Today we read the second chapter of the letter to the Hebrews, two Psalms and the last chapter of Jeremiah.
October 13: Hebrews 2, Psalm 125, Psalm 126, Jeremiah 52 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Hebrews 2. Do not neglect so great a salvation. God cannot die, He is eternal, but He had to be made a little bit lower than the angels, in the form of man, so that he could die. And so Jesus had to endure sufferings, even taste death for our redemption. He was in every way tempted just like we are, and emphasizes with us in our temptations and trials. Praise God!
Psalm 125 is a song of Ascents, sung by pilgrims on the way to Jerusalem to one of the three yearly prescribed feasts.
Psalm 126 likewise is a Song of Ascents. One verse: “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.”
Jeremiah 52 is a historical epilogue to the book of Jeremiah. It tells of the fall of Jerusalem, the temple plundered and burned, the important people taken into captivity in Babylon, and finally Jehoiachin released from jail, but remaining in Babylon.
Today we read the first chapter of the letter to the Hebrews and one chapter of Jeremiah.
October 12: Hebrews 1, Jeremiah 51 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Hebrews 1 starts out with one of the most fantastic openings in the whole Bible. The other twos are Genesis 1:1-4 and John 1:1. The rest of the chapter includes Old Testament passages to support the supremacy of Jesus Christ.
Jeremiah 51 tells of the time of the Lord’s vengeance, the Destruction of Babylon. The words of Jeremiah end with his command to Seraiah.
In between the Apostle Paul’s letter to Philemon and the letter to the Hebrews we read one chapter of Proverbs and one chapter of Jeremiah.
October 11: Proverbs 18, Jeremiah 50 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Proverbs 18, proverbs of Solomon. One proverb is a gem: “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” I did. The last proverb in the chapter intrigues me, it reads quite differently in KJV and NIV. This is the NIV version: “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” My (Zondervan) copy of the NIV reads “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” The King James version reads: ” A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Translations can be tricky.
Jeremiah 50. The judgments continued, this time against Babylon and Babylonia.
In between the Apostle Paul’s letter to Philemon and the letter to the Hebrews we read two Psalms and two chapters of Jeremiah.
October 10: Psalm 123, Psalm 124, Jeremiah 48, Jeremiah 49 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 123, a Song of Accents. This is a short but fervent prayer for mercy.
Psalm 124, a Song of Accents. This one is of David. Thank God! Only He can do the impossible.
Jeremiah 48. God’s judgment on Moab.
Jeremiah 49. More judgments, on Ammon, Edom, Damascus, Kedar and Hazor and finally, judgment on Elam.
In between the Apostle Paul’s letter to Philemon and the letter to the Hebrews we read two Psalms and three chapters of Jeremiah.
October 9: Psalm 121, Psalm 122, Jeremiah 45, Jeremiah 46, Jeremiah 47 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 121, a Song of Accents. Psalms 120 to 134 were sung on the way to Jerusalem during the festivals.
Psalm 122, a Song of Accents. This one is of David.
Jeremiah 45. In 5 verses God gave assurance to Baruch to save his life, but disaster on the people.
Jeremiah 46. God proclaimed judgment on Egypt. Babylonia would strike Egypt but God would preserve Israel.
Jeremiah 47. And finally, there was to be a future judgment on Philistia.
Today we read the Apostle Paul’s short letter to Philemon, one Psalm and one chapter of Jeremiah.
October 8: Philemon, Psalm 120 , Jeremiah 44 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Paul’s letter to Philemon is a letter from one person to another, and as such should not be for general consumption, and certainly not in the Holy Scriptures. But it is, and by divine inspiration it is a beautiful example of human redemption and how a former, thieving slave was given his freedom and welcomed into the fellowship of believers as a brother.
Psalm 120 is a song of accents, that means it was sung as the people went up to Jerusalem on their way to one of the Jewish festivals.
Jeremiah 44. Some Israelis escaped to Egypt. Nothing good would come out of that. Read the horrible future that awaited them.
In between the Apostle Paul’s letter to Titus and his letter to Philemon we read two Psalms and one chapter of Jeremiah.
October 6: Psalm 117, Psalm 118, Jeremiah 43 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 117. The shortest Psalm of them all with only two verses, but they are full of praise.
Psalm 118. This is probably the best example of Hebrew poetry with verses repeated with only small variations. It is quoted in the New Testament in many places, even by Jesus directly.
Jeremiah 43. Jeremiah was taken to Egypt.
Today we read the last chapter of the Apostle Paul’s letter to Titus and two chapters of Jeremiah.
October 5: Titus 3, Jeremiah 41, Jeremiah 42 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Titus 3. The Apostle Paul urged Titus to remember to telling the believers they are heirs of grace, so avoid dissension and maintain good works. The letter ends with a final greeting.
Jeremiah 41 is a historical chapter recording the insurrection against Gedaliah and the beginning of a flight to Egypt.
Jeremiah 42, God told the remnant of Judah to stay in the land and not flee to Egypt.
Today we read the second chapter of the Apostle Paul’s letter to Titus and two chapters of Jeremiah.
October 4: Titus 2, Jeremiah 39, Jeremiah 40 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Titus 2, Paul wrote to Titus that in order to have a sound church he must teach sound doctrine. And it is all through saving grace. Quote to remember: “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
Jeremiah 39. The fall of Jerusalem finally happened and Jeremiah was to be set free.
Jeremiah 40. Jeremiah was finally freed, most of the people were still in the old land and had a bountiful harvest, most of which then was taken away from them.
Today we read the first chapter of the Apostle Paul’s letter to Titus and two chapters of Jeremiah.
October 3: Titus 1, Jeremiah 37, Jeremiah 38 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Titus 1. After the customary greeting, the apostle Paul instructed Titus to appointing elders and listed the qualifications for elders and their duties. Be careful, some Cretans are corrupt!
Jeremiah 37. Zedekiah held on to the vain hope that the Chaldeans would be defeated. Jeremiah prophesied otherwise, so he was put in prison.
Jeremiah 38. Jeremiah was in the dungeon and near death so they pulled him up. Zedekiah feared for his life, and Jeremiah’s advice was: Give in to Babylon and you will live.