This week we continue in John’s Gospel and begin 2 new books, Leviticus and Isaiah. 

Leviticus is the third book of the Torah (the Law). The theme of Leviticus is holiness. The book is written concerning both sin and purity. Israel as a people is sinful. God gives them this book at least in part as a remedy for that. God used the priests (the descendants of Levi) to be mediators of ritual, moral, and ethical practices. The Day of Atonement (chapter 16) is set up by God as a way for the Israelites to have their sin dealt with corporately. Yet God expects them to understand that it is His grace that provides them forgiveness (chapter 17). 

Isaiah is the longest of the major prophets (called ‘major’ because they are lengthier than the shorter ‘minor prophets’). Isaiah has two distinct divisions: chapter 1-39 and chapters 40-66. 

Isaiah is prophesying to a kingdom that is coming apart. The Assyrians have sacked the Northern Kingdom and will soon take control of the Southern Kingdom of Judah and the city of Jerusalem. Isaiah preaches a message of repentance and hope. The servant theme of the second half of the book is a messianic reference that will be fulfilled in Jesus. The sermons on Sunday mornings are built around this theme and offer a great companion to your reading of Isaiah. You can find them posted on our Facebook page.

Happy Reading! 

Bible Reading Plan      Dec 7-13

 

Monday: Leviticus 1-2

                Isaiah 1

                John 9                  

Tuesday: Leviticus 3-4

                 Isaiah 2

                 John 10

Wednesday: Leviticus 5

                       Isaiah 3-4

                       John 11                    

Thursday: Leviticus 6-7

                  Isaiah 5

                   John 12

Friday: Leviticus 8

             Isaiah 6-7

             John 13

Saturday: Leviticus 9-10

                  Isaiah 8

                  John 14         

Sunday: Psalm 31-33

 
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