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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Bible in 90 Days in Review- Days 64-70


Finished up the tenth week of Bible in 90 Days.. We are getting closer to the finish line....
Can you believe we reading the New Testament.. YEAH..

How did your reading go?
Did you give yourself time each day to read, or did you get behind?

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This week's reading was finishing up the Old Testament and starting on the book of Matthew in the New Testament. We read a lot of small one to two page books in the Old Testament.. Including Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi..

This week we finished the book of Daniel and then read the 12 books of the minor prophets which finished out the Old Testament. We covered a lot of books in just one week.. The twelve books of the minor prophets were all found on one scroll and are about the length of an average book in the Bible put together.

Book of Daniel:
Named after its writer, Daniel’s book is a product of his time in Babylon as a Jewish exile from Israel. Daniel recorded his experiences and prophecies for the Jewish exiles during his time in the Babylonian capital, where his service to the king gave him privileged access to the highest levels of society. His faithful service to the Lord in a land and culture not his own makes him unique among almost all the people of Scripture—Daniel stands as one of the only major figures in the Bible to produce a completely positive record of his actions.

Daniel 9:14 "The Lord did not hesitate to bring the disaster on us, for the Lord our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him."

Book of Hosea:
More than any other prophet, Hosea linked his message closely with his personal life. By marrying a woman he knew would eventually betray his trust and by giving his children names that sent messages of judgment on Israel, Hosea’s prophetic word flowed out of the life of his family.

Hosea 6:6 "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings."

Book of Joel:
Joel was able to speak into the lives of his listeners and imprint the message of judgment into their minds, like a brand sears the flesh of an animal.

Joel 2:28-32 "I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved..." (underlined by me)

Book of Amos:
More than almost any other book of Scripture, the book of Amos holds God’s people accountable for their ill-treatment of others. It repeatedly points out the failure of the people to fully embrace God’s idea of justice.

Amos 5:14-15 "Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts."

Book of Obadiah:
The shortest book of the Old Testament. The majority of the book pronounces judgment on the foreign nation of Edom, making Obadiah one of only three prophets who pronounced judgment primarily on other nations.

Obadiah 1:15 "The day of the Lord is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head."

Book of Jonah:
Jonah was one of only four writing prophets that Jesus mentioned by name during His earthly ministry. When the call of God came to him, Jonah could not see beyond his own selfish desire for God to punish the Assyrians. How could God want him to take a message of mercy to such people? Before Jonah could relay God’s message, he had to be broken. He had to learn something about the mercy of the Lord.

Jonah 4:2b "I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity."

Book of Micah:
Much of Micah’s book revolves around two significant predictions: one of judgment on Israel and Judah, the other of the restoration of God’s people in the millennial kingdom.

Micah 6:8 "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

Book of Nahum:
Nahum’s focus on the impending judgment of Nineveh offers a continuation of the story that began in Jonah. God sent Jonah to Nineveh to preach repentance and hope to the Assyrian people.

Nahum 1:3 "The Lord is slow to anger but great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished."

Book of Habakkuk:
Habakkuk provides us one of the most remarkable sections in all of Scripture, as it contains an extended dialogue between Habakkuk and God.

Habakkuk 2:4 "See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright- but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness-"

Book of Zephaniah:
This book mentions the day of the Lord more than does any other book in the Old Testament, clarifying the picture of Judah’s fall to Babylon and the eventual judgment and restoration of all humanity in the future.

Zephaniah 3:9 "Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder to shoulder."

Book of Haggai:
Haggai remains largely unique among the books of Old Testament prophets for one key reason: the people of Judah listened! Haggai had an important message for the Jews who had recently returned from exile. They had forgotten their God, choosing instead to focus on their own interests.

Haggai 1:7 "This is what the Lord Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways."

Book of Zechariah:
Like many of the prophets, Zechariah saw isolated snapshots of the future; therefore, certain events that seem to occur one right after the other in Zechariah’s prophecy actually often have generations or even millennia between them.

Zechariah 14:9 "The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name."

Book of Malachi:
Malachi’s unique position as the final book of the Old Testament offers a glimpse into the hearts of Israelite people, those that had been specially chosen by God, descendants of Abraham, and inheritors of the rich tradition of the Jewish people.

Malachi 3:7 "Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you," says the Lord Almighty."

Book of Matthew:
Matthew wrote his account of Jesus’s ministry to show that Jesus was and is indeed the King, Israel’s long-awaited Messiah.

Matthew 5:17 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them."

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What a great 10th week of reading. A lot to take in and understand..

Answer this question below to help you along the way. Comment below or join in on my Facebook page HERE where I post information regarding the Bible in 90 Days reading...

  • After finishing the Old Testament and just getting started on the New Testament, what are some of the differences between the two that you've noticed already from the reading?
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For Week 11 we will finish the book of Matthew and work through Mark, Luke, John and Acts.

This Week's Reading:

Day 71: November 10:    Matthew 26:57- Mark 9:13
Day 72: November 11:    Mark 9:14- Luke 1:80
Day 73: November 12:    Luke 2:1- Luke 9:62
Day 74: November 13:    Luke 10:1- Luke 20:19
Day 75: November 14:    Luke 20:20- John 5:47
Day 76: November 15:    John 6:1- John 15:17
Day 77: November 16:    John 15:18- Acts 6:7

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