“I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.”
Psalm 119:112 ESV

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 15th week of our daily Bible reading plan.

This week, we read from Mark 3-6, 1 Corinthians 7-10, Psalms 79-84 , Joshua 20-24, and Judges 1-7.

Joshua 20-24 continues with more land allocations and in the final chapters (24-25), we read Joshua’s farewell speech and how he binds the Israelites to a covenant to worship only the God of their fathers and not those of the surrounding nations.

With great ardour, the people promise to never forsake God (Joshua 24:16,21,24) and their action was reduced to a covenant codified with a statute, ordinance and a memorial stone (Joshua 24:25-28). After this, Joshua died and the people served God in all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua. These ones kept in mind “all the works of the Lord which He had done for Israel.” (Joshua 24:31)

This week, we also started reading the book of Judges. It begins by mentioning the death of Joshua. This book mapped the inability of the Israelites to faithfully serve God. From chapter to chapter, we witness the dramatic descent of the Israelites into idolatry, even their military leaders (judges) are not exempt.

From Judges 1, we see how the stage was set for Israel’s failure. They did not completely drive out the heathen nations around them (Judges 1:27-33) Rather, they made covenants with them, going against God’s instruction (Judges 2:1-3). After a momentary repentance, the Israelites picked up these heathen nations religious practices thereby forsaking the Lord their God.

Interestingly, these heathen nations plundered and enslaved them instead of welcoming them into their midst. In response to the distress of the people of Israel, God raised up judges to deliver them (Judges 2:15-16, 3-7). Each time the people are delivered, they repent for a while and go after these heathen gods once again. This is what the book of Judges is about.

Psalms 79-83 are psalms by Asaph. Psalm 84 is a psalm by Korah. They are prayers of woes, restoration, repentance and justice, all of which concern the destruction of Israel by the kingdom of Babylon. The psalms show us how Israel’s rebellion against God by worshipping other gods had led to their exile.

In Mark 3-6, we read stories about how Jesus defied the Pharisees Sabbath laws, who His true family are, parables of the Kingdom of God and the death of John the Baptist.

Finally, we read from 1 Corinthians 7-10. These chapters cover the principles of marriage, conscience, the sacrifices of Paul for the propagation of the Gospel and doing all things for the glory of God.

This is how far we have come in our Bible reading plan. If you are lagging behind, please try to catch up this weekend. Have a good one!

Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 6:14-29, 1 Corinthians 10:14-33, Psalm 85, Judges 8.

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