Dr. Susan Michael Articles

Jesus the King

During the final week of Jesus' life, He began to prepare His disciples for what was ahead. In a detailed discourse...
The Holidays with Jesus

The Holidays with Jesus

Do you sometimes dread the holidays because of family tensions? Well, you haven't seen anything until you hear about Jesus' holidays. Jesus was an observant Jew who often went to Jerusalem for the festivities surrounding the three main pilgrimage feasts and there He...

Do You Have Ears to Hear?

Do You Have Ears to Hear?

Jesus was a master teacher. Even skeptics who don't believe in His divinity will often say they like His teaching. But Jesus was more than a good teacher and the people were often in awe because He taught with such authority. It was as though God Himself was speaking...

The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter

Jesus was born while the oppressive and brutal Roman Empire and its appointed king, Herod the Great, ruled the Jewish people. Herod was a descendant of the Idumeans who had earlier been forced to convert to Judaism. Therefore, Herod was "half-Jewish" but he was also...

One Amazing Moment

One Amazing Moment

Ever since Adam and Eve's fall into sin and their banishment from the Garden of Eden, God has been busy at work carrying out a plan to redeem mankind and reestablish the relationship they had enjoyed with Him. He had created man for fellowship but since He is holy, He...

He Will Send a Messenger

He Will Send a Messenger

We end our reading of the Old Testament this week with the story of a gifted leader named Nehemiah. When Nehemiah brought the third group of exiles back to rebuild Jerusalem, he encountered much resistance. But in the end, the walls were rebuilt thanks to his wisdom,...

God Saves His People and His Plan

God Saves His People and His Plan

We all love a story about a beautiful, young lady chosen to be a queen, such as that found in the book of Esther, where the Jewish girl, Hadassah—an orphan who was raised by her cousin, Mordecai—becomes the queen of Persia. It almost sounds like a fairy...

Restoring the Fortunes of Zion

Restoring the Fortunes of Zion

The first wave of exiles arrived in Jerusalem, soon after King Cyrus allowed them to return to rebuild the temple. Psalm 126 was written around this time and describes the emotions of this surreal return: "When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like...

God Speaks with Power

God Speaks with Power

The book of Job is one that we usually rather avoid! God said Himself that Job was blameless — He feared God and shunned evil. Yet He let down the protective hedge around Job and allowed him to suffer tremendous loss. When Job passed the test with a humble...

Why We Needed a New Covenant

Why We Needed a New Covenant

Jeremiah had already prophesied to four previous kings and it was time for him to warn another one about the error of his ways. King Zedekiah was given the chance to repent and do what was right, thereby extending the life of the Davidic dynasty. If he refused, then...

Step Back in Time to Experience Jerusalem’s Jubilee

Step Back in Time to Experience Jerusalem’s Jubilee

When I first went to Israel as a Bible student, I could not think of any field of study more boring than that of archaeology—what I called "the study of dust and stones." Some 40 years later, I have made a complete about-face, and I have to admit that recent...

God Is Transforming Lives One Bible Page at a Time

God Is Transforming Lives One Bible Page at a Time

I was blown away when a listener recently wrote to say my Walk Thru the Bible podcast series had changed their life. Another wrote that the weekly teachings infuse them with strength and encouragement. Another listener said they have read the Bible cover to cover many...

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