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Bible Reading Plan
January 29 - February 4

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Sunday – Isaiah 28

Monday – Isaiah 29

Tuesday – 2 Corinthians 10

Wednesday – Daniel 9

Thursday – Daniel 10

Friday – Acts 5

Saturday – Acts 6

Isaiah can be a difficult book to fully understand when reading through it one chapter at a time.  The sections in Isaiah are many chapters long.  The section we are in right now is a section of warnings and condemnations, and that sort of thing is just not entertaining or overtly exciting.  In 28 and 29 this week, we will read more of God’s warnings to Israel and to Judah, spoken through Isaiah.  Chapter 28 deals with the capital city of Israel, and 29 deals with the capital city of Judah.  Notice here how the people of these cities determined that they did not need God, or had decided that God did not see the way they were acting and treating others.  God had promised to be their King and their protector and provider, and they chose something else – in some cases, anything else – other than God.  In the middle of this section is a little poem on the advice of God, and the wisdom He offers. Before you begin to read, ask God to open your eyes to concepts He would have you find in His Word.  The overall message within this section of Isaiah is clear: build your life on the direction of the LORD and live in success, or try anything else and face utter destruction. 

 

2 Corinthians 10 displays this principle in practice.  Here, Paul discusses with the church at Corinth where his authority and strength come from.  These do not come from what people think or what the world can provide, but only and directly from God.  He urges us to operate in the same way: not according to the viewpoint of worldly people or a fallen definition of success, but in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Don’t compare yourself to others; instead, compare yourself only to Christ, toward whom we should be growing in Christlikeness.

 

Daniel 9 and 10 are very interesting sections of scripture.  In Daniel 9, Daniel tells us that he had been reading through scripture, specifically the prophecies of Jeremiah which had been written down only about 70 years prior to this reading.  He read of the prophecy of the restoration of Jerusalem, and misunderstood the timeline of God, so he asked God for wisdom.  When we ask, God provides!  An angel came and answered Daniel personally, offering a timeline based on “weeks.”  These “weeks” are understood as “weeks of years,” or seven-year periods.  By following the timeline and dating of this book, we can see that Jesus marched triumphantly into Jerusalem on the exact day that was predicted in this angelic answer to Daniel.  Chapter 10 occurred much earlier in Daniel’s life, during his first few years in Babylon. In prayer Daniel saw a vision and could not comprehend the vision.  He then dedicated himself to prayer and fasting until he received an answer from the LORD.  This was likely Daniel’s first angelic visit, chronologically in his life, and it is an exciting and exact one.  We will read more about it next week.

 

Acts 5 and 6 give us a glimpse of the workings of the first century church from its very early days.  We read the story of Ananias and Sapphira, who lied to the Holy Spirit and faced intense consequences.  We read of signs and wonders, and of the arrest of the apostles.  The arrest story is almost comical, and a great display of God working through unusual circumstances.  We also read the famous words of a wise Jewish leader who warns against fighting against the moving of the Holy Spirit.  And then we read about the first deacons, and of the ministry of Stephen, whose actions and words changed the world.  Enjoy witnessing the great moving of God as you read this week!

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