“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…”
II Timothy 3:16 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 tenth week of our daily Bible reading plan.

This week, we read from Matthew 22-24, Romans 4-7, Psalms 52 -57, Numbers 9 -25.

Last week, we saw how the book of Numbers records a census of the Israelites in the wilderness and how it further develops on certain purity laws in Leviticus.

Another thing to note about this book is that it is a travel log of the Israelites’ journey in the wilderness. There are three key locations in this book: Sinai, Paran and Moab. In between these locations, some travelling took place.

In this book, we see how a journey of about two weeks becomes a journey of 40 years because of the rebellion of the people of Israel. They complained about food, manna was provided (Numbers 11). Aaron and Miriam spoke against Moses, they were dealt with by God accordingly (Numbers 12). 10 out of 12 spies came back with bad news about the Promised Land which led to more complaints, distrust for God, unbelief and rebellion (Numbers 13 and 14). There was also the rebellion of Korah (Numbers 16) and fiery snakes (Numbers 21).

Yet, we see God’s unwavering mercy and love for Israel when Balak, the king of Moab employed Balaam, a diviner, to curse them. Instead of curses, Balaam could only render blessings. In fact, he ended up prophesying about the coming of the Messiah (Numbers 24:17-19).

As it concerns Psalms, we read a series of contemplations by David composed at a period of his life where he was hiding from King Saul. Reading it, we see how he over and over again reiterated his assurance in God’s help. Another thing to note is that he was not afraid to tell God about his fears (Psalm 56). This should be a lesson for us all: do not be afraid of talking to God about what you’re going through. He cares!

In our reading this week from the book of Matthew, we see how Jesus countered the treachery of the Pharisees with wisdom (Matthew 22:21-32), assert His identity as God (Matthew 22:41-46), rebuke the Pharisees (Matthew 23) and foretell the destruction of the Temple and the end of the age (Matthew 24).

Finally, we read from the book of Romans. It was written by Paul to the people of Rome before he visited them (Romans 1:13-15). In this letter, he was articulate about the gospel and salvation and how it is for all men – Jew and Gentile alike.

So far, we have read about the fairness of God’s judgement (Romans 2), justification by faith, not the law (Romans 3), how Abraham was justified by faith (Romans 4), death in Adam and life in Christ (Romans 5), how we are dead to sin and alive to God (Romans 6). Right now, we are still reading Romans 7 which explains how the law cannot save anyone from sin.

Wow! What a week it has been! Hopefully, you are still hanging in there reading the Bible. Please don’t give up.

Do have a wonderful weekend.

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 24:36-51, Romans 7:13-25, Psalms 58, Numbers 26-27.