July 12th, 2023

Read: 2 Kings 22:14-20 NRSV Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Akbor, Shaphan and Asaiah went to speak to the prophet Huldah, who was the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe. She lived in Jerusalem, in the New Quarter. She said to them, “This is what the Lord, the […]

July 11th, 2023

Read: 2 Kings 22:8-13 NRSV Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the Lord.” He gave it to Shaphan, who read it. Then Shaphan the secretary went to the king and reported to him: “Your officials have paid out the money […]

July 10th, 2023

Read: 2 Kings 22:1-7 NRSV Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. His mother’s name was Jedidah daughter of Adaiah; she was from Bozkath. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and followed completely the ways of his father David, not turning […]

July 9th, 2023

Now that we have completed the Book of Esther, I want to bring something to your attention that you may have missed: the Lord, our God, was never mentioned anywhere at any time. I want to reassure you, that although God’s name is absent, He is very much present throughout the entire story, just as […]

July 8th, 2023

Esther Chapters 8 & 9 Haman was impaled and Queen Esther was given his estate.  Esther filled the king in on her relationship with Mordecai. The king rewarded Mordecai with the signet ring he had reclaimed from Haman.  Esther appointed Mordecai ruler of Haman’s estate.  Esther pleaded with the king, falling at his feet, weeping […]

July 7th, 2023

Esther Chapter 7 On the second day of the banquet, the king asked Queen Esther again for her request and offered half the kingdom again.  Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is […]

July 6th, 2023

Chapter 5 On the third day, Queen Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace in front of the king’s hallway. The king was sitting in the hall facing the entrance. Although the king appeared pleased to see her, Esther waited for the invitation to approach him.  Once […]

July 5th, 2023

Esther chapters 3 & 4 Mordecai hears of an order signed by the king to kill, slaughter and annihilate the Jews. Mordecai was distraught. He tore his clothes, put on a sackcloth and went to the palace gate.  Esther heard that Mordecai was troubled. She offered clothing, but this was declined. Esther continued to investigate. […]

July 4th, 2023

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY Esther chapter 2:19-23  Even though Esther is now the Queen, she continues to keep in contact with her cousin Mordecai. And Mordecai continues to keep careful watch over Queen Esther. He visits the palace daily. One day while visiting, Mordecai learns of a plan that two of the king’s officials are […]