Through the Bible, October 13

Reading: Romans 16 Summary: The last chapter of this book is devoted to personal greetings, final exhortations, and a concluding expression of praise (called a doxology).  It is remarkable how many people in the church at Rome whom Paul is able to greet by name given the fact that he …

Through the Bible, September 18

Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5 Summary: Of great concern to the Thessalonian Christians was Jesus’ return.  Some clarifying instruction had been called for (4:13-18), but also encouragement to be prepared for this unknown date (5:1-11).  Paul concludes this letter with a flurry of commands and instructions. Devotional Thought: A Metaphorical Drunk …

Through the Bible, July 22

Reading: Mark 1-2 Summary: Mark moves very quickly to the ministry of Jesus.  No introduction is given to this Gospel other than the very first verse: “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”  No record is given here of His birth, much less John the …

Through the Bible, July 1

Reading: Luke 1:1-4; John 1:1-18 Summary: That each of the four Gospels is written for different original audiences and from different perspectives is nowhere else any more evident that in the introductions written for both Luke’s and John’s Gospels.  Luke’s is very interesting in that it was apparently written with …

June Supplemental Reading

Week 5: Supplemental Reading June 29-30             June’s two supplemental reading days will focus on Psalms apparently written during the time of exile or after.  The destruction of Jerusalem and the temple and the seventy years of exile had greatly affected the Jews’ understanding of themselves and their relationship with …

Through the Bible, June 13

Reading: Ezra 4-6 Summary: The work of the Jews-returned-to-Jerusalem under the leadership of Zerubbabel was not without opposition.  As a matter of fact, their efforts were legally stopped based on complaints sent back to the king of Persia. Eventually, the original decree of King Cyrus was located and the work …

Through the Bible, May 15

Reading: Isaiah 40; 42:1-17; 44:1-11 Summary: Remember, the second half of Isaiah (40-66) looks primarily to a future chain of events when after Judah is taken into Babylonian captivity, they return to their homeland.  But national faith has taken a blow.  What implication does the fact that the nation had …