In between the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and his letter to the Philippians we read three Psalms and one chapter of Isaiah.
August 11: Psalm 72, Psalm 73, Psalm 74, Isaiah 8 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 72, of Solomon. Most likely Solomon compiled Book Two of Psalms (Psalms 42-72) and composed or edited this psalm as a fitting end to the collection of mostly David’s psalms. It is a fitting conclusion, because it does not focus upon David himself, but on the coming Messiah – the King of Kings and Son of David.
Psalm 73 begins Book Three of Psalms, (Psalms 43-89) . It is of Asaph, a great singer and musician from the time of David and Solomon. He complained about the good fortune of the wicked and the misfortune of the righteous until he “went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end.“
Psalm 74, of Asaph. This Psalm describes the destruction of the Temple. This Asaph may have been penned by a descendant of the earlier musician, or may be prophetic. In any case he asked God to defend His case against the evildoers.
Isaiah 8. Prophetically Assyria will invade Israel, an instrument of God to execute judgement on the unfaithful. The remedy is to fear God and Him alone.
In between the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and his beautiful letter to the Philippians we read one chapter of Proverbs and three chapters of Isaiah.
August 10: Proverbs 11, Isaiah 5, Isaiah 6, Isaiah 7 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Proverbs 11. The list of Solomon’s Proverbs is many chapters long.
Isaiah 5. The Song of the Vineyard. The chapter starts out beautifully, but then tells of judgement. In chapter three was proclaimed two woes. In chapter five God proclaimed six more woes.
In Isaiah 6 is told the famous call of Isaiah: “Here am I, send me“. God answered by telling Isaiah of all the hardships that will come with answering such a call. The people will harden their hearts as Pharaoh hardened his.
Isaiah 7: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” After that promise God spoke of a coming disaster.
In between the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and his equally inspiring letter to the Philippians we read two Psalms and three chapters of Isaiah.
August 9: Psalm 70, Psalm 71, Isaiah 2, Isaiah 3, Isaiah 4 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 70, of David, a short, urgent petition for deliverance, full of praise.
Psalm 71. This Psalm has the same theme as Psalm 70, but is much more detailed. It is of an older man, strong in faith, most probably David.
Isaiah 2. The famous chapter containing “beating swords into plowshares” “study war no more” and the Day of the LORD is introduced.
In Isaiah 3 the prophet proclaimed judgment on Jerusalem and Judah.
Isaiah 4. “In that day”. This refers to the Messianic reign after the Day of the LORD. “The Branch” is introduced.
Today we read the last chapter of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and first chapter of Isaiah.
August 8: Ephesians 6, Isaiah 1 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Ephesians 6. Children: Obey your parents, bondservants (employees): Do everything as unto God, put on the whole armor of God and pray in the spirit always for all the saints. The Apostle Paul then added a final greeting, and so ends this inspirational letter to the Ephesians.
Isaiah 1. No other book of the Bible has so many fulfilled prophecies. Read it and marvel! Use the lists as reference.
Today we read the fifth chapter of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and the last two chapters of the Song of Solomon.
August 7: Ephesians 5, Song of Solomon 7, Song of Solomon 8 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Ephesians 5, Paul gave good advice: Walk in love, walk in light, and walk in wisdom, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” Then Paul gave Godly advice on marriage and likened it to the relationship between Christ and the church.
Song of Solomon 7 is full of expressions of praise.
Song of Solomon 8. And so is love renewed in Lebanon. This shows that God’s love is complete, and does indeed include the sensual. This too is the gift of God.
Today we read the fourth chapter of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and three chapters of the Song of Solomon.
August 6: Ephesians 4, Song of Solomon 4, Song of Solomon 5, Song of Solomon 6 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Ephesians 4. Paul urged the believers to walk in unity, because there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God, even though there are different spiritual gifts. He reminded them they are children of light, do not grieve the spirit, and “do not let the sun go down on your wrath“.
Song of Solomon 4. The bridegroom praises the bride.
Song of Solomon 5. The Shulamite’s troubled evening.
Song of Solomon 6. The bridegroom and friends praise the Shulamite’s beauty.
Today we read the third chapter of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and the first three chapters of Song of Solomon.
August 5: Ephesians 3, Song of Solomon 1, Song of Solomon 2, Song of Solomon 3 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Ephesians 3. “The meaning of the Greek word mysterion is a truth hitherto hidden from human knowledge or understanding but now disclosed by the revelation of God.” With that in mind this chapter reveals the mystery of Christ, its purpose and the appreciation of the mystery.
Song of Solomon 1. The Song of Songs stands unique in the Bible. It has no obvious religious content, just beautiful poetry. But it fits with the theme of love permeating the Bible. It starts with the Banquet.
Song of Solomon 2, the Banquet, the Beloved’s Request.
Song of Solomon 3, a Troubled Night, the Coming of Solomon.
Today we read the second chapter of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and the last four chapters of Ecclesiastes.
August 4: Ephesians 2, Ecclesiastes 9, Ecclesiastes 10, Ecclesiastes 11, Ecclesiastes 12 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Ephesians 2. This is the famous chapter explaining that we are saved by grace through faith and brought near by His blood, and, once saved, we are His ‘poem’ (ποιημα). Furthermore, Christ is our peace and our cornerstone. There is much more in this chapter.
Ecclesiastes 9. Death comes to all, and wisdom is better than folly.
Ecclesiastes 10. Yes indeed, wisdom is better than folly.
Ecclesiastes 11 explains the value of diligence. One advice: Seek God early in life.
Ecclesiastes 12. “Remember now thy creator in the days of your youth“. “Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
Today we read the first chapter of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and three chapters of Ecclesiastes.
August 3: Ephesians 1, Ecclesiastes 6, Ecclesiastes 7, Ecclesiastes 8 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Ephesians 1. This letter is a wonderful explanation of the Christian Gospel. Paul started out with a greeting, then explained what it means to get redemption in Christ and ended up with a prayer for spiritual wisdom.
Ecclesiastes 6. Vanity is the theme, this time the vanity of desire.
Ecclesiastes 7. There is value in practical wisdom.
Ecclesiastes 8. Obey authorities for God’s Sake, and yes, this too is in Ecclesiastes: “Eat, drink and be merry.” It fits with the theme of vanity.
In between The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Galatians and his letter to the Ephesian we read one Psalm and three chapters of Ecclesiastes.
August 2: Psalm 69, Ecclesiastes 3, Ecclesiastes 4, Ecclesiastes 5 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 69, of David. When you get that sinking feeling, this Psalm lifts you back up, “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.”
Ecclesiastes 3. There is a time for everything. The gift of God is that He has set eternity in our hearts, yet injustice seems to prevail.
Ecclesiastes 4. There is oppression but no comforter, there is vanity of selfish toil. There is value in having friends “a cord of three strands is not quickly broken,” yet, popularity passes away.
Ecclesiastes 5. Fear God, keep your vows. There is vanity in amassing riches, even vanity in seeking honor.