Through the Bible, February 28

Reading: No scheduled reading Thoughts and Reflection: Today is the “Catch Up” day (if needed) for the week of February 22-28 so no reading is assigned for today.  Below, though, are some points to ponder based on this week’s readings. Since there is no assigned reading for today don’t consider this …

Through the Bible, February 27

Reading: Deuteronomy 32-34 Summary: Some people call it a “swan song”.  I’m sure there’s a story behind that name, but Moses had one, literally (the song, not the swan). It may seem a bit unusual to us, but an important part of the transition from Moses’ to Joshua’s leadership was …

Through the Bible, February 26

Reading: Deuteronomy 18:15-22; 31 Summary: Today’s reading goes back and picks up an important prophecy about the coming Messiah (18:15-22).  When people in the New Testament thought about John the Baptist or Jesus in terms of “the prophet,” this is what they were talking about (see John 1:21; Matt. 16:14). …

Through the Bible, February 25

Read: Deuteronomy 27-29 Summary: The bottom line is whether or not we will obey God.  That was the critical issue of Adam and Eve’s experience in Eden and it is the critical issue for Israel as they prepare to enter Canaan’s “rest” (see Hebrews 4). Obedience brings blessing.  Disobedience, of …

Through the Bible, February 24

Reading: Deuteronomy 9:1-12:28 Summary: The gist of today’s reading–and all of Deuteronomy for that matter–can be summed up in these words: “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to …

Through the Bible, February 23

Reading: Deuteronomy 5-8 Summary: So much about today’s reading demands our attention: The Ten Commandments are repeated (chapter 5) as would be expected in the giving of the “second law”. The “Greatest Command” is found in 6:4-5. The three passages Jesus used to combat the temptations of Satan in the …

Through the Bible, February 22

Reading: Deuteronomy 1:1-2:25; 3:23-4:40 Summary: Moses begins by recounting the events since leaving Mt. Sinai (note that he here refers to it as “Horeb”), the failure at Kadesh-Barnea, and forty years wandering. He marks the “official” end of the punishment of wandering as their crossing the boarder into Moab at …

Through the Bible, February 21

Reading: No scheduled reading Thought and Reflection: Today is the catch up day for the week of February 15-21 so no reading is scheduled.  Below, though, are some thoughts prompted by this past week’s reading. When Paul warned the Corinthian church against spiritually harmful behaviors (1 Cor. 10), he appealed …

Through the Bible, February 20

Reading: Numbers 26:1-4, 63-65; 27:15-23; 32 Summary: Wandering Officially Ends Previously at Mt. Sinai God had Moses conduct a census of the people. It counted males 20 years old and over of all the tribes (except Levi).  Now after the plague at Peor, God instructs a second census to be …