It is Lent. Luke and Lent kind of go together; only two chapters, enjoy!
March 22: Luke 1, Deuteronomy 23 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 1, to Theophilus. The birth of John the Baptist foretold to Zacharias by an Angel, then the angel Gabriel makes an announcement announcement to Mary, Mary meets Elizabeth, Zacharias’ wife. Luke 1 also contains Mary’s song, Zacharias’ prophecy and the Birth of John the Baptist.
Deuteronomy 23 deals with shunning and exclusion from the assembly, how to deal or not to deal with certain foreigners. Make your relief stations outside the camp and do what you have to do and keep proper camping cleanliness. No harlots allowed and do not accept offerings from them. You may not charge interest to a fellow Israelite, but you can be a Shylock to a foreigner. If you make a vow to the Lord fulfill it!
Today there are three chapters to read.
March 21: Psalm 21, Psalm 22, Deuteronomy 22 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Psalm 21, of David. The New Testament references from Revelation 14 fits. Do you agree?
Psalm 22, of David. “The Crucifixion Psalm”. Read it and ponder.
Deuteronomy 22, protect your brother’s property, the LORD detests unisex clothing, protect nesting birds, do not yoke an ox and a donkey together, and various laws on sexual morality.
Today there are five chapters to read.
March 20: Psalm 19, Psalm 20, Deuteronomy19, Deuteronomy 20, Deuteronomy 21 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Psalm 19, of David. “This Psalm reflects, more than any other, the beauty and splendor of the Hebrew poetry found in the Psalter. C.S. Lewis wrote, ‘I take this to be the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.’” (VanGemeren)
Psalm 20, of David. The people’s prayer for the King is heard by the LORD. Most quoted part: “7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” The Lord saves, we pray for the King.
Deuteronomy 19, set aside three Cities of Refuge, maybe three more as the land expands. Do not change property boundaries. There must be two or three witnesses for a conviction in court. From this chapter comes “an eye for an eye”.
Deuteronomy 20. Rules for warfare: The Lord fights the battle for you. If you are too chicken or are building a house or are pledged to marry, you may be excused. For the rest of you, show no mercy unless they surrender, but above all, save the fruit trees.
Deuteronomy 21 deals with what to do with unsolved murders. Can you marry a female taken captive? What are the rights of the firstborn? What to do with a rebellious Son? A man punished to death and hung on a tree, he must be buried the same day. From this we get “Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree”.
Today there are three chapters to read.
March 19: Proverbs 4, Deuteronomy 17, Deuteronomy 18 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Proverbs 4: Wisdom is supreme and there is security in wisdom.
Deuteronomy 17, Anyone worshiping other Gods must have justice administered, including stoning. You will elect a King and he must be an Israelite, not gathering riches or take many wives. He must read the scroll of the Law all the days of his life.
Deuteronomy 18, the LORD is the Inheritance for Priests and Levites, No Wicked Customs!, The LORD will raise up a Prophet like Moses.
Today there are only two chapters to read.
March 18: Psalm 18, Deuteronomy 16 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Psalm 18, the fourth longest psalm, of David. To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD, who spoke to the LORD the words of this song on the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all of his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said: (Read it, ponder and enjoy it.)
Deuteronomy 16, how to celebrate the Passover, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles. Bring an offering, no one can go empty handed. Appoint Judges so justice can be properly administered. Do not worship any Asherah poles ever
Today there are four chapters to read.
March 17: Psalm 16, Psalm 17, Deuteronomy 14, Deuteronomy 15 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Psalm 16, of David. A wonderful psalm of confidence in the LORD even in times of trouble, and a prophetic psalm pointing to Jesus resurrection quoted in the New Testament.
Psalm 17 demonstrates David’s total trust in God and not in self in spite of David’s best efforts. it can be summarized: “Keep me as the apple of Your eye;
Hide me under the shadow of Your wings” with regard to the threats from his enemies.
Deuteronomy 14, do not do as the heathen do with improper mourning, eat only clean meat and do not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk. Observe tithing, and every three years give an extra tithing for the Levites, the aliens, the fatherless and the widows.
Deuteronomy 15. Debts are to be canceled after seven years, show generosity to the poor, lend freely but do not borrow, free your slaves after seven years and give them opportunity to continue on their own. Set apart every firstborn animal.
Today there are four chapters to read, the end of the Gospel of Mark.
March 16: Mark 16, Deuteronomy 11, Deuteronomy 12, Deuteronomy 13 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Mark 16, on the first day of the week Jesus is Risen and Mary Magdalene sees the Risen Lord. To complete the Gospel Jesus proclaims the Great Commission, is taken up to heaven and sits down at the Right Hand of God.
Deuteronomy 11. Love and Obey the LORD, remember all He has done, meditate day and night on it and always teach your children. God did set before them a blessing and a curse, it dealt with obedience.
Deuteronomy 12, God proclaims forever the One Place of Worship. All other places of worship, where False Gods have been worshiped must be destroyed. You may eat from all clean animals, but do not drink their blood.
Deuteronomy 13, Apostates must be severely punished.