In between the Apostle Paul’s first and second letter to the Corinthians we read one chapter of Proverbs and the last two chapters of second Chronicles.
July 1: Proverbs 8, 2 Chronicles 35, 2 Chronicles 36 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Proverbs 8 praises the excellence of Wisdom.
2 Chronicles 35. Josiah celebrated Passover lavishly but after that he foolishly engaged king Neco of Egypt, who intended to fight somebody else. The result was that Josiah died in battle. One of the mourners was the Prophet Jeremiah and he wrote Lamentations.
2 Chronicles 36 tells a sad story, the reign and captivity of Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim and Jehoiachin. Zedekiah was granted king by Nebudchadnezzar but rebelled. This led to the fall of Jerusalem and seventy years of captivity. 2 Chronicles ends with Cyrus’ Proclamation.
Taking a pause between Romans and 1 Corinthians we read today one chapter in Proverbs and three chapters in 1 Chronicles..
June 10: Proverbs 7, 1 Chronicles 10, 1 Chronicles 11, 1 Chronicles 12 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Proverbs 7, keep the Law, Seek wisdom and above all, stay away from harlots! They will use every trick to get you!
1 Chronicles 10. The inglorious end of king Saul. He fell on his own sword and his sons were killed.
1 Chronicles 11, David was made King over Israel, after which he conquered Jerusalem and it was from then on called the City of David (as opposed to the town of David, which is Bethlehem). The chapter also lists David’s mighty men, describing some of their deeds.
1 Chronicles 12, David’s Army grew and grew, and in Hebron David’s Army was numbered. With so many volunteers to join the army there was joy in Israel.
Today we are reading one chapter of Proverbs and three chapters in 1 Kings, taking a pause between the Acts of the Apostles and the letter of Paul to the Romans.
May 20: Proverbs 6, 1 Kings 14, 1 Kings 15, 1 Kings 16 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Proverbs 6 warns against cosigning documents with neighbors, condemns sluggards of their sleepy and lazy habits and points to the destruction of wicked men. It tells about seven detestable things to the LORD, and finally it takes a dim view of adultery, a sure way to destroy yourself and others.
Not much good in 1 Kings 14, it tells of judgment on the house of Jeroboam and his death, and Rehoboam taking over power and his death.
1 Kings 15, the evil king Abijam reigned in Judah. After his death Asa became king over Judah and he was a good king. Meanwhile in Israel Nadab reigned, and after him Baasha both doing evil things in the eyes of the LORD.
1 Kings 16 displays a depressing list of kings over Israel, Baasha, Elah, Zimri, one worse the the other, finally culminating with Ahab, the worst of them all, setting up Baal worship in Israel.
While still between the gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles we stay in the Old Testament reading one chapter pf Proverbs and four chapter of Judges.
April 17: Proverbs 5, Judges 15, Judges 16, Judges 17, Judges 18 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Proverbs 5 tells of the perils of adultery and doesn’t mince words.
Judges 15. Samson defeated the Philistines with the jawbone of an ass.
Judges 16 contains the vivid story of Samson and Delilah and how he finally was captured. In his death Samson slew many more than when he lived.
Judges 17 is short, contains only the telling of Micah’s Idolatry.
Judges 18, as the Danites had failed to take their allotted land from the Philistines they wandered around and finally settled in Laish and changed the name of the city to Dan, and there they still practiced idolatry.
Between the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of Luke we enjoy one chapter of Proverbs and two chapters of Deuteronomy.
March 19: Proverbs 4, Deuteronomy 17, Deuteronomy 18 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Proverbs 4: Wisdom is supreme and there is security in wisdom.
Deuteronomy 17. Anyone worshiping other Gods must have justice administered, including stoning. The Israelites will elect a King after they have entered the promised land. He must be an Israelite, not gathering riches or take many wives. He must read the scroll of the Law all the days of his life. As long as he does all these things he will reign a long time.
Deuteronomy 18, the LORD is the Inheritance for Priests and Levites. No Wicked Customs such as child sacrifice, “ or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer ” In other words: “Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.” Then the LORD gave a promise He will raise up a Prophet like Moses.
As we are taking a pause between the gospel of Matthew and the gospel of Mark we enjoy reading one chapter of Proverbs and two chapters of Numbers.
February 26: Proverbs 3, Numbers 10, Numbers 11 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Proverbs 3 continues to tell of the benefits of wisdom. The verses most often quoted are ”Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will direct your paths.”
Numbers 10 tells of making two silver trumpets and with the blasts from them they finally leave Sinai, still in formation , tribe by tribe.
In Numbers 11 the people complained about eating manna every day, so God put His spirit on seventy elders to prophecy, but He also sent them quail , a delicious game bird, but after eating quail for a whole month until it came out their nostrils they got sick, and God punished the gluttons.
Moving right along in the Bible we read one chapter of Proverbs and begin reading Exodus.
January 25: Proverbs 2, Exodus 1, Exodus 2 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Proverbs 2 continues where Proverbs 1 left off, telling of the moral benefits of wisdom.
A few hundred years has passed since the end of Genesis and Exodus 1 tells how the Hebrews multiplied and became a perceived threat to the Egyptians. The Egyptians told the Hebrew midwives that every boy they delivered must be thrown into the Nile, but every girl were to be let to live.
Which seamlessly leads into Exodus 2, how Moses when he was born was thrown into the Nile, but he was placed in a papyrus basket and laid crying in the reeds. Pharaoh’s daughter heard it, picked him up and asked her servant to find somebody to nurse him. Of course she found Moses’ own mother to nurse him. After he was weaned Moses grew up in Pharaoh’s household and got educated. He did remember he was a Hebrew, so when he saw and Egyptian mistreat a Hebrew he killed the Egyptian. This became known and Moses fled to Midian, where he spent 40 years tending flocks. Great reading.
Between the Gospel of John and the Gospel of Matthew we take a break in the reading of the New Testament and read two Psalms, one chapter of Proverbs and continue with two chapters of Genesis.
January 23: Psalm 3, Psalm 4, Genesis 47, Genesis 48, Proverbs 1 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Psalm 3 is a Psalm of David from when he fled from his son Absalom.
Psalm 4 is David’s appeal to righteousness, and the blessings that follow.
Genesis 47 tells of how Jacob and his descendants settled in Goshen, about the continuing famine, and how Joseph, controlling the food supply enslaved the people. All power corrupts, and so even Joseph failed in comparison to Jesus, who came to set people free.
Genesis 48 tells of how Jacob blessed Ephraim and Manasseh. He blessed Ephraim ahead of Manasseh, even though Manasseh was the older of Joseph’s sons.
Finally there is Proverbs 1. It extols the virtue of wisdom. Read it and apply it.
Today we read the final chapter of the Holy Bible and the final chapter of Proverbs.
December 31: Revelation 22, Proverbs 31 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Revelation 22 begins with showing the Apostle John the River of Life, the time is near, Jesus is coming soon and He testifies to the Churches, don’t add to or take away from God’s word. Jesus is coming Quickly, Amen!
Proverbs 31. The sayings of King Lemuel. The book of Proverbs ends up with “The Wife of Noble Character”, and every day I thank the Lord for my wife of 51 years. Lives would have been quite different (or not existed at all) if God had not brought us together.
In between the letter of Jude and Revelation we read two Psalms and three chapters of Micah.
December 9: Proverbs 30, Micah 4, Micah 5 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Proverbs 30. The sayings of Agur. Solomon wasn’t the only man with wisdom and these sayings made it into the canonical scripture. Two examples: “give me neither poverty nor riches” and “The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give.”
Micah 4 speaks of the LORD’s future reign in Zion and Zion’s triumph.
Micah 5.The promise of the coming Messiah: “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” But first it promises punishment of Israel’s injustice.