Daily Bible Reading for Week of May 27 - June 2, 2018
5/27 Acts 7,8 - Stephen's sermon and martyrdom are the focus of this chapter. He spoke against the Jewish hypocritical worship and their ignoring Christ. In chapter 8 you see part of the plan of Acts 1:8 fulfilled - Christ would be preached to Samaria and begin to be preached to the "uttermost" parts of the earth.
5/28 1 Chronicles 20-23 - Joab will defeat Rabbah and four Philistine giants are killed. Some believe these were relatives of Goliath. Chapter 22 speaks of Satan inciting David to number the people (which was a prideful thing to do). David would accept responsibility and faced judgment for his actions. David will gather material for the rebuilding of the Temple and he will oversee Solomon being installed as the new king. Revised duties of the Levites are given.
5/29 1 Chronicles 24-26 - These chapters focus on the organization of the Levites and the preparation for them to serve in the Temple.
5/30 Acts 9,10 - Chapter 9 gives the thrilling events leading up to Saul's conversion and the dramatic change that resulted in his life and the life of the Church. Chapter 10 shows how God is aware of the prayer of a searching sinner such as Cornelius. Peter would also learn that the Gentiles were included in Christ's salvation.
5/31 1 Chronicles 27-29 - In chapter 27 David gives testimony of his desire to see a Temple built for God. He then gives a challenge to Solomon to rule with honor. in chapter 29 David prays a wonderful prayer of worship and thanksgiving to God in verses 10-19.
6/1 2 Chronicles 1-4 - In chapter 1 you will read of God's offer to Solomon to ask what he wanted and Solomon would request wisdom and guidance above all else. Then you will read of Solomon's organizing the work of building the Temple, including his request to Hiram for aid.
6/2 Acts 11,12 - After Peter reported to the Church in Jerusalem of his successful ministry to the Gentiles, the Church gathered to clarify their position that salvation was solely on the basis of God's grace apart from any work of the law. In chapter 12 persecution against the church would lead to James' death (this James being the brother of John). Peter would be miraculously saved from prison due to the prayers of the Church.
Daily Bible Reading for the Week of May 20-26, 2018
5/20 1 Chronicles 1-4 - You will begin reading the genealogies of Abraham's family and of the twelve sons of Jacob. Those there are a lot of names, many of which are hard to pronounce, they are still real people who had a place in the development and growth of the Nation of Israel. Jews found it very important that they could trace their ancestry back to the father of Israel, Abraham. Please don't read carelessly! Note a precious prayer in chapter 4!
5/21 Acts 3,4 - A miracle is performed in chapter 3 which will give Peter a chance to preach another powerful message. The Jewish leaders noted this and confront Peter and John in chapter 4 and threaten them with bodily harm if they preach again in the name of Jesus. Note Peter's powerful statement in 4:12.
5/22 1 Chronicles 5-7 - Several more chapters are given to listing the names of the Jewish families and the cities in which they would live.
5/23 1 Chronicles 8-11 - Saul's genealogy is given in chapter 8. Please note that the listing of names in chapter 9 are those who returned from the Babylonian captivity, thus showing that this book was written many years after David's kingdom, which is detailed after chapter 10. Chapter 11 includes the list of David's mighty men.
5/24 Acts 5,6 - Discipline in the early Church was important for its purity. Hence, the sin and judgment against Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, is given. In chapter 6 the formation of the ministry of deacons is given because there was much work to be done but the apostles couldn't leave preaching and praying in order to serve tables.
5/25 1 Chronicles 12-15 - David's kingdom is established. In chapters 13 and 15 you will read of David's attempt to bring the ark of God into Jerusalem. He would learn that doing God's work needs to be done God's way.
5/26 1 Chronicles 16-19 - David gives a great Psalm of praise to God in chapter 16 which is also much of Psalm 105. God gives His great covenant to David and you will read of David's overwhelming response to it in chapter 17.
Daily Bible Reading for Week of May 13-19, 2018
5/13 2 Kings 9-12 - Jehu was anointed king of Israel and he went about disposing Ahab's family from the throne. He also used a devious method to destroy all the worshippers of Baal. In chapters 11 and 12 you will read of the killing of Queen Athaliah and the installing of Joash to be the new king.
5/14 2 Kings 13-15 - In these chapters you will read of various kings ruling in both Israel and in Judah. Elisha dies and is buried. Read of a miracle of resurrection that happened in chapter 13 even after Elisha was buried.
5/15 John 19-21 - John brings us through the crucifixion of Christ on the cross. In verse 30 Jesus cries out, "It is finished!" thus declaring that "salvation's work is done." Chapters 20 and 21 focus on Jesus' resurrection and appearing to His disciples. He challenged Thomas to believe without seeing and Peter to express his love for Christ as many times as he denied Christ.
5/16 2 Kings 16-18 - You will read of the foolishness of king Ahaz in Judah and his destruction of some of the Temple items. In chapter 17 you will read of the Assyrian conquest of the nation of Israel. In chapter 18 you will read of the Assyrian threat against Judah.
5/17 2 Kings 19-22 - Chapter 19 presents God's victory over the Assyrian army. Hezekiah's illness and recovery is in chapter 20 and the visit of Babylonian officials to Jerusalem. The wicked son of Hezekiah, Manasseh, will reign in Judah in chapter 21. In chapter 22 you will read of the king, Josiah, in Judah, and his reaction to the reading of the Law of God found in the temple.
5/18 Acts 1,2 - This is Luke's second book and it is meant to read right after that Gospel. The Book of Acts brings us into the beginning and growth of the Church, the Body of Christ. Chapter 1 speaks of the disciples gathering in the upper room to pray and chapter 2 speaks of the Day of Pentecost and the affect of Peter's sermon on the crowds.
5/19 2 Kings 23-25 - In these closing chapters of 2 Kings you will read of the revival under Josiah and his death. Then the Babylonians will threaten Judah and eventually conquer it. The Temple which Solomon built for the Lord is destroyed and the people are deported to Babylon with a remnant left in Jerusalem.
Daily Bible Reading for the Week of May 6-12, 2018
5/6 John 13,14 - This begins the experience the disciples had in the "Upper Room" with Jesus. What He did, foot-washing, and what He taught were crucial truths the disciples, and us, need to understand as He faced the cross the next day.
5/7 1 Kings 16-19 - You begin to see the wickedness of Ahab and Jezebel over against the power and influence of Elijah, one of God's greatest prophets. Amidst all you will read don't miss God's "still small voice" as Elijah struggles with his depression.
5/8 1 Kings 20-22 - Ahab was rebellious to the end. His judgment was fitting for the life he had lived.
5/9 John 15,16 - Jesus reminds His disciples, that though He is their Lord, He calls them "friends." They didn't chose Him, He chose them.
5/10 2 Kings 1-4 - From Elijah to Elisha, the mantle has passed. Elisha wanted a double portion of Elijah's spirit. You will note that there is almost a double amount of miracles recorded for Elisha than there was for Elijah.
5/11 2 Kings 5-8 - Fantastic examples are given of God's magnificent ability to meet needs from a "lost ax head" to a woman who needed a debt to be paid.
5/12 John 17,18 - Jesus' High Priestly prayer is given focusing on the unity He had with His Father and the unity He wants His children to have with one another and with God. Jesus will face Pilate, but perhaps better said: Pilate will face Jesus.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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