Today’s chapter of Luke tells the first half of Jesus’ last day before his death. The chapter in Judges tells the rest of the story of Gideon, the part never preached. Read it as history.
April 12: Luke 22, Judges 8 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 22. Judas agreed to betray Jesus, it was Passover so Jesus commemorated the Last Supper with his disciples, after which they went to the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed. While they were there Jesus was betrayed, arrested and taken to the house of the high priest. Waiting outside, Peter disowns Jesus three times before the cock crowd. Jesus was interrogated during the night and before daybreak the Sanhedrin had heard enough, and were ready to sentence him to death, but only the Romans had the right to execute the sentence.
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.
The chapter for today out of the gospel of Mark deals with eating, praying, betrayal and denial – and don’t forget the rooster! The two chapters in Deuteronomy deal with promises and warnings.
March 14: Mark 14, Deuteronomy 7, Deuteronomy 8 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Mark 14 starts out in Bethany, where Jesus was anointed. The next day Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper and predicted Peter’s denial. After Judas Iscariot left the eleven remaining disciples and Jesus went to the Mount of Olives where there is a garden called Gethsemane. While there Jesus Prayed intensely. Judas Iscariot reappeared and betrayed Jesus with a kiss. The accompanying soldiers arrested Jesus, and he was brought before the Sanhedrin. Peter was waiting outside and denied Jesus three times, after which the cock crowed twice.
Deuteronomy 7 promised that the Israelites are A Chosen People. God will drive out the people before them. When entering the land they must destroy completely all idols and false gods.
Deuteronomy 8. Remember the LORD your God but if not, you too will be destroyed.
Today’s three chapters makes for fantastic reading, even if it is only read as literature. There is deep spiritual meaning in the Bible, and the New Testament chapter should be mandatory reading for all, to help us understand our history and literature.
January 19: John 18, Genesis 40, Genesis 41 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
John 18 deals with the last 24 hours of Jesus life, the prayer in the garden of Gethsemane and the subsequent arrest of Jesus, the trial before Annas, Peter’s first denial, Jesus trial before Caiaphas, Peter’s second and third denial, the cock crowing, Jesus paraded before Pilate, seeing a way out, Pilate sent him to Herod, who sent him back to Pilate, Pilate offered to release Jesus or Barabbas, the people demanded that Barabbas be released.
Genesis 40 deals with dreams. Joseph’s two fellow cellmates in prison each had a dream, Joseph interpreted the dreams that the cup-bearer will be released and restored to his former position, while the baker will be hanged on a tree.
In Genesis 41 Pharaoh himself had a dream, and Joseph was released from prison to interpret the dream. It dealt with seven years of plenty and seven years of famine. Joseph interpreted the dream so well that Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of all affairs of Egypt. The seven years of plenty came and good harvests filled the storehouses. Then came the seven years of famine.
Today there are only two chapters to read, but when you do you’ll understand why.
February 21: Matthew 26, Leviticus 27 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Matthew 26 is enormous. It begins with the plot against Jesus, continuing with his anointing at Bethany, then Judas agrees to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, continuing with the Lord’s supper being initiated, Jesus predicting who is going to betray him, moving on to the Mount of Olives, Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane where he predicts Peter’s denial, and continues in prayer: “Not my will, but yours be done.” Jesus prayed three times and then came the betrayal and arrest of Jesus and he is taken to the Sanhedrin to be interrogated. The chapter ends with Peter’s denial.
Leviticus 27 deals with redeeming people and property and what is to be dedicated to God.