BibleStudyTogether DailyReadings

A 2-Year Chronological & Thematic Journey through God's Word
with Daily Comments from Dr. Del Tackett.

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May 24


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 510 (5/24) – Isaiah 26:1-27:13; Matthew 27:27-34; Mark 15:21-24

Again (picking up from yesterday), for example, the last word in 26:15 translated “land” and the word in 26:18 translated “earth” are the same Hebrew word. Same is true for 27:13 “land of Assyria” and “land of Egypt”. Translators have to rely upon context with this very common word and it is difficult to decide which to use. However, the nature of a Holy and Merciful God are clearly seen. This struck me: “If favor is shown to the wicked, he does not learn righteousness”. It made me think of the passage in Hebrews 12:4-11 regarding the discipline of the Lord and how it “produces a harvest of righteousness”.

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May 23


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 509 (5/23) – Isaiah 24:1-25:12; Mark 15:16-20; Luke 22:63-65

There are two ways to read the Isaiah passage today: the Hebrew word translated as “earth” and “world” throughout the passage can be just as readily translated as “land”. This can bring one's mind to either a global prophecy or one that deals primarily with Israel. You may want to read it one way and then the other. The bottom line in all of this is that God’s judgment reaches from the lowest to the highest and it is thorough; and His grace is just as stunning. We see promises here that are given to those who find themselves now in Christ. Take time to worship Him and thank Him for His abundant mercy and grace to us through Christ.

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May 22


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 508 (5/22) – Isaiah 22:15-23:18; John 9:1-16

I was struck by the way the sovereignty and omnipotence of God was worded in that He would take a nation and “whirl you around and around and throw you like a ball…” How foolish is it for kings and authorities, cities and nations, rulers and powers, to think they can defy God and shake their fist in His face? Again, Jeffersons’ words return to me of trembling for our nation because God’s justice cannot sleep forever.

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May 21


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 507 (5/21) – Isaiah 21:1-22:14; Luke 23:13-25

We are reading through difficult passages together. The judgment of God that falls upon cities and nations of old for their sins is not often dwelt upon today. Yet, our reading through the Bible gives us cause to thankfully do so. Do not skim through these, for it is critical for us to know the holiness and righteousness of God in times where the passions of the heart are more important than notions of sin and abominations. The heart of man trends often toward the embracing of the unholy, just as the mob cries out for a murderer to be released and for the innocent Jesus to be crucified. Find time to discuss these things.

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May 20


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 506 (5/20) – Isaiah 19:1-20:6

It might be a good exercise to simply list the descriptions of Egypt as it is being judged by God. Here are a few: they tremble at the presence of the Lord; their hearts melt; they fight against each other; their leaders are deluded and foolish; etc. The prophecy concerning the presence of believers in Egypt is one that I know personally is looked at with joy by Christian Egyptians who see God’s grace in their nation in this very day.

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May 19


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 505 (5/19) – Isaiah 15:1-16:14

As we read through the judgment of one nation after another, it is hard not to continually turn our gaze upon the nations today. It is harder not to “tremble” for them. We are presented with the overwhelming power of God to humble even the mightiest nation, bringing it to its knees–bringing total and utter destruction for its unrighteousness before the Lord. We are learning here that, yes, God deals with us as individuals, but He also deals with man corporately. No corporate body is safe from the righteous judgment of God.

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May 18


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 504 (5/18) – Micah 2:1-3:12; Matthew 27:15-26

It caused a shiver in me when I read today of the judgment of God on evil because of unrighteous leaders, when there was “no answer from God”. Can you think of anything more disastrous than when God will no longer hear? I was also struck by the evil that arises from a mob, as we see when the crowd was stirred up to ask for Barabbas and to call for the crucifixion of Jesus. We suffer from this today. Not only in physical mobs, but also in the form of “i-mobs”.

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May 17


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 503 (5/17) – Isaiah 14:1-32; Mark 15:6-15

Paralleled today with the nations who did evil and the severe judgments that are consequently visited upon them by God, we have Rome handing Jesus over to be crucified, though Pilate found no fault in Him. The act of Pilate is not unusual, for rulers often act, not in righteousness, but in accord with their own benefit.

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May 16


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 502 (5/16) – Isaiah 13:1-22; John 18:28-40

The first twelve chapters of Isaiah were directed at the rebellion of Israel. The next eleven are directed at other nations who have also done evil. It should become apparent to us that God is not oblivious to nations. He cares about them and He blesses them and judges them based upon their righteousness or their evil. Many today say that God doesn’t care about nation states nor should we. One would be hard pressed to prove that from the Scriptures. Note the language here that is given regarding the judgment upon Babylon. It appears apocalyptic, yet it is valuable for us to put in its context so that we don’t misunderstand other portions of the Scripture when it is similarly used. The declaration by Jesus to Pilate was the key passage used to begin the Truth Project. “For this reason I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” What a great confession!

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May 15


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 501 (5/15) – 2 Chronicles 31:1-21; Isaiah 18:1-7 Luke 23:1-12

Does a sense of peace come over you when you read of King Hezekiah doing what was right in the eyes of the Lord? Proverbs 29:2 aptly states: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked rule, the people mourn.” When Jesus was brought to trial, he came before unrighteous rulers. Even so, this was God’s plan for the salvation of man. Many have pondered why Herod and Pilate became friends through this. I have my thoughts. What are yours?

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May 14


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 500 (5/14) – 2 Chronicles 30:1-27; Psalms 134:1-3; Mark 15:2-5; Matthew 27:11-14

Oh, that we might have leaders today who would call the nation back to God as did Hezekiah! Yet, we have a Remnant in the land. Let us humble ourselves before the Lord and ask Him to grant us repentance. Join us at noon eastern today to pray together. Notice there were some who scorned and mocked this message, just as they did to Jesus, and just as we will have today. Trust in the Lord and rest in Him.

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May 13


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 499 (5/13) – 2 Chronicles 29:1-36

Our reading today should be a refreshment to us, for we finally find a king who “does what is right in the sight of the Lord”. Would there not be a refreshment to our land if all of our authorities would simply humble themselves before the Lord? Would there not be a sigh of rejoicing if righteousness reigned from our families to the sphere of labor to the state? Let it begin with each of us today. May we follow the example of Hezekiah and cleanse what we can cleanse and restore what we can restore and then worship Him.

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May 12


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 498 (5/12) – Isaiah 4:1-5:30

Today we have one of the iconic passages from Isaiah: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” In the midst of this rebellion, God calls forth enemies to invade the land whose “arrows are sharp” and “their roaring is like a lion” and “none can rescue”. It is beneficial for us to read of God’s judgment. It should bring wisdom and repentance, else “behold, darkness and distress”.

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May 11


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 497 (5/11) – Isaiah 3:1-4:1; Mark 15:1; Matthew 27:1-10

To ponder today: “...they proclaim their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it.” To discuss: “My people–infants are their oppressors, and women rule over them.” The prophecies of Jeremiah concerning the thirty pieces of silver were delivered 600 years before they happened. Take some time today to dwell on the omniscience and omnipresence of God. He knows all and He is present everywhere in time and space.

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May 10


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 496 (5/10) – Isaiah 1:21-2:22; John 18:25-27; Luke 22:66-71

The last verses in Isaiah today struck me: “Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?” This follows the statement describing that the Lord will rise “to terrify the earth”. The testimony of Jesus during His trial that He was the Messiah is clear. They were incensed at this, but man will not be haughty when He comes as Judge.

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May 9


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 495 (5/9) – 2 Kings 17:24-41; Isaiah 1:1-20; Luke 22:54-62

There is much today for a good discussion. What does God think about a people who “fear Him” and worship Him at the appointed times, but also follow the gods of the world around them? What attributes are revealed in God when He says: “Come let us reason together”? What was going on in Peter’s mind and heart when he said “I do not know him.”.

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May 8


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 494 (5/8) – Isaiah 28:1-29; 2 Kings 18:9-12; Matthew 26:69-75

This struck me today: when the message of God’s judgment is finally understood, it will be “sheer terror” (Isaiah 28:19). That makes me shudder. It seems hard to believe that any person or culture would continue in their rebellion, knowing the consequences, yet we read that Israel and Judah persisted: “...we have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood we have taken shelter” (vs 15). Sadness upon sadness.

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May 7


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 493 (5/7) – Hosea 14:1-9; 2 Kings 17:3-23; Mark 14:66-72

The passage in 2 Kings gives us an incredible, yet deeply saddening, summary of God’s final judgment upon Israel and its fall to the Assyrian Empire. It would be a good discussion to ask if there are any parallels between what brought Israel to its end and our world today. I see many. It is a sad thing when a people are so greatly blessed by the Lord yet they still reject Him. Peter denied Jesus, yes, but he quickly repented of it and was filled with remorse. Oh, that we might act with such deep repentance.

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May 6


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 492 (5/6) – Hosea 12:1-13:16

When I read these sad verses today about the horrible, yet just judgment that was coming upon Israel and Judah because of their turning away from God, I was reminded of the quote that is carved in the Jefferson Memorial: “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever…” May God grant us repentance before then.

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May 5


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 491 (5/5) – Hosea 10:1-11:12

This verse stood out to me today because it seemed so relevant to us in our times: “Because you have trusted in your own way and in the multitude of your warriors, therefore the tumult of war shall arise among your people, and all your fortresses shall be destroyed…” Yet, we are reminded again of the “steadfast love” of God. How gracious and good He has been to us!

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May 4


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 490 (5/4) – Hosea 8:1-9:17; Mark 14:53-65

What struck you today? For me, it was this: “They consecrated themselves to the thing of shame, and became detestable like the thing they loved” and “My God will reject them because they have not listened to Him…” And then we have the illegal trial of Jesus, false witnesses, and Jesus declaring the truth about Himself… but the high priest rejected Him and they condemned Him to death. God will take this travesty of justice and turn it into glory!

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May 3


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 489 (5/3) – Hosea 6:1-7:16; Matthew 26:57-68

“For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” God spoke this to Israel and Judah in the midst of their deep rebellion against Him, yet it could be spoken to us today. This is worth personal meditation. If someone were to observe our lives, would our walk, other than church attendance (sacrifice and burnt offerings) be any different than the rest of the world? Or would our walk be filled with steadfast love and the knowledge of God?

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May 2


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 488 (5/2) – Hosea 4:1-5:15; John 18:12-24

What struck me today, despite all the similarities to our own culture (swearing, lying, stealing, murder, adultery…), was the judgment upon those “who move the landmark”. Upon them, God says, He will “pour out my wrath like water”. It would be a profitable discussion for your family today to talk about what God meant by this and apply it to our lives in our times. This is important to do, for we do not want to be as Peter, who from fear of the world, denied Jesus. 

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May 1


Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 487 (5/1) – Hosea 2:2-3:5; Philemon 1:8-25

Our passage is heartbreaking, for it mirrors our own culture today. It should also be a reminder to each of us, personally, that it is easy to fall into the same trap. We act like those who worship God, but our hearts can grow more fond of the things of the world or its ways and thinking. In Hosea’s day, the people still did the feasts, the new moons, the Sabbaths; in our day it might be doing church on Sunday, singing songs, hearing the sermon, putting money in the plate. Today is a day to check our heart before the Lord. Just as Philemon was being called to go against the grain of culture and maybe his own emotions, so, too, are we. (Watch the Philemon overview video.). 

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