Today we read two Psalms, the second letter of John and the last chapter of Joel.
December 2: Psalm 147, Psalm 148, 2 John, Joel 3 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 147 is a great Psalm of praising God for His protection and creation, for His care and power, for His provisions, wisdom and His word. It ends with praise to the LORD for His special attention to Israel.
Psalm 148: Let all creation praise the LORD!
2 John is a very short letter, greeting the elect lady with joy that she and some of her children walk in Christ’s commandments, but also warning her to beware of Antichrist deceivers.
Joel 3. In this final chapter God judges the nations, bringing war to the valley of Jehoshaphat: “Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.” And afterwards God will bless His people.
In between first and second John, we read one chapter of Proverbs and the second chapter of Joel.
December 1: Proverbs 26, Joel 2 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Proverbs 26. More Proverbs of Solomon where he lays out the nature of the fool and the sluggard, and the result of their attitudes and actions.
Joel 2 tells of the Day of the Lord, a gives a call to repentance. Then comes this promise: “28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come. 32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.“
Today we read the final chapter of first John, the two last chapters of Hosea, and the first chapter of Joel.
November 30: 1 John 5, Hosea 13, Hosea 14, Joel 1 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
John 5. Being born of God and believing in the son of God means exercising obedience by Faith. The certainty of God’s witness is : “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” There is confidence and compassion in prayer, We must follow the true one and reject the false. And so the letter ends: “Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.”
Hosea 13. The LORD shows His anger and there will be judgment on Israel.
Hosea 14. God promises that when Israel repents it will be restored.
Joel 1. The Word of the LORD tells Joel of the great locust attack, the drought and the land laid waste. Lament for the land, for the day of the LORD is near.
Joel 3, God Judges the Nations, God Blesses His People.
Joel 2, The Day of the Lord, a Call to Repentance.
Joel 1, the Land laid Waste, Lament for the Land.