April 14: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

Mark 11 starts what is called the Holy Week with the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. Jesus entered, riding on an unbroken foal of a donkey. This was the sign. The next day Jesus cursed a fig tree (symbol of Israel) and cleared the Temple of the money changers (You don’t want to give too much, you know). Following morning the fig tree was withered, and all marveled. Finally, Jesus authority was questioned by the religious authorities.

Proverbs 1. It extols the virtue of wisdom. Read it and apply it. 

Psalm 34, of David. This Psalm is an almost acrostic psalm (except for the letter waw). Like many acrostic Psalms, this is to be sung and memorized as it is full of praise and good advice. It contains one notable prophetic reference: “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.
He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken.”

March 13: Reading the Holy Bible in a year

Matthew 21:12-46. Jesus cleansed the Temple and threw out the money changers. The spiritual leaders were offended that people sang “Hosanna in the highest” at the triumphal entry, even that little children sang it. As an object lesson Jesus cursed a fig tree, the symbol of Israel, and it withered. The spiritual leaders questioned Jesus authority. Instead of giving an answer Jesus gave two parables, the one about the two sons and the parable about the wicked tenants. Moving on, Jesus quoted scripture by saying :The stone  the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” meaning that the kingdom of God will be inherited by another people.

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.

Matthew 21:12-46, cleansing the Temple, the withered fig tree, the two sons, the tenants.

Matthew 21:12-46, cleansing the Temple, the withered fig tree, the two sons, the tenants.

 
 

The fig tree is a symbol of Israel.

 

 

 

Mark 11, the Triumphal Entry, Jesus clears the Temple, the withered fig tree, Jesus authority questioned.

Mark 11, the Triumphal Entry, Jesus clears the Temple, the withered fig tree, Jesus authority questioned.

The fig tree is a symbol of Israel.