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 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 14

Reading: No scheduled reading Thoughts and Reflection: This is the catch up day (if needed) for the week of February 8-14.  As usual, we have no scheduled readings for today, but below are some thoughts to consider based on this week’s readings. God’s bringing Israel out of Egypt into the …

Through the Bible, February 11

Read: Leviticus 18-20 Summary: Holiness In order for the people of Israel to be God’s own possession they had to be different from other people.  They could not do as they did and live as they lived, and certainly not worship the gods they worshiped.  They must live God’s way.  …