December 28th - January 3rd

2 and 3 John are just a few verses each, and the reading will be very similar to what we have already read in John’s Gospel and his first Epistle. 

We will, however, begin two new books that are much longer, and so an introduction is in order. 

 

1 Samuel is a book that is historical in genre and serves as a foundational history of Israel as a nation under human kingship. The book unfolds as we move from the centrality of the priesthood in the life of Israel to the centrality of kingship. We move from Samuel, who is himself a bridge between the priesthood and office of the prophet. He is the key human figure in declaring and installing the office of king. The first king will be Saul, anointed by God for the role, yet serving as a very flawed model. It moves on to the rise of David, the second king and a man who for most of his life pursued God’s own heart. 

 

We will also begin reading through Acts. This book was originally the second half of Luke’s writing. The first was Luke, his gospel account. Acts is a book purely historical in its genre.  It is the account of what happened with the Apostles, including Paul, after Jesus ascended. The Holy Spirit empowered the gospel to be carried through the Apostle’s work throughout Jerusalem, into Judea and Samaria, and to the larger reach of the Roman Empire. The book ends as Paul is in prison in Rome, probably very close to the time he was martyred. 

 

Happy Reading!

 

Bible Reading Plan:  Dec 28-Jan 3

 

Monday: 1 Samuel 1

                 Isaiah 31-32

                 2 John                   

Tuesday: 1 Samuel 2

                 Isaiah 33-34

                 3 John 

Wednesday: 1 Samuel 3-4

                       Isaiah 35

                       Acts 1

Thursday: 1 Samuel 5-6

                   Isaiah 36

                   Acts 2

Friday: 1 Samuel 7-8

             Isaiah 37-38

             Acts 3

Saturday: 1 Samuel 9

                  Isaiah 39-40

                  Acts 4         

Sunday: Psalm 40-42

 
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