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The Illuminated Word

The Illuminated Word

By Chris Jones
This podcast will focus on daily readings from the Bible. We will read the text and then give background information from the text and application.
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Thursday 8.5.21 Isaiah 53 "The Suffering Shepherd"
When Jesus says, "I am the Good Shepherd", his audience might have heard it differently than we do as they interpreted it through Isaiah 53.
August 5, 2021
Wednesday 8/4/21 Matthew 8:23-27
Jesus' disciples show little faith during a storm on the sea of Galilee.
August 4, 2021
Tuesday 8/2/21 Jesus the Good Shepherd John 10:1-6
Jesus issues one of his seven "I am" statements in the gospel of John. 
August 3, 2021
Monday 8/2/21 From Fear to Trust Psalm 56
In today's Psalm, David goes from fear to faithful trust. He is being pursued by his enemies but in his lowest state, he finds a way to have confidence. 
August 2, 2021
Friday 7/30/21 The Road to Emmaus Luke 24:13-35
The Emmaus Road story is one of the more mysterious places in the Bible. The risen Lord joins two followers who have no idea who He is. Tune in with us to see how this story ends. 
July 30, 2021
Thursday 7.29.21 Matthew 6:1-4 "Serving In Secret"
In the Sermon on The Mount, Jesus talks about three acts of righteousness - giving to the needy, praying, and fasting - and challenges us to check the motives of our act first and foremost. Are we seeking the praise of people or are we seeking to please God?
July 29, 2021
Wednesday 7/28/21 John 10:7-21
Jesus expands his cryptic saying of the Good Shepherd.
July 28, 2021
Tuesday 7/27/21 Greed and Possessions Luke 12:13-21
In this teaching, Jesus gets to a root problem that all people have. Whether you are rich or poor we all struggle with greed. When it comes to possessions we can be guilty of two sins - we can be anxious about not having enough or we can be greedy about what we have. 
July 27, 2021
Monday 7/26/21 The Betrayal of David Psalm 54
In this Psalm, David cries to the Lord after his betrayal by the people of Ziph. 
July 26, 2021
Friday 7.23.21 Matthew 6:5-8 Do NOT pray like...
Jesus gives us two big "no no's" when praying.
July 23, 2021
Thursday 7.22.21 Luke 18:1-8 The Power of Persistence
Jesus tells a parable of a widow who persistently comes before a godless judge - who eventually gives in. Jesus says if that godless judge will eventually listen, how much more does our loving and gracious God listen to us? The key - persistence.
July 22, 2021
Wednesday 7/21/21 Luke 11:5-13
Jesus continues his teaching on prayer through analogy and the infamous "ask, seek, knock" command.
July 21, 2021
Tuesday 7/20/21 Luke 11:1-4
Luke's record of Jesus' teaching on prayer.
July 20, 2021
Monday 7/19/21 Psalm 53
While a near duplicate of Pslam 14, this song has great theological implications for us as Christians. 
July 19, 2021
Wednesday 7/14/21 Luke 14:7-14
Jesus gives a teaching on humility.
July 14, 2021
Tuesday 7/13/21 The Call of Discipleship Luke 9:57-62
Jesus calls us to count the cost before following Him. 
July 13, 2021
Monday 7/12/21 Like a Green Olive Tree Psalm 52
David writes a Psalm in response to the treachery of Doeg the Edomite. In this Psalm, we see the contrast of the one uprooted and the one firmly planted in the grace of God. 
July 12, 2021
Thursday 7/8/21 Matthew 5:17-48
Jesus gives a teaching on what it looks like to be a disciple as it relates to the Old Testament.
July 8, 2021
Wednesday 7/7/21 Matthew 5:13-16
Jesus gives his disciples warning if their lives are not aligned with the Kingdom Ethic outlined in verses 3-12.
July 7, 2021
Tuesday 7/6/21 Blessings in the Kingdom Matthew 5:1-12
The beatitudes are a very familiar set of passages in Scripture. What some fail to realize is that Matthew 5 ties together with Isaiah 61. Jesus quotes Isaiah 61 as his ministry mission statement when he begins His public ministry. 
July 6, 2021
Monday 7/5/21 A Cry For Mercy Psalm 51
David cries out for mercy because of his great sin.
July 5, 2021
Friday 7/2/21 Big Questions Asked John 9:1-7, 35-41
Jesus and his disciples come upon a man born blind and there are big questions being asked about the reason for this man's misfortune. 
July 2, 2021
Thursday 7/1/21 A Radical Reaction John 9:8-34
Jesus heals a man that had been born blind and the reaction by the Pharisees is very shocking. 
July 1, 2021
Wednesday 6/30/21 John 9:1-7
Jesus discusses the causal link between sin and suffering and confirms that he is the light of the world. 
June 30, 2021
Tuesday 9/29/21 "I Am the Light of the World" John 8:12-20
In the very place in the Temple courts where the Jews lit the large candelabras to celebrate God's leading in the wilderness Jesus stood up and said, "I Am the Light of the World."
June 29, 2021
Monday 6/28/21 Don't trust in wealth or self reliance Psalm 49
The Psalmist reminds us that all people have the same destination. Whether we are poor or rich, foolish or wise we all have an appointment with death. 
June 28, 2021
Friday 6/25/21 By What Authority and Missing the Point John 5:1-18
Jesus comes and heals a man on the Sabbath. Some of the Jewish authorities totally miss the point of what just occurred by fixating on their own man-made tradition. 
June 25, 2021
Thursday 6.24.21 John 5:24-30 Jesus Is Judge
In a pivotal moment in John's gospel, Jesus sets himself against the Jewish leaders by not only declaring himself the Son of God, but also as Judge of all the living and dead.
June 24, 2021
6/23/21 Wednesday The Father and the Son John 5:16-23
Jesus heals the paralytic man on the Sabbath and controversy erupts over the healing. Jesus's response to his antagonizers reveals his unique relationship with the Father. Because he claims to be equal to God they seek to kill him. 
June 23, 2021
Tuesday 6/22/21 The Pool of Bethesda John 5:1-17
Jesus heals a paralytic man on the Sabbath at the Pool of Bethesda and controversy erupts. 
June 22, 2021
Monday 6/21/21 Worship as Warfare Psalm 48
Psalm 48 gives us a window into Jehosphat and how God used Israel's worship to wage war. 
June 21, 2021
Friday 6/18/21 Two Daughters Mark 5:21-43
Jesus displays His power by healing a woman with an issue of blood and raising a little girl from the dead. 
June 18, 2021
Thursday 6.17.21 Mark 5:21-34 Two Daughters Healed
Join us as we compare the stories of the woman with chronic bleeding and the 12 year old girl dies and how faith played in each.
June 17, 2021
Wednesday 6/16/21 Mark 5:1-20
Jesus rescues a man from a legion of demons. 
June 16, 2021
Tuesday 6/15/21 The Other Side of the Sea Mark 5:1-5
Jesus goes with His disciples to the other side of the sea of Galilee and is confronted by a man that is demon-possessed. 
June 15, 2021
Monday 6/14/21 Clap Your Hands All You Peoples! Psalm 47
Psalm 47 displays the great hope of Israel that one day Yahweh would reign over all the nations. 
June 14, 2021
Friday 6/11/21 The Healing of the 10 Lepers Luke 17
Jesus heals 10 lepers but one comes back to thank Him for what He did. 
June 11, 2021
Thursday 6.10.21 Luke 17:7-10 The Ugly Truth About Duties
We do what we're supposed to do because we're supposed to do it! Because we're servants, not the master.
June 10, 2021
Wednesday 6/9/21 Luke 17:1-4
Jesus' teachings on the Christian community. 
June 9, 2021
Tuesday 6/8/21 Temptation and Forgiveness Luke 17:1-4
In this short teaching, Jesus gives warnings about leading people into temptation and about forgiving those that have wronged us. 
June 8, 2021
Monday 6/7/21 Be Still and Know I am God Psalm 46
The Psalmist talks about the hope and anchor we have in God. No matter if the world dissolves around us God will be our refuge and strength. 
June 7, 2021
Friday 6/4/21 From Jew to Prophet to Messiah John 4:19-24
Jesus meets the woman at the well and she has a transformation in how she views Jesus. She begins calling him a "Jew" progresses to Jesus is a prophet and finally realizes He is the one hoped for - the coming one. 
June 4, 2021
Thursday 6.3.21 John 4:15-18 He Knows You!
We continue looking at the interaction between Jesus and the woman at the well - specifically how Jesus knew this woman and all she had done, and yet still chose to meet her.
June 3, 2021
Wednesday 6/2/21 John 4:7-14
Jesus offers the Samaritan women living water.
June 2, 2021
Tuesday 6/1/21 He Had to Pass Through Samaria John 4:1-6
John 4 gives us a geographical oddity in that it tells us that Jesus "had" to pass through Samaria. What is going on in this passage? Why would Jesus go through an area where he was hated already because of his ethnicity and beliefs? 
June 1, 2021
Monday 5/31/21 Draw me up from the pit Psalm 40
David cries for deliverance and the Lord hears his prayer.
May 31, 2021
Friday 5/28/21 New Life and Freedom from Sin Romans 6:1-8
Paul makes the point that freedom from sin is all about grace. Even our baptism is a grace-centered and grace-saturated event.   
May 28, 2021
Thursday 5.27.21 Just A Voice - John 1:19-29; John 3:30
We know what "The Gospel" is - but what is MY role in the Gospel? There's a few lessons we can learn from John The Baptist as we consider that question.
May 27, 2021
Wednesday 5/26/21 John 3:16-21
A look into the salvation and condemnation that is presented to us through the unique son of God. 
May 26, 2021
Tuesday 5/25/21 You Must Be Born Again John 3:1-15
Nicodemus comes to Jesus at night and Jesus tells this learned teacher of the Law something shocking - you must be born again. 
May 25, 2021
Monday 5/24/21 From A Low Place to Praise Psalm 43
The Psalmist is in a low place but ends up in a state of praise. He follows a progression of letting God lead him, going to the assembly, and sacrificing to the Lord. 
May 24, 2021
Friday 5/21/21 Jesus is Rejected in His Hometown Luke 4:22-30
Jesus is rejected violently in His hometown of Nazareth after teaching in the synagogue. 
May 21, 2021
Thursday 5.20.21 Luke 4:16-22
Luke gives us a glimpse into a truly "mic drop" moment from Jesus.
May 20, 2021
Wednesday 5/19/21 Isaiah 61:8-11
The Anointed One speaks of the salvation and righteousness brought to us through him by YHWH. 
May 19, 2021
Tuesday 5/18/21 The Anointed One - The Favor of the Lord Isaiah 61:1-7
This passage in Isaiah identifies the Messianic figure that will be anointed with the Spirit. Jesus will quote this passage in Luke 4 when he reads from the scroll in the Nazareth synagogue. Jesus will proclaim that this passage is about him. Some have called this the "Nazareth Manifesto." 
May 18, 2021
Monday 5/17/21 As The Deer Pants for the Waters Psalm 42
The Psalmist is in exile and he misses the days of Temple worship. He misses the days when he was with God's people singing His praises. 
May 17, 2021
Friday 5/14/21 The Leper Made Clean Mark 1:40-45
Jesus is able to make clean what is unclean. Jesus takes the place of this man who was once the outcast. 
May 14, 2021
Thursday 5.13.21 Mark 1:35-38
Solitude - Quiet - Prayer...3 things we don't practice near as much as we should. And yet, they were important to Jesus so they should be important to us.
May 13, 2021
Wednesday 5/12/21 Mark 1:29-34
Jesus heals Peter's mother-in-law as well as exercises authority over other illnesses and demon-possessed.
May 12, 2021
Tuesday 5/11/21 He teaches with authority Mark 1:21-28
Jesus comes to the synagogue on the Sabbath in Capernaum. He teaches as "one with authority" and the people are in amazement. To top it off, Jesus casts out an unclean spirit from a demon-possessed man that showed up for "church" that day. The fame of Jesus spreads throughout Galilee. 
May 11, 2021
Monday 5/10/21 Foes Arrayed Against Us Psalm 41
Sometimes it seems like the whole world is crashing down on us. In this Psalm, David cries out for help as his foes are coming against him. 
May 10, 2021
Friday 5/7/21 Jesus Selected 12 Luke 6:12-16
Jesus prayed all night before he made a big decision about the 12 men that he would choose to be His apostles. The apostles would become the foundation of the church. 
May 6, 2021
Thursday 5.6.21 Luke 5:27-32
"The single greatest cause of atheism in the world today is Christians..." What do others see in you? A perfect life? Someone who has it all together? Someone with no struggles? Be careful - you might be the one thing standing between them and Christ.
May 6, 2021
Wednesday 5/5/21 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Paul compares the wisdom of man to that which is found in Christ - the revealed power and wisdom of God.
May 5, 2021
Tuesday 5/4/21 Come and Follow Me Luke 5:1-11
Jesus tells Simon to let down his nets in the deeper water and Simon, James, and John witness a miracle. After fishing all night and catching nothing they catch so many fish their nets are breaking. Simon realizes he is in the presence of someone great and holy. His response to Jesus is much like Isaiah and his vision of God in Isaiah 6. Jesus calls Simon and his friends to put their nets down and become fishers of men. 
May 4, 2021
Monday 5/3/21 Great is the Lord Psalm 40
Today's Psalm may be one you can identify with as you deal with difficulties. Maybe you find yourself in the pit of despair and need God's rescue. Once that rescue comes we cry out to God "Great is the Lord!" 
May 3, 2021
Friday 4/30/21 The Father Loves the Son John 3:31-36
John tells the reader that Jesus has come from heaven to earth to reveal the things "from above." Jesus, being the perfect God-man, reveals the will of the Father to us and shows us what it means to be "authentically human." The Son came to do the will of the Father. The Father loves the Son and has given all things to Him. 
April 30, 2021
Thursday 4/29/21 John 3:22-30
John the Baptist had to remind his disciples what his life - his ministry - was all about. We, too, need to be reminded that "He must increase and I must decrease" isn't just a good saying that looks cool on a t-shirt - it's truly the only way for a Christian to live.
April 29, 2021
Wednesday 4/28/21 The Righteousness of Christ Romans 3:21-26
The Lamb of God brings us into right standing before our Father as he substitutes himself in our place, to incur the wrath of God.
April 28, 2021
Tuesday 4/27/21 The Lamb of God! John 1:19-34
John the Baptist bears the important testimony that Jesus Christ is the "Lamb of God who comes to take away the sins of the world." 
April 27, 2021
Monday 4/26/21 A Picture of Acknowledging Sin and Confession Psalm 39
David is silent and considers his sin. He then considers the frailty of life. He confesses and acknowledges his sin and then he cries to God for deliverance from his condition. 
April 26, 2021
Friday 4/23/21 Temptation and the Power of God 1 Corinthians 10:1-14
Paul likens the Christian's baptism to the Red Sea crossing of Israel and the Lord's Supper as God's food for the journey. Paul reminds us that God will never allow us to be tempted beyond what we can withstand.  
April 23, 2021
Thursday 4/22/21 Mark 1:12-13
Although their accounts may be different Matthew, Mark, and Luke all want us to know two things - Jesus being tempted was God's plan and, no matter what we're going through, God is with us.
April 22, 2021
Wednesday 4/21/21 The Last Temptation of Jesus Luke 4:9-13
The Devil makes his last attempt on Jesus by questions his status as the Son of God.
April 21, 2021
Tuesday 4/20/21 The Temptation of Jesus Luke 4:1-8
Jesus goes into the wilderness after His baptism to be tempted by the Devil. He faces some of the same temptations that Adam and Eve faced and Israel faced during the Exodus except he passes His text. Jesus is triumphant over temptation. 
April 20, 2021
Monday 4/19/21 Do Not Fret Psalm 37:1-9
David tells us not to fret about the evil people that prosper. Instead, we are to trust in the Lord, dwell in Him, delight in God, and commit ourselves to His ways. 
April 19, 2021
Friday 4/16/21 Remember your baptism! Romans 6:1-11
The Roman Christians were abusing grace. They had a belief that the more they sinned the more grace abounded. Paul shows them the folly of thinking that way and the absurdity of abusing grace. He reminds them of an important event in their lives - their baptism. 
April 16, 2021
Thursday 4/15/21 Matthew 3:13-17
Today we look at the moment of humility that begins Jesus' ministry in Matthews Gospel as well as the moment God publicly declares Jesus' identity. And ultimately, we're reminded of God's love for us.
April 15, 2021
Wednesday 4/14/21 Matthew 3:7-12
John rebukes the Pharisees and Sadducees for coming to his baptism by reminding them of what repentance really means and a warning if they are unwilling. 
April 14, 2021
Tuesday 4/13/21 Baptism and John the Baptist Matthew 3:1-6
John the Baptist shows up on the biblical scene calling people to repent and be baptized? What is all that about? Today we take on that question in our podcast. 
April 13, 2021
Monday 4/12/21 Righteousness and Justice Psalm 36
The Psalmist describes the state of wicked as beginning with a lack of fear of God. Then he describes God in four ways. God is full of covenant love, faithfulness, righteousness, and justice. In our podcast, we describe what it means to be a person of righteousness and justice.  
April 12, 2021
Friday 4/9/21 Luke 2:48-52
Jesus' parents discover him in the Jerusalem temple teaching the Jewish rabbis. 
April 9, 2021
Thursday 4/8/21 Luke 2:39-47
Luke sets us on a journey where we will see Jesus accepting the obligations before Him and those surrounding Him continually missing it. And Luke starts it with a 12 year old boy left behind at the temple...
April 8, 2021
Wednesday 4/7/21 Matthew 2:13-23
Joseph, at God's command, takes Jesus to Egypt to escape Herod. This leads to three different prophecies from the Old Testament prophets being fulfilled. God's hand is in every moment to bring about salvation for all people!
April 7, 2021
Tuesday 4/6/21 The Visit of the Magi Matthew 2:1-12
In our reading today we learn of Magi that come from the East. The Magi were the educated elite of the time of Christ. They were well connected, wealthy, and practiced astrology. In our story, we look at the strange idea of pagans coming to worship the new king of Israel. 
April 6, 2021
Monday 4/5/21 Vindicate Me! Psalm 35:1-10
David calls for God to intervene and punish the evildoer in today's Psalm. 
April 5, 2021
Friday 4/2/21 Pentecost Miracle Acts 2:1-13
On Pentecost, a great miracle occurs. The Holy Spirit comes and we witness the birth of a new time in the history of God's people. This event is tied together with great events in the past in Sacred Scripture but it looks ahead to a new dawning of hope for man. 
April 2, 2021
Thursday 4/1/21 Acts 1:12-26
The task before the Apostles was massive! Jesus had gone up into heaven and they were waiting for the arrival of the Holy Spirit, as Jesus had promised. Oh, and they needed to select someone to take the place of Judas! But they started with something we so often neglect - Prayer.
April 1, 2021
Wednesday 3/31/21 Acts 1:6-11
Jesus responds to his disciple's last question before ascending into Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father.
March 31, 2021
Tuesday 3/30/21 From Jerusalem to Rome Luke 1:1-4 and Acts 1:1-3
Luke wrote the gospel of Luke and the book of Acts as a two-volume set. In Luke, he begins with the life of Christ, and by the time we get to the end of Acts the Jesus movement (the church) has reached Rome. 
March 30, 2021
Monday 3/29/21 Taste and See the Lord is Good Psalm 34:1-10
In this hymn of David, we meet David in a very low time of his life. He is on the run for his life but he still puts his trust in God. David praises the Lord and invites the reader to taste and see that the Lord is good. 
March 29, 2021
Friday 3/26/21 Simeon and Anna Luke 2:33-38
The Christ-child has been brought to the Temple by His parents to be dedicated to the Lord. The Holy Family meets two people that are only mentioned in the Gospel of Luke. Both Simeon and Anna are advanced in years and have been waiting for the coming of the Messiah. 
March 26, 2021
Thursday 3/25/21 Luke 2:25-32
Simeon waited his whole life to see the Messiah. Not only did he get to see Him, he got to hold Him! So what is it we long for in our lives? 
March 25, 2021
Wednesday 3/24/21 Luke 2:21-24
We read of Mary's piety and devotion to the Law as she takes Jesus to be circumcised and participate in purification rites after Jesus' birth.
March 24, 2021
Tuesday 3/23/21 The Shepherds and Jesus Luke 2:8-20
Angels make an appearance to shepherds in the field to announce the birth of Jesus. In our podcast, we will also notice the parallels between the story of Jesus and the Exodus. 
March 23, 2021
Monday 3/22/11 Reason for Praise Psalm 33:1-11
David gives an invocation to praise and gives us three reasons why we should praise God. 
March 22, 2021
Friday 3/19/21 Who is Lord? Luke 2:1-7
Caesar Augustus issues a decree that everyone should return home for a census. Joseph and Mary have to come to the city of Bethlehem and the House of David. Jesus who is the bread of life will be born in the "House of Bread" (Bethlehem) and he will be laid in a feeding trough. Early we see that Jesus will offer up His body for us. Luke will end his two-volume set with Paul in the city of Rome preaching under Caesar's nose. 
March 19, 2021
Thursday 3.18.21 Luke 1:46-56 The Magnificat
Even though we don't know everything that the future holds, or everything that God us up to, HE is still worthy of our praise.
March 18, 2021
Wednesday 3/17/21 Luke 1:34-45
Mary's great confession of servitude to God is followed by her first encounter with Elizabeth since they have both become pregnant by the power of God.
March 17, 2021
Tuesday 3/16/21 The Annunciation Luke 1:26-33
The angel Gabriel comes to announce to the young girl Mary that she will be with child and give birth to the Savior. Jesus is the fulfillment of many prophecies such as Isaiah 9:6-7. 
March 16, 2021
Monday 3/15/21 Confession as healing Psalm 32
The Psalmist reminds us of the blessing we have in forgiveness. Confession is key to a healthy spiritual life before the Lord. 
March 15, 2021
Friday 3/12/21 A time of silence has come to an end Luke 1:76-79
Zechariah's prophecy ties together many loose ends that were left at the end of the OT. John the Baptist will be the prophet God's people have been waiting for and he will come to prepare the way for the coming One. 
March 12, 2021
Thursday 3/11/21 Zachariah's prophecy Luke 1:67-75
In response to the birth of his son, John the Baptist, Zachariah breaks forth in praise and prophecy. His prophecy weaves together many OT passages and he builds a theologically thick foundation for the purpose of his son John. 
March 11, 2021
Wednesday 3/10/21 Luke 1:57-66
John, the cousin of Jesus, is born to Elizabeth and Zechariah. They name him John to the chagrin of their neighbors and family. The mute Zechariah communicates that is name is John to then receive his voice back.
March 10, 2021
Tuesday 3/9/21 An Angelic Encounter Luke 1:5-24
While Zechariah is ministering in the Temple he is visited by the angel Gabriel with an important message. He will have a son that will have a very important mission. The Messiah is coming and his son, John the Baptist, will be the Elijah that is to come to prepare the way. 
March 9, 2021
Monday 3/8/21 Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit Psalm 31:1-8
David begins this Psalm with a prayer. He is hemmed in by his enemies. He is seeking God's help. His hope is summed up in the statement, "into your hands I commend my spirit." 
March 8, 2021
Friday 3/5/21 The Righteousness of Christ Rom 5:18-21
In our reading, we learn of the great exchange that takes place. We put our faith and trust in Christ and we receive the gift of his perfect righteousness.
March 5, 2021
Thursday 3/4/21 Grace that overcomes Romans 5:16-17
The cross of Jesus is more potent than the sin of Adam. Some would call the word of Jesus "original grace." The grace of Jesus comes into our lives and overcomes the curse of sin. 
March 4, 2021
Wednesday 3/3/21 Romans 5:12-15
If we pay attention to Paul's argument in these verses we quickly realize this is not an argument informing us on the concept of original sin, rather, arguing the power of the atoning death of Jesus Christ. 
March 3, 2021
Tuesday 3/2/21 A Significant Family Tree Luke 3:23-38
In the family tree of Jesus,2 we find some significant things. Jesus is the 77th person mentioned in the family tree. Luke wants us to realize that Jesus is the new Adam and is the savior of all humanity. 
March 2, 2021
Monday 3/1/21 The Strength to Get Through Psalm 30
David probably wrote this Psalm when he brought the Ark of the Covenant from the house of Obed Edom to Jerusalem. This Psalm highlights how we go through low points in life and many troubles. Scripture reminds us that these afflictions are like a light momentary affliction compared to the weight of glory that awaits us. 
March 1, 2021
Friday 2/26/21 A Future Hope Daniel 12:5-13
Daniel receives a final message of hope from two heavenly messengers. This message is enigmatic and is hard to figure out. The message focuses on the oppression of Judah under Antiochus in 167 BC and the coming Messianic age. 
February 26, 2021
Thursday 2/25/21 Daniel 12:1-4
The messenger gave Daniel a message that's just as important to us today as it was to Daniel - you are precious to God, so remain faithful.
February 25, 2021
Wednesday 2/24/21 Daniel 10:10-11:1
Daniel is approached by another spiritual being who wishes to inform him of a vision concerning the future. But not before letting Daniel catch a glimpse of what is going on in the spiritual realm between the earthly kingdoms. 
February 24, 2021
Tuesday 2/23/21 The Angelic Visitor Daniel 10:1-9
Daniel has seen a vision that has really shaken him to his core. God dispatches a heavenly visitor with an answer to this vision but the experience of seeing this spiritual being is a bit unnerving too for Daniel.  
February 23, 2021
Monday 2/22/21 Ascribe to the Lord Praise Psalm 29
David reminds us in this Psalm that God is Lord over the waters and the storm. His voice is like powerful lightning and thunder. 
February 22, 2021
Friday 2/19/21 The Angel Gabriel Brings the Interpretation Daniel 8:15-27
Daniel's vision has really disturbed him. The angel Gabriel comes to give him the answer to his vision. Daniel's vision looks forward to the end of the age and big events for the future of God's people. 
February 19, 2021
Thursday 2/18/21 The Ram and the Goat Dan 8:1-14
In this vision of Daniel, we get a prophecy about the rise of the Persians and the Greeks. Daniel also predicts the coming of Alexander the Great and the oppression of Antiochus Epiphanes. 
February 18, 2021
Wednesday 2/17/21 Daniel 7:15=28 Daniel's Dream Interpreted
It is Daniel's turn to need his visions interpreted. He asks for help from a divine figure who explains to him who the Beast from his vision is. 
February 17, 2021
Tuesday 2/16/21 The Son of Man Daniel 7:1-14
The kingdoms of this world will come and go but God's kingdom will stand forever. In Daniel's vision, we get a peek into the ascension of Jesus once He has conquered death. 
February 16, 2021
Monday 2/15/21 Hear My Cry O Lord Psalm 28
The imprecatory Psalms are embarrassing to some people but the Christian should not shy away from these Psalms. Sometimes our prayer lives are too puny and we need to bear our hearts to God. God invites us into His presence to share with him our hurts. 
February 15, 2021
Friday 2/12/21 COVID Special Podcast Why Christianity Part 2
In today's podcast, we turn back to the question we picked up yesterday with the question - Why Christianity. Today is part 2 of our discussion. 
February 12, 2021
Thursday 2/11/21 COVID Special Podcast - Why Christianity Makes Sense
Today and tomorrow we have special podcasts that are a bit off the beaten path. We ask the basic question "why Christianity?" 
February 11, 2021
Wednesday 2/10/21 Daniel 6:5-15
King Darius is tricked into getting Daniel thrown in a lion's den due to his continued persistence in praying to God.
February 10, 2021
Tuesday 2/9/21 There is no excuse for Belshazzar Daniel 5:30-31
In our reading today we see a transition of power from the Babylonians to the Persians. We also see through God's judgment of Belshazzar that we are without excuse before the Lord. 
February 9, 2021
Monday 2/8/21 The Characteristics of a Blameless Life Psalm 26
In this Psalm, David invites God to search him out and judge him. David then gives us the keys to living blamelessly before the Lord. 
February 8, 2021
Friday 2/5/21 Daniel 5:24-31
Daniel interprets the hand writing on the wall for King Belshazzar. It is time for God's judgement to be delivered. 
February 5, 2021
Thursday 2/4/21 A King that will not humble himself Daniel 5:13-23
Belshazzar is a ruler that will let his pride lead to his downfall and the demise of his nation. 25 years before Nebuchadnezzar was humbled by God and responded accordingly. Belshazzar has blasphemed the God of Israel and now his time is up. 
February 4, 2021
Wednesday 2/3/21 Daniel 5:7-12
The Babylonian Queen suggests to Belshazzar that he should summon Daniel to come and interpret the writing on the wall.
February 3, 2021
Tuesday 2/2/21 Whistling Past the Graveyard Daniel 5:1-6
The end is near for Belshazzar but he is in denial of the severity of his situation. Belshazzar throws a party and profanes the holy vessels of God's temple. 
February 2, 2021
Monday 2/1/21 Unto Thee O Lord Psalm 25:1-7
David shows us a wonderful model of how he is willing to be taught by God's word, he is aware of his own sinfulness, and he is totally reliant on the mercy of God. 
February 1, 2021
1/29/21 Nebuchadnezzar Doesn't Know God Daniel 4:24-37
Nebuchadnezzar proclaimed a belief in God but he truly did not "know" God. God humbles him to teach him and to bring him to the knowledge of God. 
January 29, 2021
Thursday 1/28/21 Reduced to a Beast Daniel 4:28-33
Nebuchadnezzar's pride has brought about the judgment of God. Pride leads one to act as a best and only look out for their own interests. Nebuchadnezzar's punishment is that God shows him where pride takes you - reduced to being a beast. 
January 28, 2021
Wednesday 1/25/21 Daniel 4:19-27
Daniel interprets the dream of the tree for Nebuchadnezzar that foretells of his destruction if he does not reform and display personal righteousness and show mercy to the oppressed. 
January 27, 2021
Tuesday 1/26/21 The Strange Dream of the King Daniel 4:1-18
King Nebuchadnezzar is the master of his world. He has everything but he is troubled by a dream. Daniel is the only one that can provide an answer to the king's strange dream. In this podcast, we see that all the possessions and the power in this world cannot bring you contentment. 
January 26, 2021
Monday 1/25/21 Who Will Ascend to the Lord? Psalm 24
The Psalmist reminds us that God is the creator, sustainer, and ruler over everything. He then challenges those that would want to enter God's presence. We are called to have pure hands, pure hearts, and a life of integrity absent of idol worship. 
January 25, 2021
Friday 1/22/21 Faith Amidst the Flames Daniel 3:24-30
Even in the midst of the flames of life, God goes with us. God is already there waiting for us and will never forsake us. 
January 22, 2021
Thursday 1/21/21 An Epiphany in the Furnace Daniel 3: 8:25
The three Hebrew boys Shadrach, Meschach, and Abendigo show amazing courage and faith amidst pressure to worship the image created by Nebuchadnezzar. Once they are thrown into the furnace they are accompanied by a divine visitor. Who is this enigmatic "fourth" person in the flames with the boys? 
January 21, 2021
Wednesday 1/20/21 Daniel 3:1-7 A Decree in the Province of Babylon
Nebuchadnezzar has raised up a new statue that will act as a symbol of unity in his kingdom.  However, Nebuchadnezzar has placed his faith in the wrong thing. YHWH is the only entity that can unite, bring peace, or prevent a kingdom from toppling. 
January 20, 2021
Tuesday 1/19/21 The Dream and Interpretation Daniel 2:36-49
Daniel steps forward to provide an interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's strange dream.  God will establish His kingdom and it will not be shaken. 
January 19, 2021
Monday 1/18/21 The Lord is My Shepherd Psalm 23
Psalm 23 is one of the most familiar passages in the Bible. Today we go through this passage verse by verse to find the meaning for us.
January 18, 2021
Friday 1/15/21 The Statue and the Stone Daniel 2:31-49
Daniel interprets the dream of the king and reveals that there is a kingdom coming that will supersede all other kingdoms. A stone will destroy the other kingdoms and grow into a mountain the fills the earth. Daniel is reminding us that what matters most is the kingdom of God.  
January 15, 2021
Thursday 1/14/20 Dreams of a King Daniel 2:12-30
Nebuchadnezzar has had a disturbing dream and he has demanded that his wise men and magicians interpret his dream. To make matters worse he is demanding they give him the contents of his dream. He has commanded that they be put to death if they cannot both give the contents of his dream and provide an interpretation. Daniel will come to the king's aid and once again show the power of God at work in his life. 
January 14, 2021
Wednesday 1/13/21 Daniel 2:1-11
Nebuchadnezzar begins having troubling dreams and seeks out counsel on what to make of them. However, his Diviners, Enchanters, Sorcerers, and Chaldean wise men are not much help and he threatens their lives if they cannot solve his problem.
January 13, 2021
Tuesday 1/12/21 A Faithful Witness in Exile Daniel 1:17-21
God grants the four Hebrew boys in Exile wisdom beyond their peers. Daniel will serve in the Babylonian court into old age and he will do so without compromising his faith. 
January 12, 2021
Monday 1/11/21 A Picture of the Crucifixion Psalm 22
Psalm 22 gives a prophecy of the crucifixion of Jesus 1000 years before it occurred 
January 11, 2021
Friday 1/8/21 Identity, Indoctrination, and Dependence Daniel 1:1-15
The four Hebrew boys have been sent into Babylonian captivity. Intense pressure has been applied to them to change. Their identity has been stripped. The Babylonians are attempting to indoctrinate them and the King wants them to depend on him for their sustenance. God will see them through as they stand strong for their faith. 
January 8, 2021
Thursday 1/7/21 A New Creation Isaiah 66:15-24
Isaiah prophecies of a new day when God will bring about His new creation. God will draw all nations to His holy mountain and he will punish the evildoer. 
January 7, 2021
Wednesday 1/6/21 Isaiah 53
Isaiah informs his readers who the "Arm of the Lord" is: the Suffering Servant.
January 6, 2021
Tuesday 1/5/21 The Good News from Zion Isaiah 40:1-9
Isaiah predicts a day of comfort is coming for God's people. In Isaiah 40 we see the prophecy of the coming of John the Baptist to prepare the way for the Lord and the gospel being proclaimed from Zion. 
January 5, 2021
Monday 1/4/21 The Joy of the Lord Psalm 21
David has been granted the prayer of Psalm 20 and is exulting in the Lord. 
January 4, 2021
Friday 1/1/21 Sufficiency in Christ Colossians 1:15-23
Paul encourages the church at Colossae with the fact that Jesus is completely sufficient in all things. Christ completely saves. We do not need to add other elements to our faith in Christ to bring us closer to God. Jesus and his perfect work of redemption on the cross brings complete salvation to us. 
January 1, 2021
Thursday 12/31/20 Rooted Firmly in Christ Colossians 2:1-15
Paul encourages the Colossian church to stay rooted in their faith in Jesus. They are in jeopardy because of a vain philosophy but he reminds them of what they have in Jesus. 
December 31, 2020
Wednesday 12/30/20 Colossians 1:15-29
Paul writes a beautiful poem/hymn regarding the deity of Christ, is involvement in creation, and Lordship over our lives through the reconciliation that occurred on the cross. 
December 30, 2020
Tuesday 12/29/20 Faith, Hope, and Hearing Colossians 1:1-14
The church at Colossae was under intense pressure to give up on their faith in Jesus. Paul reminds them that the most important thing about them is their identity in Christ. 
December 29, 2020
Monday 12/28/20 A Psalm for Battle Psalm 20
This Psalm was meant for preparation for the battle for the armies of Israel.  Imagine this Psalm being read to the King in the temple with his soldiers present before a major military campaign.  
December 28, 2020
Friday 12/25/20 Messiah's Isaiah 35
Merry Christmas from the Illuminated Word podcast! Today we look at how the coming of the Messiah signaled the reversing of the curse and an advanced sign of God's perfect future. 
December 25, 2020
Thursday 12/24/20 Hope from the Shoot of Jesse Isaiah 11:1-10
Isaiah looked ahead to a time when hope would come from the family of Jesse. A new king would arise and his reign would bring a reversal of the curse upon this world. We know as Christians that this new king is Jesus. 
December 24, 2020
Wednesday 12/23/20 Isaiah 9:1-7
A messianic prediction from Isaiah gives us the now-famous lyric, "Unto us, a child is born..." In context, this really is speaking centuries before Jesus incarnates himself on earth to save us from death. The same death the Israelites feared from the Assyrians at the time of Isaiah's writing.
December 23, 2020
Tuesday 12/22/20 The Nations Will Come To God's Mountain Isaiah 2:1-5
Isaiah 2 is a very familiar passage to many. Isaiah prophecies that a faithful remnant will be found in Jerusalem and that Mount Zion will be raised high above all other mountains. The nations will flow to Zion and peace will come to this world. 
December 22, 2020
Monday 12/21/20 Monday The Three Books of God Psalm 19
Psalm 19 tells us that God communicates through three "books." God communicates through the following: the heavens declare His glory, His Law is good and perfect, and our conscience bears witness to the truth of God. The psalmist reminds us that there is a general revelation of the created order and also the special revelation of God's word. 
December 21, 2020
Friday 12/18/20 Hope in a Dark Time Micah 4
Micah has prophesied against the people of Judah and Israel. The common man is exploited by his wealthy neighbors. The people feel the pressure of the coming Assyrian invasion. Their world is filled with strife and pain. Micah prophesies of a coming day when peace will come. God will set all things right and the implements of war will turn into implements of food production and peace. 
December 18, 2020
Thursday 12/17/20 Hating Good and Loving Evil Micah 3:1-12
Through the prophet Micah the Lord warns Israel with a chilling assessment that they "hate good and love evil." God tells the leaders of Judah that since they perverted justice and made the straight paths crooked he will come in judgment. 
December 17, 2020
Wednesday 12/16/20 The Good Shepherd Micah 2:1-13
Micah accuses unjust rulers, corrupt Israelites taking advantage of their poorer neighbors, false prophets, and even the victims of these false teachers. Micah ends the chapter by drawing out the New Testament confession of Jesus being our Good Shepherd.
December 16, 2020
Tuesday 12/15/20 Warnings to a Nation Micah 1:1-16
Micah comes during a time when Assyria is a threat to the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah. His warning is dire and God has come to judge both Samaria and Jerusalem. Micah repeatedly tells the people that God cares for the poor, for truth, and for human rights. 
December 15, 2020
Monday 12/14/20 Integrity Before the Lord Psalm 17
David is calling to the Lord for deliverance. What is most striking about this Psalm is the integrity of the Psalmist. When people are fully integrated with their beliefs and they practice what they preach they tend to be happy and fulfilled people. 
December 14, 2020
Friday 12/11/20 God's Presence is Blessing Haggai 2:10-19
The people have returned from Exile but they have not put their whole hearts into rebuilding the Temple. They have failed to realize the importance of God's presence in their lives. The Temple was God's dwelling and they are missing out on the blessings of God's presence with His people. 
December 11, 2020
Thursday 12/10/20 Haggai 2:1-9
The Israelites, because they were focused on their own homes and lives, have neglected to complete the temple of the Lord. Through Haggai, God calls His people to "Work!", and that His grace is greater than their sins and failures.
December 10, 2020