Daily Bible Reading for Week of April 29 - May 5, 2018
4/29 2 Samuel 23, 24, 1 Kings 1 - David shares his closing thoughts regarding his kingship. Then his mighty men who followed him through "thick and thin" are listed. Sadly, the last name mentioned was Uriah, the husband of Bathsheba. In chapter 24 God chose to give us the details of one other of David's sins, the numbering of the people. Pride of accomplishments really has no place in the life of a godly individual. David would suffer, but the place where his offering was made would be the very site where the new Temple would be built. 1 Kings starts with another treacherous attempt from another son of David, Adonijah, to usurp David's throne. However, the sharp eye of Nathan the prophet averted this treachery and Solomon would be properly anointed as the new king.
4/30 John 9,10 - Chapter 9 deals with the healing of a man "born blind." It's sad when the disciples asked if his blindness was caused by his parents' sin or even the sins of this man! Jesus showed that God allows hardships in humanity to bring about a means for God to be glorified. John 10 gives the "Great Shepherd" study and worth your time to meditate on what you will read.
5/1 1 Kings 2-5 - Chapter 2 gives David's final words of encouragement and warning to his son, Solomon. The rest of the chapter deals with Solomon carrying out David's advice regarding those who might cause him trouble. Chapter three gives the great moment when God asked Solomon, "What do you want?" Consider carefully how Solomon responded and how God blessed him. The wisdom Solomon was noted for is seen in a very practical application with two harlots. Chapter 4 speaks of Solomon's officials and the extent of his kingdom. Chapter 5 gives us Solomon's plans on building the Temple.
5/2 1 Kings 6-8 - The description of the building of the Temple is given. Note how the large stones were measured and cut at the quarry before they would be installed at the construction site. Chapter 7 speaks of Solomon's own palace and the expertise of Huram, from Tyre, and how he skillfully built so many of the special features of the Temple. Chapter 8 gives the account of the Ark of the Covenant being placed in the Temple. Then Solomon gives a special sermon followed by his great prayer for God's blessing on His people, and His care for them when they would sin and repent.
5/3 John 11,12 - Chapter 11 deals with the great miracle of Lazarus' death and Jesus bringing him back to life. Note the great "I Am" statement in verses 25,26. In chapter 12 John speaks of Jesus being anointed by Mary and His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. John shows that Jesus' life was filled with clear teaching and mighty miracles, but still the people would reject Him.
5/4 1 Kings 9-11 - In chapter 9 God responds to Solomon's prayer. The fame of Solomon is given to show how God had blessed him. In chapter 10 you will read of the visit of the Queen of Sheba and her overwhelming surprise as to the extent of Solomon's kingdom and wisdom. Chapter 11 is another "sad chapter" of the Bible as you will read how Solomon would end up with 999 too many women in his life!
5/5 1 Kings 12-15 - Rehoboam, Solomon's son, would obviously not show the wisdom his father had. However, you will note that God had a plan to bring about the division of Israel into northern and southern tribes. Jeroboam, the king of the northern tribes, would foolishly have golden calves made for the people to worship! How quickly God's people turned away from Him! In chapter 13 a prophet would condemn Jeroboam's folly. In chapter 14 God would take Jeroboam's son in judgment. But note how God noted that in this boy was something found good towards God. Chapter 15 shows the good kings, Asa, and Jehoshaphat, who would succeed Rehoboam's son.
Daily Bible Reading for Week of April 22-28, 2018
4/22 2 Samuel 5-8 - David is anointed king over all of Israel. The Philistines are still an enemy to Israel. David encounters and defeats them twice. Pay attention to the fact that David inquired of the Lord for each encounter. In chapter 6 David attempts to bring the Ark of the Covenant back to the Tent, but fails to remember that only the priests are to carry the Ark, it is not to be moved by a cart. In chapter 7 the Lord gives His great covenant to David regarding his throne to be occupied by his descendants forever! This would, of course, refer to Christ. Note David's humble but grateful response. In chapter 8 would continue to fight battles and gain more land for Israel.
4/23 2 Samuel 9-12 - Chapter 9 gives the touching display of kindness David wanted to show Jonathan's descendants. He arranges for Jonathan's crippled son, Mephibosheth, to eat his meals at David's table and to be cared for, for the rest of his life. Chapter 10 shows David's act of giving condolences to Hanun is treated with contempt. David's troops win a great victory. Chapter 11 of 2 Samuel is one of the hardest chapters to read and you encounter David's sin against one of his own soldiers, Uriah. David has an affair with Bathsheba and then has Uriah killed. Chapter 12 shows the prophet, Nathan, confronting David and the sad death of the son born to Bathsheba.
4/24 John 5,6 - In chapter 5 Jesus will clearly show the Jews that He is equal to God, note verses 17 and 18. The Jews knew that Jesus wasn't denying His equality with the Father. In chapter 6 Jesus will feed the 5,000 with the "lunch" of a boy, verse 9, who gave his lunch to the Lord. Jesus will then speak to His disciples about his flesh and blood being given for their salvation.
4/25 2 Samuel 13-15 - In chapters 13-15 you will read of the sad consequences David will face since his sin with Bathsheba. His son, Amnon, will rape his brother's sister and then that brother, Absalom, will kill Amnon. Then Absalom will turn against David and try to take the kingdom from him.
4/26 2 Samuel 16-18 - In these chapters David will run for his life and be cursed by Shimei, a descendant of Saul. David's former advisor, Ahithophel, will advise Absalom to humiliate David by sleeping with David's concubines. Absalom will eventually be killed by David's men, causing much heartache for the king.
4/27 John 7,8 - Jesus' own brothers did not believe in Him, at first, note verse 5. Jesus will preach in such a way that all are overwhelmed with His words, note verse 46. In chapter 8 the first 11 verses are sometimes questioned as to their authenticity, but most every Bible will present them and the encounter Jesus had with some Jews who sought to stone a woman taken in the act of adultery. Jesus showed much compassion and forgave the woman while also putting the Jewish leaders to shame. At the end of chapter 8 you will read one of the greatest "I AM's" of Jesus where Jesus' clearly identifies Himself with the Yahweh of the Old Testament.
4/28 2 Samuel 19-22 - David will be restored to his kingdom but still face difficulties from those who would rebel against him. In chapter 21 David will have to deal with the aftereffects of Saul's attempt to kill off the Gibeonites, the people that Joshua had given a treaty of protection back in Joshua 10. David will ultimately have to kill 7 of Saul's descendants to placate the people of Gibeon. In chapter 22 David writes one of his great Psalms, the wording is just about identical to Psalm 18.
Daily Bible Reading for Week of April 15-21, 2018
4/15 Luke 24 - Luke brings his Gospel account of Jesus' life to a close but in so doing he prepares his readers for the Book of Acts, which would be his next book to write. Luke speaks of Jesus' resurrection and makes it very clear that Jesus rose physically from the grave! Jesus met with His disciples and it is to be noted that He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures! That is the Holy Spirit's work in our hearts today.
4/16 1 Samuel 17-20 - These chapters give us the wonderful account of David's victory over Goliath, but then the growing jealousy of King Saul over David's exploits. It is great to see David simply living his life as he should amidst the dangers around him.
4/17 1 Samuel 21-25 - Though David shows kindness to surrounding nations they don't repay him in kind. Often David's "friends" are all too ready to betray him to Saul, especially noted in chapter 23.
4/18 John 1,2 - John's Gospel opens with the declaration that "...the Word was God..."! And then in 1:14 John makes it clear that this "Word" became flesh and dwelt with men! John shows us Jesus as the Lamb that would take away the sin of the world. Jesus' first miracle was to turn something common, water, into something enjoyable, wine!
4/19 1 Samuel 26-31 - The end of Saul's reign is dismal, with the king seeking a medium to tell him his future. What actually happens is that Samuel appears and tells Saul he will be dead by the next day!
4/20 2 Samuel 1-4 - This book will bring the highs and lows of David's life. It starts with a man claiming to have killed King Saul thinking David will be impressed. David's response is to have this man slain and then David would give a heart-wrenching tribute to Saul and Jonathan. There is strife between David and Saul's family, but God shows His plan to bring the kingdom under David's control.
4/21 John 3,4 - John brings us to the glorious statement that "God so loved the world..."! And to show it John gives us the account of Jesus reaching out to the lost of this world starting with the woman at the well.
Daily Bible Reading for Week of April 8-14, 2018
4/8 Ruth 1-4 - The Book of Ruth gives one of the neatest love stories in the Bible! But it is far more than that. This brings Rahab and Ruth into the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Read Matthew 1:5. Ruth, daughter-in-law to Naomi, shows that even a pagan woman from an idolatrous nation, Moab, could find salvation in Israel's God. Rahab had already received God's approval of her in her rescue from Jericho by Joshua's forces.
4/9 Luke 20,21 - Luke speaks of the chief priests and scribes' attempt to challenge Jesus' authority. Jesus speaks against them in the Parable of the Vineyard Owner. He also answers other critics. In chapter 21 Luke speaks of Jesus' predictions of the end times referring to Daniel's prophecies.
4/10 1 Samuel 1-4 - Samuel is introduced to us with his mother's plea to God to be given the privilege of having a child of her own who she would willingly give to God for service in the Tabernacle with the priest, Eli. God answers her prayer and Samuel begins his ministry to the Nation of Israel.
4/11 1 Samuel 5-9 - Samuel goes on to lead Israel to victory over Philistia, but then the people call for a king! God gives them what they ask for but warns them of the repercussions.
4/12 Luke 22,23 - Luke speaks of the events from Judas' agreement to betray Jesus; the time Jesus spent with His disciples in the upper room; His prayer and arrest in the garden; Peter's denials, and Jesus' trial.
4/13 1 Samuel 10-13 - God leads Samuel to anoint Saul as the first king of Israel. It doesn't take long, however, for Saul to fail and God rejects him as He has found a new king, a "man after His own heart."
4/14 1 Samuel 14-16 - As big as Saul was, he was a very weak, self-centered man who had lost all confidence in himself. His son, Jonathan, actually proves to be a better man than his father. Saul is given one more chance to do what God wants, but fails miserably in not fully destroying the Amalekites and their herds. God directs Samuel to Jesse to anoint David as the next king.
Daily Bible Reading for Week of April 1-7, 2018
Your reading through Judges this week will bring you into the lives of many men including Gideon, Jephthah, and Samson. You will continue to read of Israel's failures and the trouble they got into, then God provides a judge to help them out of their troubles, then they go back and repeat the scenario all over again! As you read try to consider how often we go through the same pattern: We don't obey God, we get into some kind of trouble, the Lord brings relief and a reminder to obey Him, then we foolishly go back and "do it all over again!"
In Luke 16 you will read of God's requirement of faithful service to Him. Jesus gives the story of the rich man and a poor man who both die but their eternal destiny is "world's apart!" This gives one of the clearest ideas of the suffering of hell for the lost and the comforts of Heaven for the saved. Luke 17 speaks against disobeying God's laws; of forgiveness and service. Ten lepers are cured with only one saying, "Thanks." In Luke 18 Jesus again speaks on prayer; He blesses little children, and He cautions a rich, young ruler about what is really important. In Luke 19 Jesus comes to Zacchaeus' house, He gives the parable of the rich nobleman, and He enters Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday. In Luke 19:41 you'll note that Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem.
4/1 Judges 4-7
4/2 Judges 8-10
4/3 Luke 16, 17
4/4 Judges 11-14
4/5 Judges 15-18
4/6 Luke 18, 19
4/7 Judges 19-21
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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