April 11: Luke 21, Judges 6, Judges 7 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 21, there is giving and then there is giving. Jesus watched the people give their offerings in the Temple with his disciples, and from that he taught us a lesson about the widow’s two mites. After that he told about the signs of the times, the end of the age, the destruction of Jerusalem, the coming of the Son of Man and finally the parable of the fig tree.
Judges 6. Things were going bad for Israel, the Midianites oppressed them, God called Gideon, Gideon was reluctant but after speaking with the Angel of the LORD Gideon destroyed the altar of Baal. God wanted Gideon to defeat the Midianites but again Gideon was reluctant, so he demanded the sign of the Fleece (twice). God provided the sign, so in
Judges 7 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.
In today’s chapter of the gospel of Mark Jesus gives his final teachings before Passover and his crucifixion. The chapter in Deuteronomy lays out Moses’ instructions to the people.
March 13: Mark 13, Deuteronomy 6 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Mark 13. Jesus told his disciples of the Signs of the End of the Age, the Great Tribulation, the Coming of the Son of Man, the lesson of the Fig Tree and the Day and Hour of his return, which shall remain unknown.
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.
Today there are three chapters.
February 19: Matthew 24, Leviticus 23, Leviticus 24 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Matthew 24 is knocking at the door is a song popularized by Johnny Cash and gives a description of what is coming. Jesus predicts the destruction of the Temple and the events that will occur just before his return. He even quotes Daniel the prophet. Then he describes his return to gather his people. He assures us that heaven and earth will pass away, but not his words. However, nobody knows the time or the day of his coming. Many have tried to predict it, and so far all have failed. This makes sense since we are supposed to watch and wait, and with this admonition the chapter ends.
Leviticus 23 describes the feasts of the LORD, the Sabbath, the Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Firstfruits, the Feast of Weeks, the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles.
Leviticus 24 describes how to care for the Tabernacle Lamps, the Tabernacle Bread. Then it defines the Penalty for Blasphemy, and the Penalty for intentional injuries: “An eye for an eye.”
Mark 13, Signs of the End of the Age, the Great Tribulation, the Coming of the Son of Man, the Fig Tree, the Day and Hour unknown.
The destruction of the Temple occurred in 70 A.D., 40 years later.
Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans (1850 painting by David Roberts). Looking southwest