DAILY BIBLE READING for Week of October 28 - November 3, 2018
10/28 Jeremiah 49,50 - In chapter 49, Jeremiah continues his prophecies against the neighboring nations of Judah. He speaks against Ammon, verses 1-6; against Edom, verses 7-22; against Damascus (Syria), verses 21-27; against Kedar (Arabians) and Hazor, verses 28-33; and against Elam, verses 34-39. In chapter 50, Jeremiah begins a lengthy judgment against Babylon.
10/29 Jeremiah 51,52 - In chapter 51, Jeremiah continues and concludes his judgment against Babylon. In chapter 52, Jeremiah recounts again the judgment against Judah and their king, Zedekiah.
10/30 Hebrews 1,2 - The book of Hebrews was written by an unknown author and is directed towards the people of Israel. The warning is given often to the Jews who were hesitating in their belief and acceptance of Christ as their Messiah. Chapter 1 gives an opening statement of the superiority of Jesus over angels. In chapter 2 the people are warned against neglecting such a great salvation.
10/31 Lamentations 1-3 - This book is the primary reason why Jeremiah is often called the "weeping prophet." He is so upset as he considers the judgment against Judah and, in particular, Jerusalem. But, in chapter 3 Jeremiah gives some of the greatest verses speaking of God's faithfulness and mercy towards His people.
11/1 Lamentations 4,5 - In chapter 4 Jeremiah describes the horrors of the siege of Jerusalem. Then in chapter 5 he pours out his heart to the Lord and requests that God would turn the people's hearts back to Him.
11/2 Hebrews 3,4 - Christ is seen as the Son of God's household and is, therefore, superior to Moses. In chapter 4 the writer speaks of the spiritual rest people will have in Christ and the power of God's word and the invitation to come boldly to the throne of God.
11/3 Ezekiel 1-3 - Ezekiel is one of the more unusual books of prophecy in the Bible. He uses extensive imagery and symbols depicting God's evaluation and judgment of Israel and the nations that were attacking that nation. God commissions Ezekiel in chapter 2 and calls him to serve as a watchman in chapter 3.
DAILY BIBLE READING for Week of October 21-27, 2018
10/21 2 Timothy 1,2 - Because of what is written in chapter 4 about Paul's soon martyrdom, this letter is seen as Paul's last written Scripture. In chapter 1 he encourages Timothy to follow the examples of his mother and grandmother and to stay true to his calling. In chapter 2 Timothy is told to share with others what he has learned and have them do the same. Paul then encourages Timothy to be a model servant.
10/22 Jeremiah 37-39 - In chapter 37 Jeremiah speaks with King Zedekiah and then is falsely accused by a gatekeeper who thought Jeremiah was escaping to the Babylonians. In chapter 38 Jeremiah is rescued from the dungeon where he had been placed. In chapter 39 the prediction of doom on Zedekiah that Jeremiah had announced, falls on Zedekiah's life.
10/23 Jeremiah 40-42 - After the Babylonians conquer Jerusalem, Jeremiah stays in the city to try to encourage the few people there to obey the Lord and the Babylonians. In chapter 41 the governor appointed to keep peace in Jerusalem, Gedaliah, is assassinated, and then his attackers are rounded up and killed or dispersed. In chapter 42 the remnant left in Jerusalem come asking Jeremiah to tell them all that God wants them to do. However, they have no intention of listening.
10/24 2 Timothy 3,4 - As Paul nears his own death he describes what life will be like in the "last days." Much of what he describes is what many of us see now. Chapter 4 gives Paul's last word to Timothy and the Church. Paul was faithful to his calling and he accomplished all that the Lord required of him.
In Philemon Paul speaks to a pastor/friend, Philemon. Paul had led a runaway slave, Onesimus, to the Lord, and was now sending him back to his "owner," Philemon. However, Paul calls the pastor to treat Onesimus as a "brother beloved."
10/25 Jeremiah 43-45 - In chapter 43 the remnant foolishly takes everyone, including Jeremiah, to Egypt to supposedly escape the Babylonians. In chapter 44 Jeremiah predicts that Nebuchadnezzar will come even there and destroy these disobedient Jews. Jeremiah's friend, Baruch, is warned against seeking "great things" for himself. God will show him mercy, however.
10/26 Jeremiah 46-48 - Jeremiah has prophecies of destruction to all the nations surrounding Israel. Egypt is spoken to in chapter 46, Philistia in chapter 47, and Moab in chapter 48.
10/27 Titus 1-3, Philemon 1 - Titus is another pastor that Paul encouraged. In chapter 1 Paul gives the same qualifications for elders and deacons as he did in 1 Timothy. In chapter 2 Paul gives instruction as to the advice a pastor should give to various individuals in his church. The closing verses of chapter 2 give a very brief description of the Christian life. In chapter 3 Paul reminds Titus of God's mercy and God's call for godly living.
DAILY BIBLE READING for Week of October 14-20, 2018
10/14 Jeremiah 22-24 - Jeremiah gives warnings to two kings of Judah of pending judgment in chapter 22. In chapter 23 Jeremiah gives several wonderful promises made to the people of Judah. In chapter 24 Jeremiah is given a vision of good and bad figs, picturing those Jews who willingly go into captivity and those who resist God's judgment.
10/15 1 Timothy 3,4 - Paul gives Timothy the qualifications of those who would serve the Lord as elders or deacons in chapter 3. In chapter 4 Paul encourages Timothy to be a great example of a believer even in his youth.
10/16 Jeremiah 25-27 - In chapter 25, Jeremiah gives the prophecy that the captivity in Babylon will last 70 years. In chapter 26 Jeremiah is threatened with death once again, but is aided by those who remembered how Hezekiah humbled himself when judgment was promised. ln chapter 27 Jeremiah gives a prophetic warning to the nations around Judah to submit to Nebuchadnezzar's rule.
10/17 Jeremiah 28-30 - Another prophet, Hananiah, prophesied falsely of Judah's soon release from Babylon. He was sentenced to death by the Lord. In chapter 29 the Jews in Babylon are encouraged to pray for the peace of the city in which they are living. In chapter 30 the prophet speaks both of the Tribulation Period of the future and Judah's deliverance in the last days.
10/18 1 Timothy 5,6 - Paul gives instructions in chapter 5 about caring for the needy that are in your own home. In chapter 6 Paul encourages Timothy to be godly and to "flee worldly lusts, follow the Lord, and fight the good fight" in his service to the Lord.
10/19 Jeremiah 31-33 - God reminds Judah of His unending love for them in chapter 31. Chapter 32 Jeremiah is imprisoned but he is encouraged to buy his uncle's field showing that Israel will be reclaiming their land in the future. In chapter 33 Jeremiah gives a great promise of answered prayer and God's forgiveness of Judah's sins.
10/20 Jeremiah 34-36 - Once again, in chapter 34, Jeremiah warns Zedekiah of his coming captivity. A rather interesting object lesson is given in chapter 35 when Jeremiah offers wine to a group of Rechabites. When they refuse because of their commitment to obey their ancestor's wishes, Jeremiah uses that to teach the Jews of his day to obey the Lord. Chapter 36 reveals the offensive action of king Jehoiakim when he cuts apart Jeremiah's prophecy and throws the pieces into the fire.
DAILY BIBLE READING for Week of October 7-13, 2018
10/7 Jeremiah 7-9 - In chapters 7-10 Jeremiah is called to preach a message in the gate of the temple. He speaks of how the temple had become a "den of thieves." People were becoming more and more insensitive to sin in chapter 8. In chapter 9 Jeremiah gives one of the great passages in verses 23,24 on knowing what is really important in life.
10/8 Jeremiah 10-12 - Jeremiah speaks in chapter 10 of the futility of idolatry and that it is God who has made the earth. In chapter 11 Jeremiah criticizes the Jews that they have as many "gods" as they have cities! Jeremiah prays, in chapter 12, and voices his frustration. God reminds him that is ministry will be tough.
10/9 2 Thessalonians 1-3 - Paul writes to encourage these believers not to worry about the coming of the Lord. If they're saved, they're ready. Some people had made the error of thinking that the Lord already came and those who are still on earth were "left behind." The concern for all of us is to be sure that we have truly received Christ, that we are really "in the faith." Once that is settled, there needs to be diligence that we give others the opportunity to be saved too.
10/10 Jeremiah 13-15 - In chapter 13 God gives Jeremiah, and the people, a great object lesson in the sash that Jeremiah was to wear, then to hide it near the Euphrates River, then dig it up and find it worthless. This would speak of Judah's captivity and the affect it will have on them. In chapter 14 Jeremiah speaks of droughts but he pleads with God not to leave them. In chapter 15 Jeremiah knows that judgment will come but he still finds refreshment in God's word.
10/11 Jeremiah 16-18 - Jeremiah is told in chapter 16 not to get married nor have children primarily because of the awful judgments that will come. In chapter 17 you will find one of the greatest illustrations of the difference between the wicked and the righteous in verses 5-8. Chapter 18 speaks of the object lesson of watching a potter work with clay as an example of how God wants to work with His people.
10/12 1 Timothy 1,2 - Paul writes to this young pastor that Paul had led to the Lord years before. He encourages him to stay true to the Gospel and Paul gives his own testimony in chapter 1. Paul then, in chapter 2, speaks of the need to pray for everyone and realize that God would have "all men to be saved."
10/13 Jeremiah 19-21 - Chapter 19 speaks of Jeremiah shattering a clay pot to show the utter destruction of those who reject the Lord. In chapter 20 Jeremiah faces persecution at the hands of the priest, Pashhur. In chapter 21 Jeremiah has an important word to Zechariah, surrender to the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, or face the consequences of severe punishment.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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