“This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do.”
Joshua 1:8 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 fifth week of daily bible reading this year. Hope you’re still hanging in there?

This week we continued with our Bible reading of Psalms, Matthew and Psalms and started reading from the book of Exodus. Since we are familiar with the general overview of the other books, let’s examine the book of Exodus first.

Exodus continues with the story of Jacob’s family – the Israelites. The first half of the book contains the travails of the Israelites under one of the most wicked rulers in history – Pharaoh.

We see how God responds by sending Moses to deliver them, not without some forcing of Pharaoh’s hand though. Exodus 1-15, which we have already read, contains this story. Exodus 15 ends with the first song ever recorded in the Bible. Interestingly, it is a song about salvation.

Also, we read from Psalms 22-28 this week. Psalms 22 contains at least five verses alluding to the Messiah. They are Psalms 22:1, 6, 8, 16 and 18. If you read them closely, you will see that they do not apply to David, the writer of the Psalm. Psalms 23 is quite popular amongst believers. Psalms 24-28 are prayers by David at different points in time in his life, especially while he was being pursued by Saul.

In Matthew 9-12, we read about how Jesus raised Jairus’s daughter from the dead in spite of the faithlessness of the crowd gathered. We also read about how the woman with the issue of blood got healed of her infirmity because of her faith in Jesus. These stories should remind us of the importance of faith in our lives.

In Matthew 10, Jesus spoke about the cost of being His disciple. He said we will be persecuted but He implores us to not be afraid (Matthew 10:26, 27). In Matthew 11, He spoke authoritatively about His ministry. Chapter 12 is about the Sabbath, bearing good fruits as children of God, to mention a few.

Finally, Acts 14-17 contains reports about Paul’s missionary journeys with Barnabas, Timothy and Silas. At several turns, he encountered persecution and yet, he was relentless in preaching the gospel even in the very place the persecution had taken place.

At some points he was stoned, dragged out of a city, jailed, mobbed but he did not give up. Why? He knew that he was preaching the truth – the Gospel. Which is the only thing that can get people saved including those who did him great harm. This is worthy of emulation. Like Paul, regardless of the persecution we may face, we must not give up!

We have learnt a lot this week from our Bible reading and we shall still learn more. So, if you’re lagging behind, try to catch up this weekend. Have a wonderful one!

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 12:38-50, Acts 18:1-17, Psalms 29, Exodus16-18