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Bible Reading Observations, Day 188


I’m now up to day 188 in the Horner Bible Reading plan, the point at which I have completed all 12 of my lists.  I’ve now restarted List 2 (the Pentateuch), and read the first two chapters of Genesis — as part of my reading revisions, to read an extra chapter from List 2 to shorten its duration.

From my recent readings I consider the following:

  • Matthew 4 is such a great, clear presentation of Jesus as the Messiah, the King, to His people.
  • Psalm 37 and Matthew 5 speak of the land promises, as in Psalm 37:9 — “For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.”  Psalm 37:11 is also interesting, since Jesus makes a similar statement in Matthew 5:5

Psalm 37:11 —   “But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.”
Matthew 5:5 — “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

As I’ve heard mentioned (either from S. Lewis Johnson or Spurgeon), that verse about the meek inheriting the earth makes no sense except in a literal fulfillment of a kingdom on earth.  The meek certainly do not inherit anything in this life — often troubles and oppression.  The verse also means more than just heaven, but inheriting “the land” or “the earth.”

  • Revelation 3:10 makes the first reference, in the book of Revelation, to “those who dwell on the earth,” a reference to unbelievers who will experience the great day of judgment.  My Bible Software program (The Word) has a cross-reference here, to the next mention of this phrase in Revelation 6:10.

List 8 is now in 1 Samuel, and recently I read the account of the ark among the Philistines and its subsequent return to Israel.  Such reading is timely, for just two days ago I also read a Spurgeon sermon, “Christ Our Passover” (number 54), in which Spurgeon notes the many parallels between the Passover lamb described in Exodus 12.  He comments thus on the instruction to spread the blood on the top parts of the door (and not on the threshold):

The first aspect in which a sinner views Jesus is that of a lamb slain, whose blood is sprinkled on the door-post and on the lintel. Note the fact, that the blood was never sprinkled on the threshold. It was sprinkled on the lintel, the top of the door, on the side-post, but never on the threshold, for woe unto him who trampleth under foot the blood of the Son of God! Even the priest of Dagon trod not on the threshold of his god, much less will the Christian trample under foot the blood of the Paschal Lamb.

And now from today’s readings:

List 8 (1 Samuel 6) mentions Beth-Shemesh as the place where the Philistines returned the ark to.  List 9 (2 Chronicles 25) makes reference to this same place, in verse 21, as a place belonging to Judah and where a battle was fought between the Judah and Israel (the northern tribes).  No deep spiritual significance, of course, only a note that these Old Testament places were real geographical places with plenty of history and meaning for those who lived there; and that the Bible is not only concerned with vague and non-physical things but also with the details of people and places.

List 12 — Revelation 4 — gives a fitting praise to our creator God, a praise that hearkens back to Genesis 1, fresh on my mind from today’s List 2.

Revelation 4:11 — “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power,   for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

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