“By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,”
2 Corinthians 6:7 KJV

Welcome to Bible Reading Plan Recap – that time we do a quick summary of what we read in the Bible this week. It’s just the seventh week since we began our daily Bible reading plan and you’d agree that it has been a wonderful experience so far.

We concluded our study of Exodus. It ended with the actual building of the tabernacle and Moses being unable to enter into it (Exodus 40:34-35). In building the tabernacle of God, the people offered gifts willingly and the talented craftsmen built a great work. The precision and high-quality assessment that went into the making of this tabernacle is but a shadow of God’s niche for perfection.

Before then, we read about how the people of Israel rebelled against God by making a golden calf for themselves to worship, showing the hardness of their hearts (Exodus 32) in spite of the miracles they had witnessed beforehand.

We are currently reading the book of Leviticus. It is a book that records the commandments of God concerning four key things: rituals (Chapters 1-7,23-27), the priesthood (Chapters 8-10, 21-22), the day of atonement (Chapters 16-17) and the laws of purity (Chapters 11-15,18-20).

From Leviticus chapters 1-5, several offerings are outlined in details. They are the burnt offering, grain offering, peace offering, sin offering and trespass offering. 6-7 explain the laws concerning these offerings. The role of the priest as a representative of the people in His sight (Lev 5:13, 6:7) is mentioned in all these offerings.

Psalms 30-40 (like many others) is filled with David’s musings and some of his conversations with God – his pleas for help and deliverance and God’s unwavering goodness in rescuing him. This is usually followed with David’s profound gratitude to God. An example is seen in Psalms 31:7, “I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities….”

Moving on to the book of Matthew, we covered chapters 15-18. We read of the confrontation of Jesus by the Pharisees and His succinct replies to their tricky questions. The tempo gradually heightens as we study the events of the days leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus and how he prepares His disciples for His departure.

Worthy of importance is Jesus’ teaching on faith in chapter 17. Let’s read the text below:

“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” (Matthew 17:20, KJV) A gentle reminder, nothing is impossible for us in Christ.

Then, in Acts, we read about the severe beating of Paul the Apostle by the Jews in chapter 21. In chapter 22, he recounts his encounter with Jesus and the journey thereafter. By chapter 23, he faces the council. The odds are against him as the majority want him sentenced to death for doing nothing. Yet Paul remained unflinching in the face of persecution.

This should be our testimony too. Even in the face of persecution, we must not be shaken. We must keep sharing the Good news till there is a harvest all over the world.
If you’re yet to join us in this bible reading plan, it’s not too late. There’s so much to glean from the pages of the scripture. Come aboard!

Do have a lovely weekend.

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 18:1-14, Acts 25:1-12, Psalms 40, Leviticus 8-10