“Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!”
Psalms 119:2 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 12th week of our daily Bible reading plan.
This week, we read from Matthew 26-27, Romans 11-14, Psalms 65-69, and Deuteronomy 6-28.
As mentioned last week, Deuteronomy is a recap of those laws earlier given in the book of Leviticus and Numbers. In Deuteronomy 6:4-5, the essence of following these laws is summarised thus:
“Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 HCSB
The word “listen” in verse 4 is the word “shema” in Hebrew language and it means to not only listen but to obey. As instructed by Moses, the obedience of the law by the Israelites should flow from their love for God. By doing so, they can bank on His blessings (Deut. 7,11). If they disobey, they should expect dire consequences in the Promised Land (Deut. 27,28).
From there, we read from the Psalms. Psalms 65-68 are psalms by David containing praises for God about His salvation plan, providence, wonderful works and goodness. Psalm 69 is one that speaks of suffering in figurative language. If one pays closer attention, prophecies about the suffering of the Messiah can be seen in clear words (for example, verses 8-9, 21).
In Matthew 26-27, a woman with an alabaster box of very costly fragrant oil, prepared Jesus for His burial. Also, we read about how Passover, an age-long tradition of the Jews, is symbolic of the body of Jesus being broken for the washing away of sins.
After this, we see how Jesus is betrayed by Judas, abandoned, denied by Peter and consequently crucified on the cross. For an ignorant person, all these signifies the tragic ending of a great teacher and miracle worker but as believers, we know it is only the beginning of a great faith that will shake the foundations of the world and its belief systems!
Finally, Romans 11-14 continues with an explanation of how Jews and Gentiles are meant to be delivered from sin and judgement by the Gospel. In Chapter 12, 13 and 14, contains instructions about how we are to live transformed lives as people in Christ.
This is how far we have come in our daily bible reading. We still have more books to read and more truths to uncover. Don’t give up.
Have a beautiful weekend.
Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 27:57-66, Romans 15:1-13, Psalm 69:19-36, Deuteronomy 29-31.