“and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”
2 Timothy 3:15 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 29th week of our daily Bible reading plan.
This week, we read from Luke 11-12, 1 Thessalonians 5, 2 Thessalonians 1-2 Psalms 142-147, 2 Chronicles 10-27.
In 2 Chronicles 10-27, we read about how Rehoboam succeeded his father, King Solomon, and laid heavy burdens on the people of Israel. This led to a secession with Israel dividing into two camps – the Kingdom of Judah and the Kingdom of Israel.
After this event, we were once again informed of the various wars, treaties, reforms and reigns kings of these two kingdoms. As usual, a focal point of reference is how they either worshipped the God of their fathers or followed after idols of the heathen nations.
In Psalms 142-147, we read some poems by David. They are mostly prayers and praises to God. Psalm 142 specifically, is a prayer by David during another turbulent period in his life.
Rather than despair, he prayed for deliverance and assured himself of his refuge in God. We can take a cue from David when we face trials and tribulations. Rather than complain, let’s pray and remind ourselves of the greatness of our God.
In Luke 11-12, we read various teachings of Jesus, the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, among other things. Interestingly, our reading from these chapters reacquainted us with the Lord’s Prayer, a subject of discussion this month.
Jesus taught us that identity and persistence is key in prayer. Let’s do well to keep them in mind whenever we pray.
This week, we rounded off our reading of Thessalonians. In chapter five, Paul tells the church at Thessalonica (and us by extension) to be mindful of the Day of the Lord by being watchful and sober.
Also, we are to encourage, edify, esteem and comfort one another in love, to mention a few of his instructions. You would agree that this epistle is an indeed comforting read for any Christian undergoing persecution.
Finally, we began reading 2 Thessalonians. This epistle was written by Paul months after 1 Thessalonians. By the tenor of his words, it seemed false teachings about the end times and the Anti Christ had started circulating around the Thessalonians church.
Some of these false teachers even forged letters, claiming to have been written by Paul (2 Thessalonians 2:2). So Paul had to set the record straight by providing further explanations about end times.
He even showed the church how to identify his letters so that they can tell them apart from the forged ones (2 Thessalonians 3:17). So far we have read chapters 1-2 of 2 Thessalonians.
And that’s all we read this week in our Bible reading plan. Hope we are keeping up our Bible reading?
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 12:22-34, 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5, Psalms 148, 2 Chronicles 28-29.