Daily Bible Reading for Week of February 25 - March 3, 2018
The reading in Numbers this week will bring you into the experience of Moses sending twelve spies into the land of Canaan to spy out the land, gather fruit, and see what the conditions were. When they came back ten of the spies spoke in fear of the inhabitants of the land that they were too strong to be conquered. Only Caleb and Joshua spoke in confidence that God would keep His promises and the Israelites would surely be able to conquer those inhabitants. The people believed the ten spies and God rebuked the nation and promised they would wander in the wilderness for 40 years as a judgment. Only their children would eventually be able to come into the Promised Land.
Later in your reading you will read of King Balak hiring the prophet, Balaam to come and curse the children of Israel. God forced Balaam to give a blessing on His people instead. But in chapter 25 it was Balaam's influence that would bring moral corruption among God's people. Someone has said that when Balaam couldn't "curse" God's people he would try to "corrupt" them. That is still Satan's tactic today.
The reading in Mark will bring you into Jesus' discussion about marriage, the encounter with the "rich young ruler," and the request of James and John to have a special place of honor in the future kingdom. Jesus heals blind Bartimaeus, and rides into Jerusalem on a donkey on the first "Palm" Sunday. He teaches His followers about faith and prayer and then encounters more skepticism from the chief priests, scribes, and elders. He will give the parable of the vineyard owner and the refusal of his workers to honor him. He would answer the Pharisees and Herodians about paying taxes and the Sadducees about the truth of the resurrection.
2/25 Numbers 12-15
2/26 Mark 10,11
2/27 Numbers 16-18
2/28 Numbers 19-22
3/1 Mark 12
3/2 Numbers 23-26
3/3 Numbers 27-29
Daily Bible Reading for Week of February 18-24, 2018
The reading for this week will bring you to the end of Leviticus where you will read of added commandments, promises, and encouragements to obey God, and warnings if the people disobey God's laws. People are also taught about the dedication of people, animals, and anything they wish to consecrate to the Lord.
The Book of Numbers will actually have a lot to say about the number of the people of Israel in various categories. Each tribe's available fighting men is given in chapter 1. Then Moses speaks of the arrangements of the tribes as they camp around the Tabernacle. The Levites are numbered and each family of Aaron is given specific responsibilities as to the setting up, dismantling, and transport of the Tabernacle. Please note the repetition in chapter 7. Each tribe is to bring an offering to the Levites for their use. There may be a sense of "tedious" reading, but try to think of this as a check-list to be sure each tribe gives what they should.
Reading in the Gospel of Mark will focus on obeying God's Laws versus man's traditions. Note the word "corban" in chapter 7 and how the Pharisees were circumventing God's laws in order to enforce their own teachings. Chapter 8 speaks of the "Feeding of the Four Thousand" and chapter 9 presents the account of the Transfiguration of Christ.
2/18 Leviticus 24-26
2/19 Leviticus 27 - Numbers 1, 2
2/20 Mark 7,8
2/21 Numbers 3-5
2/22 Numbers 6,7
2/23 Mark 9
2/24 Numbers 8-11
Daily Bible Reading for Week of February 11-17, 2018
The Bible reading for this week will bring you to the Resurrection of Christ in Matthew's account and then you will read in Mark of the beginning of Christ's earthly ministry! God allowed us to read the "life of Christ" four times over in the Gospels. It obviously was very important to Him and should be very important to us.
Mark's Gospel was written to the Roman people and emphasized Christ as the Servant of the Lord. You find Christ busy about His Father's work and you'll read some of your favorite stories, including the healing of the paralyzed man who was lowered through the roof into Jesus' presence!
In Leviticus you'll read of the menu God allowed the people to eat and the care He wanted to give them regarding disease. The word "leprosy" really refers to any number of contagious skin diseases. God wanted His people to see disease as a symbol of sin, not because every sickness comes because a person sins, but to show how we should treat sin in our lives. We want to get rid of it and separate ourselves from it.
2/11 Matthew 28; Mark 1
2/12 Leviticus 12-14
2/13 Leviticus 15-17
2/14 Mark 2-4
2/15 Leviticus 18-20
2/16 Leviticus 21-23
2/17 Mark 5,6
Daily Bible Reading for Week of February 4 - 10
In Exodus you will read of the detailed construction of the furnishings and of the Tabernacle itself. Emphasis should be noted that this was a movable structure that would be the focal point for the worship of the Jewish people. God would use the Tabernacle to receive worship from His people and where their sins could be atoned for.
Leviticus will bring you into the requirements God had for the Jews to approach Him. Sacrifices are abundant and each has a particular significance. Don't let the details detour you from seeing God's holiness and the need for daily worship of Him. The daily burnt offerings were as normal to the Jew as their breakfast and dinner. God wants fellowship with His people, but on His terms.
The New Testament reading will bring you to Jesus' arrest, trial, and crucifixion. You will read of His final words to the leading priests and you will also see His silence in the presence of His tormentors. Note Jesus' words on the cross. His crucifixion is very real and He actually died on the cross for us!
2/4 Exodus 36-38
2/5 Matthew 26
2/6 Exodus 39,40
2/7 Leviticus 1-4
2/8 Matthew 27
2/9 Leviticus 5-7
2/10 Leviticus 8-11
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