Today we read the fourth chapter of the letter to the Hebrews and the last three chapters of Lamentations.
October 15: Hebrews 4, Lamentations 3, Lamentations 4, Lamentations 5 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Hebrews 4 deals with the Sabbath-rest for the People of God. The Jews in the wilderness could not enter because of disobedience, but we, thanks to Jesus, who believe can enter. Remember, “Today” is the key word. Read it carefully!
Lamentations 3 displays the Prophet Jeremiah’s anguish and hope. Great is thy faithfulness!
Lamentations 4. Trouble continues, the dirge continues with the degradation of Zion. And yet, there is a glimmer of hope.
Lamentations 5. Although this chapter has 22 verses, it is not an acrostic, it is an urgent prayer for restoration.
Today we read the third chapter of the letter to the Hebrews and the first two chapters of Lamentations.
October 14: Hebrews 3, Lamentations 1, Lamentations 2 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Hebrews 3 hammers down the truth about today. “Exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” With God, every day is “today” and so should we also live. More about that tomorrow. Other than that it also mentions that Jesus is far superior to Moses.
Lamentations 1. It was written as dirge poetry at the time when Jerusalem was afflicted and captured. It is a true acrostic, which means the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet are used in succession to begin the lines and sections of those songs.
Lamentations 2 It too is dirge poetry written in an acrostic form emphasizing God’s anger over Jerusalem.
Today we read the second chapter of the letter to the Hebrews, two Psalms and the last chapter of Jeremiah.
October 13: Hebrews 2, Psalm 125, Psalm 126, Jeremiah 52 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Hebrews 2. Do not neglect so great a salvation. God cannot die, He is eternal, but He had to be made a little bit lower than the angels, in the form of man, so that he could die. And so Jesus had to endure sufferings, even taste death for our redemption. He was in every way tempted just like we are, and emphasizes with us in our temptations and trials. Praise God!
Psalm 125 is a song of Ascents, sung by pilgrims on the way to Jerusalem to one of the three yearly prescribed feasts.
Psalm 126 likewise is a Song of Ascents. One verse: “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.”
Jeremiah 52 is a historical epilogue to the book of Jeremiah. It tells of the fall of Jerusalem, the temple plundered and burned, the important people taken into captivity in Babylon, and finally Jehoiachin released from jail, but remaining in Babylon.
Today we read the first chapter of the letter to the Hebrews and one chapter of Jeremiah.
October 12: Hebrews 1, Jeremiah 51 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Hebrews 1 starts out with one of the most fantastic openings in the whole Bible. The other twos are Genesis 1:1-4 and John 1:1. The rest of the chapter includes Old Testament passages to support the supremacy of Jesus Christ.
Jeremiah 51 tells of the time of the Lord’s vengeance, the Destruction of Babylon. The words of Jeremiah end with his command to Seraiah.
In between the Apostle Paul’s letter to Philemon and the letter to the Hebrews we read one chapter of Proverbs and one chapter of Jeremiah.
October 11: Proverbs 18, Jeremiah 50 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Proverbs 18, proverbs of Solomon. One proverb is a gem: “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” I did. The last proverb in the chapter intrigues me, it reads quite differently in KJV and NIV. This is the NIV version: “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” My (Zondervan) copy of the NIV reads “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” The King James version reads: ” A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Translations can be tricky.
Jeremiah 50. The judgments continued, this time against Babylon and Babylonia.
In between the Apostle Paul’s letter to Philemon and the letter to the Hebrews we read two Psalms and two chapters of Jeremiah.
October 10: Psalm 123, Psalm 124, Jeremiah 48, Jeremiah 49 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 123, a Song of Accents. This is a short but fervent prayer for mercy.
Psalm 124, a Song of Accents. This one is of David. Thank God! Only He can do the impossible.
Jeremiah 48. God’s judgment on Moab.
Jeremiah 49. More judgments, on Ammon, Edom, Damascus, Kedar and Hazor and finally, judgment on Elam.
In between the Apostle Paul’s letter to Philemon and the letter to the Hebrews we read two Psalms and three chapters of Jeremiah.
October 9: Psalm 121, Psalm 122, Jeremiah 45, Jeremiah 46, Jeremiah 47 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 121, a Song of Accents. Psalms 120 to 134 were sung on the way to Jerusalem during the festivals.
Psalm 122, a Song of Accents. This one is of David.
Jeremiah 45. In 5 verses God gave assurance to Baruch to save his life, but disaster on the people.
Jeremiah 46. God proclaimed judgment on Egypt. Babylonia would strike Egypt but God would preserve Israel.
Jeremiah 47. And finally, there was to be a future judgment on Philistia.
Today we read the Apostle Paul’s short letter to Philemon, one Psalm and one chapter of Jeremiah.
October 8: Philemon, Psalm 120 , Jeremiah 44 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Paul’s letter to Philemon is a letter from one person to another, and as such should not be for general consumption, and certainly not in the Holy Scriptures. But it is, and by divine inspiration it is a beautiful example of human redemption and how a former, thieving slave was given his freedom and welcomed into the fellowship of believers as a brother.
Psalm 120 is a song of accents, that means it was sung as the people went up to Jerusalem on their way to one of the Jewish festivals.
Jeremiah 44. Some Israelis escaped to Egypt. Nothing good would come out of that. Read the horrible future that awaited them.
In between the Apostle Paul’s letter to Titus and his letter to Philemon we have now come to the giant Psalm 119 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 119 is a meditation on the excellence of the Word of God. It it anonymous, but is most probably a collection made by David and put in its final form during the time of Ezra. The Psalm is in the form of a true acrostic with eight verses for every letter of the Hebrew alphabet, totaling 176 verses. The acrostic form makes it possible to memorize, and so the students learning the Law did, even during Jesus’ time.
In between the Apostle Paul’s letter to Titus and his letter to Philemon we read two Psalms and one chapter of Jeremiah.
October 6: Psalm 117, Psalm 118, Jeremiah 43 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 117. The shortest Psalm of them all with only two verses, but they are full of praise.
Psalm 118. This is probably the best example of Hebrew poetry with verses repeated with only small variations. It is quoted in the New Testament in many places, even by Jesus directly.
Jeremiah 43. Jeremiah was taken to Egypt.