April 20, read through the Bible in a year.

Time for the Acts of the Apostles and two chapters of 1 Samuel.

April 20: Acts 1, 1 Samuel 1, 1 Samuel 2 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Acts 1 starts with the disciples watching Jesus’ Ascension, but before he leaves Earth he promises they shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on them. While waiting for the Holy Spirit Matthias is chosen to replace Judas.

1 Samuel 1 start out with the birth of Samuel. Elkanah had  two wives, one was fruitful and the other, Hannah, was barren. As always with polygamy there is strife, but Hannah prays and gives her Vow that if she conceives a son she will give him to the LORD. Her wish comes to pass and so Samuel is born and dedicated.

1 Samuel 2 starts out with Hanna’s Prayer, a beautiful piece of poetry. Then comes the story of the wicked Sons of Eli, they took and ate the fat that was supposed to be burned!  It tells of Samuel’s childhood ministry and finally a man of God gives a prophecy against Eli’s household, both his wicked sons will die on the same day.

1 Samuel 2, Hanna’s Prayer, The Wicked Sons of Eli, Samuel’s Childhood Ministry, Prophecy against Eli’s Household.

1 Samuel 2, Hanna’s Prayer, The Wicked Sons of Eli, Samuel’s Childhood Ministry, Prophecy against Eli’s Household.