Through the Bible, May 31

Reading: Luke 4:16-30; Acts 8:26-40; Hebrews 8:1-13 Summary: Today’s readings are three prominent examples of how Jesus and the New Testament writers viewed and applied prophecies of the coming Messiah and the new covenant He would initiate.  Note, in the example from Luke in particular, how preconceived ideas prevented people from …

Through the Bible, May 30

Reading: Obadiah Summary: This will likely be the shortest reading assignment of the year as Obadiah is the shortest book of the Old Testament as well as the only one that is a single chapter in length.  Obadiah joins Jonah and Nahum as books whose entire message is devoted to …

Through the Bible, May 29

Reading: Joel 1-3 Summary: Joel’s prophecy is unlike any other of the prophets in that the entire message is based on a single catastrophic event; a locust plague.  There is no way to date this book with any accuracy, although Joel’s use of the event to warn of the coming …

May Supplemental Reading Introduction

Week 5: Supplemental Reading May 29-31       May’s supplemental readings will be taken from two additional prophets, Obadiah and Joel.  Both are somewhat difficult to place chronologically, but likely fall in the general time frame of this month’s readings.  Also, we’ll look to the New Testaments at some examples of …

Through the Bible, May 28

Reading: No scheduled reading Thoughts and Reflections: Today being the planned catch up day for the fourth week of May, we have no readings scheduled.  Please give some thought, though, to the following points and observations from this week’s reading. Though Zephaniah proclaimed the certain judgment of God to Judah, …

Through the Bible, May 27

Reading: Jeremiah 30-31 Summary: Though Jeremiah’s message to Judah was one of grave warning, he also looked to the future of Israel and Judah’s restoration.  This act of judgment did not mean God was finished with His people.  Further, Jeremiah looked to the time when God would even establish a …

Through the Bible, May 26

Reading: Jeremiah 26, 32, 36, 38 Summary: Jeremiah’s message was one not well received.  The people simply refused to believe God would allow the things of which the prophet spoke regarding the destruction of Jerusalem and the captivity by Babylon.  Numerous efforts were made to silence this man of God …

Through the Bible, May 25

Reading: Jeremiah 24-25 Summary: Jeremiah renounced the sin of Judah and Jerusalem and announced the coming judgment of God.  He specified that their captivity would last for seventy years and it was as though Judah must drink the bitter cup filled with the wine of God’s wrath. Devotional Thought: All …

Through the Bible, May 24

Reading: Jeremiah1:1-3:5; 5:1-17 Summary: Jeremiah’s prophetic career actually began during the reign of Josiah and continued until after Judah’s deportation to Babylon.  He, therefore, would have been a contemporary of both Habakkuk, Nahum, and Zephaniah.  The book of Jeremiah is second in length in Scripture only to Psalms.  It contains …

Through the Bible, May 23

Reading: 2 Kings 23:31-25:30; 2 Chronicles 36:13-21 Summary: After Josiah’s death, the people instated his son Jehoahaz on the throne.  But within three months the Egyptians arrived again, returning from the battle of Carchemish (see the reading introduction for May 20), and Neco took Jehoahaz prisoner and placed his brother, …