BIBLE READING PLAN RECAP

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“Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.” – Psalms 119:105 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 third week of daily bible reading this year. Wow, we are almost done with January. By now, we should have gotten used to this habit of daily bible reading although we are still three days shy of mastering it. Nevertheless, we must keep on keeping on.

In the past one week, we have read from Matthew Chapters 5 – 7, Acts Chapters 7 – 10, Psalms 12 – 17 and Genesis Chapters 29 – 38.

Our reading from Genesis this week reacquainted us with the story of Jacob (later called Israel) and his family. Apart from the lessons that can be learnt from the individual chapters, a major one is the divine orchestration of God over a person’s life.

We see it in how Jacob happened to come across his Uncle, Laban’s daughter, Rachel (Genesis 29). Recall that he was sent by parents to the man, in the first place (Genesis 28). This Rachel will later give birth to Joseph who happened to be sold by his jealous brothers to Ishmaelites traders who in turn happened to be passing by towards Egypt (Genesis 37). In the subsequent chapters, we see how these happenings are pivotal to the history of the nation of Israel – all because of the divine orchestration of God.

As it concerns the book of Psalms, we have read certain prayers of David. Over and over again, we see him reiterate trust and hope in God even in dire situations. Psalm 13 is quite instructive on this assertion. This is good but even better is Psalm 16 where we see a messianic prophecy. If you read it carefully, you will see that David was not speaking of himself but someone else.

Let’s read it:
“I keep the Lord in mind always. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my spirit rejoices; my body also rests securely. For You will not abandon me to Sheol; You will not allow Your Faithful One to see decay. You reveal the path of life to me; in Your presence is abundant joy; in Your right hand are eternal pleasures.”
Psalms 16:8‭-‬11 HCSB

For the sake of clarification, a messianic psalm is one that touches on the subject of the sufferings of the Messiah and the glory that will follow (Luke 24:25-27).

In Matthew, we read a series of sermons by Jesus Christ. If you do not remember anything at all from His sermons, remember Matthew 5:14-16:

“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14‭-‬16 HCSB

Let’s move on to the book of Act. This book 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 have read about the trial and death of Stephen, the first Christian martyr (Acts 7).

He was a deacon (Acts 6:1-5) chosen to serve tables, in ordinary parlance, he shared food in church like an usher. However, he did more than this – he performed great wonders and signs(Acts 6:8). Apart from the fact that he was willing to die for the gospel, we learn from Stephen that anyone, regardless of status or position, can preach, do signs and wonders as long as they have the Spirit of God.

In Acts 8, we read about Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:30-40). Acts 9 and 10 introduces us to Saul and Cornelius – two unbelievers who received the Gospel by the divine intervention of God.

This recap is just to whet our appetites. For those who have been following up on the Bible reading, they can testify that there’s a lot more to learn. So, if you have not started reading, do start. It’s not too late.

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 7:15-29, Acts 10:24-48, Psalms 18:1-24, Genesis 39-40

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