“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15 HCSB

Welcome to Bible Reading Plan Recap – that time we do a quick summary of what we read in the Bible this week.

This is the second week of daily Bible reading this year. How has it been? Did you find yourself getting reacquainted with Bible stories you used to know? Did you find yourself intrigued by certain characters? We hope it’s been a wonderful experience for you.

As it concerns our Bible reading of Genesis, it needs to be pointed out that as soon as we began reading from Chapter 12, the narrative changed. In the preceding chapters, it was focused on God’s relationship with the world, and in subsequent chapters, it was focused on God’s relationship with one man (Abraham) and his lineage.

This focus is important because it helps us see how God’s promise to save mankind (Genesis 3:15) is fulfilled through this man’s lineage. Over and over again, we see God reiterate this promise (Genesis 12:1-3, 13:14-17, 26:2-5, 28:13-15)

We also read from Psalms Chapters 6 – 11 this week. Let’s be reminded that the book of Psalms is a collection of 150 ancient poems, songs, and prayers from different periods in Israel’s history.

Also, it is a poetic book containing poems written in free verse, unlike most English poems written with rhymes and metres.

These poems are rich in figures of speech like metaphors and similes, so, be on the look-out for deeper meanings as you read through. For example, a simile was used to describe how David’s enemies might deal with him in Psalms 7:2:

“… they will tear me LIKE A lion, ripping me apart with no one to rescue me.”
Psalms 7:2 HCSB

Surely, David’s enemies are not actual lions but humans like him. However, the word “like” is an indirect way of likening how these enemies operate to the way a lion deals with its prey. They tear (verse 2), rip apart, pursue, overtake, and trample their victim to the ground (verse 5).

As you study, don’t rush over the words, linger in order to gain understanding. If you’ve forgotten your English Literature from secondary school, now is a good time to brush up on them. Your spiritual growth depends on it!

We are also reading from the New Testament; it continues with God’s attempt to reconcile the world to Himself. This week, we read from Matthew Chapters 4-5.

Here is something to note about this book: theologians agree that it was written mostly to a Jewish audience. This is safe to assume because Matthew referenced over 60 Old Testament prophecies, there was no explanation of the Jewish culture mentioned and Jesus is referred to as the “Son of David”. These are the underlying notions behind the writer’s narrative.

Finally, the book of Acts is a narrative concerning Jesus’ ascension to heaven, the filling of the disciples with the Holy Spirit, and the early years of the Church. We read from Acts Chapters 4 – 7 this week.

By now, the heat of persecution is on but the early church is marching on boldly with the message of the gospel regardless. If there’s anything to learn from the book of Acts, it’s the unyielding stance of the Apostles on the fact that Jesus is indeed the only way to God.

Hope this has been helpful?

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 5:21-
32, Acts 7:39-60, Psalms 12, Genesis 29-30