Philippians 2:12-29. The Apostle Paul urged the believers to work out their salvation with fear and trembling. Yes, salvation is past tense (for by grace have you been saved), present tense (work out your own salvation) and future tense (you will be saved). God is independent of time (He existed before time and space and created both). Paul ended the chapter talking about Timothy and Epaphroditus.
Isaiah 63. The day of the Lord’s vengeance is coming where “the grapes of wrath are trod” and there was no one to help. Then God will show His mercy and provide salvation, but will people listen?
Isaiah 64. A prayer of petition and penance: “All our righteousness are as filthy rags”
Psalm 81, of Asaph. A Psalm for the Feast of Tabernacles.
Ephesians 5. The Apostle Paul gave good advice: Walk in love, walk in light, and walk in wisdom, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” Then Paul gave Godly advice on marriage and likened it to the relationship between Christ and the church.
Isaiah 56. Salvation will be open to all. In Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial will be remembered “Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.” Yet, Israel still have wicked leaders.
Psalm 80, of Asaph. A prayer for restoration of Israel, mentioning the Shepherd of Israel, a heartfelt and urgent plea.
Ephesians 4:17-32. The Apostle Paul reminded them they are children of light, do not grieve the spirit, and “do not let the sun go down on your wrath“.
Isaiah 54. After the gigantic chapter 53, writing about the sin-bearing, suffering servant the narrative switches back to God’s servant, Israel, and the Covenant of Peace. It ends with “no weapon formed against you shall prosper”
Isaiah 55 is the invitation to abundant life. Remember this: “ For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Psalm 79, of Asaph. A cry for help, for the heathens were devastating Jerusalem, the Temple and the people. The Psalmist confessed their collective sins and pleaded for restoration, always with praise and thankfulness.
Galatians 6. Bear one another’s burdens and at the same time each one should carry his own burden. A man reaps what he sows, be generous and do good, especially to those of the household of faith. Glory only in the cross. After these admonitions Paul gave his final blessings.
Isaiah 43 speaks of the redeemer and the rebirth of Israel, which took place in 1948. It happened in spite of Israel’s unfaithfulness only by God’s mercy, and His promise that He would do a new thing.
Psalm 78, a maskil of Asaph. “This is the longest of the historical psalms. Its lesson is that history must not repeat itself. The people must never again be unbelieving.” (James Montgomery Boice)
Galatians 5: 16-25. “ Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Paul spoke of christian liberty, love fulfills the law and is accomplished by walking in the spirit.
Isaiah 41 waxes eloquent about the helper of Israel. “How firm a foundation” is to stand with God. Compare that to the futility of idols!
Isaiah 42 records the Servant of the LORD as a light for the Gentiles. The sons of Kedar will sing a new song, which is not the doctrine of Islam, as some Muslims claim, but as so often was the case, Israel was still blind and deaf.
Psalm 77, of Asaph. No matter how dire the circumstances the believer can still sing God’s praises and recall God’s wonders.
2 Corinthians 10. The Apostle Paul reminded the Corinthians that this is a spiritual war “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” He defined his authority and the limits of his authority; it is all in Christ: “But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”
Isaiah 23 records a prophecy about Tyre.
Psalm 76, of Asaph. A song that praises the LORD, how He confounds the “stouthearted” but saves the meek.
Corinthians 9. The Apostle Paul gave advice in how to administer the gift, one way being the cheerful (hilarious) giver. Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift!
Isaiah 21. The prophecies continue, this time against Babylon, Edom and Arabia.
Isaiah 22 contains a prophecy about Jerusalem.
Psalm 75, of Asaph. A song of praise to the LORD. The theme is: He executes proper judgement. It ends with: “All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off, But the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.”
2 Corinthians 8. The Macedonians excelled in giving but first gave their own selves to the Lord. Christ is our pattern in giving himself. The Corinthians took up a collection for the Judean saints. Titus was sent to the Corinthians.
Isaiah 18 features a prophecy against Cush (with a vignette from modern Sudan).
Isaiah 19 gives an oracle about Egypt and tells of the future blessing of Assyria, Egypt and Israel.
Isaiah 20 is very short and contains a prophecy against Egypt and Cush.
Psalm 74, of Asaph. This Psalm describes the destruction of the Temple. This Asaph may have been penned by a descendant of the earlier musician, or may be prophetic. In any case he asked God to defend His case against the evildoers.
2 Corinthians 7 is an exhortation to holiness, and the whole church is included. The Apostle Paul rejoiced in their sorrowing to repentance, and in the comfort Titus had being together with the believers.
Isaiah 15 is a prophecy against Moab.
Isaiah 16 speaks of the destruction of Moab.
Isaiah 17 tells of the oracle against Damascus (with a side note featuring Nancy Pelosi in Damascus)
Psalm 73 begins Book Three of Psalms, (Psalms 43-89) . It is of Asaph, a great singer and musician from the time of David and Solomon. He complained about the good fortune of the wicked and the misfortune of the righteous until he “went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end.“
2 Corinthians 5 gives the assurance of the resurrection, and we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. In the meantime we have been given the ministry of reconciliation, and “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” This verse was inscribed in the New Testament given to me at my confirmation in Sweden more than half a century ago. I didn’t understand it then, but since I became a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ it all started to make sense.
Isaiah 11 speaks of the Branch from Jesse, containing this gem “and a little child shall lead them”. Even the animals will make peace.
Isaiah 12 is a hymn of praise to finish up the first part of Isaiah, the future of Israel.
Isaiah 13 is a prophecy against Babylon.
Psalm 72, of Solomon. Most likely Solomon compiled Book Two of Psalms (Psalms 42-72) and composed or edited this psalm as a fitting end to the collection of mostly David’s psalms. It is a fitting conclusion, because it does not focus upon David himself, but on the coming Messiah – the King of Kings and Son of David.