April 9: Read through the Holy Bible in a year

Mark 8:22-38. Jesus healed a blind man at Bethsaida, followed by Peter’s Confession and Jesus predicting his death.

Judges 7. Gideon called for fighting men. Eighty-two thousand men gathered to fight. God said that was too many, reduce their number, and in two steps they were whittled down to Gideon’s Valiant Three Hundred men. With that “army” and God the Midianites were defeated.

Judges 8. Gideon Defeated the Midianites, the story is getting complicated but read it anyway. After the great victory Gideon made an Ephod from the Ishmaelites’ golden earrings and this became a snare to them all. Finally Gideon died and immediately after the Israelites fell back into idolatry, worshiping Baal.

Judges 9. The Bible tells it as it is, warts and all. So it is with the story of Abimelech’s Conspiracy and the parable of the trees. All the evil led to Abimelech’s downfall. A take home from this chapter is his last words, after his skull was cracked by a millstone, dropped by a woman. “Draw thy sword, and slay me, that men say not of me, A woman slew him.

March 3: Read through the Holy Bible in a year.

Matthew 16:13-28. Peter made his famous confession: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Right after that Jesus predicted his death, unto which Peter said “Never” and Jesus answered  “Get behind me, Satan.” Those were strong words. Jesus furthermore said “Whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” Finally Jesus predicted his transfiguration.

In Numbers 21 the Canaanites were defeated in Hormath. The people kept speaking against God, so God sent venomous snakes their way and many died. Moses made a bronze snake, put it on a pole and when people looked at it, they got healed. (Does that remind you of a symbol used even today?) The travels continued.

Numbers 22 tells the story of how Balak sent for Balaam, and how Balaam’s Donkey behaved when he saw the Angel.

Mark 8:22-38, healing of a blind man at Bethsaida, Peter’s Confession, Jesus predicts his death.

Mark 8:22-38, healing of a blind man at Bethsaida, Peter’s Confession, Jesus predicts his death.

 
 
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Mark 8, feeding the four thousand, the yeast of the Pharisees and Herod, healing of a blind man at Bethsaida, Peter’s Confession, Jesus predicts his death.

Mark 8, feeding the four thousand, the yeast of the Pharisees and Herod, healing of a blind man at Bethsaida, Peter’s Confession, Jesus predicts his death.

Three days without food! The people needed it!

 

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Matthew 16, the demand for a sign, the sign of Jonah, Peter’s confession of Christ, Jesus predicts his death.

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Peter’s confession is the rock upon which Christ will build his church. Notice the Greek ” will be having been” bound in heaven, which means that which is already done in heaven counts in building His church.

This last phrase probably refers to the Transfiguration occurring six days later. (Next chapter)