Today we read the last chapter of Colossians, two Psalms and one chapter of Isaiah.
August 24: Colossians 4, Psalm 84, Psalm 85, Isaiah 39 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Colossians 4, Paul gives final instructions, final Greetings and exhortations as he bids them God’s grace.
Psalm 84, of the Sons of Korah. Charles Spurgeon said this Psalm was entitled “to be called The Pearl of Psalms.” He once preached a whole sermon on verse 3: “Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.”
Psalm 85, of the Sons of Korah. A prayer of thankfulness.
Isaiah 39 tells of Hezekiah’s folly, how he shows all the riches of Jerusalem to the envoys from Babylon, and he said “There will be peace for our time”, like Neville Chamberlain did before WWII.
Today we read the third chapter of Colossians and three chapters of Isaiah.
August 23: Colossians 3, Isaiah 36, Isaiah 37, Isaiah 38 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Colossians 3. Paul lists the rules for holy living; not carnality but Christ, the character of the New Man and proper relationships in the christian home.
Isaiah 36. Isaiah breaks from prophecy and gives a historical rendition, duplicated is 2 Kings. This is not plagiarism, Isaiah was the scribe during Hezekiah’s reign
Isaiah 37. Jerusalem’s deliverance is foretold, Hezekiah’s prayer and the word of the LORD concerning Sennacherib, and his final fall.
Isaiah 38 desaribes Hezekiah’s illness and how the LORD added 15 years to his life.
Today we read the second chapter of Colossians and three chapters of Isaiah.
August 22: Colossians 2, Isaiah 33, Isaiah 34, Isaiah 35 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Colossians 2. It is all about Christ, not philosophy but Christ, not legalism but Christ.
Isaiah 33. It begins with a prayer in distress, for there is coming judgment of Zion, and the LORD will be lifted up, and He will deliver his people.
Isaiah 34. A vivid description of the judgment against the nations. There are nine mentions of unicorns in the King James Bible. This is the last of them.
Isaiah 35. A beautiful rendition of the joy of the redeemed
Today we read the first chapter of Colossians and three chapters of Isaiah.
August 21: Colossians 1, Isaiah 30, Isaiah 31, Isaiah 32, (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Colossians 1. Paul begins with his customary greeting, continues with a prayer emphasizing faith in Christ and the preeminence of Christ. He tells the Colossians to be reconciled in Christ, “Christ in you, the hope of glory” and to perform sacrificial service in Christ.
Isaiah 30 emphasizes “Don’t trust in Egypt!” But they are a rebellious people; in spite of that God will be gracious to Israel, but execute judgement on Assyria.
Isaiah 31 proclaims woe to the Egyptophiles. The LORD will pass over Israel, but nit Assyria.
Isaiah 32 ushers in the reign of reign of righteousness, warns against complacency, and says (in King James Bible) “ The vile person shall be no more called liberal” (NIV translates liberal as noble) so a few verses down it says (in NIV) “But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.” The promise is that the Holy spirit is righteousness and “The fruit of that righteousness will be peace.”
Colossians 4, Christian Graces, Final Greetings, Exhortation, Blessing.
Colossians 3, not Carnality but Christ, Character of the New Man, the Christian Home.
Colossians 2, Not Philosophy but Christ, Not Legalism but Christ.
Colossians 1, Greeting, Faith in Christ, Preeminence of Christ, Reconciled in Christ, Sacrificial Service in Christ.