Through the Bible, January 31

Read: Hebrews 7 Summary: The Genesis account tells us only briefly of a rather mysterious figure, Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High (Gen. 14:17-24).  But in the New Testament book of Hebrews, the writer makes much of the fact that Abraham, from whom the nation of …

Through the Bible, January 30

Read: Psalms 37; 49; 73; 94 Summary: The book of Job (our reading for week 2 this month) is the lengthiest discussion in Scripture addressing the issue of God’s justice.  God sometimes acts in ways we do not understand.  It may not seem to be fair or even right to …

Through the Bible, January 29

Read: Psalm 19:1-6; 33:6-9; 95:1-7; 136:1-9 Summary: Very often our considerations of the creation are from an apologetic standpoint (not as in an apology, but rather a reasoned defense), that is, an effort to defend the biblical account of creation and respond to the theory of evolution.  The Bible’s emphasis …

January 29-31 Supplementary Readings

Extra Days: Supplemental Readings January 29-31 Each month in the year in which there are more than 28 days–that, of course, is all of them except February–we will use those “extra” days for supplementary readings.  These are further readings based on ideas or concepts introduced during the regular reading schedule …

Through the Bible, January 28

Read: Catch up day Thought and Reflection: Today is the scheduled “catch up” day for the fourth week of January (22-28), so no reading is scheduled.  But here are some thoughts to consider. As Jacob traveled to the family of his mother where he was to find a wife, God …

Through the Bible, January 27

Read: Genesis 46-47; 49:28-50:26 Summary: With God’s encouragement Jacob accepts Joseph’s invitation to move the entire family to Egypt.  There, provided with exceptional favor, they settle to live in the region of Goshen.  Jacob dies in Egypt, but according to his wishes, is returned to be buried at home in …

Through the Bible, January 26

Read: Genesis 42-45 Summary: God’s providence is at work as He is paving the way for Jacob’s family to come to Egypt.  Remember, God had told Abraham years previous about his descendants’ future experience there (Gen. 15:13).  In fact-is-stranger-than-fiction fashion, the story unfolds of Joseph’s brothers asking him, whom they …

Through the Bible, January 25

Read: Genesis 37; 39-41 Summary: Jacob’s son Joseph is his father’s favorite, and it’s no secret.  Why had Jacob not learned the bitter lessons of parental favoritism from his own experiences?  The brothers’ jealousy nearly gets Joseph killed and it does land him in far off Egypt as a slave.  …

Through the Bible, January 24

Read: Genesis 32-33; 35 Summary: Jacob’s return home means an encounter with Esau, whom he still fears greatly.  It also proves rather momentous in that God blesses him and reaffirms the covenant with him.  This series of events also includes Jacob’s mysterious wrestling match with an angel. Devotional Thought: The …

Through the Bible, January 23

Read: Genesis 29-31 Summary: Jacob’s search for a wife lands him two, sisters Rachel and Leah.  His experiences with their father, Laban, teach him valuable lessons that help temper his youthful, self-serving attitudes.  Finally, after 20 years, he decides it’s time to return home, now with a family including eleven …