Through the Bible, September 10

Reading: Acts 13-14 Summary: Today brings us back to the historical book of Acts.  Our previous reading from this book—from September 6—left off with the spread of the kingdom among the Gentiles.  Beginning with the conversion of Cornelius and his household (Acts 10) and continuing to tell of the dynamic, …

Through the Bible, April 29

1 Chronicles 15:1-24; 22:2-19; 28:1-29:22 Summary: Today’s reading will focus on material related to David and Solomon found only in 1 Chronicles.  This includes additional information from the occasion that David moved the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem, his words of advice and wisdom to Solomon, as well as …

Through the Bible, April 14

Reading: No Scheduled Reading Thoughts and Reflections: Today is the planned catch up day for the second week of April (8-14). Also, following are some points to ponder based on this week’s readings. In the introduction to this week’s reading we noted that 73 of the 100 Psalms that carry inscriptions …

Through the Bible, April 13

Reading: Psalms 30, 40, 103, 13 Summary: The final category of Psalms we’ll read from this week are Psalms of thanksgiving.  These are closely related to both lament and penitential Psalms in that they these are expressions of gratitude to God for deliverance and for forgiveness. What great instruction these …

Through the Bible, April 12

Reading: Psalms 6, 32, 38, 143 Summary: Several of the Psalms are expressions of repentance for sin committed.  These are called “penitential” Psalms.  In them the writer expresses sorrow for the wrong done, seeks forgiveness from God, and desires a restored relationship with him. We have already read one such …

Through the Bible, April 11

Reading: Psalms 5, 14, 28, 86, 109 Summary: The category into which more Psalms are classified than any other is the lament.  Perhaps the best description of a lament is found in the inscription to Psalm 102, which reads, “A prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours …

Through the Bible, April 10

Reading: Psalms 11, 23, 27, 62, 131 Summary: As noted in the introductory remarks to this week’s reading, students of the Psalms have worked to categorize them according to different types.  Though these types are really of human origin, they do help provide aid in understanding the various purposes served …

Through the Bible, April 9

Reading: Psalms 78, 89, 132 Summary: The Psalms of today’s reading are not attributed to David, though all three do have inscriptions.  These will be the only three we read this week not ascribed to him.  Instead all three of these Psalms make reference to his reign and the important …

Through the Bible, April 8

Reading: Psalms 51, 3, 60 Summary: Having spent the first week of this month reading the historical record of David’s reign, we’ll begin our readings from Psalms with those bearing an inscription (or heading) that attributes them to events in David’s life while he reigned as king.  Be sure to …

Through the Bible, April 5

Reading: 2 Samuel 18-20 Summary: Despite Absalom’s diabolical intentions, David finds his death nearly unbearable.  He struggles to cope with this loss and, again, an outside source is required to bring clarity to his thinking–much as Nathan had done in the incident with Bathsheba.  This time the unlikely counselor is …