In between the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians and his first letter to the Thessalonians we read one Psalm and two chapters of Isaiah.
August 27: Psalm 89, Isaiah 43, Isaiah 44 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 89, of Ethan the Ezrahite. “I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever“. A Psalm of praise to God and His covenant with David, His glory and holiness, His faithfulness to deliver His promises, but also the trouble with the unfaithful. It ends up with a plea for a speedy restoration.
Isaiah 43 speaks of the redeemer and the rebirth of Israel. This happened in 1948, and it happened in spite of Israel’s unfaithfulness only by God’s mercy, and His promise that He would do a new thing.
Isaiah 44. Israel is the chosen nation, God is supreme, idols are worthless. Sing, for the LORD has done it. God is the one “That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.”
In between first and second Corinthians we read one chapter of Proverbs and the last two chapters of second Chronicles.
July 1: Proverbs 8, 2 Chronicles 35, 2 Chronicles 36 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Proverbs 8 praises the excellence of Wisdom.
2 Chronicles 35. Josiah celebrated Passover lavishly but after that he foolishly engaged king Neco of Egypt, who was to fight somebody else. The result is that Josiah died in battle. The Prophet Jeremiah mourned and wrote Lamentations.
2 Chronicles 36 tells a sad story, the reign and captivity of Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim and Jehoiachin. Zedekiah was granted king by Nebudchadnezzar but rebelled. This led to the fall of Jerusalem and seventy years of captivity. Chronicles ends with Cyrus’ Proclamation.
2 Chronicles 36, the Reign and Captivity of Jehoahaz, the Reign and Captivity of Jehoiakim, the Reign and Captivity of Jehoiachin, Zedekiah Reigns in Judah, The Fall of Jerusalem, Cyrus’ Proclamation.