Today there are five chapters.
January 23: Psalm 3, Psalm 4, Genesis 47, Genesis 48, Proverbs 1 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Since there are less than 365 chapters in the New Testament, there will be filling in days with Psalms and Proverbs.
Psalm 3 is a Psalm of David from when he fled from his son Absalom.
Psalm 4 is David’s appeal to righteousness, and the blessings that follow.
Genesis 47 tells of how Jacob and his descendants settled in Goshen, about the continuing famine, and how Joseph, controlling the food supply enslaved the people. All power corrupt,…
Genesis 48 tells of how Jacob blessed Ephraim and Manasseh. He blessed Ephraim ahead of Manasseh, even though Manasseh was the older of Joseph’s sons.
Finally there is Proverbs 1. It extols the virtue of wisdom. Read it and apply it.
Today there are four chapters.
January 22: John 21, Genesis 44, Genesis 45, Genesis 46 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
John 1 tells of the eighth miracle of Jesus. This miracle of a great catch of fish happened after Jesus resurrection and was a sign of new beginnings. Jesus reinstates Peter and tells him to feed his sheep.
Genesis 44 tells how Joseph tested his brothers by having Joseph’s own silver cup placed in Benjamin’s sack as the brothers returned back to Canaan. They all passed the test and returned to Joseph to await his judgment.
In Genesis 45 Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, and all rejoice. It contains the phrase “But God” and shows clearly that God was in control all the time.
In genesis 46 Jacob joins his brothers in going to resettle in Egypt, and is a retelling of the names of all that went
Today there are three chapters.
January 21: John 20, Genesis 42, Genesis 43 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
John 20 deals with the resurrection, and Jesus is not there, only his grave clothes. It is now first day of the week and Jesus shows himself for most of the disciples, but not Thomas. He doubted their testimony, and it is from this we have the expression “Doubting Thomas.” Later, when even he saw Jesus, he bowed down and worshiped him saying “Mu Lord, and my God”. Jesus also gives the promise of the Holy Spirit.
In Genesis 42 there is famine in Canaan, as seems to happen quite regularly, so Joseph’s brothers go down to Egypt to buy food. They meet Joseph, now governor of Egypt, and he demands to see Benjamin, who was left behind with Jacob. They agree to do so and leave one of the brothers behind as collateral. Joseph was very distraught at the proposition, since Joseph and Benjamin were his favorite children.
But in Genesis 43 the famine continued, so they had to go back to Egypt for more. This time they had to bring Benjamin with them to keep their promise to Joseph. Joseph gives them all food from his table, and he gives a five times larger portion to Benjamin. So ends that chapter.
Today there is only one chapters, but it deserves to be digested by itself
January 20: John 19 (click on the chapter to read it)
I took the liberty to incorporate all the seven words of Christ on the cross. This requires to take passages from the Gospel of Luke, as well as from the Gospel pf Matthew or Mark. It helped me a lot to get the time-order of events as well as the completeness of Christ substitutionary sacrifice on the Cross and the completeness of it.
Today there are three chapters.
January 19: John 18, Genesis 40, Genesis 41 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
John 18 deals with the last 24 hours, the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus arrest, Jesus before Annas, Peter’s first denial, Jesus before Caiaphas, Peter’s second and third denial, the cock crowing, Jesus before Pilate, sent to Herod, back to Pilate, Pilate offers to release Jesus or Barabbas, the people demands that Barabbas be released and Jesus Crucified.
Genesis 40 deals with dreams. Joseph’s two fellow cellmates in prison each have a dream, Joseph interprets the dreams that the cup-bearer will be released and restored to his former position, while the other, the baker will be hanged on a tree.
In Genesis 41 Pharaoh himself has a dream, and Joseph is taken out of prison to interpret the dream. It deals with seven years of plenty and seven years of famine. Joseph does it so well, that Pharaoh puts Joseph in charge of all affairs of Egypt. The seven years of plenty comes and fills the storehouses. Then comes the seven years of famine.