Daily Bible Reading for the Week of June 24-30, 2018
6/24 Nehemiah 8-10 - In chapter 8 you will read of the revival that took place under Ezra's preaching. Verse 8 is a great verse for teachers and preachers to observe. Ezra encouraged the people to remember that "the joy of the Lord is your strength" verse 10. In chapter 9 the people respond to revival by having a period of confession and repentance as they seek God's blessing on their lives. In chapter 10 the people who signed a covenant with God are listed and all the people enter into a commitment to follow the Lord.
6/25 Nehemiah 11-13 - In chapter 11 a list is given of those who were willing to live in Jerusalem while others inhabited the villages of Judea. In chapter 12 the Levites are listed and their duties. The wall of Jerusalem is dedicated and the Temple worship is restored. Chapter 13 closes with a rebuke against Tobiah, one of those who opposed the work of the Jews. Provision was made for the priests and the Sabbath rest was enforced.
6/26 Acts 27,28 - Chapter 27 presents the treacherous voyage to get Paul to Rome. Even in the storm Paul rises to calm everyone, sailor, soldier, and prisoner, and he assures them of God's protection. They arrive on an island called Malta where Paul is used of God to bring the Gospel to these people. In chapter 28 Paul finally arrives at Rome where he confronts both Jews and Gentiles with the claims of Christ. (A fitting way to end Acts and encourage the Church to keep doing the same: present Christ to a needy world!)
6/27 Esther 1-4 - This is a great book to read entirely in one sitting. The queen of Persia defies the king's order to parade herself in front of the nobles, so the king has this queen, Vashti, removed. In chapter 2 a new queen is sought and this is where Esther and her uncle Mordecai are introduced. Esther is chosen to be the next queen. Chapter 3 presents you with a wicked ruler, Haman, who serves under the king. He devises a plan to annihilate all the Jews and gets permission to have this threat posted and a date set to carry it out. Esther is not aware of this until her uncle informs her. She is also presented with the task of pleading for the Jews to the king.
6/28 Esther 5-10 - In chapter 5 Esther sets up a way to plead for her people while exposing the wickedness of Haman. In chapter 6 the king can't sleep and has the records read to him where he realizes that Mordecai had saved the king's life. The king orders Haman to honor Mordecai. In chapter 7 Esther reveals Haman's plan which was against her and her people. Haman is hanged. In chapters 8-10 the king and Esther devise a plan for the Jews to defend themselves and order is restored to the kingdom. The Jews rejoice and a new holiday, Purim, is introduced to their future generations.
6/29 Romans 1,2 - Romans' theme is "The Gospel of God," that is, the Good News that God wanted the world to know. Romans gives a great logical presentation of the Gospel. Chapter 1 introduces the Gospel and shows how wicked people have tried to suppress God's holiness and how the people want to live in wickedness. In chapter 2 God exposes the sinfulness of mankind, Jew and Gentile alike.
6/30 Job 1-5 - Job gives one of the greatest presentations of why evil and pain are in the world. Though Job lived a godly life, the Lord allowed Satan to test Job in a catastrophic fashion, stripping Job of all he had other than his life. Job's three friends come to "console" him. In Job 2:13 these friends come and sit with Job for seven days without saying a word. After you read this book you might wish they kept quiet throughout the book!! Obviously you will read of the accusations against Job and his defense.
Daily Bible Reading for Week of June 17-23, 2018
6/17 Acts 21, 22 - In chapter 21 you will read of Paul coming back to Jerusalem. He will be warned not to go because of impending persecution, but he is determined to do whatever God wants no matter what the cost. You will see how "false accusation" will put Paul in trouble, but this will actually open a new "door" of opportunity for him. That will be seen in chapter 25. In chapter 22 Paul is given a wonderful chance to share his testimony before an angry crowd.
6/18 Ezra 5-7 - The prophets, Haggai and Zechariah, the ones who wrote the books named after them near the end of the Old Testament, challenge the people to go ahead and continue rebuilding the Temple no matter what opposition they face. A letter is written to the Persian king Darius, seeking him to find out whether the Jews were really given permission to do this work. Chapter 6 shows that the proof of that permission being given is absolute and Darius, therefore, gives his wholehearted approval as well and warns the non-Jewish residents to withdraw any opposition to the Jews! In chapter 7 we finally see Ezra preparing to arrive to give his support to the builders. Please note verse 10 where Ezra shows the right way to handle God's Word: He prepared his heart to read and seek God's guidance from the Word; he made sure he was "a doer of the Word and not just a hearer"; and he then taught others what he read.
6/19 Ezra 8-10 - In chapter 8 Ezra encourages other Levites to join and they pray seeking God's protection as they make their journey to Jerusalem. In chapter 9 you will read that even in the midst of this building process some of the Jews get entangled with the ungodly women of the land. This infuriates Ezra and he calls for confession and turning away from this evil. In chapter 10 the people confess their sin and a list of the offenders is given as this book comes to a close.
6/20 Acts 23, 24 - The opposition to Paul continues but he uses this to given him a way to preach the resurrection of Christ by pitting the Pharisees who believe in resurrection against the Sadducees who deny it. This causes an uproar and a threat is made against Paul's life. God uses Paul's nephew, verse 16, to warn the Roman soldiers who, in turn, transport Paul safely to Caesarea. In chapter 24 Paul is placed on trial before the governor, Felix. Paul is held in custody but Felix still takes time to listen to him.
6/21 Nehemiah 1-4 - In chapter 1 you will read of Nehemiah being informed of trouble in Jerusalem and his prayer and desire to go to help the people. He prays for God's guidance and intervention with the king. In chapter 2 King Artaxerxes gives his approval to let Nehemiah go. What he gets to Jerusalem he takes time to inspect the damage to the walls and he encourages the Jews to begin rebuilding them. In chapter 3 Nehemiah gets the people organized so that every section of the wall is worked on simultaneously. In chapter 4 you will read that, once again, the non-Jews of the city rise up in opposition to the building project.
6/22 Nehemiah 5-7 - In chapter 5 we find that even the Jews are treating one another with disrespect and oppression. Nehemiah shows his anger and the people repent. In chapter 6 Nehemiah faces other opposition but he uses his many courage to stand strong. By the end of the chapter the walls are completed! In chapter 7 a list is given of those Jews who returned from Babylon. In chapter 8 Ezra ministers to the Jews in teaching the word of God and causes them to rejoice, verse 10. They celebrate with a great feast.
6/23 Acts 25, 26 - As Paul is examined again, this time before the new governor, Festus, he is constrained to "appeal to Caesar." The declaration is made that if he appealed to Caesar, then to Caesar he shall go, verse 12. Festus then makes appeal to King Agrippa to hear Paul so that he could help Festus understand what charges he should place against him. In chapter 26 Paul has the opportunity to give his testimony to Agrippa and even call for him to come to Christ, verse 27,28. Agrippa is surprised but finally gives approval for Paul to be sent to Rome.
Daily Bible Reading for Week of June 10-17, 2018
6/10 2 Chronicles 24-27 - In chapter 24 you will read of Joash's reign in Jerusalem and the sad outcome as he did not remember the kindness that the priest Jehoiada had shown him. He actually would have Jehoiada's son killed. In chapter 25 you will read of Amaziah's rule and the dumb thing he did when he conquered the Edomites he brought back their "gods" to worship them! Uzziah's reign as king in chapter 26 started off good, but then he entered the Temple to burn incense which was only permitted for the priests to do. He ended up with leprosy as a punishment! Chapter 27 gives a short version of Jotham's reign as king.
6/11 Acts 17,18 - Paul's ministry in Thessalonica and later in Berea is highlighted. But then his ministry in Athens is the primary focal point of chapter 17. In chapter 18 you will read of Paul's ministry in Corinth, his return to Antioch in Syria, and then his leaving for his third missionary journey starting in verse 23.
6/12 2 Chronicles 28-30 - Ahaz's rule as king is in chapter 28. He would not follow the Lord and would even sacrifice to the "gods" of the nation who defeated him with hopes that these "gods" would help him, verse 23. In chapters 29 and 30 you will begin to read of the righteous reign of Hezekiah over Judah. He would reinstate the Passover and lead the people into a life of obedience to the Lord.
6/13 2 Chronicles 31-33 - In chapters 31 and 32 you will read of Hezekiah's reaction to the invasion from the Assyrians and how God defeated his enemy. Chapter 33 brings you into the life of a very wicked king, Manasseh. He would be very vile in his rule but then he would humble himself when God brought punishment on him, verses 11-13.
6/14 Acts 19,20 - Paul would enter Ephesus and spend nearly three years there. His ministry there would result in a riot as the people reacted to Paul's preaching against idolatry. In chapter 20 Paul would continue his travels and then he would give his farewell sermon to the Ephesian elders from verse 17 to the end of the chapter.
6/15 2 Chronicles 34-36 - In chapters 34 and 35 you will read of the good rule of Josiah in Judah, but then he would foolishly attack the Egyptian king, verses 20-27, and die as a result. Chapter 36 you will read of the ultimate defeat of Judah and the invasion of the Chaldeans leading to Judah's deportation to Babylon.
6/16 Ezra 1-4 - Ezra speaks of how the Lord brought about the release of some of the Jews in Babylon/Persia and allowed them to return to Jerusalem with the desire to rebuild the Temple. The Jews would face adversaries in the land who would bring about a delay in the rebuilding process. Though the book is named after Ezra, he would not begin his ministry until chapter 7.
Daily Bible Reading for Week of June 3-9, 2018
6/3 2 Chronicles 5-7 - Chapter 5 speaks of the Ark of the Covenant being moved into the new Temple. Chapter 6 records Solomon's sermon and his prayer as the Temple is dedicated. Chapter 7 speaks of God's approval of the work done and His response to Solomon's prayer.
6/4 2 Chronicles 8-11 - Solomon's accomplishments are mentioned in chapter 8. The Queen of Sheba paid Solomon a visit and she was overwhelmed by what she saw in chapter 9. After she left the record speaks of more of Solomon's wealth and wisdom. In chapter 10, Solomon's son, Rehoboam ascends to the kingship but he foolishly listens to the advice of his peers and brings about the division of the northern tribes (Israel) from the southern tribe of Judah. In chapter 11 Rehoboam strengthens Judah while the new king of Israel, Jeroboam, has golden calves made for the people to worship.
6/5 Acts 13,14 - God's Spirit makes clear that Paul and Barnabas are to be ordained and sent out as the church's missionaries. They take John Mark with them and enter Cyprus and then into Pisidia. John will leave them to go back home, but Paul and Barnabas continue on into Iconium and Lystra where Paul will be stoned. He will recover and they return to Antioch.
6/6 2 Chronicles 12-15 - Rehoboam will turn from following the Lord in chapter 12. His son, Abijah, will become the new king and will fight Israel. In chapters 14, 15 you will read of one of Judah's great kings, Asa. He will faithfully follow the Lord and lead many Jews, even from the northern tribes to come back to the Lord. But Asa would have some tough lessons to learn and we can learn with him.
6/7 2 Chronicles 16-19 - Asa will fail once again and not seek the Lord in his illness. In chapters 17, 18, and 19 you will read of Jehoshaphat, Asa's son. Jehoshaphat was one of Judah's best kings though he will be rebuked for teaming up with wicked King Ahab from Israel.
6/8 Acts 15,16 - The church in Jerusalem deals with the issue of how much of the Jewish Law do believing Gentiles have to follow. Ultimately the answer is "none" but the Gentile believers are encouraged to live holy lives free of idolatry and immorality. At the end of chapter 15 Paul and Barnabas will have a sharp disagreement regarding John Mark. The outcome is that two teams will now go separate ways to spread the Gospel. In chapter 16 you will follow Paul on his second missionary journey which includes prison in Philippi, and the marvelous conversion of the Philippian jailer!
6/9 2 Chronicles 20-23 - Jehoshaphat's godly example and prayer life is highlighted in chapter 20. In chapter 21 Jehoram takes over as king of Judah and turns away from the Lord. In chapter 22 the situation in Judah is deplorable with Queen Athaliah taking control of Jerusalem. But in chapter 23 the high priest, Jehoiada takes control and brings the rightful king to the throne, Joash, even though he is only 7 when he begins!
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