“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation…”
II Corinthians 5:18 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 32nd week of our daily Bible reading plan.
This week, we read from Luke 15-17, 1 Timothy 5-6, 2 Timothy 1, Proverbs 7-11, Ezra 9-10, and Nehemiah 1-6.
Ezra 9-10 rounds off our reading of the book of Ezra. It narrates the anguish of Ezra concerning the intermarriage of Israelites men with women of pagan origins and the measures taken concerning the matter.
After this, we proceeded with the book of Nehemiah, another book concerning the return of the exiled Israelites to Jerusalem. Chapters 1-6 introduced us to Nehemiah, a top official in King Artaxerxes’ court, and his instrumentality in the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls.
From the onset, we are struck by his anguish concerning the state of Jerusalem’s walls and how swiftly he responds to the matter even though he is well off in King’s palace. Such a selfless act is something we can all learn in our walk with God.
In Proverbs 7, we read a plethora of sayings about avoiding sexual immorality and its lure. 8-11 made a case for seeking after wisdom and understanding, as well as dealing honestly with others.
In Luke 15, we read a number of parables told by Jesus and they all paint one picture – the importance of saving a sinner even when there are several saved persons. In 16, we learn a salient lesson (amongst others) that if we are faithful in little, we will be faithful in much. In 17:1-10, Jesus warned us that offenses will come but we should always forgive. He also gave an analogy about faith and duty.
1 Timothy 5-6 rounds off our reading of 1 Timothy. Here, we read about the structure of supporting widows, the honouring of elders and masters, the destructiveness of false teachings and greed.
Timothy is also encouraged by Paul to “run from these things (the love of money and its temptations), and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.” (1 Timothy 6:11 HCSB)
In addition, he is instructed to fight the good fight for the faith and guard the gospel entrusted to his care. After this, we proceeded with 2 Timothy.
The book of 2 Timothy is the second epistle written by the Apostle Paul to Timothy. He wrote it while in prison and close to his impending death by the hands of Nero, Rome’s Emperor.
By the time this epistle was written, young Timothy had pastored the church at Ephesus for four years. Paul wrote to him for the purpose of encouraging him in the face of coming persecution and trials. He also implored Timothy to continue in the things he had learned concerning the faith from him, his mother and grandmother and most importantly, the Scriptures.
In Chapter 1, Paul reminds Timothy to “keep ablaze the gift of God” that is in him. He tells Timothy not to be ashamed of the gospel, share in its sufferings, and hold on to sound teachings as preached by Paul to him. (2 Timothy 1:6, 8, 13)
And that’s all we read in our Bible reading plan this week. Have a beautiful weekend studying your Bible and praying.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 17:11-19, 2 Timothy 2:1-13, Proverbs 11:16-31, Nehemiah 7.