In between Colossians and 1 Thessalonians we read one chapter of Proverbs and two chapters of Isaiah.
August 26: Proverbs 13, Isaiah 41, Isaiah 42 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Proverbs 13, more proverbs of Solomon.
Isaiah 41 writes of 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, but as is so often the case, Israel is still blind and deaf.
In between Colossians and 1 Thessalonians we read three Psalms and one chapter of Isaiah.
August 25: Psalm 86, Psalm 87, Psalm 88, Isaiah 40 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 86, a Prayer of David. A plea for help, David pours out his needs and confesses his total dependence on God to teach him His ways.
Psalm 87, of the Sons of Korah. A song of praise to Zion, the City of God and its citizens, even to those gentiles so honored.
Psalm 88, of the Sons of Korah, Heman the Ezrahite. This may be the saddest Psalm of them all, seemingly without hope, and yet?
Isaiah 40. After reading Psalm 88 we need something uplifting, and this chapter has helped me immensely. I will not comment any further. Read it, listen to the music, read it again and let it sink in!
Today we read the last chapter of Colossians, two Psalms and one chapter of Isaiah.
August 24: Colossians 4, Psalm 84, Psalm 85, Isaiah 39 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Colossians 4, Paul gives final instructions, final Greetings and exhortations as he bids them God’s grace.
Psalm 84, of the Sons of Korah. Charles Spurgeon said this Psalm was entitled “to be called The Pearl of Psalms.” He once preached a whole sermon on verse 3: “Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.”
Psalm 85, of the Sons of Korah. A prayer of thankfulness.
Isaiah 39 tells of Hezekiah’s folly, how he shows all the riches of Jerusalem to the envoys from Babylon, and he said “There will be peace for our time”, like Neville Chamberlain did before WWII.
Today we read the third chapter of Colossians and three chapters of Isaiah.
August 23: Colossians 3, Isaiah 36, Isaiah 37, Isaiah 38 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Colossians 3. Paul lists the rules for holy living; not carnality but Christ, the character of the New Man and proper relationships in the christian home.
Isaiah 36. Isaiah breaks from prophecy and gives a historical rendition, duplicated is 2 Kings. This is not plagiarism, Isaiah was the scribe during Hezekiah’s reign
Isaiah 37. Jerusalem’s deliverance is foretold, Hezekiah’s prayer and the word of the LORD concerning Sennacherib, and his final fall.
Isaiah 38 desaribes Hezekiah’s illness and how the LORD added 15 years to his life.
Today we read the second chapter of Colossians and three chapters of Isaiah.
August 22: Colossians 2, Isaiah 33, Isaiah 34, Isaiah 35 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Colossians 2. It is all about Christ, not philosophy but Christ, not legalism but Christ.
Isaiah 33. It begins with a prayer in distress, for there is coming judgment of Zion, and the LORD will be lifted up, and He will deliver his people.
Isaiah 34. A vivid description of the judgment against the nations. There are nine mentions of unicorns in the King James Bible. This is the last of them.
Isaiah 35. A beautiful rendition of the joy of the redeemed
Today we read the first chapter of Colossians and three chapters of Isaiah.
August 21: Colossians 1, Isaiah 30, Isaiah 31, Isaiah 32, (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Colossians 1. Paul begins with his customary greeting, continues with a prayer emphasizing faith in Christ and the preeminence of Christ. He tells the Colossians to be reconciled in Christ, “Christ in you, the hope of glory” and to perform sacrificial service in Christ.
Isaiah 30 emphasizes “Don’t trust in Egypt!” But they are a rebellious people; in spite of that God will be gracious to Israel, but execute judgement on Assyria.
Isaiah 31 proclaims woe to the Egyptophiles. The LORD will pass over Israel, but nit Assyria.
Isaiah 32 ushers in the reign of reign of righteousness, warns against complacency, and says (in King James Bible) “ The vile person shall be no more called liberal” (NIV translates liberal as noble) so a few verses down it says (in NIV) “But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.” The promise is that the Holy spirit is righteousness and “The fruit of that righteousness will be peace.”
In between Philippians and Colossians we read three Psalms and two chapters of Isaiah.
August 20: Psalm 81, Psalm 82, Psalm 83, Isaiah 28, Isaiah 29 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 81, of Asaph. A Psalm for the Feast of Tabernacles.
Psalm 82, of Asaph. Jesus quotes this Psalm and confounds the people accusing him of blasphemy.
Psalm 83, of Asaph. An urgent prayer for God to help when war is threatening.
Isaiah 28. Woe to Ephraim and Jerusalem! “Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.“
Isaiah 29 begins with a woe to David’s City, the people have “the spirit of slumber,” but the deaf will hear, the blind see and the meek shall increas the joy in the LORD.