“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
Romans 15:4 NKJV

Welcome to Bible Reading Plan Recap – that time we do a quick summary of what we read in the Bible this week. It’s the ninth week of our daily Bible reading plan. This week we read Matthew 21-22, Acts 28, Romans 1-3, Psalms 46-51, Leviticus 24-27, and Numbers 1-8.

Acts 28 and Leviticus 24-27 are the last chapters in these books. In Acts 28, we are informed of the end of Paul’s missionary journeys as recorded in the Bible. After surviving a shipwreck, alongside other people on his voyage to Rome, Paul spent some time on the Island of Malta before he eventually ended up at Rome.

As usual, he continued with persuading both Jews and Gentiles alike about the salvation in Christ Jesus in spite of his chains. What a man to emulate!

On the other hand, Leviticus 24-27 concludes with more statutes, judgments and laws “which the Lord made between Himself and the children of Israel on Mount Sinai by the hand of Moses” (Leviticus 26:46 NKJV). This is an important point to note in order to understand the applicability of these laws in terms of performance.

Let’s move on to the book of Numbers, a book of the Bible some believers often skip some of its chapters. Among such, are the chapters containing a census of the families of the 12 tribes of Israel as it pertains to certain matters such as leadership and Levites duties.

The first four chapters of the book record this particular census and this is where the book derives its name. They may appear boring but if examined closely, one can see the orderliness of God even in the littlest things.

The other four chapters contain laws concerning jealousy, Nazirites, particular offerings and cleansing of the Levites. These laws are further developments of the purity laws in Leviticus.

Psalms 46-51 are psalms by the sons of Korah, Asaph and King David. Psalm 51 is quite poignant as it shows the desperation of King David for the forgiveness of his sins after he had gone in to Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah. His choice of words such as “wash”, “purge”, “blot out”, “create”, “cleanse”, “restore”, “deliver” and so on, are reminiscent of what God did for us and in us the moment we believed in Christ.

Matthew 21-22 continues with the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on a donkey as prophesied in Zechariah 9:9. In fact, other prophecies came to pass in these chapters. Parables about the acceptance of the kingdom of God by Gentiles rather than the Jews were told by Jesus as well.

Finally, we began reading from the book of Romans this week. For the sake of proper explanation, its overview will be shared next week.

For now, it should be noted that the aim of its writer, Paul, is to provide a proper understanding of the gospel and salvation to both Jews and Gentile alike. As explained in Romans 1:16-17 NKJV, “…it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…” regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion and whatever labels define man in the society. The Gospel is for ALL men.

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 22:34-46, Romans 4, Psalms 52, Numbers 9-11.