September 6, read through the Bible in a year.

In between first and second Thessalonians we read three Psalms and one chapter of Isaiah.

September 6: Psalm 95, Psalm 96, Psalm 97, Isaiah 58 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Psalm 95 is a song of praise to God, but also a warning that they should not harden their hearts as they did in the wilderness and thus were not allowed to enter God’s rest.

Psalm 96 is to “declare His glory among the nations“, and ends up with “Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth.”

Psalm 97 is  to rejoice “for the LORD reigneth” and “For you, Lord, are the Most High over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.”

Isaiah 58 explains what true fasting is.

September 5, read through the Bible in a year.

In between first and second Thessalonians we read one chapter of Proverbs and one chapter of Isaiah.

September 5: Proverbs 14, Isaiah 57 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Proverbs 14, These Proverbs of Solomon mark the contrast between the foolish and the wise.

Isaiah 57. The LORD warns strongly against idolatry, especially the pagan god Moloch. There is peace for the contrite, but there is no peace for the wicked.

September 4, read through the Bible in a year.

In between first and second Thessalonians we read three Psalms and one chapter of Isaiah.

September 4: Psalm 92, Psalm 93, Psalm 94, Isaiah 56 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Psalm 92. A Song for the Sabbath day. Give thanks to the LORD. God judges His enemies, and He makes His people flourish.

Psalm 93. A Psalm of only five verses: The  LORD reigns!

Psalm 94. This time the Psalmist prays for the LORD to execute vengeance on all who disobey Him, and bring comfort to all who follow Him.

Isaiah 56. Salvation will be open to all. In Vad 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.

 

September 3, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we read the last chapter of 1 Thessalonians and two chapters of Isaiah.

September 3: 1 Thessalonians 5, Isaiah 54, Isaiah 55 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

1 Thessalonians 5 speaks of the Day of the Lord, no one knows the day or time. Then Paul gives final exhortations, among them are “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

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 enrs 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.”

 

September 2, read through the Bible in a year. Today’s reading: Isaiah 53.

Because of the uniqueness of Isaiah 53 (click on the chapter to begin reading) we read only this chapter of Isaiah today. No other chapter in the Bible has so many prophesies fulfilled in the New Testament. Because of this it had been proven that it must have been written and added to the book of Isaiah around 400 A.D. As proof for this was cited that the rabbis used to read Isaiah 53 in synagogues, but after the chapter caused “arguments and great confusion” the rabbis of the 17th century  decided that the simplest thing would be to just take that prophecy out of the Haftarah readings in synagogues. That’s why today when they read Isaiah 52, they stop in the middle of the chapter and the week after jump straight to Isaiah 54. See! That is proof enough that it is a later addition to fit with Christian tradition! Then around 1947 the Dead Sea Scrolls were found by some Arab Bedouins and in them was a complete scroll of Isaiah and chapter 53 was in it, word for word identical with the Masoretic text! The find was announced in April 1948, right before the formation of the State of Israel. This had many years later a profound impact on me, and after having swallowed bible critical “truth” for many years, I came to realize that if all the book of Isaiah had been written centuries before the birth of Jesus Christ and has well over 50 fulfilled prophecies, both the book of Isaiah is true, and Jesus Christ, his death, burial and resurrection is true, and that changes things. Read it, think about it, and let it sink in!

 

September 1, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we read the fourth chapter of 1 Thessalonians and two chapter of Isaiah.

September 1: 1 Thessalonians 4, Isaiah 51, Isaiah 52 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

1 Thessalonians 4. Believers live to please God and are called to purity and godliness, brotherly love and orderly life.  There is comfort in knowing of Christ’s coming for his own.

Isaiah 51 speaks of everlasting salvation out of Zion, via “the rock”. Wake up!

Isaiah 52. God redeems Jerusalem. “ How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” Verse 13 and forward is the beginning of the prophecy of the suffering servant.

August 31, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we read the third chapter of 1 Thessalonians and one chapter of Isaiah.

August 31: 1 Thessalonians 3, Isaiah 50 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

1 Thessalonians 3 tells of Paul’s concern for their faith and he is encouraged by Timothy’s report. The chapter ends with a prayer that their love may increase.

Isaiah 50 continues elaborating about the Servant. The two last verses has meant much in my life: “ Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.  Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.”