“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.””
2 Corinthians 5:20 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 34th week of our daily Bible reading plan.
This week, we read from Luke 19-20, Titus 1-3, Philemon 1:1-11, Proverbs 17, Nehemiah 13, and Esther 1-8.
Nehemiah 13 rounds of our reading said book. It summarises all of the reforms by Nehemiah for the restoring of order and the worship of God in Jerusalem. In all honesty, it hard not to discern Nehemiah’s frustration with the people as no matter how hard he tries, they found a way to truncate his efforts.
This reiterates the truth that anyone who will live righteously cannot do so by sheer will and the prevalence of the law but by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit received at salvation (Ezekiel 36:25-27).
After Nehemiah, we began reading from the book of Esther. It is named after a young Jewish girl who rose from captivity to royalty to save her nation from annihilation, all by the providence of God.
It’s a book set in the time of Israelites’ captivity. By now, the Babylonian Empire had been conquered by the Persian and Medes Empire. It is full of God’s providence, supernatural coincidences, betrayal, love, evil devices and all the makings of an epic movie!
Esther 1-8 narrates the dethroning of Queen Vashti by King Ahasuerus which led to the crowning of Esther, a Jew, as Queen. From there, we are informed of Haman’s plot to destroy the Jewish people. Mordecai, Esther’s uncle, learns of it and enlists his niece to beseech the king on their behalf.
Esther does so and succeeds, although at the expense of losing her head to the executioner’s blade. Meanwhile, Haman who hates Mordecai’s gut was planning to hang him at the gallows. Coincidentally, the same Mordecai uncovers a plot that saves the King’s life, and Haman is made to honour him for it!
Before we know it, Esther informs the King of Haman’s plot against her people, and he is hanged on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai! And so the Jewish people are saved from annihilation and Mordecai is appointed ruler over the house of Haman! If this is not an extraordinary example of God’s providence and supernatural coincidence, what is?
Our reading from Proverbs 17 covered several sayings by Solomon about avoiding fools and foolishness, among other things. In an age like ours where folly is praised, these sayings are very much instructive.
In Luke 19-20, we read about Jesus’ encounter with a tax collector named Zacchaeus. He was so eager to speak with Jesus that he climbed a tree. Note that Zaccheus was a rich man but didn’t think it beneath to seek out Jesus, an itinerant preacher.
In these chapters, we also read Jesus’ parable about using the gifts given to us by God, His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, how He drove out those buying and selling out of the temple, as well as the plotting of the Chief priests and scribes to kill Him.
We also read from Titus, a letter of Paul to a disciple with the same name. In this book, we read about the character of a bishop, the qualities of a sound church, and the conduct expected of one who professes Christ. After this, we read from the book of Philemon.
Paul wrote this letter to a disciple named Philemon, concerning one of his male servants who had run away. This servant, named Onesimus, had met with Paul (who was in prison) and converted to Christianity. Philemon is implored by Paul to forgive Onesimus and receive him back, not as a servant but a brother in Christ.
And that’s all we read in our Bible reading plan this week. Have a beautiful weekend family.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 20:20-26, Philemon 12-25, Proverbs 17:15-28, Esther 9-10