DAILY BIBLE READING for Week of December 16 - 22, 2018
12/16 Obadiah; Jonah 1-4 - Obadiah is the first of the single-chapter books of the Bible. His prophesy speaks of God's judgment on Edom, the nation descended from Esau. Jonah is the great recording of the event often described as "Jonah and the Whale." However, the "whale" was actually a large fish prepared for one main purpose. Chapter 1 speaks of God's call for Jonah to preach judgment to the people of Nineveh. Jonah flees to Tarshish and God brings a major storm to stop him. Jonah is thrown overboard and is swallowed by the fish. Chapter 2 is where Jonah's prayer in the belly of the fish is given. Chapter 3 Jonah finally goes to Nineveh and preaches an 8-word message which turns the people of Nineveh to repentance. Chapter 4 reveals that Jonah's heart was cold towards Nineveh but God rebuked the prophet for his lack of compassion on those that obviously need the Lord.
12/17 Revelation 7-9 - Chapter 7 gives an interlude where God sets aside 144,000 Jews to be witnesses for Him during the Tribulation. Chapter 8 shows the opening of the 7th Seal which produces 7 Trumpet judgments, four of which are also opened. Chapter 9 speaks of the opening of the 5th and 6th Trumpet judgments. Each judgment reveals a growing level of violence on the inhabitants of this world for their rejection of God and His Christ.
12/18 Micah 1-4 - Chapter 1 speaks of God's judgment call against Israel. Chapter 2 gives God's reason for that judgment. Chapter 3 God rebukes the leadership of Israel for their leading Israel to hate good and love evil. Chapter 4 gives a bright revelation of the future kingdom of God on earth.
12/19 Micah 5-7 - Chapter 5 gives the famous prophecy of Jesus being born in Bethlehem. In chapters 6 and 7, Micah speaks of God's pleading with Israel to turn to Him and the eventual pardon God will give to those who do.
12/20 Revelation 10-12 - In chapters 10 and 11 an angel speaks of no further delay in the judgments of God on this earth. Two witnesses are assigned by God to give His message right in the city of Jerusalem. Though they will eventually be killed, they will rise again right in front of everyone, viewed by the whole world! The 7th Trumpet sounds at the end of chapter 11. In chapter 12 both history and prophecy meet as God speaks of His sending His Son and the war between Satan and God's angels, led by Michel, the archangel.
12/21 Nahum 1-3 - The book of Nahum is directed towards Nineveh. This prophesy comes about 100 years after Jonah's ministry. Obviously, Nineveh has gone back into its sinful and violent ways. God will bring destruction upon that city.
12/22 Habakkuk 1-3 - Habakkuk is a prophet who cries against Israel's sins. In chapter 1 God answers Habakkuk's concern by announcing that He will send the Babylonians to render judgment on Israel. Habakkuk is perplexed by God using such a wicked nation to do so. In chapter 2 God answers Habakkuk and reminds him that only those who put their faith in God will be justified. God speaks of the reasons for coming judgment. In chapter 3 Habakkuk's faith is renewed and he finds consolation in God's strength.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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