This week we’ll read one very short book (Lamentations) and start one very long book (Ezekiel). Written in different places by different authors, they have one big thing in common. They’re about the fall of Jerusalem.
In Lamentations, the prophet Jeremiah laments the recent fall of Jerusalem after a long, brutal Babylonian siege – a siege that he prophesied would happen, then he witnessed firsthand. In the first 12 of Ezekiel’s 48 chapters we’ll read prophecies that were given before the city fell – and they were given from 500 miles away in Babylon. Yet the details of the prophecies match up events and dates exactly.
With so much ground to cover, this episode is a little longer than most, but it will help you navigate your way to a better understanding of these two valuable, but challenging books.
The Bible Reading Coach podcast is designed to help anyone read through the Bible in a year. In 10-15 minutes each Friday, I’ll introduce you to the passage for the following week, including:
- What it’s about
- How to deal with challenging passages
- How the original readers saw it
- How it applies today
- And much more
After listening, take the next week to read the passage on your own. This time you’ll have a clearer understanding of it.
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