Today we read the second chapter of Ephesians and the last four chapters of Ecclesiastes.
August 4: Ephesians 2, Ecclesiastes 9, Ecclesiastes 10, Ecclesiastes 11, Ecclesiastes 12 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Ephesians 2. This is the famous chapter explaining that we are saved by grace through faith and brought near by His blood. Furthermore, Christ is our peace and our cornerstone. There is much more in this chapter.
Ecclesiastes 9. Death comes to all, and wisdom is better than folly.
Ecclesiastes 10. Yes indeed, wisdom is better than folly.
Ecclesiastes 11 explains the value of diligence. One advice: Seek God early in life.
Ecclesiastes 12. “Remember now thy creator in the days of your youth“. “Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
Today we read the first chapter of Ephesians and three chapters of Ecclesiastes.
August 3: Ephesians 1, Ecclesiastes 6, Ecclesiastes 7, Ecclesiastes 8 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Ephesians 1. This letter is a wonderful explanation of the Christian Gospel. Paul starts out with a greeting, then explains what it means to get redemption in Christ and ends up with a prayer for spiritual wisdom.
Ecclesiastes 6. Vanity is the theme, this time the vanity of desire.
Ecclesiastes 7. There is value in practical wisdom.
Ecclesiastes 8. Obey authorities for God’s Sake, and yes, this too is in Ecclesiastes: “Eat, drink and be merry.” It fits with the theme of vanity.
In between Galatians and Ephesians we read one Psalm and three chapters of Ecclesiastes.
August 2: Psalm 69, Ecclesiastes 3, Ecclesiastes 4, Ecclesiastes 5 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 69, of David. When you get that sinking feeling, this Psalm lifts you back up, “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.”
Ecclesiastes 3. There is a time for everything. The gift of God is that He has set eternity in our hearts, yet injustice seems to prevail.
Ecclesiastes 4. There is oppression but no comforter, there is vanity of selfish toil. There is value in having friends “a cord of three strands is not quickly broken,” yet, popularity passes away.
Ecclesiastes 5. Fear God, keep your vows. There is vanity in amassing riches, even vanity in seeking honor.
In between Galatians and Ephesians we read two Psalms and the first two chapters of Ecclesiastes.
August 1: Psalm 67, Psalm 68, Ecclesiastes 1, Ecclesiastes 2 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 67, a Song. A short, beautiful Psalm of praise and singing. It ends with the prophetic “God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.“
Psalm 68, of David. George Horne described how this psalm was assigned to Pentecost in the Anglican liturgy, no doubt because it describes gifts given upon ascension and is quoted in Ephesians 4. “This beautiful, sublime, and comprehensive, but very difficult Psalm, is one of those which the church has appointed to be used on Whitsunday.”
Ecclesiastes 1. The author, king Solomon speaks of the vanity of life and the grief of wisdom.
Ecclesiastes 2 King Solomon continues with the vanity of pleasure, the end of the wise and the end of the fool.
Ecclesiastes 12, Seek God Early in Life, The Whole Duty of Man.
Ecclesiastes 11, The Value of Diligence, Seek God early in Life.