Jan Reading 2016

As the new year began our daily Bible reading plan started back at the beginning of the Bible in Genesis and also at the beginning of Psalms and Matthew. If you haven’t already joined us, it is still possible to join in and catch up. By reading in three different sections of the Bible, it gives us a little taste of everything, just like a balanced diet! This also helps with balancing some of the heavier chapters with some of the “more readable”.

The Bible has 1,189 chapters and so with a plan of reading 3-4 a day we can get through the Old Testament once and Psalms and the New Testament twice. Making a habit of reading our Bible has a huge benefit attached to it, Psalm 1 gives the example…

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” Psalm 1:2-3 (ESV)

There is something about Genesis that makes it such a good starting off point. We get to know so many people and several generations quite personally. Their hopes and struggles are so evident on the page. God patiently guides and instructs them for his glory in a spectacular fashion (the story of Abraham is quite impressive). We read the beginnings of a family and out of that family comes a great nation. Heading into Exodus always makes me a little sad because the stories up to that point are quite personal then we head into chapters about a whole nation. It feels like saying goodbye – I don’t like goodbyes. But Exodus, what a story that is! We start on that at the end of the month.

The book of Psalms is the nation of Israels hymn book. The Psalms are written by at least 7 different authors and span approximately 900 years of Jewish history. Our January readings treat us to some of the most loved and memorized Psalms (Psalm 1, 8, 19 and 23 to name a few). An interesting bit of recent history… Matthew Fontaine Maury, who is considered the Father of Modern Oceanography and Naval Meteorology, accredited Psalm 8:8 as his inspiration for the study he did to discover the “Paths of the Sea”

“the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.” Psalm 8:8 (ESV)

Matthew, the disciple of Jesus after being called from his tax collecting job, writes us this account of the Gospel. It is very Jewish in its writing, Matthew presents Jesus as the as the Meshiach Nagid, the Messiah the King, the Lion of the tribe of Judah. After a few months in the Old Testament, we will gain a new appreciation for Matthews account of the Gospel. His tax collecting days gave him a skill of shorthand writing, giving him the ability to record information quickly and that is possible the reason the book of Matthew is far lengthier than the other Gospels. January takes us through the whole book of Matthew covering the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. If you are ever lost for something to do, spending some time finding out the background of the Magi (aka the Wise Men) in the birth story of Jesus is very interesting.

Daily Bible Reading – January Sorry for how this displays on mobile devices, I promise to get it fixed for February.

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