Today we continue reading one chapter in the Acts of the Apostles and two chapters in First Samuel.
April 21: Acts 2, 1 Samuel 3, 1 Samuel 4 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Acts 2, at the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit arrived, and that day was many languages spoken by the disciples, at least 15 different tongues that the listeners understood. Peter stood up and delivered his first sermon, a powerful one that led to about 3000 new converts. The following few weeks were good times and the believers were in good fellowship with each other.
1 Samuel 3 tells of Samuel’s first prophecy, a prophesy against Eli and his sons, because Eli failed to restrain them.
1 Samuel 4. The Philistines captured the Ark of God. Soon after that Eli died, and Phineas died and his wife gave birth to Ichabod, which means “No Glory”, for the glory had departed from Israel.
Today we begin reading the Acts of the Apostles and two chapters of 1 Samuel.
April 20: Acts 1, 1 Samuel 1, 1 Samuel 2 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Acts 1 begins with the disciples watching Jesus’ Ascension, but before he left Earth he promised they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them. While waiting for the Holy Spirit to come Matthias was chosen to replace Judas.
1 Samuel 1 begins with telling of the birth of Samuel. Elkanah had two wives, one was fruitful and the other, Hannah, was barren. As always with polygamy there is strife, but Hannah prayed and gave her vow that if she conceived a son she would give him to the LORD. Her wish came to pass and so Samuel was born and dedicated to the LORD.
1 Samuel 2 starts out with Hanna’s Prayer, a beautiful piece of poetry. Then is recorded the story of the wicked sons of Eli, they took and ate the fat that was supposed to be burned! It tells of Samuel’s childhood ministry and finally a man of God gave a prophecy against Eli’s household, both his wicked sons would die on the same day.
While still waiting to begin reading the Acts of the Apostles we read one Psalm and the whole book of Ruth, a most enjoyable reading.
April 19: Psalm 28, Ruth 1, Ruth 2, Ruth 3, Ruth 4 (click on the chapter to begin
Psalm 28, of David. As so often with David, he began with a petition, asking for deliverance, then turned to praise.
Ruth 1.Elimelech’s family went to Moab, and all men die. Naomi returned back to Israel with Ruth, a Moabite. The famous quote from Ruth 1: “Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:”
Ruth 2, Ruth met Boaz.
Ruth 3, Ruth’s Redemption was Assured.
Ruth 4, Boaz redeemed Ruth, and that’s how Ruth came to be in the genealogy of David and Jesus.
Four Old Testament. chapters today, the end of Judges.
April 18: Psalm 27, Judges 19, Judges 20, Judges 21 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Psalm 27, of David. “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Judges 19 tells in painful detail about the Levite’s Concubine and Gibeah’s crime, probably the most gruesome story in all the Bible. The Bible is honest and tells it as it was, totally wicked.
Judges 20 describes Israel’s War with the Benjamites. Another horrendous chapter.
In Judges 21 they had killed nearly all so the Israelites had to find wives for the Benjamites. The book of Judges ends fittingly: “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes,” in other words, anarchy.
While still between the gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles we stay in the Old Testament reading one chapter pf Proverbs and four chapter of Judges.
April 17: Proverbs 5, Judges 15, Judges 16, Judges 17, Judges 18 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Proverbs 5 tells of the perils of adultery and doesn’t mince words.
Judges 15. Samson defeated the Philistines with the jawbone of an ass.
Judges 16 contains the vivid story of Samson and Delilah and how he finally was captured. In his death Samson slew many more than when he lived.
Judges 17 is short, contains only the telling of Micah’s Idolatry.
Judges 18, as the Danites had failed to take their allotted land from the Philistines they wandered around and finally settled in Laish and changed the name of the city to Dan, and there they still practiced idolatry.
Well do a 5 day study in the Old Testament as we move from Luke to Acts, enjoy!
April 15: Psalm 23, Psalm 24, Judges 11 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Psalm 23, of David. Probably the most memorized Psalm of them all. Do it, if you can.
Psalm 24, of David. This time the Psalm is illustrated with pictures. Enjoy!
Judges 11 describes the glorious victory and tragic vow of Jephthah. Jephthah’s Daughter is forever memorialized.
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.