World
This Bible study devotional covers 1 John 2:12-17. In this passage, we see that not loving the world means not loving what the world loves. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 John 2:12-17, we see that our battles with the desires of our body and eyes have been dealt a death blow in Jesus.
4 min
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1 John 1:5-2:11: Walking in the Light
This Bible study devotional covers 1 John 1:5-2:11. In this passage, we see that the good news of Jesus can be summed up in three words: “God is Light.” As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 John 1:5-2:11, we see that God’s light was most clearly seen in Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross.
4 min
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1 John 1:1-4: Eyewitnesses of Jesus
This Bible study devotional covers 1 John 1:1-4. In this passage, the apostle John encourages a group of doubting believers that he has seen Jesus with his own eyes. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 John 1:1-4, we see that no one who trusts the good news of Jesus’ incarnation needs to fear where he or she stands with God.
3 min
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2 Peter 3: God Is Never Late
This Bible study devotional covers 2 Peter 3. In this passage, a group of false teachers denies God can intervene in human history, and even if he could, he’s been too slow in coming. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Peter 3, we see that God is patiently waiting, not because he’s indifferent to our suffering but because he wants everyone to repent.
4 min
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2 Peter 1:16-2:22: The Myth of Jesus' Return?
This Bible study devotional covers 2 Peter 1:16-2:22. In this passage, a group of false teachers claims that Jesus will not return to judge evil. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Peter 1:16-2:22, we see that God is most certainly coming to judge evil, but we can be confident that the closest followers of Jesus will come to experiencing judgment is reading about it.
5 min
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2 Peter 1:1-15: Participating in the Divine
This Bible study devotional covers 2 Peter 1:1-15. In this passage, Peter explains that we share and are filled with the moral virtue or righteousness of God. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Peter 1:1-15, we see that participation in Jesus’ divine nature both saves us from our moral corruption, saves us to make moral progress as we live, and saves us to live forever.
5 min
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1 Peter 5: Suffer Well and Don't Be a Bully
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Peter 5. In this passage, Peter speaks to elders or church leaders about what it looks like to lead a church like Jesus. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Peter 5, we see that for followers of Jesus, the inevitability of suffering is good news because that means glory, blessing, honor, and power are inevitable too.
5 min
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1 Peter 3:8-4:19: Suffer for Righteousness Sake
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Peter 3:8-4:19. In this passage, we see that doing good while suffering injustice is the way of Jesus. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Peter 3:8-4:19, we see that when we suffer like Jesus, we will be raised like him too.
4 min
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1 Peter 2:4-3:7: We Are Living Temples
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Peter 2:4-37. In this passage, we see that God is building his people into a new living temple where people from all over the world can meet God. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Peter 2:4-3:7, we see that by being God’s temple to the people around us, we can be forces for reconciliation and salvation, even to those who persecute us.
4 min
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1 Peter 1:13-2:3: Waiting in Exile
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Peter 1:13-2:3. In this passage, Peter explains what it costs to be a follower of Jesus and what it means to be an exile in this world. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Peter 1:13-2:13, we see that while living in this world is hard, Jesus' resurrection has repatriated us into a Kingdom where death is dead. By God’s Word and Son, we are imperishable and undying.
5 min
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1 Peter 1:1-12: God's Chosen Foreigners
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Peter 1:1-12. In this passage, the apostle Peter intentionally places foreign Gentiles into the story of God’s chosen people, the Jews. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Peter 1:1-12, we see that we’ve been chosen to be out of place, and that is good news because we’re joined to a new family founded by a loving Father and grounded in resurrection life.
5 min
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Ephesians 6:10-23: The Armor of God
This Bible study devotional covers Ephesians 6:10-23. In this passage, Paul tells us that our real battle isn’t against people but spiritual powers. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Ephesians 6:10-23, we see that our battle is primarily spiritual, but that’s also it’s primarily fought by God. Jesus has already defeated the powers, and we can freely walk in his victory.
4 min
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Ephesians 5:1-6:9: Love, Light, Wisdom and Subm...
This Bible study devotional covers Ephesians 5:1-6:9. In this passage, we see that being like Jesus in love, light, and wisdom will lead us to humbly submit to one another in the power of the Holy Spirit. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Ephesians 5:1-6:9, we see that when we struggle to live like Jesus towards others, we can always look to what Jesus has done for us.
5 min
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Ephesians 4: Living Worthy of the Call
This Bible study devotional covers Ephesians 4. In this passage, we see that if we have put on freedom from division and sin, we need to take off the old ways that cause division and sin. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Ephesians 4, we see that since Jesus willingly laid down his life, we can now lay down our old life too. The life marked by sin has been nailed to the cross, and Jesus’ righteous life has been given to us in exchange.
4 min
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Ephesians 2-3: The Mystery of the Gospel
This Bible study devotional covers Ephesians 2-3. In this passage, the apostle Paul explains that God has planned from the beginning of time to include both Jews and Gentiles into one family. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Ephesians 2-3, we see that while the world wants to divide its people, in Christ, the Spirit unifies all people. And in Christ, there is only one nation, without borders, consisting of people from all tribes, tongues, and languages.
5 min
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Ephesians 1: In Christ
This Bible study devotional covers Ephesians 1. In this passage, the apostle Paul writes to a divided church and reminds them of the promises God has made to all people in Christ. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Ephesians 1, we see that In Christ, both Jews and Gentiles are included in God’s family, God’s blessing, and God’s Kingdom. All the blessings God’s people hoped for in the Old Testament are poured out in Christ.
5 min
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Nehemiah 11-13: Living in God's City
This Bible study devotional covers Nehemiah chapter 11. In this passage, we see how quickly the people living in the newly built Jerusalem go back to their sins and how Nehemiah interceded for them. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Nehemiah 11, we see that Jesus intercedes for us and gives us his Holy Spirit to keep us from sinning. Further, he will bring us into the final New Jerusalem where we will live with him forever.
4 min
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Nehemiah 8-10: God's Word Makes Us Holy
This Bible study devotional covers Nehemiah chapters 8-10. In this passage, we see what happens when Ezra reads the law to Israel. They become holy as they interact with God’s holy word. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Nehemiah 8-10, we see that Jesus makes us holy through the law as well, by fulfilling its purpose and indwelling us with his Holy Spirit.
4 min
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Nehemiah 5-7: The King We Need
This Bible study devotional covers Nehemiah chapters 5-7. In this passage, we see how Nehemiah acted like the king Israel needed by bringing justice to the poor and thwarting the plans of their enemies. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Nehemiah 5-7, we see that Jesus is the final king who brings justice and equity to the world by dying under the plans of our enemy to thwart them once and for all.
5 min
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Nehemiah 2:9-4:23: Safe in His Walls
This Bible study devotional covers Nehemiah chapters 2:9-4:23. In this passage, we read about how Nehemiah rebuilt Israel’s walls despite the constant threats from their enemies. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Nehemiah 2:9-4:23, we see that Jesus provides us safety from our enemy in the walls of protection formed by his cross.
4 min
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Nehemiah 1:1-2:8: Home With God
This Bible study devotional covers Nehemiah chapters 1:1-2:8. In this passage, we read about how Nehemiah interceded for exiled Israel by fulfilling God’s law through obedience and repentance to bring them back home. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Nehemiah 1:1-2:8, we see that Jesus ultimately fulfilled God’s law, has freed us from exile and brought us home by experiencing our separation from God on the cross.
4 min
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Ezra 7-10: Turning Back God's Wrath
This Bible study devotional covers Ezra chapters 7-10. In this passage, we see Persia’s king sending Ezra back to Israel to turn back God’s wrath by obeying the law. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Ezra 7-10, we see that Jesus perfectly fulfills the law to turn back God’s wrath from all of us who break it.
5 min
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Ezra 4-6: Blended Beliefs
This Bible study devotional covers Ezra chapters 4-6. In this passage, we read about the Samaritan’s opposition to the rebuilding of Israel’s temple. Their blended beliefs were a threat to the pure devotion to God required at the temple. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Ezra 4-6, we see that the pure devotion of Jesus’ sacrifice makes a way for those with a past of blended beliefs to draw near to him.
5 min
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Ezra 2-3: Unmet Expectations
This Bible study devotional covers Ezra chapters 2-3. In this passage, we read about how Zerubbabel and a small remnant of Israelites laid the foundation for the temple in Jerusalem. But their expectations were unmet when their efforts did not accomplish what they thought. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Ezra 2-3, we see that Jesus shows God’s faithfulness through unmet expectations.
4 min
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Ezra 1: A New Exodus
This Bible study devotional covers Ezra chapter 1. In this passage, we read about how God is faithful to his promises by rescuing Israel from exile in a new type of Exodus. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Ezra 1, we see that the final exodus from exile we need has been won by Jesus. Because God did not abandon him to the grave, there is no place we can go from which he cannot bring us back.
4 min
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2 Kings 24-25: Israel's Long Exile
This Bible study devotional covers 2 Kings 24-25. In this passage, Israel begins its long exile, but there is still hope. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Kings 24-25, we see that for Jesus to be the Savior of Israel’s history, he must historically die. To save Israel, Jesus must be Israel.
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2 Kings 21-23: Josiah, the Last Good King
This Bible study devotional covers 2 Kings 21-23. In this passage, we see that Josiah and his obedience stops Israel’s inevitable fall for a period of time. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Kings 21-23 we see that a faithful king can only save if he’s on the throne. And unlike Josiah, who rose from his throne to die, Jesus rose from the dead to rule forever.
4 min
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2 Kings 18-20: King Hezekiah
This Bible study devotional covers 2 Kings 18-20. In this passage, the half-hearted king, Hezekiah, rules Israel as a picture of her own divided loyalty to God As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Kings 18-20, we see that even when people like us are divided, Jesus is not. Jesus is wholeheartedly committed to the rescue of his people.
5 min
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2 Kings 14-17: Israel Dies
This Bible study devotional covers 2 Kings 14-17. In this passage, the northern kingdom of Israel was meant to die so that God could bring it back to life. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Kings 14-17, we see that Jesus is the true Israelite King who will bring his people back from the dead.
5 min
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2 Kings 11-13: Life From The Dead
This Bible study devotional covers 2 Kings 11-13. In this passage, Israel experiences a short-lived revival. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Kings 11-13, we see that God’s promises of mercy and life are available to us in Jesus, even while we are dead.
5 min
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2 Kings 8:7-10:35: Jehu The Destroyer
This Bible study devotional covers 2 Kings 8:7-10:35. In this passage, King Jehu exacts vengeance against the last members of Ahab’s family. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Kings 8:7-10:35, we see that Jesus is a new Jehu, a final avenger against powers and religions that steal from the poor, murder God’s prophets, and promote a destructive spirituality.
6 min
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2 Kings 6:24-8:6: Ahab's Family Dies
This Bible study devotional covers 2 Kings 6:24-8:6. In this passage, some of the last members of Ahab’s family meet their end by the words of God’s prophet. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Kings 6:24-8:26, we see that relief and justice are found in God’s words in the mouth of God’s final prophet, Jesus.
6 min
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2 Kings 6:1-23: Elisha's Miracles
This Bible study devotional covers 2 Kings 6:1-23. In this passage, Elisha’s miracles are both good news to the hurting but indictments against the evil. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Kings 6:1-23, we see that Jesus’ miracles are both prophecies of good news, and at the same time, indictments against those who have rejected God.
5 min
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2 Kings 5: Naaman the Leper
This Bible study devotional covers 2 Kings 5. In this passage, a Syrian general is healed from leprosy by the prophet Elisha. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Kings 5, we see that by Jesus’ words and the waters of his baptism, we are healed and saved like Naaman.
5 min
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2 Kings 4: Elisha Raises the Dead
This Bible study devotional covers 2 Kings 4. In this passage, Elisha brings life to a dying Israel. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Kings 4, we see that Jesus is better than Elisha. He, too, brings life wherever he goes, even when he goes to the grave.
4 min
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2 Kings 3: God Traps an Evil King
This Bible study devotional covers 2 Kings 3. In this passage, God traps and judges the ambitions of Jehoram, Ahab’s son. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Kings 3, we see that God upsets our expectations, traps evil, and surprises those loyal to him.
5 min
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2 Kings 1-2: Elisha Succeeds Elijah
This Bible study devotional covers 2 Kings 1-2. In this passage, Elisha succeeds Elijah as Israel’s prophet. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Kings 1-2, we see that when Jesus, like Elijah, ascended to heaven, the mantle of his authority was passed on to his disciples–us!
5 min
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1 Kings 20: Unexpected Mercy
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Kings 20. In this passage, King Ahab is shown mercy by God. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Kings 20, we see what’s more unexpected than mercy towards a wicked king is that Jesus died for his enemies.
5 min
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1 Kings 17-19: Elijah vs Ahab
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Kings 17-19. In this passage, King Ahab tries to kill and discredit the prophet, Elijah. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Kings 17-19, we see that Jesus is a new Elijah bringing life and vitality to spiritually dead and dying people.
4 min
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1 Kings 15-16: Live. Sin. Die. Repeat.
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Kings 15-16. In this passage, Israel’s history repeats itself over and over and over again. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Kings 12-14, we see that Jesus breaks the pattern of Israel’s history and saves us to a life free from the monotony of idolatry.
5 min
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1 Kings 12-14: An Upside-Down Exodus
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Kings 12-14. In this passage, Israel’s history repeats itself, except Israel is the oppressor and a man from Egypt is the liberator. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Kings 12-14, we see that Jesus undoes Israel’s upside-down Exodus and saves his people once and for all.
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1 Kings 11: Solomon's 700 Wives
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Kings 11. In this passage, Solomon turns away from God and his wisdom. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Kings 11, we see that even though this son of David failed to establish an eternal kingdom for Israel, Jesus does not.
5 min
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1 Kings 9-10: The Queen of Sheba
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Kings 9-10. In this passage, Solomon’s kingdom begins its slow downfall. But a queen visits Solomon and worships the God of Israel. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Kings 9-10, we see that Jesus is a better king than Solomon.
4 min
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1 Kings 6-8: Solomon Builds the Temple
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Kings 6-8. In this passage, Solomon builds Israel’s first temple as a mini-model of the universe and a callback to the garden of Eden. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Kings 6-8, we see that Jesus is the final temple and the ultimate model for how the universe is meant to be. When we stretch out our hands to him, all the blessings of Eden and God’s temple are given to us.
4 min
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1 Kings 3-5: Solomon Asks for Wisdom
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Kings 3-5. In this passage, Solomon asks God for wisdom, and Israel flourishes as a result. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Kings 3-5, we see that in a world after Eden, only a wise King can bring us the blessing God promised Abraham and the peace and provision Adam and Eve knew. That wise King is Jesus.
4 min
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1 Kings 2: Solomon Takes the Throne
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Kings 2. In this passage, as David dies, he gives advice to his son Solomon. He encourages him to tie up loose ends from his reign so he can start his own kingship with a clean slate. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Kings 2, we see that what Solomon is in part, what Jesus is in full. Jesus is the new Adam who destroys the old and makes us into new creations. Jesus is our new Moses who interprets and applies God’s law to our hearts, and Jesus is the final courageous Joshua who conquers our enemies.
4 min
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1 Kings 1: The Last Days of King David
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Kings 1. In this passage, David is on his deathbed, and his kingdom is in crisis. God’s promise to David of an eternal throne is at risk. Will God continue to be a God of life, even in death? As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Kings 1, we see that David’s last days as king and Solomon’s first are less about a transition from one regime to another but about the coronation of David’s final son, Jesus.
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2 Samuel 21-24: The Ideal King
This Bible study devotional covers 2 Samuel 21-24. In this passage, we see that while David isn’t perfect, he is the ideal king for Israel. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Kings 21-24, we see a portrait in David of Jesus the perfect, humble, and final King.
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2 Samuel 15-20: Absalom's Rebellion
This Bible study devotional covers 2 Samuel 15-20. In this passage, Absalom rebels against his father’s rule only to be killed in battle. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Samuel 15-20, we see Absalom as a kind of Judas and Jesus as the truest and final King David. Like David, Jesus is God’s anointed king, betrayed by those closest to him.
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2 Samuel 13-14: Amnon and Tamar
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 13-4. In this passage, we see David’s sins reflected in his sons. Like his father, Amnon gives in to his lust and rapes his half-sister. David, hearing his own son is just like him, does nothing. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Samuel 13-14, we see that God is a decisive ruler, unlike David in his later years. He will not tolerate the rape of his daughters. He will not allow his sons’ lust for power to go unpunished. Jesus’ death proves that God will by no means clear the guilty.
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2 Samuel 10-12: David and Bathsheba
This Bible study devotional covers 2 Samuel 10-12. In this passage, David abuses his power, sleeps with Bathsheba, and murderers her husband. From this point on, David’s rule will be poisoned by these events. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Samuel 10-12, we see that Jesus is a better King than David. He did not use his power to abuse or kill but to heal and raise the dead.
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2 Samuel 7-9: God's Covenant with David
This Bible study devotional covers 2 Samuel 7-9. In this passage, David talks about the difference between those who love God’s word and those who don’t. Anyone who loves God’s word is like a tree planted by streams of water, anyone who doesn’t is blown away like dust. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Samuel 7-9, we see that Jesus is the son God promised David, who even now rules over all things.
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2 Samuel 5-6: David's Kingdom
This Bible study devotional covers 2 Samuel 5-6. In this passage, David unites Israel into one kingdom and centralizes power in one city—Jerusalem. He brings God’s ark into Israel’s new capital, setting up a kingdom where God’s presence and word are central. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Samuel 5-6, we see a picture of what God’s kingdom will look like when he returns. Like Israel, we will finally have a permanent home with God living among us.
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2 Samuel 2:8-4:12: How to Inherit a Kingdom
This Bible study devotional covers 2 Samuel 2:8-4:12. In this passage, Saul’s son and general set up a rival kingdom to David’s. It’s marked by political cunning, force, and spy craft. But this is the wrong way to set up a kingdom. David overcomes Saul’s dynasty not with politics but with prayerful waiting. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Samuel 2:8-4:12, we see that David’s rise to power is a picture of how God brings his Kingdom in a complex and competitive world like ours. Just as David rose to his throne and Jesus rose from the dead, the humble will one day rule the world. What we must do is wait.
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2 Samuel 1-2:7: How the Mighty Have Fallen
This Bible study devotional covers 2 Samuel 1:1-2:7. In this passage, David learns that Saul and Jonathan have died. David grieves publicly but ultimately takes the throne and establishes his kingdom. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 2 Samuel 1:1-2:7, we see why Jesus is a worthy King. He would rather die as God’s anointed than celebrate the death of his enemies. And Jesus rises to power not to end a vendetta against us but to invite those loyal to the powers of darkness into a new covenant with him.
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1 Samuel 27-31: The Witch of Endor
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Samuel 27-31. In this passage, While David continues to act like a king, Saul devolves into an even more pitiful ruler. God refuses to speak to him. Desperate, he seeks help from an outlawed witch and asks her to summon the dead prophet Samuel for help. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Samuel 27-31, we see that while we are desperate for answers from anywhere other than God, God’s word comes to us in Jesus. Divine life and guidance aren’t found in tea leaves or divination but in hearing God’s words and keeping them.
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1 Samuel 24-26: David Spares Saul's Life
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Samuel 24-26. In this passage, David has three opportunities to take revenge on his enemies through stealth or force, but in each case, he doesn’t. David doesn’t need to resort to the tactics Saul used against him. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Samuel 24-26, we see that when Jesus waited on God’s justice and timing, he ascended to his throne and made a place for us at his right hand, forever.
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1 Samuel 21-23: David in Exile
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Samuel 21-23. In this passage, Saul and David are in conflict for the throne of Israel. God has chosen David to be the next king, but Saul will stop at nothing to kill him before that happens. But this tension is all part of God’s slow plan to establish David as the true king of Israel. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Samuel 21-23, we see that just as God used the sinful actions of Saul and the Philistines to fulfill his promises to David, God also used the sinful plans of Pilate and the Pharisees to crown Jesus as King and place us on a throne with him.
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1 Samuel 18-20: God Is With David
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Samuel 18-20. In this passage, God’s Spirit has left Saul and filled David instead, and everybody in Israel and Saul’s family sees this clearly. But Saul refuses to humble himself before God’s new chosen king and instead conspires to kill him. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Samuel 18-20, Saul’s opposition to David is a lot like the Pharisees' conspiracy against Jesus. Everyone in Israel seems to see Jesus as God’s chosen King—except those too blinded by their pride and thirst for power. But while David escapes Saul’s conspiracies, Jesus doesn’t. Jesus proves he’s not only more powerful than conspiracies but death.
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1 Samuel 16-17: David and Goliath
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Samuel 16-16. This passage marks the beginning of both Saul’s fall and David’s rise to power. David is anointed and proves that God is with him by defeating Goliath. While Saul proves God has left him when he hides in his tent, tortured by evil spirits. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Samuel 16-17 we see the type of Savior and salvation we need. There was nothing impressive about Jesus’ physical appearance, but he bravely went to battle against the rulers, principalities, and powers, trusting God even when it meant his life. Filled with God’s Spirit and dressed in grave clothes rather than armor, Jesus battles death and wins.
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1 Samuel 13-15: God Rejects Saul
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Samuel 13-15. This passage answers the question, “Why did God reject Saul as king?” The simplest answer is that God rejected Saul because Saul rejected God. More specifically, Saul rejected God’s word delivered by Samuel, God’s prophet. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Samuel 13-15, we see that while Saul rejected God’s word, Jesus was God’s word perfectly lived. And as such, God has not rejected him. He rules forever as King, and when we accept King Jesus, we will gain a Kingdom that lasts forever.
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1 Samuel 8-12: Israel Demand a King
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Samuel 8-12. In this passage, Israel wants to do away with God’s system of tribal leadership and become more like the monarchies they see around them. Ultimately this is a rejection not of a form of government, but of God’s leadership. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Samuel 8-12 we see that even in our rejection of God as King, God still acts like one. Jesus takes the throne, even when it means being crowned with thorns. Just like Saul’s coronation, Jesus’ cross is both our rejection of God as King and the moment we are rescued from our enemies.
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1 Samuel 5-7: Tumors, Rats, and God's Presence
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Samuel 5-7. In this passage, God’s ark is passed between five Philistine cities, to disastrous results. The Philistines were using God as a trophy, but God will not be manipulated. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Samuel 5-7, we see that there is no one who has manipulated God so much that he is unwilling to forgive and save.
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1 Samuel 2:12-4: Samuel vs Eli
This Bible study devotional covers Samuel 2:12-4. In this passage, we learn that Eli has disqualified himself from being Israel’s prophet and that Samuel will one day take his place. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Samuel 2:12-4, we see Jesus as the ultimate Prophet, who not only communicates God’s words but is God’s Word in the flesh.
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1 Samuel 1-2:11: Hannah's Song
This Bible study devotional covers 1 Samuel 1-2:11. In this passage, an infertile woman named Hannah prays for a child and is given one by God. She praises God for his faithfulness and the victory he won in her dead womb. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In 1 Samuel 1-2:11, we see that like Samuel’s birth to a barren woman signaled the dawning of Israel’s first king, Jesus’ birth to a virgin proclaimed the dawning of Israel’s final king–Jesus.
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Ruth 4: Redemption
This Bible study devotional covers Ruth chapter 4. In this passage, Boaz assumes Naomi’s debt, marries Ruth, redeems Ehlimilech’s family, and secures a future king for Israel. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Ruth 4, we see that Jesus is a descendent of both Boaz and King David. He is a redeemer who rules God’s Kingdom and provides for his people.
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Ruth 3: The Threshing Floor
This Bible study devotional covers Ruth chapter 3. In this passage, Ruth proposes marriage to Boaz, not for her benefit but Naomi’s, and Boaz accepts. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Ruth 3, we see that Jesus is like both loyal Ruth and generous Boaz who covers. Jesus gives us more than we need.
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Ruth 2: Boaz the Redeemer
This Bible study devotional covers Ruth chapter 2. In this passage, we read how Ruth’s hard work and bold character secure the attention of a redeemer named Boaz. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Ruth 2, we see that God responds with generosity and kindness to his people’s faithfulness.
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Ruth 1: Ruth and Naomi
This Bible study devotional covers Ruth chapter 1. In this passage, we read about multiple tragedies that drive Naomi and Ruth to return to Bethlehem. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Ruth 1, we see that even though there is no king in Israel, Ruth shows us that a loyal and loving redeemer is still on the throne.
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Judges 19-21: The Mutilated Concubine and Israe...
This Bible study devotional covers Joshua chapters 19-21. In this passage, we see the bottom of Israel’s spiral into depravity. The rape and mutilation of a concubine lead to a civil war in Israel. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Judges 19-21 we see that Jesus offers hope to those of us who feel too enmeshed in patterns of lust and too far down a cycle of depravity. There is no self-destructive spiral Jesus is unwilling to go down and there is no heart he is unwilling to clean and create new life in.
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Judges 17-18: Micah's Idol
This Bible study devotional covers Judges 17-18. In this passage, we see that the people of Israel are no different than their leaders, everyone does what seems right in their own eyes. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Judges 17-18, we see that anyone who doesn’t do what seems right in their own eyes, takes up their cross, and follows Jesus will not just gain their soul, they’ll gain the whole world too (Matthew 16:25-26).
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Judges13-16: Samson
This Bible study devotional covers Joshua 13-16. In this passage, we read about Samson’s violence, lust, and revenge that eventually end in his death. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Judges 13-16, we see that Jesus’ sacrificial death brought greater victory than his life because through his death, everyone who believes in him is saved from the stalking lions of sin and death.
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Judges 10-12: Jepthah's Vow
This Bible study devotional covers Judges 10-12. In this passage, we read about God’s silence as Jepthah judges Israel and sacrifices his own daughter. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Judges 10-12 we see that Jesus experiences God’s silence for us. And by experiencing God’s silence, Jesus now speaks a better word than the bloodshed of Jepthah - we are sons and daughters he will not forsake.
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Judges 9: Abimelech's Failure
This Bible study devotional covers Judges 9. In this passage, we read about Abimelech’s brutal military campaigns that come to a sudden and deserved end when a woman drops a stone on his head. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Judges 9, we see that Jesus welcomes us into a kingdom where all that is left for us is mercy.
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Judges 6-8: Gideon's Army
This Bible study devotional covers Judges 6-8. In this passage, we read about Gideon’s army of 300 men defeating the Midianites. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Judges 6-8, we see Gideon’s cowardice, pride, reluctance, and violence compared with the brave, humble, and sacrificial kingship of Jesus.
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Judges 3:7-5: Ehud and Deborah
This Bible study devotional covers Judges chapters 3:7-5. In this passage, we’re introduced to Israel’s first judges - Ehud, Shamgar, and Deborah. Each of them judges God’s enemies and rescues Israel. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Judges 3:7-5, we see Jesus is a better deliverer than Ehud, Shamgar, and Deborah. Jesus doesn’t merely destroy an oppressive king he crushes the Serpent that introduced sin and death.
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Judges 1-3:6: The Downward Spiral
This Bible study devotional covers Judges chapters 1-3:6. In this passage, we read about the downward spiral of the book of Judges: Disobedience - Punishment - Cry - Mercy - Disobedience. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Judges 1-3:6, we see that Jesus ends the pattern of disobedience - punishment - cry - mercy with a cycle-ending act of sacrificial obedience and power.
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Joshua 23-24: Joshua Dies
This Bible study devotional covers Joshua chapters 23-34. In this passage, we read Joshua’s final speech to Israel before his death. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Joshua 23-24, we see that Jesus secures not only a homeland we did not earn, and cities we did not earn, and vineyards we did not plant, but a heart we could not create and an obedience we could not maintain.
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Joshua 22: The Jordan "Altar-cation"
This Bible study devotional covers Joshua chapters 22. In this passage, we read about the altar set up by the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh at the boundary of the Jordan River. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Joshua 22, we see that Jesus is our final altar who breaks all boundaries to bring the nations close to God.
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Joshua 18-19: The New Garden Of Eden
This Bible study devotional covers Joshua chapters 18-19. In this passage, we see the allotment of land to the remaining seven tribes as a picture of the new garden of Eden coming to earth. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Joshua 18-19, we see that Jesus subdues the territory of sin and death so that he can set up the final garden of Eden in the new heavens and new earth.
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Joshua 16-17: Joseph's Land
This Bible study devotional covers Joshua chapters 16-17. In this passage, we read about the land allotted to Joseph’s descendants and their fear of and failure to drive out the inhabitants. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Joshua 16-17, we see that Jesus gives us victory over our greatest enemies so that we do not need to be afraid.
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Joshua 13-15: Caleb and Judah
This Bible study devotional covers Joshua chapters 13-15. In this passage, we read about the allotment of the land to Caleb and the tribe of Judah. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Joshua 13-15, we see that Jesus has secured a land for us far better than Caleb or Judah by conquering every shred of evil that exists in our world.
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