March 17: Read through the Holy Bible in a year

Matthew 24:1-35, is knocking at the door is a song popularized by Johnny  Cash and gives a description of what is coming. Jesus predicted the destruction of the Temple and the events that will occur just before his return. He even quoted Daniel the prophet: “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation.” Then he described his coming return to gather his people. He assured us that heaven and earth will pass away, but not his words. My words

Deuteronomy14. Do not do as the heathen do with improper mourning, eat only clean meat and do not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk. Observe tithing, and every three years give an extra tithing for the Levites, the aliens, the fatherless and the widows.

Deuteronomy 15. Debts are to be canceled after seven years, show generosity to the poor, lend freely but do not borrow, free your slaves after seven years and give them opportunity to continue on their own. Set apart every firstborn animal.

Luke 6:17-49, the Beatitudes, Jesus pronounces woes, Love your Enemies, do not judge, a tree is known by its fruit, Build on the Rock.

Luke 6:17-49, the Beatitudes, Jesus pronounces woes, Love your Enemies, do not judge, a tree is known by its fruit, Build on the Rock.

 
 

 

March 16: Read through the Holy Bible in a year

Matthew 23, Jesus warned the people about the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees. At that time they had formulated the Talmud, which regulated every aspect of Jewish life. He did it in the form of telling of seven woes. Read the chapter carefully and draw your own conclusions.

Deuteronomy 11. Love and Obey the LORD, remember all He has done, meditate day and night on it and always teach the same to your children. God set before them a blessing and a curse, it dealt with obedience.

Deuteronomy 12. God proclaimed the One Place of Worship. All other places of worship where false Gods have been worshiped must be destroyed. You may eat from all clean animals, but do not drink their blood.

Deuteronomy 13. Apostates must be severely punished.

March 15: Read through the Holy Bible in a year.

Matthew 22:34-46  The Pharisees tried to entrap Jesus by asking him which is the greatest commandment. Jesus answered with the first commandment and added another: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Once more they tried to entrap him with the question: Whose son is the Christ? Jesus answered: “The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?  If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?” That shut them up.

Deuteronomy 9, Israel’s rebellion is reviewed, but in spite of being a stiffnecked people doing abominations to the LORD like the Golden Calf, God in His mercy  kept His promises.

Deuteronomy 10, take Two Tablets, Fear the LORD and circumcise your hearts,  that is the Essence of the Law. Remember, you too were aliens in Egypt.

Psalm 22, of David. It is also called “The Crucifixion Psalm”. Read it and ponder.

Luke 4:22-44, no Prophet is accepted in his own town, Jesus casts out an Unclean Spirit and heals many.

Luke 4:22-44, no Prophet is accepted in his own town, Jesus casts out an Unclean Spirit and heals many.

 

Naaman was a Syrian, and there was no love lost between the Syrians and the Israelis.

 

March 14: Read through the Holy Bible in a year.

In Matthew 22:1-33 Jesus continued to talk in parables. He was in Jerusalem, teaching about the Kingdom of Heaven and told the parable of the wedding banquet, from which we have the expression “many are called but few are chosen.” Continuing on, the Pharisees tried to entrap him with the question “is it legal to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” Jesus answered by the famous quote: “Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s,” an early call to separation of Church and State. Jesus did not say “let the Romans do it”. The Sadducees also tried to entrap him with the riddle “if there is no resurrection and seven brothers have had a woman as his wife on after another, who would marry her in the resurrection?” Jesus answered with another, now made famous, saying: “God is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

Deuteronomy 7 promised that the Israelites were always a Chosen People. God will drive out the people before them. When entering the land they must completely destroy all idols and false gods.

Deuteronomy 8. Remember the LORD your God but if not, you too will be destroyed.

Luke 4:1-21, the Temptation of Jesus, Isaiah 61 prophecy fulfilled.

Luke 4:1-21, the Temptation of Jesus,  Isaiah 61 prophecy fulfilled.

 

The devil is good at using scripture to tempt the believer!

The Dead Sea Scroll of Isaiah is 54 segments long. Jesus had to scroll down for quite some time before he found the passage, even though he knew where it was!

Notice, Jesus ended the reading of Scripture in the middle of the sentence. We now still live in the time between “the acceptable year of the LORD and the day of vengeance of our God”!

 

March 13: Read through the Holy Bible in a year.

Matthew 21:12-46. Jesus cleansed the Temple and threw out the money changers. The spiritual leaders were offended that people sang “Hosanna in the highest” at the triumphal entry, even that little children sang it. As an object lesson Jesus cursed a fig tree, the symbol of Israel, and it withered. The spiritual leaders questioned Jesus authority. Instead of giving an answer Jesus gave two parables, the one about the two sons and the parable about the wicked tenants. Moving on, Jesus quoted scripture by saying :The stone  the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” meaning that the kingdom of God will be inherited by another people.

In Deuteronomy 6 Moses laid out The Greatest Commandment, he recommended the Israelites to wear phylacteries to keep them always in remembrance of the LORD and cautioned against disobedience. It is surprising how many of New Testament references there are to the Old testament Law; some are listed here.

Luke 2:21-52, Jesus in the Temple, Simeon’s and Anna’s testimonies, Jesus at age 12 in the Temple.

Luke 2:21-52, Jesus in the Temple, Simeon’s and Anna’s testimonies, Jesus at age 12 in the Temple.