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 commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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