Today there are only two chapters to read, read Luke 24 carefully and rejoice over it!
April 14:Luke 24, Judges 10 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 24, this is it, the Resurrection, the most important event in the Christian calendar! Two dejected disciples meet someone on the Road to Emmaus, then Jesus appears to the Disciples. The Gospel of Luke ends with the Ascension.
Judges 10 Things go from bad to worse with Tola, Jair and Jephthah as leaders and Israel is oppressed again. They finally repent and get rid of their false gods.
Today there are only two chapters to read, read Luke 23 carefully and meditate over it!
April 13: Luke 23, Judges 9 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 23. This is it, the second most important day in the Christian calendar. Jesus is on trial before Herod and Pilate. Pilate is trying to wiggle out of sentencing Jesus by setting one condemned free on Passover. The crowd chooses Barabbas over Jesus, so Jesus is sentenced to be crucified. On the cross Jesus says the famous “Seven Last Words”, then he dies and is buried before sundown.
Judges 9. The Bible tells it as it is, warts and all. So is the story of Abimelech’s Conspiracy and the parable of the trees. All the evil led to Abimelech’s Downfall. A take home from this chapter is his last words, after his skull was cracked by a millstone, dropped by a woman. “Draw thy sword, and slay me, that men say not of me, A woman slew him.”
Today there are only two chapters to read, enjoy!
April 12: Luke 22, Judges 8 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 22. Judas agrees to betray Jesus, it is Passover so Jesus eats the Last Supper with his disciples, after which they go to the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prays. While there Jesus is betrayed, arrested and taken to the house of the high priest. While waiting outside Peter disowns Jesus three times before the cock crows. Jesus is interrogated during the night and before daybreak they have heard enough.
Judges 8. Gideon Defeats the Midianites, it is getting complicated but read it anyhow. After the great victory Gideon makes an Ephod from the Ishmaelites’ golden earrings and this becomes a snare to them all. Finally Gideon dies and immediately after that the Israelites falls back into idolatry, worshiping Baal.
Today there are three chapters to read, enjoy!
April 11: Luke 21, Judges 6, Judges 7 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 21, there is giving and there is giving. Jesus teaches a lesson about the widow’s two mites. Then he tells about the signs of the times, the end of the age, the destruction of Jerusalem, the coming of the Son of Man and finally the parable of the fig tree.
Judges 6. Things are going bad for Israel, the Midianites oppress them, God calls Gideon, Gideon is reluctant but after speaking with the Angel of the LORD Gideon destroys the altar of Baal. God wants Gideon to defeat the Midianites but again Gideon is reluctant, so he demands the sign of the Fleece. God provides the sign, so in
Judges 7 eighty-two thousand men gather to fight. God says that is too many, reduce their number, and in two steps they are whittled down to Gideon’s Valiant Three Hundred men. With that army and God the Midianites are defeated.
Today there are four chapters to read, enjoy!
April 10: Luke 20, Judges 3, Judges 4, Judges 5 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 20, continuing Holy Week, it is now Tuesday, Jesus is teaching in the Temple and his authority is questioned. There he teaches the parable of the wicked wine dressers. The religious leaders try to entrap Jesus so they ask him: “Is it legal to pay Taxes to Caesar?” You know the answer, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s.” then it is the Sadducee’s turn: What about the Resurrection? Jesus answer with scripture: “How can David call his descendant Lord?” Jesus finally warns the people: Beware of the teachers of the Law.
Judges 3, the cycle begins for the nations remaining in the land. Israel does evil in the sight of the LORD and He raises up Judges: Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar, and during their time there is peace in the land for 40 or 80 years
Judges 4. Every now and then God raises up a woman. Deborah was such a woman and judged the people of Israel.
Judges 5 is all about the Song of Deborah. Read it and enjoy!
Today there are three chapters to read, Joshua is finished, starting with Judges.
April 9: Luke 19, Judges 1, Judges 2 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 19 starts with the story of Zacchaeus, then comes the parable of the minas. One take home from that parable is: “Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds. (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)” Then comes what is called “Holy Week” starting with the triumphal entry. Seeing Jerusalem, Jesus weeps over it and after entering Jesus cleanses the Temple.
Judges 1 describes the continuing conquest of Canaan, and the Israelites’ incomplete conquest of the land.
In Judges 2 God decries Israel’s disobedience, records the death of Joshua, and chronicles Israel’s unfaithfulness and sin.
Today there are three chapters, finishing up Joshua.
April 8: Luke 18, Joshua 23, Joshua 24 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 18 starts by Jesus telling the parable of the persistent widow, meaning we should always pray, then he adds: “When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” After that he teaches humility with the parable of the pharisee and the tax collector, reinforced by Jesus blessing of little children. A rich young ruler wants to inherit eternal life but is not willing to pay the price to follow Jesus. With men it is impossible to have eternal life , but all things are possible with God. Then Jesus predicts His Death, and finally a blind beggar receives his sight.
Joshua 23 retells Joshua’s farewell address.
Joshua 24. The Covenant is renewed at Shechem, at which time Joshua recants their history thus far, and then comes the death of Joshua, ans also the death of Eleazar, Aaron’s son.