The chapters chosen for today deal with servanthood, betrayal, promise and deceit.
January 14: John 13, Genesis 28, Genesis 29 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
John 13 begins the last 24 hours before the crucifixion of Jesus. Jesus washed the disciples’ feet before the Passover meal, a task normally performed by the lowest servant. During the meal he announced his betrayal, and then he gave the disciples a new commandment “love one another”. He also predicted Simon Peter’s denial.
In Genesis 28, Jacob went to Paddan Aram to get a wife. On the way he had a dream, commonly known as “Jacob’s Ladder”. Meanwhile, Esau took yet another wife, the daughter of Ishmael. The promise of Jacob’s dream was that God was to give the land to Jacob’s descendants. Jacob made a vow to God and named the place Bethel.
Jacob arrived in Paddan Aram in Genesis 29, fell in love with Rachel, worked seven years to be allowed to marry her, but her father Laban tricked Jacob, so he got Leah instead. Then he worked another “seven years for Rachel”. But it was Leah that gave him his first four children, Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah.
Today there are only two chapters to read, enjoy!
April 12: Luke 22, Judges 8 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 22. Judas agrees to betray Jesus, it is Passover so Jesus eats the Last Supper with his disciples, after which they go to the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prays. While there Jesus is betrayed, arrested and taken to the house of the high priest. While waiting outside Peter disowns Jesus three times before the cock crows. Jesus is interrogated during the night and before daybreak they have heard enough.
Judges 8. Gideon Defeats the Midianites, it is getting complicated but read it anyhow. After the great victory Gideon makes an Ephod from the Ishmaelites’ golden earrings and this becomes a snare to them all. Finally Gideon dies and immediately after that the Israelites falls back into idolatry, worshiping Baal.
Luke 22, Judas agrees to betray Jesus, the Last Supper, Gethsemane, Jesus arrested, Peter disowns Jesus, Jesus before Caiaphas.