Between Second Thessalonians and First Timothy we read one chapter of Proverbs and two chapters if Jeremiah.
September 13: Proverbs 15, Jeremiah 3, Jeremiah 4 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Proverbs 15, Proverbs of Solomon. Solomon speaks of the value of following the LORD and the pursuit of righteousness and virtue as opposed to folly, pride and wickedness, which God hates.
Jeremiah 3. Israel is shamelessly unfaithful, yet God is merciful and calls Israel to repent ans return.
Jeremiah 4. God makes one final call for Israel to repent, but, and this is the prophecy, there will be an imminent invasion and the nation is doomed.
Between Second Thessalonians and First Timothy we read one Psalm and the first two chapters if Jeremiah.
September 12: Psalm 103, Jeremiah 1, Jeremiah 2 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 103, of David. There are many songs of praise in the Bible. This is probably the purest of them all. It combines God’s mercifulness and our shortcomings, His healing power and our frailty and above all our very limited life here on earth and the eternity of God.
Jeremiah 1, the call of Jeremiah. The key word in Jeremiah’s call is “before“. Here God confirms His call with two visions, the branch of an almond tree and a boiling pot tilting away from the north. These are promises of the fulfillment of God’s word and of an impending disaster. God finally assures Jeremiah He will be with him, so don’t worry.
Jeremiah 2. Israel has forsaken the LORD, and God’s gives His case against Israel.
Between Second Thessalonians and First Timothy we read two Psalms and the last chapter of Isaiah.
September 11: Psalm 101, Psalm 102, Isaiah 66 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 101, of David. A song of praise and a vow that reads like a new year’s resolution.
Psalm 102. A penitential psalm. It recalls the great deeds and miracles God did for His people in the wilderness, and how they disobeyed and turned to idols, even to the point of child sacrifice. In spite of this God is still merciful and there is still hope. It ends with Hallelujah!
Isaiah 66 speaks of judgement and hope, and true and false worship. Yet, the LORD will vindicate Zion; “Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream“. Finally, God wraps up the book of Isaiah with the Day of the LORD and its sobering aftermath.
Today we read Second Thessalonians 3 and two chapters of Isaiah.
September 10: 2 Thessalonians 3, Isaiah 64, Isaiah 65 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
2 Thessalonians 3. Paul requests prayer, then he warns against idleness. Finally the letter ends with a benediction.
Isaiah 64. A prayer of petition and penance: “All our righteousness are as filthy rags”
Isaiah 65 is rich. It tells of judgment and salvation, the new creation and the new Jerusalem.
Today we read Second Thessalonians 2 and two chapters of Isaiah.
September 9: 2 Thessalonians 2, Isaiah 62, Isaiah 63 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
2 Thessalonians 2 tells of the great apostasy, when the man of lawlessness is revealed and usher in the tribulation. People will believe “The Lie” and be destroyed. Stand fast, Jesus will destroy him at his return.
Isaiah 62. Zion’s new name will be called Hephzibah and the land will be called Beulah, salvation is coming.
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?
Today we read Second Thessalonians 1 and two chapters of Isaiah.
September 8: 2 Thessalonians 1, Isaiah 60, Isaiah 61 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
2 Thessalonians 1, After the customary greeting and prayer of thanksgiving, Paul dives in on God’s final judgment and God’s glory.
Isaiah 60. Arise, shine, for your light has come. Gross darkness covers the people. It tells of the glory of Zion and ends with a millennial prophecy of the New Jerusalem.
Isaiah 61. This is the year of the Lord’s favor. Jesus started his ministry finding this prophecy is the scroll of Isaiah. It gives “beauty for ashes” and proclaims the good news of salvation.
In between first and second Thessalonians we read three Psalms and one chapter of Isaiah.
September 7: Psalm 98, Psalm 99, Psalm 100, Isaiah 59 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 98. Let us celebrate! Sing unto the LORD a new song!
Psalm 99. The LORD reigns. Exalt Him, He is holy.
Psalm 100. Six verses making a jubilant noise to the LORD.
Isaiah 59. We are hopelessly separated from God until we confess our sin, and even then we need a redeemer. He will come out of Zion.