Sarah Seibels

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Reversals

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Reversals

Deuteronomy 26-28 The longer we live, the more we see reversals in our lives. Roles are reversed when we become the parent instead of the child or the teacher instead of the student, or when we find ourselves caring for those who once cared for us. Today in Deuteronomy we hear a whisper of a … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: To Eat and Not Be Satisfied

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: To Eat and Not Be Satisfied

Leviticus 25-27 In chapter 25 God commands a Sabbath year of rest and guilt-free vacation from the daily plow (giving the land a rest every seven years), and God commands a jubilee celebration every fifty years to “proclaim liberty” and celebrate the Lord’s provision by taking rest and returning each to his family property (Lev. … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Where Is He?

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Where Is He?

Matthew 1-2 Psalm 3-4 One question is asked in today’s reading, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him” (Matt. 2:2). These magi — astrologers, wise men, men from the east — are following the star of a … Read More

Advent Bible Blog: It’s Too Heavy

Advent Bible Blog: It’s Too Heavy

Revelation 9-10 Proverbs 25 [Ed. note: If Revelation 9 were about crabs instead of locusts, perhaps it would look like this! – CWG]   There is a scene in Corrie Ten Boom’s The Hiding Place, in which Corrie asks her father a question he chooses not to answer: He turned to look at me, as he … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Pompous Little Windbag

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Pompous Little Windbag

Job 32-34 Proverbs 18 “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion” (Prov. 18:2). These are words of rebuke for the fool in all of us. For even if you are one to hold back in silence, can you remain silent for long? In today’s reading from Job, Elihu has … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Perfect in Weakness

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Perfect in Weakness

Esther 1-3 Who doesn’t feel intimidated from time to time when reading stories from the Old Testament? Even when we remember that situation with Bathsheba, it is still easy to admire and even hope to emulate figures like Abraham, Joseph, or David. Yet in the book of Esther, what is particularly noticeable (and even charming)  … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The Apple of His Eye

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The Apple of His Eye

Zechariah 1-3 “He who touches you touches the apple of his eye.” (Zech. 2:8) Doesn’t the expression “you are the apple of my eye” bring to mind some sweet old lady fondly addressing her grandchild or a life-long beau? The idea that our almighty God would call us the apple of his eye is startling … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: A Day of Joy, Not of Sadness

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: A Day of Joy, Not of Sadness

Nehemiah 8-10 “And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, ‘This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.’ For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law.” (Nehemiah 8:9). … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: “Yet I have been a sanctuary…”

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: “Yet I have been a sanctuary…”

Ezekiel 43-45 “And behold, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the east. And the sound of his coming was like the sound of many waters, and the earth shone with his glory. And the vision I saw was just like the vision that I had seen when he came to destroy … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: No Fairy-Tale Princesses!

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: No Fairy-Tale Princesses!

Ezekiel 23-25 Counter to what we might hope, the extended metaphor that the Lord delivers to Ezekiel in today’s reading gets no better, but worse, as we read on. Oholah and Oholibah are no fairy-tale princesses, but are snapshots of the rather gross reality of God’s people (that means you and me) consumed by sin. … Read More