In between Philippians and Colossians we read two Psalms and two chapters of Isaiah.
August 19: Psalm 79, Psalm 80, Isaiah 26, Isaiah 27 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 79, of Asaph. A cry for help, for the heathens are devastating Jerusalem, the Temple and the people. The Psalmist confesses their collective sins and pleads for restoration, always with praise and thankfulness.
Psalm 80, of Asaph. A prayer for restoration of Israel, mentioning the Shepherd of Israel, a heartfelt and urgent plea.
Isaiah 26 is a song of praise full of Messianic prophecy. The song is full of words with double meanings, one obvious and one prophetic.
Isaiah 27 promises the deliverance of Israel.
In between Philippians and Colossians we read one chapter of Proverbs and three chapters of Isaiah.
August 18: Proverbs 12, Isaiah 23, Isaiah 24, Isaiah 25 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Proverbs 12 contains Proverbs of Solomon.
Isaiah 23 records a prophecy about Tyre.
Isaiah 24 describes the LORD’s devastation of the earth. (Climate change anyone?)
Isaiah 25. After the dire prophecies of Chapter 24 comes this song of praise.
In between Philippians and Colossians we take a break and read two Psalms.
August 17: Psalm 77: Psalm 78 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 77, of Asaph. No matter how dire the circumstances the believer can still sing God’s praises and recall God’s wonders.
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)
Today we read the last chapter of Philippians and four chapters of Isaiah.
August 16: Philippians 4, Isaiah 19, Isaiah 20, Isaiah 21, Isaiah 22 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Philippians 4. Paul’s theme is joy “dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.” and “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” and this gem “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” and this one “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” This letter of joy and encouragement ends with a greeting: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
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.
Isaiah 21. The prophecies continue, this time against Babylon, Edom and Arabia.
Isaiah 22 contains a prophecy about Jerusalem.
Today we read the third chapter of Philippians and three chapters of Isaiah.
August 15: Philippians 3, Isaiah 16, Isaiah 17, Isaiah 18 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Philippians 3. Paul has reason to brag about his perfect Jewish credentials, but he does not, he will glory only in Christ, and his resurrection. Let us press on towards the goal, after all, our citizenship is in heaven.
Isaiah 16 speaks of the destruction of Moab.
Isaiah 17 tells of the oracle against Damascus (as a side note featuring Nancy Pelosi in Damascus)
Isaiah 18 features a prophecy against Cush (with a vignette from modern Sudan).
Today we read the second chapter of Philippians and two chapters of Isaiah.
August 14: Philippians 2, Isaiah 14, Isaiah 15 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Philippians 2. Paul urges the believers to imitate the humility of Christ. Verses 7-11 are in the form of a hymn and shows how Jesus, even though he always is God, emptied himself and became obedient to the cross, even unto death. Look at that! They should 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 exised before time and space and created both). Then Paul ends with talking about Timothy and Epaphroditus.
Isaiah 14 speaks of the return of Israel to their own land, the fall of Babylon and the haughtiness of Lucifer. It ends with prophecies about Assyria and the Philistines.
Isaiah 15 is a prophecy against Moab.
Today we read the first chapter of Philippians and three chapters of Isaiah.
August 13: Philippians 1, Isaiah 11, Isaiah 12, Isaiah 13 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Philippians 1. After the customary greeting Paul gives a heartfelt prayer for the believers. “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” (This was the verse given to me and my wife when we joined the church after our salvation). Paul is in prison and this works in favor of the Gospel. He also encourage them to behave worthy of the Gospel and follow Christ and be partakers with him in suffering.
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.