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.