“For whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that we may have hope through endurance and through the encouragement from the Scriptures.”
Romans 15:4 HCSB
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 31st week of our daily Bible reading plan.
This week, we read from Luke 13-14, 1 Timothy 1-4, Proverbs 1-6, and Ezra 1-8.
In Ezra 1-9, we continued the flow of narration from 1 Chronicles 36:22-23 where we read of Cyrus’ proclamation concerning the Israelites exiles in Persia. In fact, Ezra 1:2-4 showed us the full version of this proclamation. And true to this proclamation, the exiles returned to Jerusalem, not empty handed, but with great possessions and goods.
Not only this, all the articles of the house of the Lord which Nebuchadnezzar took were returned by the king! This has been considered by some historians as an “extraordinary act of mercy”. Most notably, it fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah about the return of the captives (exiles) after seventy years of suffering (2 Chronicles 36:21, Jeremiah 25:11-12, Daniel 9:1-2).
From Ezra 2-9, we were informed about the men who returned from exile alongside their number, the restoration of worship in Jerusalem, how adversaries arose to stop the temple work, the rebuilding of the temple, and so on.
In Proverbs 1-6, we read a plethora of wise counsel concerning wisdom, trusting in God and financial entanglements. It is noteworthy that Chapter 1 sets out the purpose of the book itself thus:
“For learning what wisdom and discipline are; for understanding insightful sayings; for receiving wise instruction in righteousness, justice, and integrity; for teaching shrewdness to the inexperienced, knowledge and discretion to a young man.” – Proverbs 1:2-4 HCSB
Our reading in Luke 13-14 took us through some parables of Jesus concerning repentance, how Jerusalem kills prophets sent to it, and the kingdom of heaven. We also read about the opposition from the Pharisees concerning healing on the Sabbath, as well as the cost of following him.
Finally, in 1 Timothy 1-4, we received certain instructions concerning false doctrines, the misuse of the Law, prayer, qualifications of church leaders, ministry, the end times, to mention a few. In Timothy 3:15, Paul tells Timothy why he’s writing to him. Here’s what he said:
“I have written so that you will know how people ought to act in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.”
1 Timothy 3:15 HCSB
From this, we can see that this book is primarily written to pastors (of which Timothy is one). Not to imply that every Christian should not read it but a good number of church leaders recommend that the book of Timothy should be read frequently by anyone who has a calling to church ministry. So take note if you fall into this category.
And that’s all we read in our Bible reading plan this week. We continue today. On that note, have a beautiful weekend studying your Bible and praying this weekend.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 15:1-10, 1 Timothy 5:1-15, Proverbs 7, Ezra 9