We are entering the last 40 reads. It will be during a very busy time of the year. I encourage you to make a commitment right now that this is a priority for 40 days. Yes, we have important things going on, but before you scroll social media, read the news, watch TV, watch a youtube video-get your reading in for the day. We are at the advent of “the looking forward” to the birth of Jesus. What better way to honor God than with reading each day in The Word.
We only have 46 days left. We finished the Gospel today. If you have time (you know you do) Look back not at the 4 overviews.
Today we are HALFWAY done with reading the Bible. Tomorrow we will be closer to the end than the beginning. YOU DID IT! A brief explanation of all that we have read so far:
- Genesis answers two big questions: “How did God’s relationship with the world begin?” and “Where did the nation of Israel come from?”
- The book of Job: Satan attacks a righteous man named Job, and Job and his friends argue about why terrible things are happening to him.
- Exodus: God saves Israel from slavery in Egypt, and then enters into a Covenant with them.
- In Leviticus God gives Israel instructions for how to worship Him.
- Numbers: Israel fails to trust and obey God, and wanders in the wilderness for 40 years.
- Deuteronomy: Moses gives Israel instructions (in some ways, a recap of the laws in Exodus–Numbers) for how to love and obey God in the Promised Land.
- Joshua (Israel’s new leader) leads Israel to conquer the Promised land, then divides out territories to the twelve tribes of Israel.
- Judges: Israel enters a cycle of turning from God, falling captive to oppressive nations, calling out to God, and being rescued by leaders God sends their way (called “judges”).
- Ruth: Two widows lose everything, and find hope in Israel—which leads to the birth of the future King David.
- 1 Samuel, Israel demands a king, who turns out to be quite a disappointment.
- 2 Samual: David, a man after God’s own heart, becomes king of Israel.
- 1 Kings: The kingdom of Israel has a time of peace and prosperity under King Solomon, but afterward splits, and the two lines of kings turn away from God.
- Song of Songs- A love song (or collection of love songs) celebrating love, desire, and marriage.
- A philosophical exploration of the meaning of life—Ecclesicaties.
- 2 Kings: Both kingdoms ignore God and his prophets, until they both fall captive to other world empires.
- In 1 Chronicles we read a brief history of Israel from Adam to David, with David commissioning the temple of God in Jerusalem.
- We also read 150 Psalms that Israel sang to God (and to each other)—kind of like a hymnal for the ancient Israelites.
- And meditated on the Proverbs: a collection of sayings written to help people make wise decisions that bring about justice.
We have 20 books (some very short, 1-day reads) left of the Old Testament and then we turn the page to the Gospel.
If you need a copy of the schedule because you hate waiting for me to post 🙂 Click here
There is a Handouts section on the website of any cool visuals we have used if you need to reference them at any time.
I know many of you are reading but don’t comment BUT if you want to make me smile, you will write in comments 1 thing you learned reading this year that you did not know before 2020 began, I would be so happy.
So you made it through the hardest part of the Bible….The Law! As Summer begins and the weather gets nice it actually gets harder to stay on schedule. Make it a commitment! Carve out 1 small portion of your day: first thing in the morning, while eating lunch, before bedtime, hiding in the closet, sitting in your car….it doesn’t matter where or when: God will be there. If you are very far behind…just jump in! I added a new sidebar to the column at the top (if you are on a laptop) to make it easier to catch a missed read OR to read ahead if you know you have a busy week. The week at a glance: since we are toggling between so many books I thought this would help.
You can always find the readings by month (if you are on your own schedule….that is code for behind)
And my personal favorite…the visuals. I always have them embedded in the post, I will try to keep up with posting them here too. 😜
We are pretty deep in some Doctrine. Please always ask questions. This is a blog of strangers, I think everyone thinks they are the “odd man out” when truly I know very few of you so there is no pride in asking a question. I have and still ask some basic ones to the ones that help me. If you really just need to text me, please do…615-418-9377.
I finally updated the handouts for those who are printing. If you open the site on your laptop they should be on the right side. If you are on a tablet or phone I think it falls to the bottom. Happy Valentines day. ❤
I really like visuals. I recommend that you keep a folder or a small binder for any handouts that will help you as we read. Here is your first one: Reading Schedule Checklist.
This is a printable version if you are a “checklist” person. On the sidebar, I have the schedule posted and you just click the day you want to read. When Bible Gateway opens you can click the little speaker if you need to listen to it while getting ready in the morning or in the car. This is your ticket to NOT getting behind.
The second handout is your first timeline. Click here. Timelines (and maps, charts, and genealogies) are my favorite!