As we enter our eleventh week, we are in John’s gospel, Thessalonians, Timothy, Exodus, Psalms, Isaiah, and we begin Jeremiah. While Moses is receiving instructions for the tabernacle, Paul is giving instructions for the church of God. John takes us further into the heart of God, in Jesus. Isaiah brings us into the new millennium, and then begins Jeremiah. Psalms are on fire. I believe the whole week will be one of fire, with our hearts burning as we hear Jesus open the scriptures to us.
John 3 – 9
Encounters with Nicodemus, John the Baptist, a Samaritan woman, and a man healed at the pool of Bethesda happen in chapters 3 – 5. In chapter 6, Jesus, the bread from heaven, is the offense that turns many of his disciples away. The Feast of Tabernacles happens in chapters 7 – 9. The promise of rivers of living water, the woman caught in adultery, abiding in His word to know the truth, and the man born blind, all these stories are only in John’s gospel.
2 Thessalonians 2, 3
The great falling away, the revealing of the man of sin, separating the lovers of the truth from lovers of the lie. God’s great promise of salvation and glory is found 2:13-17. Praying for us and warnings finish Paul’s fourth chapter.
1 Timothy 1 – 6
Paul’s letter to Timothy, to bring order into the church at Ephesus, provides us with a blueprint on how we are to conduct ourselves in the church of God. Prayer, Elders, Deacons, and the great mystery of godliness are found in the first three chapters. In chapter four is the coming departure from the faith, and Paul’s exhortation to Timothy to take heed to himself and to the doctrine. Treatment of widows, honor of elders and employers fill chapter five. The good confession that Jesus held is in chapter six.
Exodus 28 – 36
From the priestly garments to the golden calf, Israel cannot wait for Moses. Moses must make intercession for Israel and wait for the Lord to agree to go with them into the promise land. Moses asks to see God’s glory, new revelation of the glory of God for transformation in the will of God. New tablets are made, the Lord announces His name, Moses falls down and asks for God to be Israel’s God inheritance. Moses comes off the mountain, his skin is glowing, and now Israel gives an offering for the Tabernacle and work begins in earnest. All this took place over three months.
Psalms 21 – 25
The King shall have joy in Your strength, O Lord. Psalm 21:1. My God, My God, why have Your forsaken Me? Psalm 22:1. The Lord is my shepherd. Psalm 23:1. The earth is the Lord’s, Psalm 24:1. To you or Lord, I lift up my soul. In Psalm 25:1 are rich Psalms of deep encounters with God.
Isaiah 64 – 66
The millennial reign of Christ. Purification from uncleanness, sin, idolatry, and self-righteousness. A glorious new creation. Heaven is My throne. “On this one will I look; On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word”. Zion is in labor and gives birth to her children.
Jeremiah 1, 2
God has called Jeremiah as prophet before he was formed in his mother’s womb. God is ready to perform His word. Israel has committed two evils; “They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns – broken cisterns that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:13 Thus begins Jeremiah’s unpopular calling to declare what God must do and what God wants to do, over and over again, to an unfaithful people.