Today we finish up the gospel of Luke with the glorious resurrection and the events that followed. The chapter in Joshua tells of the consequences of worshiping false gods.
April 14:Luke 24, Judges 10 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 24, this is it, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the most important event in the Christian calendar! Later that day two dejected disciples met someone on the Road to Emmaus and finally realized they had met Jesus. then Jesus appeared to the Disciples back in Jerusalem. The Gospel of Luke ends with the Ascension, but that event is better described in the Acts of the Apostles, also authored by Dr. Luke.
Judges 10 Things went from bad to worse with Tola, Jair and Jephthah as leaders, so Israel was again oppressed. They finally repented and got rid of their false gods.
Today we read of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospel of Mark. The three chapters in Deuteronomy deals with how to behave and obey the LORD once they have entered the promised land.
March 16: Mark 16, Deuteronomy 11, Deuteronomy 12, Deuteronomy 13 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Mark 16, on the first day of the week Jesus did rise from the dead and Mary Magdalene saw the Risen Lord. To complete the Gospel Jesus proclaimed the Great Commission, was taken up to heaven and is now sitting down at the Right Hand of God.
Deuteronomy 11. Love and Obey the LORD, remember all He has done, meditate day and night on it and always teach your children. God did set before them a blessing and a curse, it dealt with obedience.
Deuteronomy 12, God proclaimed the One Place of Worship. All other places of worship, where false Gods have been worshiped must be destroyed. You may eat from all clean animals, but do not drink their blood.
Deuteronomy 13, Apostates must be severely punished.
Today there are four chapters to read, ponder the significance of the resurrection in Matthew 28. The three first chapters in Numbers are interesting for historians.
February 23: Matthew 28, Numbers 2, Numbers 3, Numbers 4 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Matthew 28 begins with Jesus being in the grave for the two adjoining sabbaths, the first day of unleavened bread followed by the normal sabbath, then there was an earthquake and the stone was rolled away. Jesus was no longer in the grave. The guards were bribed to tell the story that the disciples took the body, but two women, the two Marys met the resurrected Jesus. He told them to tell the remaining disciples that he was risen from the dead. The Gospel of Matthew ends with Jesus giving the great commission: “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Numbers 2 tells how the tribes are to be arranged around the tabernacle, three to the east, three to the south, three to the west and three to the north and the Levites in the middle.
Numbers 3 lists the sons of Aaron and the Levites by clan.
Numbers 4 tells of the duties of the Kohathites, the Gershonites and the Merarites. Then these Levite clans are numbered.
The three chapters for today deals with the resurrection in the New Testament and famine and some sneaky testing of his brothers by Joseph in the Old Testament.
January 21: John 20, Genesis 42, Genesis 43 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
John 20 deals with the resurrection, and Jesus was not there, only his grave clothes, strips of cloth, not the “Turin Shroud.” It was the first day of the week and Jesus showed himself to all the disciples except Thomas. He doubted their testimony, and it is from this we have the expression “Doubting Thomas.” Later, when even he saw Jesus, he bowed down and worshiped him saying “My Lord, and my God”. Jesus also gave the promise they would receive the Holy Spirit.
In Genesis 42 there was famine in Canaan, as happened quite regularly, so Joseph’s brothers went down to Egypt to buy food. They met Joseph, now governor of Egypt, and he demanded to see Benjamin, who was left behind with Jacob. They agreed to do so and left one of the brothers behind as collateral. Joseph was very distraught at the proposition, since Joseph and Benjamin were his favorite children.
And in Genesis 43 the famine continued, so they had to go back to Egypt for more. This time they had to bring Benjamin with them to keep their promise to Joseph. Joseph gave them all food from his table, and he gave a five times larger portion to Benjamin. So ends that chapter.
Luke 24, the Resurrection, the Road to Emmaus, Jesus appears to the Disciples, the Ascension.