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Bible Reading for 2012: 90 Day Modified Horner Bible Reading

December 16, 2011 6 comments

Following is a re-post from December of last year, when I mentioned my 90-Day Modified Horner Reading Plan.   Click here for the PDF for the full 90-day reading.  It was a good reading plan, 14 chapters a day and gradually reducing near the end of the 90 days, to complete and end the reading on March 31.  Since then I’ve been back to an 8-list genre reading plan which completes the Bible every 125 days.

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Update:  New Facebook discussion group for the Horner Bible Reading plan and modifications including this 90-day reading plan.

At the beginning of 2010 I described a 2010 Bible Reading Challenge with several variations on the Horner Bible Reading System, a genre-based reading through each of several different sections of the Bible.  With such plans you read one or two chapters from each list, for a total of 10 to 14 chapters per day, and read completely through the Bible several times per year.

For most of this year I’ve been doing an eight list plan that includes 12 to 14 chapters per day; the longest list is 125 days.  However, beginning January 1, just for the first three months, I’ll be following a 9-list 90 days plan.

List 1:  Gospels  (89 days) — one chapter per day
List 2:  Pentateuch (90 days) — two chapters per day
List 3:  New Testament (Acts through Revelation) — two chapters per day
List 4:  Job, Proverbs, Ruth, Ecclesiastes — one chapter per day
List 5:  Psalms, Song of Solomon — two chapters per day
List 6:  History Joshua thru 2 Kings (except Ruth), and Esther — two chapters per day
List 7:  History 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah — one chapter per day
List 8:  Major Prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel — two chapters per day
List 9:  Other Prophets–Lamentations, Daniel thru Malachi — one chapter per day

Since this is not an A-to-Z type plan that breaks the reading in the middle of chapters, the lists do not all end on the last day.  Actually, all the lists except List 1 end before March 31, and so the reading gradually tapers off toward the end.  List 9 ends on March 25, and the others end gradually after that.  I made additional adjustments for some especially long chapters, so that where I would normally read two chapters I only read one for those days.  A few examples of these include Psalm 119 split into two days, as well as 1 Kings 7 and 8, Jeremiah 49 through 52, and Ezekiel 39 and 40

You may notice that I put Ruth in List 4 after Proverbs.  I made this adjustment after learning that, at least at one time, the Jewish scriptures placed Ruth after Proverbs — flowing from the Proverbs 31 woman to the godly woman Ruth.

*** Added on 1/3/2011:   A good variation on the reading sequence — instead of reading the lists in the order above, read as follows:

List 2 (Pentateuch)
Lists 6-7 (History)
Lists 8-9 (Prophets)
Lists 4 and 5 (wisdom books)
List 1 (Gospels)
List 3 (New Testament)

Click here to see the actual day-by-day list, in PDF format for printing.

PDF of the 125-day 8 list plan.  (Note: with the eight list plan, after you complete a list you return to the beginning of that list.)

Various Scripture Thoughts: Bible Reading, J.C. Ryle

August 26, 2010 Leave a comment

From my recent Bible readings in a modified Horner Bible Reading plan:

Reading through Matthew 14 and 15, I especially note the spiritual condition of the disciples at this time.  In the same chapter — verses 14:2 and again in 14:26 — we see examples where both King Herod and the disciples were naturally fearful and superstitious concerning supernatural events.  Matthew 15:15-16 further emphasizes the point that the disciples too were “without understanding.”

James 1:27true religion … to keep oneself unstained from the world. A good supplement to this is J.C. Ryle’s Practical Religion, chapter on “The World” and biblical separation.  James 1:27 is one of the verses he cites in this chapter.   A brief excerpt:

When I speak of “the world” in this paper, I mean those people who think only, or chiefly, of this world’s things, and neglect the world to come–the people who are always thinking more of earth than of heaven, more of time than of eternity, more of body than the soul, more of pleasing man than of pleasing God. It is of them and their ways, habits, customs, opinions, practices, tastes, aims, spirit, and tone, that I am speaking when I speak of “the world.” This is the world from which Paul tells us to “Come out and be separate.”

1 John 3:17 and Matthew 25:31-46 are a good pairing for the same day’s reading, for the general reference of how we treat others, including the sins of omission.  This also reminds me of J.C. Ryle’s words, again from Practical Religion (“Riches and Poverty“):

But isn’t this exactly in keeping with the history of the judgment, in the 25th chapter Matthew? Nothing is said there of the sins of commission of which the lost are guilty. How does the charge read? – “I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.” [Matthew 25:42-43]

The charge against them is simply that they didn’t do certain things. On this their sentence is based. And I draw the conclusion again, that, unless we are careful, sins of omission may ruin our souls. Truly it was a solemn saying of a godly man, on his deathbed: “Lord, forgive me all my sins, but especially my sins of omission” [Usher].

Jude 5 (List 3)  also nicely complements the reading of Numbers 13 (List 2), for a vivid reminder of the specifics that Jude here refers to.

From recent readings, some historical references:
From 2 Kings 23:31 and 24:18 I noticed that Kings Jehoahaz and Zedekiah, sons of Josiah, were both born to the same mother.  2 Kings 23:36 indicates that Josiah had at least one other wife, the mother of Jehoiakim.

From the early chapters in 1 Chronicles (yes, generally more tedious and boring chapters to get through), come a few interesting things related to several Old Testament Bible characters.  These chapters include the reference to Jabez (made famous in a book several years ago), and also reference to Bathsheba’s family.  1 Chronicles 6:4-8 explains that the line of Zadok, so prominently featured in the time of David and afterwards, came from Aaron’s son Eleazar.  Verses 33-34 explain what 1 Samuel doesn’t (1 Samuel 1:1 says his parents were Ephraimites), that Samuel was a Levite, of the Kohathite division.

Amos 3:14 is apparently another prophecy concerning the destruction of Bethel, what Josiah later did (2 Kings 23:15).  The first prophecy had come long before, in 1 Kings 13:2, but Amos is writing at a mid-point, in the time of King Uzziah, still many years before Josiah.

Horner Bible Reading System: Further Enhancements

August 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Update:  New Facebook discussion group for the Horner Bible Reading plan and variations on it.

My current Bible reading, as I’ve mentioned a few times before, consists of eight lists, some of which have two chapters at a time:

List 1:  Gospels, 1 or 2 chapters per day, 71 days
List 2:  Pentateuch, 1 or 2 chapters per day, 115 days
List 3:  Epistles (Romans thru Jude), 2 chapters per day, 60 days
List 4:  Job and Proverbs, 1 chapter per day, 73 days
List 5: Psalms, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon — 2 chapters per day, 85 days
List 6: Old Testament History, 2 chapters per day, 124 days
List 7:  Prophets, 2 chapters per day, 125 days
List 8:  Acts + Revelation, 1 chapter per day, 50 days

This list has brought about some good reading sets, such as the time recently when List 7 included Joel 1 and 2, followed by Acts 2 in the next list.  But then I started looking at the “lowest common multiple” factor, and realized that two of the list combinations will repeat and re-align within less than a year.  Lists 7 and 8 match up every 250 days, or every other time through the prophets list.  Lists 3 and 8 match up every 300 days — every 5th time through the epistles.  Not that many different combinations after all, at least for those three sets of readings.  A useful tool for calculating the lowest common multiples:  the Microsoft Excel LCM function, a quick way to experiment with different list lengths and find out how often the lists will re-align with each other.

After considering greater changes to Lists 3 and 8, but preferring the overall setup, I opted for a fairly minor change that will increase the “lowest common multiple” factor from 250-300 days, to several years of different reading combinations:  shift the length of lists 3 and 8 a few days, by moving 2 Peter and Jude from the general epistles list to the Acts+Revelation list (in-between Acts and Revelation in the sequence). After this change, list 3 is 58 days, and List 3 is 54 days.  It’s an arbitrary shift, though I did consider the content of the different books in coming up with this change:  2 Peter does relate to Acts (the apostle Peter), and also relates a great deal to eschatology and the Second Coming.  Jude — which comes just before Revelation in the canon for a reason, as Mark Hitchcock has put it — has similar content to 2 Peter 2, and warns about future apostasy and false teachers.  Since I only recently read 2 Peter and Jude (in list 3), I’ll implement this change in a few months on a subsequent reading through the epistles.