August 30: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

2 Corinthians 13. The Apostle Paul said it was his third coming coming to the Corinthians, and he was coming with authority for building them up, not for tearing them down. Finally, the final greetings and the benediction.

Isaiah 28. Woe to Ephraim and Jerusalem! “Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

Isaiah 29 begins with a woe to David’s City, the people have “the spirit of slumber,” but the deaf will hear, the blind see and the meek shall increase the joy in the LORD.

August 29: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

2 Corinthians 12. The Apostle Paul described his vision of paradise and his thorn in the flesh (“for when I am weak, then I am strong”.) The marks of an Apostle are signs, wonders and miracles, and Paul displayed his love for the Church.

Isaiah 26 is a song of praise full of Messianic prophecy. The song has many words with double meanings, one obvious and one prophetic.

Isaiah 27 promises the deliverance of Israel.

August 28: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

2 Corinthians 11. The Apostle Paul showed concern for the Corinthians’ faithfulness, warned them against false Apostles, “for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” He then put forward a reluctant boasting about his sufferings for Christ.

Isaiah 24 describes the LORD’s devastation of the earth. (Climate change anyone?)

Isaiah 25. After the dire prophecies of Chapter 24 the prophet Isaiah recorded this song of praise. Read verse 8 carefully and let it sink in!

August 27: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

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.

Isaiah 23 records a prophecy about Tyre.

Psalm 76, of Asaph. A song that praises the LORD, how He confounds the “stouthearted” but saves the meek.

August 26: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

Corinthians 9. The Apostle Paul gave advice in how to administer the gift, one way being the cheerful (hilarious) giver. Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift!

Isaiah 21. The prophecies continue, this time against Babylon, Edom and Arabia.

Isaiah 22 contains a prophecy about Jerusalem.

Psalm 75, of Asaph. A song of praise to the LORD. The theme is: He executes proper judgement. It ends with: All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off, But the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.

August 25: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

2 Corinthians 8. The Macedonians excelled in giving, but first they 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.

Isaiah 18 features a prophecy against Cush (with a vignette from modern Sudan).

Isaiah 19 gives an oracle about Egypt and tells of the future blessing of Assyria, Egypt and Israel.

Isaiah 20 is very short and contains a prophecy against Egypt and Cush.

Psalm 74, of Asaph. This Psalm describes the destruction of the Temple. This Asaph may have been penned by a descendant of the earlier musician, or may be prophetic. In any case he asked God to defend His case against the evildoers.

August 24: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

2 Corinthians 7 is an exhortation to holiness, and the entire church is included. The Apostle Paul rejoiced in their sorrowing to repentance, and was comforted that Titus had been together with the believers.

Isaiah 15 is a prophecy against Moab.

Isaiah 16 speaks of the destruction of Moab.

Isaiah 17 tells of the oracle against Damascus (with a side note featuring Nancy Pelosi in Damascus)

Psalm 73 begins Book Three of Psalms, (Psalms 43-89) . It is of Asaph, a great singer and musician from the time of David and Solomon. He complained about the good fortune of the wicked and the misfortune of the righteous until he “went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end.

August 23: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

2 Corinthians 6. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” The Apostle Paul gave the believers the marks of the ministry, “Do not be yoked with unbelievers“, come out from among them and be holy.

Isaiah 14 speaks of the return of Israel to their own land, the fall of Babylon and the haughtiness of Lucifer. It ends with prophecies about Assyria and the Philistines.

August 22: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

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.

Isaiah 11 speaks of the Branch from Jesse, containing this gem “and a little child shall lead them”.  Even the animals will make peace.

Isaiah 12 is a hymn of praise to finish up the first part of Isaiah, the future of Israel.

Isaiah 13 is a prophecy against Babylon.

Psalm 72, of Solomon. Most likely Solomon compiled Book Two of Psalms (Psalms 42-72) and composed or edited this psalm as a fitting end to the collection of mostly David’s psalms. It is a fitting conclusion, because it does not focus upon David himself, but on the coming Messiah – the King of Kings and Son of David.

August 21: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

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.

Isaiah 10 speaks of the punishment of Syria (and Assyria), after which the remnant of Israel shall return.

Psalm 71. This Psalm has the same theme as Psalm 70, but is much more detailed. It is of an older man, strong in faith, most probably David.