Today we read one chapter of second Corinthians and finishing up Ezra.
July 5: 2 Corinthians 2, Ezra 8, Ezra 9, Ezra 10 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
2 Corinthians 2, No more Sorrowful, Forgive the Offender, Triumph in Christ.
Ezra 8 starts with a list of the heads of families who returned with Ezra. Ezra separated twelve priests to be temple servants and led in fasting and prayer for protection. The people came with gifts for the temple as they returned to Jerusalem.
Ezra 9. Ezra prayed about iIntermarriage with pagans and called it a sin according to the Law.
Ezra 10. The returning exiles made confession of improper marriages, and their pagan wives were put away.
Today we read the first chapter of second Corinthians and three chapters of Ezra.
July 4: 2 Corinthians 1, Ezra 5, Ezra 6, Ezra 7 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
2 Corinthians 1. After Paul’s customary greeting he gives praise to the God of all comfort, which includes comfort in suffering and consolation from suffering. Paul tells of his sincerity and his change of plans and God sparing the Church.
Ezra 5. The restoration of the Temple was resumed.
Ezra 6 records the Decree of Darius and the Temple’s completion and dedication, after which the Passover was celebrated.
Ezra 7. Finally the arrival of Ezra and the letter from Artaxerxes to Ezra is recorded .
In between first and second Corinthians we read two Psalms and two chapters of Ezra.
July 3: Psalm 51, Psalm 52, Ezra 3, Ezra 4 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Psalm 51, of David, written after Nathan confronted David after his adultery with Bathsheba. This Psalm explains fully, how God would say, after David was pointed out to be both an adulterer and a murderer: “He was a man after God’s own heart”.
Psalm 52, Of David. The Psalm is a contemplation of David, contrasting the final end of evil men with the rewards of the righteous.
Ezra 3. Worship was restored in Jerusalem and the restoration of the Temple began.
Ezra 4. There arouse resistance to building the Temple and the rebuilding of Jerusalem was successfully opposed (for a while).
In between first and second Corinthians we read two Psalms and the first two chapters of Ezra.
July 2: Psalm 49, Psalm 50, Ezra 1, Ezra 2 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Psalm 49, of the Sons of Korah. This psalm is more of a teaching Psalm and gives instruction on how to live and hope of salvation “But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, For He shall receive me”
Psalm 50, of Asaph. God says “for every animal of the forest is mine,
and the cattle on a thousand hills.” and “Sacrifice thank offerings to God,
fulfill your vows to the Most High,
and call on me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
Ezra 1 begins with the end of the Babylonian captivity and Cyrus decree to rebuild the Temple.
Ezra 2 lists the captives who returned to Jerusalem.
Ezra 10, Confession of Improper Marriages, Pagan Wives Put Away.
Ezra 9, Intermarriage with Pagans.