Alone in the world the New World Translation (Jehova’s Witnesses) claims that “the word was a god”. But then again, JW do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as one person of the triune God.
Tekna – teachable ones, not just sons
Verse 16 is very interesting. The second half reads in Greek “και χαριν αντι χαριτος” which literally translates “and grace instead of grace” King James translation reads “and grace for grace, which lost a lot in the translation. The first “grace” is in the accusative, the second in the genitive. A better translation would be ” and proactive, dynamic grace instead of grace more like mercy. The Old Testament concept of grace is more like mercy, the New Testament concept of grace is best expressed in Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
In between the third letter of the Apostle John and the letter of Jude we read one chapter in Proverbs and three last chapters of the prophet Amos.
December 5: Proverbs 28, Amos 7, Amos 8, Amos 9 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Proverbs 28, more proverbs of Solomon. Wisdom is important, so here are many more proverbs about wisdom and righteousness, and the consequences of the lack thereof.
Amos 7. The prophet had a vision of the Locusts, a vision of fire and a vision of the plumb Line. Amaziah told Amos not to prophesy bad things, but that is why Amos, a poor shepherd, was called.
Amos 8. The prophet had a vision of the summer fruit. That seemed good at first, but it signaled the beginning of the destruction of Israel.
Amos 9. The final chapter of Amos is depicting the destruction of Israel and the promise that Israel will be restored.
Today we read the third letter of the Apostle John and three chapters of Amos.
December 4: 3 John, Amos 4, Amos 5, Amos 6 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
3 John. The Apostle sent a greeting to Gaius, who was commended for his love and generosity, and urged to follow good people like Demetrius, but to avoid bad people like Diotrephes. The letter ends with a farewell greeting. That’s it.
Amos 4. God proclaimed punishment of Israel’s sins, and yet Israel refused to take correction.
Amos 5. The prophet gave a lament for Israel and issued another call to repentance, but in vain. The Day of the LORD would still come.
Amos 6. The prophet issued woe to Zion and woe to Samaria. God abhorred the pride of Jacob.
In between the second and third letter of the Apostle John we read one chapter of Proverbs and three chapters of Amos.
December 3: Proverbs 27, Amos 1, Amos 2, Amos 3 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Proverbs 27, More Proverbs of Solomon. This chapter deals with the future, and what to do about it today. One notable quote: “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
Amos 1. The prophet proclaimed judgment on Tyre and Sidon.
Amos 2. The prophet proclaimed judgment on Moab, Judah and Israel.
Amos 3. The Prophet declared why the inescapable logic of God’s judgement on Israel is inevitable.
Today we read two Psalms, the second letter of the Apostle John and the last chapter of Joel.
December 2: Psalm 147, Psalm 148, 2 John, Joel 3 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 147 is a great Psalm of praising God for His protection and creation, for His care and power, for His provisions, wisdom and His word. It ends with praise to the LORD for His special attention to Israel.
Psalm 148: Let all creation praise the LORD!
2 John is a very short letter, greeting the elect lady with joy that she and some of her children walk in Christ’s commandments, but also warning her to beware of Antichrist deceivers.
Joel 3. In this final chapter God judges the nations, bringing war to the valley of Jehoshaphat: “Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.” And afterwards God will bless His people.
In between the first and the second letter of the Apostle John, we read one chapter of Proverbs and the second chapter of Joel.
December 1: Proverbs 26, Joel 2 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Proverbs 26 contains more Proverbs of Solomon where he laid out the nature of the fool and the sluggard, and the result of their attitudes and actions.
Joel 2 tells of the Day of the Lord. God gave a stern call to repentance. After that warning God gave this promise: “28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come. 32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.“
Today we read the final chapter of the first letter of the Apostle John, the two last chapters of Hosea, and the first chapter of Joel.
November 30: 1 John 5, Hosea 13, Hosea 14, Joel 1 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
John 5. Being born of God and believing in the son of God means exercising obedience by Faith. The certainty of God’s witness is : “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” There is confidence and compassion in prayer, We must follow the true one and reject the false. And so the letter ends: “Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.”
Hosea 13. The LORD shoed His anger and there was to be be judgment on Israel.
Hosea 14. God promised that when Israel repented it would be restored.
Joel 1. The Word of the LORD told Joel of the great locust attack, the drought and the land laid waste. Lament for the land, for the day of the LORD is near.
Today we read the fourth chapter of the first letter of the Apostle John and four chapters of Hosea.
November 29: 1 John 4, Hosea 9, Hosea 10, Hosea 11, Hosea 12 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
1 John 4. Test the spirits. There is the spirit of God, and then there are many spirits of the Antichrist. Remember: “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” We know God through love and we see God through love, “We love him, because he first loved us.”
Hosea 9. The prophesy said Israel will be judged because of its sin.
Hosea 10. And because of Israel’s sin it will be taken into captivity.
Hosea 11. Yet, God will show His love for Israel.
Hosea 12. God gave His charge against Ephraim.
Today we read the third chapter of the first letter of the Apostle John and three chapters of Hosea.
November 28: 1 John 3, Hosea 6, Hosea 7, Hosea 8 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
1 John 3. We are children of God, or as the King James bible calls it “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:” As children of God we do not sin,but it is important we love and show the outworking of love, for in it is the spirit of truth.
Hosea 6. God called Ephraim and Judah to repentance, for He required mercy; not sacrifice.
Hosea 7. God continues to bemoan the iniquity of Ephraim and Judah.
Hosea 8. Because of Israel’s apostasy this prophesy was fulfilled: “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind:“
Today we read the second chapter of the first letter of the Apostle John and five chapters of Hosea.
November 27: 1 John 2, Hosea 1, Hosea 2, Hosea 3, Hosea 4, Hosea 5 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
1 John 2. The Apostle John explained how you can test if you know Him, warned of sin and was concerned for their spiritual state. There will come a last hour’s deception, so let the truth abide in You. Remember you are children of God.
Hosea 1. God told Hosea to marry a harlot. She gave birth to three children, given negative sounding names. In spite of this God promises the restoration of Israel.
Hosea 2 tells of God’s unfaithful people, how they are punished and restored, and finally to be shown unmerited mercy.
Hosea 3. God told Hosea to reconcile with his wife, and so Israel will return to God.
Hosea 4. God gave His charge against Israel because of Israel’s Idolatry.
Hosea 5. God proclaimed judgment on Israel, Ephraim and Judah.