Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Journal Through the Bible: Week 106 Tuesday

Psalm 10

Have you ever wondered why God does not immediately act when the wicked terrify the righteous? So did the psalmist. The answer to the psalmist's question comes in verses 16-18.

Does God make any commands?

  • No

Does God issue any promises?

  • God promises to hear and answer the prayers of His people. 

Does this psalm teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jesus is the King forever and ever. The heathen will ultimately answer to Him.
  • Jesus is the judge.

Does this psalm teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Chaos seems to be in control now but this psalm says that while the wicked think God is not watching He actually is and will one day answer the prayers of those whom the wicked afflict.

2016 Bible Reading Schedule Now Available

It's December already folks! That means January and the New Year are right around the corner. Plan now to read the Bible each day in 2016. I've got a plan that I developed several years ago to accommodate my own history-driven learning style. Scriptures are not read sequentially but in a more chronological order. I share this each year for those who might want to read along.

The pdf version of the 2016 is now available for download. The complete schedule will also appear in the link at the top as we get closer to January. Thanks for reading!

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Permission: As always, you have my permission to copy and distribute the schedule as long as no changes are made. The instructions, credits, and blog information should also remain intact.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Journal Through the Bible: Week 106 Monday

Psalm 9

Does God issue any commands?

  • Verse 11 - We are told to sing praises to the LORD.

Does God make any promises?

  • Verse 18 - The needy shall not be forgotten forever.

Does this psalm teach anything about Jesus?

  • The early part of the psalm reminds me of the triumph of the resurrected Christ. The Son praised the Father continually.
  • Verse 5 reminds me of the description in Revelation of the destruction of Jesus' enemies.
  • Verse 8 - Jesus shall judge the world in righteousness and minister judgment ot the people in righteousness.
  • Verse 9 - Jesus will be a refuge for the oppressed in times of trouble.
  • Verse 11 - The Messiah will dwell in Zion.
  • Verse 13 - The Father raised the Son after He suffered death.

Does this psalm teach anything about yet-future events?

  • This psalm describes the future triumph of Jesus as judge of the earth.
  • This psalm also testifies of the future eternal damnation of the wicked.

Monday, November 23, 2015

TAKE TIME: Week 106 Assignment

Introduction:  We continue this week with more psalms. The book is divided into 5 parts, much like the Pentateuch, and the psalms we are reading now are from the first book.
  • Monday - Psalm 9
  • Tuesday - Psalm 10
  • Wednesday - Psalms 11 and 12
  • Thursday - Psalms 13 and 14
  • Friday - Psalms 15 and 16
  • Saturday - Psalm 17
Memory Verse

 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. 
Psalm 14:1

Prayer Journal (ACTS)
  • Adoration - Praise God for the refuge for the oppressed.
  • Confession - Ask God to reveal hidden sin in your life and then confess it.
  • Thanksgiving - Thank God for any answers to your prayers.
  • Supplication - What are your prayer requests this week? List them for future reference so that you can see how God answers.

Search the Scriptures

Look for references for each of the following:
  • Promises that God made and to whom He made them. Do they apply to you?
  • References that either refer to or infer something about future events.
  • What does this passage teach about Jesus?
  • Commandments that God made and to whom He made them. Do they apply to you?

Putting the Word into Action
Several of the psalms we will be reading this week have questions in them including the question, "Why?" because the writer did not understand why certain things were happening. The psalmists often asked, "When?" or "Who?" or "How long?" It is not wrong to seek God for answers. Do you find yourself in a season of waiting? Or are there difficulties in your life that you do not understand? Try pouring your heart to the LORD in a psalm of petition bathed in praise like the psalmists did.