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Recent Bible Reading Observations


With my genre Bible reading plan, it seems I am never very far away — in numbers of days — from various passages I come across in devotionals or other mention.

Last Friday I read Job 1 (List 4), and was doubly blessed that same day to read the Spurgeon daily devotional — for Job 1:9.  Today I read Luke 2 (List 1), and the Spurgeon devotional again matched up, Luke 2:18.

The readings are always different, and yet on some days a clear “theme” or topic especially comes through, multiple times through the chapters I read.  One day in mid-January, several passages dealt with the parent-child and master-servant relationships:

  • Mark 7:10-12 — For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’  But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)  then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother.”
  • Ephesians 6:1-3  Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),  “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”
  • Proverbs 19:26 — He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother is a son who brings shame and reproach.
  • Ephesians 6:5-8 — Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, 6 not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, 8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.
  • Proverbs 17:2  — A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.

Today’s readings had more than the usual mention of women, widows, and prophetesses:  Anna (Luke 2; list 1), Ruth (list 6), and Hulda (list 7).  Interestingly, two of these were widows (Anna and Ruth), and two were prophetesses (Anna and Hulda).  My list 3 (1 Timothy 5-6) also included mention of widows:

1 Timothy 5:5 — She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day

The Mosaic covenant also had special mention today:

  • Deuteronomy 29 (list 2), where Moses renews the covenant with the people just before they go into Canaan
  • 2 Chronicles 34 (list 7), where Josiah, having heard the words of the Book of the Law, gathers the people together and renews that covenant
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