BIBLE READING PLAN

Thought on Judges 1-3:6

In our 2022 Bible Reading plan, I have us reading only Judges chapters 1-3:6. The purpose of this reading is so we are able to follow the plotline of the OT narrative. The book of Judges covers the time (100’s of years) between the conquest of Canaan under Joshua...

Introduction to I Samuel

Title, Date, and Author: I and II Samuel are named after the person God used to establish a monarchy in Israel. Samuel not only anointed both Saul and David, Israel’s first two kings, but he also gave definition to the new order of God’s rule over Israel. Samuel’s...

Thoughts on Joshua 13-21

Thoughts on Joshua 13-21 (Adapted from Gospel Coalition) What do we learn from the many chapters of Joshua devoted to the dividing up of the land? Below are a few thoughts. Focusing on the division of the land, these chapters implicitly focus on the land itself. After...

Introduction to the Book of Joshua

(When I conceived the 2022 Bible reading plan, I miscalculated the date for Easter, thinking it was April 10th and not 17th. The plan intended to follow the end of the Gospel of Matthew with the reading of the OT book of Joshua. Obviously, I was wrong. This is my...

Introduction of the Gospel of Matthew

Introduction of the Gospel of Matthew Author and Date of the Gospel of Matthew The Gospel of Matthew is anonymous but probably written by Matthew, also called Levi, who was a former tax collector transformed into an apostle by his encounter and relationship with...

Introduction to the book of Numbers

Author and Name The human authorship of Numbers, the fourth book of the Pentateuch, has traditionally been ascribed to Moses. This conclusion is based on statements concerning Moses’ writing activity and the assumption that the first five books of the Bible, the...

Connecting Bible Reading and Prayer

The two primary spiritual disciplines for spiritual growth are Bible reading and prayer. Many Christians practice these disciplines but separate them. We read the Bible, put the reading away, and then pray. Of course, there is nothing wrong with this. But I suggest...

Introduction to NT book of Colossians

We briefly interrupt the storyline of the OT narrative with a refreshing reminder of the One who is at the heart of God’s story. The NT book of Colossians reveals that Jesus Christ, who is the fulfillment of the Scriptures, our glorious Savior is the Head of His...

Devotion on Exodus 40 (from the Gospel Coalition)

The closing lines of Exodus 40 tie together several important themes already introduced and anticipates several others. Here the construction of the tabernacle is complete, along with the vestments and accoutrements for priestly service. “Then the cloud covered the...

A Thought on the Moses Story

The book of Exodus tells the story of God’s historical and dramatic deliverance of His people, and of the man God uniquely prepared and used in His redemptive story. Moses was born a Jew, adopted into Egyptian royalty, and educated as an Egyptian prince. At age 40, he...