“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
Colossians 3:16 NKJV

It has been a great first week of Bible Reading on Triumph30 Devotional. Hope you’ve found it helpful in fellowshipping with God everyday?

Without further ado, welcome to Bible Reading Plan Recap- that time we do a quick summary of what we read in the Bible this week. This is a permanent feature in our morning devotion this year, so be on the lookout.

Starting from the Old Testament, we began our reading from the book of Genesis. So far we have read Genesis Chapters 1 – 14. We traced the history of the world from the beginning when God stepped out of time to put order into chaos. In so doing, He created everything including mankind (Genesis 1). Mankind (Adam) was created to rule the world and reflect the character of God (Genesis 1:26-30).

Everything was good until man fell by disobeying God (Genesis 3) yet we see His goodness in His provision of salvation (Genesis 3:15). As a consequence of his actions, man is driven out of the garden. From Genesis 3-11, we see the consequences of the fall as man grew exceedingly wicked (Genesis 3:8, 23, 6:5, 11). God responded with a flood and the scattering of man into different languages.

Finally, in Chapter 12, we see God choosing a man, called Abraham, to make a covenant with. This man became the father of a people separated to God, from whose lineage, a Man will arise and reconcile the whole world to God (Genesis 12:1-3, 13:14-17).

We have also read from Psalms Chapters 1 – 5. Psalms is a collection of 150 ancient poems, songs and prayers from different periods in Israel’s history. Many of the poems are also connected to King David. Psalms 1 and 2 are not linked to David.

One of the striking instructions we have read so far include Psalms 1:1-3. It speaks of the blessings that come from meditating on God’s law. Psalms 2 is about God’s promise to King David of the coming of a Messianic King – Jesus. Psalms 3 – 5 are connected to David’s circumstances at different points in his life. Psalms is a poetic book, so be on the look-out for deeper meanings as you read through. Don’t rush over the words, linger in order to gain understanding.

In the New Testament, we began reading from the book of Matthew, the very first book in terms of order of arrangement. So far we have read Chapters 1 – 3. The New Testament continues with God’s attempt to reconcile the world to Himself.

Matthew is one of the four Gospels. “Gospel”, here, simply means “good news”. It’s not a literary genre. Therefore, the Gospel of Matthew means the Good News as told by Matthew.

Finally, we have read from Acts Chapters 1 – 3 so far. It is a narrative concerning Jesus’ Ascension to heaven, the filling of the disciples with the Holy Spirit and the early years of the Church. So far, we’ve read how 3,000 people were added to the Church just because someone was not too embarrassed to preach and how as believers, we have power to heal (Acts 2:14-16, 3).

As you can see, we have only scratched the surface and there’s already so much to learn. Don’t be discouraged if you are lagging behind, you can catch up tomorrow. Please don’t give up.

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 3:13-17, Acts 4:1-22, Psalms 6, Genesis 15-17.