Today we read the ninth chapter of the Apostle Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians and four chapters of Esther.
July 13: 2 Corinthians 10, Esther 4, Esther5, Esther 6, Esther7 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
2 Corinthians 10. The Apostle Paul reminded the Corinthians that this is a spiritual war “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” He defined his authority and the limits of his authority; it is all in Christ: “But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”
Esther 4, Mordecai persuaded Esther to risk her life to save the Jews, and Esther’s response was “If I perish, I perish”
Esther 5, Esther prepared for a banquet with only her, the King and Haman in attendance. Meanwhile Haman’s rage against Mordecai was so great that he had built a seventy-five feet high gallows, on which to hang Mordecai.
Esther 6. As it so happened, the king had a case of insomnia. To become drowsy he had the annals read to him, which told that Mordecai had averted a coup. During the banquet the king wanted to honor somebody, and rather than Haman, Mordecai was honored.
Esther 7. And so it was, Haman was hanged on the gallows he had built for Mordecai.
Today we read the ninth chapter of the Apostle Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians and two chapters of Esther.
July 12: 2 Corinthians 9, Esther 2, Esther3 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
2 Corinthians 9 Paul gave advice in how to administer the gift, one way being the cheerful (hilarious) giver. Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift!
Esther 2. The search for a new queen was on and Esther became the new queen. Mordecai, Esther’s cousin, uncovered a conspiracy against the king.
Esther 3. Enter Haman, an Agagite. (There was great animosity between the Agagites and the Jews since the time of king Saul.) He was great in the kingdom, and everybody bowed down to him – except Mordecai. This enraged Haman, so he offered 750 tons of silver to the king’s treasury for being allowed to kill all Jews. Fair enough, deal signed and sealed, (and the king’s seal cannot be undone.)
Today we read the eighth chapter of the Apostle Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians and the first chapter of Esther.
July 11: 2 Corinthians 8, Esther 1 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
2 Corinthians 8. The Macedonians excelled in giving but first gave their own selves to the Lord. Christ is our pattern in giving himself. The Corinthians took up a collection for the Judean saints. Titus was sent to the Corinthians.
Esther 1. A fantastic book that made it to the Holy Bible, even though the name of God is not mentioned, not even once! Yet, the hand of God is everywhere in it. Read all of it! It starts with a big, decadent feast, and queen Vashti refused to make a spectacle of herself so she was deposed. Now what do you do without a queen?
Today we read the seventh chapter of the Apostle Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians and finishing up Nehemiah.
July 10: 2 Corinthians 7, Nehemiah 11, Nehemiah 12, Nehemiah 13 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
2 Corinthians 7 is an exhortation to holiness, and the whole church is included. The Apostle Paul rejoiced in their sorrowing to repentance, and in the comfort Titus had being together with the believers..
Nehemiah 11 lists the people of Jerusalem and the people outside Jerusalem.
Nehemiah 12 lists the priests and Levites, the time had come for Nehemiah to dedicate the wall, and the temple responsibilities were specified.
Nehemiah 13. The final reforms of Nehemiah are recorded, the temple service is given its due, and a final admonition from Nehemiah: Observe the Sabbath and don’t marry strange women.
Today we read the sixth chapter of the Apostle Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians and two chapters of Nehemiah.
July 9: 2 Corinthians 6, Nehemiah 9, Nehemiah 10 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
2 Corinthians 6. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” Paul gave the believers the marks of the ministry, “Do not be yoked with unbelievers“, come out from among them and be holy.
Nehemiah 9. The people did confess their sins and recited Israel’s miraculous history.
Nehemiah 10 lists the people who sealed the covenant and its content.
Today we read the fifth chapter of the Apostle Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians and two chapters of Nehemiah.
July 8: 2 Corinthians 5, Nehemiah 7, Nehemiah 8 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
2 Corinthians 5 gives the assurance of the resurrection, and we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. In the meantime we have been given the ministry of reconciliation, and “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” This verse was inscribed in the New Testament given to me at my confirmation in Sweden more than half a century ago. I didn’t understand it then, but since I became a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ it all started to make sense.
Nehemiah 7. Finally the wall was finished, and the chapter gives a list of the captives who returned to Jerusalem.
Nehemiah 8. Ezra read the Law and the returnees celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles.
Today we read the fourth chapter of the Apostle Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians and three chapters of Nehemiah.
July 7: 2 Corinthians 4, Nehemiah 4, Nehemiah 5, Nehemiah 6 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
2 Corinthians 4. Believers are treasures in jars of clay to proclaim the light of Christ’s gospel. They may be cast down but still unconquered “We believe and therefore speak” “we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Read this chapter carefully with thought.
Nehemiah 4. Through strong opposition the building of the wall was defended.
Nehemiah 5, Nehemiah encountered oppression but showed great generosity.
Nehemiah 6, There arose a conspiracy against Nehemiah, but he was on to them and managed to get the wall completed.
Today we read the third chapter of the Apostle Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians and the first three chapters of Nehemiah.
July 6: 2 Corinthians 3, Nehemiah 1, Nehemiah 2, Nehemiah 3 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
2 Corinthians 3. Believers are Christ’s Epistle with the the spirit of the living God living within them.“The letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life” , that is the glory of the New Covenant, and “where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty”
Nehemiah 1 records Nehemiah’s prayer.
Nehemiah 2. After some days of praying Nehemiah went to the King, told the King why he was sad and was sent to Judah where he viewed the wall of Jerusalem.
Nehemiah 3 retells the start of rebuilding the wall.
Today we read the second chapter of the Apostle Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians and finish up Ezra.
July 5: 2 Corinthians 2, Ezra 8, Ezra 9, Ezra 10 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
2 Corinthians 2. The Apostle Paul sent a very loving and encouraging letter to the Corinthians. In it he emphasized they should be no more Sorrowful, forgive the offender and triumph in Christ.
Ezra 8 starts with a list of the heads of families who returned with Ezra. Ezra separated twelve priests to be temple servants and led in fasting and prayer for protection. The people came with gifts for the temple as they returned to Jerusalem.
Ezra 9. Ezra prayed about Intermarriage with pagans and called it a sin according to the Law.
Ezra 10. The returning exiles made confession of improper marriages, and their pagan wives were put away.
Today we read the first chapter of the Apostle Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians and three chapters of Ezra.
July 4: 2 Corinthians 1, Ezra 5, Ezra 6, Ezra 7 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
2 Corinthians 1. After Paul’s customary greeting he gave praise to the God of all comfort, which includes comfort in suffering and consolation from suffering. Paul told the Corinthians of his sincerity and his change of plans and of God sparing the Church.
Ezra 5. The restoration of the Temple was resumed.
Ezra 6 records the Decree of Darius and the Temple’s completion and dedication, after which the Passover was celebrated.
Ezra 7. Finally Ezra arrived in Jerusalem and the letter from Artaxerxes to Ezra is recorded .