Today we read the first chapter of second Peter and the fourth chapter of Daniel.
November 19: 2 Peter 1, Daniel 4 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
2 Peter 1 is greeting the faithful, urging them to be fruitful in the faith as they apply the eight godly virtues. Peter reminds them of his approaching death and reminds them of the trustworthiness of the prophetic word.
Daniel 4 contains Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of a tree, his fall and restoration.
In between first and second Peter we read two Psalms and the third chapter of Daniel.
November 18: Psalm 145, Psalm 146, Daniel 3 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 145, a Psalm of Praise, of David. In an acrostic fashion David praises God for his fame, glory and for His goodness; for his kingdom and His providence, and most of all for his saving mercy.
Psalm 146 begins the five final songs in the Book of Psalms, known as the Hallelujah Psalms. This one gives praise to the Lord for creation, for what He is doing and will do forever.
Daniel 3 tells about the image of gold that all had to worship, and the fiery furnace prepared for the three Hebrews that refused. From Sunday School we all know how that went.
In between first and second Peter we read one chapter of Proverbs and the second chapter of Daniel.
November 17: Proverbs 23, Daniel 2 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Proverbs 23, Sayings of the Wise. Do not be a glutton, do not desire riches, do not be a moocher, do not argue with a fool, do not change ancient landmarks, do not withhold correction from a child, do not envy sinners because they are having fun, do not drink wine to excess, do not despise your mother when she is old, honor your father and mother, keep away from harlots, stay sober and do not succumb to alcohol.
Daniel 2 contains Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and only Daniel could interpret it. Of particular interest is “Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.“
In between first and second Peter we read two Psalms and the first chapter of Daniel
November 16: Psalm 143, Psalm 144, Daniel 1 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 143, of David. There is hope, even in the deepest despair.
Psalm 144, of David. He is a man of war, but gives praise to God with a new song for God is the one who grants victory.
Daniel 1. This book is most probably written by Daniel during his life. This has been questioned because of the many, accurate prophesies in it. It begins with Daniel and three other Hebrew children are taken into the Babylonian King’s administration as interns, and are given new names. They refuse the non- kosher diet, and pass the test.
The greek Septuagint translation: παρθένος, parthenos: a maiden, a virgin
The Hebrew word הָעַלְמָ֗ה hā-‘al-māh, is properly translated virgin, but it can also mean a young woman, which in those days meant the same thing, age is of no importance, virginity is.
Let the scriptures speak for itself, and let the reader understand.