Today is leap day, February 29, and we could take the day off, but the Holy Bible is the most important book ever written and too important to ignore, even for a day. It is the word of God.
May I suggest we go back to the beginning.
The three chapters chosen for today are Genesis 1 ,John 1 and 1 John 1 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Both Genesis 1 and John 1 start with the words “In the beginning”. , Genesis 1 deals with the physical creation, but with a spiritual emphasis, laying the groundwork for spiritual understanding of how and why we exist. The gospel of John then deals with creation spiritually.
We are existing in time and space. The question is: What was there before time and space existed, before the beginning?
Answer: God, existing in three persons, God the Father, God the Son (the Word) and God’s Spirit, (the Holy Ghost).
They alone are eternal, everything else, including time and space, is created.
1 John 1 then starts from the beginning and deals with how we should live today, in time and space, with an eternal perspective.
Today we read the final chapter of first 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 shows His anger and there will be judgment on Israel.
Hosea 14. God promises that when Israel repents it will be restored.
Joel 1. The Word of the LORD tells 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 first 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. Israel will be judged because of its sin.
Hosea 10. Because of Israel’s sin it will be taken into captivity.
Hosea 11. Yet, God will show His love for Israel.
Hosea 12. God gives His charge against Ephraim.
Today we read the third chapter of first 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 calls Ephraim and Judah to repentance, for He requires mercy; not sacrifice.
Hosea 7. God continues to bemoan the iniquity of Ephraim and Judah.
Hosea 8. Because of Israel’s apostasy this will happen: “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind:“
Today we read the second chapter of first 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. Tohn explains how you can test if you know Him, warns of sin and is 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 shown unmerited mercy.
Hosea 3. God told Hosea to reconcile with his wife, and so Israel will return to God.
Hosea 4. God gives His charge against Israel because of Israel’s Idolatry.
Hosea 5. God proclaims judgment on Israel, Ephraim and Judah.
Today we read the first chapter of first John, one chapter of Proverbs and the last chapter of Daniel.
November 26: 1 John 1, Proverbs 25, Daniel 12 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
1 John 1. From the Beginning, what was heard, seen and touched we proclaim, that is the Word of Life. How can we have fellowship with God and with one Another? The Apostle John tells us how.
Proverbs 25, a collection of more proverbs of Solomon collected after his death during the reign of Hezekiah.
Daniel 12. This chapter deals with the end times. Many have tried to make a final timeline out of this and out of Revelation, but the book is sealed until the time of the end. As Jesus himself said: “Only the Father in heaven knows.”
John 5, Obedience by Faith, The Certainty of God’s Witness, Confidence and Compassion in Prayer,Knowing the True, Rejecting the False.
1 John 4, The Spirit of God, The Spirit of the Antichrist, Knowing God Through Love, Seeing God through Love, The Consummation of Love.
1 John 3, Children of God, Sin and the Child of God, The Imperative of Love, The Outworking of Love, The Spirit of Truth.