“How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping Your word.”
Psalms 119:9 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 fourth week of daily bible reading this year. Wow! It was like yesterday when we started and now, we shall be rounding off with January’s daily bible reading today.

For the past one week, we have read from Matthew Chapters 7-9, Acts Chapters 10-13, Psalms 18-23, and Genesis Chapters 39-48.

As we will be rounding off the book of Genesis this week, it is imperative to remind us of the things we have read so far. This book tells us about the origin and purpose of our world. It shows us that someone started it. That someone is God.

We traced the history of the world from the beginning when God stepped out of time to bring order to the 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) but he failed to.

He fell by disobeying God (Genesis 3) yet we see His goodness in His ‘subtle declaration’ about the 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 of man as he 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). The story of Abraham and his family was traced until the book of Genesis ended up with Israel – a people chosen by God – in Egypt.

As it concerns the book of Psalms, we are in the thick of David’s prayers to God during his trying times. Psalms 18, for example, is a response to his deliverance by God from the hand of all his enemies and the hand of Saul. Also, in your Bible reading today, look out for Psalms 22:16 and 18. They are Messianic in nature.

In our Bible reading from the book of Matthew, we see how Jesus preached and exercised power over sicknesses and diseases. That’s quite extraordinary right? Well, you can do the same too.

Let’s move on to the book of Acts. Chapters 10-11 are quite instructive because it shows that salvation is not the exclusive reserve of the Jews, God intends for every nation to be saved and be filled with the Spirit. Chapter 12 begins with a sad note – James, the brother of John is killed by King Herod.

For the fun of it, he decided to do the same to Peter but by the prayers of the church, Peter is delivered from prison. Let this be a reminder to us to pray for the persecuted. Our prayers count!

That said, let’s continue with our Bible reading plan. Kudos to those who have been consistent with it. For those who are still struggling, wisdom is made available to you on how to go about it.

Happy Weekend!

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 9:27-28, 10:1-20, Acts 14, 15:1-21, Psalms 22:12-31, 23, Genesis 49-50.