Tuesday, December 11, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 7:1-28; Daniel 8:1-27; Revelation 3:7-22

That they may set their hope in God. Psalm 78:7, NKJV

Bible history is interesting, informative, and important. Why do we need to study this history? There are lessons to be learned (see 1 Cor. 10:1-12), and illustrations to be grasped. Jesus Himself constantly quoted Old Testament history. This chapter provides another reason. It is an overview of Israel’s history. It emphasizes how much we need to know how God worked in the past. By doing so, we learn to “set [our] hope [on] God,” the one behind all history. —N. C. Funston

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home. —Isaac Watt