We are in our twelfth week of reading together in the scriptures. Grace to everyone, freedom to begin again, no debts to be paid in makeup readings, and always the New Testament first. If things bog down, read the New Testament, one gospel chapter, one letter. The Holy Spirit moves the mountains of time and frustration, and with shouts of grace we see completion in our bible reading. Zechariah 4:6, 7

The number twelve speaks to the government of God. John is focusing on Jesus’ ministry as the good shepherd, the resurrection of Lazarus, and Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Paul is instructing Timothy, Titus, and Philemon in the government of the church and the way of forgiveness. Exodus reveals the making of the Ark and all the articles of the tabernacle, the garment of the priests, the erecting of the tabernacle and God’s glory coming. We have fully entered into Jeremiah and the love effort of the Father to call back a backslidden nation that believes it is doing nothing wrong. Over and over again, the goodness, longsuffering and forbearance of God is displayed to a nation bent on idolatry.


John 10 – 16

John continues to bring us into the heart of God in Jesus. Jesus, as the Good Shepherd, who lays down His life (soul) for the sheep. The death of Lazarus, whom Jesus loved and had to walk with the Father into glory in the midst of their grief. Chapter twelve is the anointing of Jesus at Bethany with Lazarus, Martha, and Mary fully alive in their callings. Here we discover the triumphal entry and a postscript wrap-up of the ministry of Jesus and the call to believe. Jesus washes the disciples’ feet as a Son in full humility, even His betrayer’s feet. The new commandment of Jesus, “That you love one another as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13:34. In John fourteen through sixteen, Jesus speaks to the resurrection life, abiding, Holy Spirit abiding, word abiding, and overcoming the world in joy and peace. These words begin in the upper room and continue at the walk to Gethsemane.


2 Timothy 1 – Philemon 1

Paul writes a second time to Timothy to stir his faith and courage. He implores Timothy to walk in gentleness following Paul’s example, living in the word, and finishing the race. Titus is another book of pastoral instructions, with a powerful exhortation in chapter three to accept all that God has done for us in Christ Jesus. Philemon is a call to forgive in love. Paul having enjoyed the faith of Onesimus, who had been a runaway slave that Philemon owned. But having been converted, became a servant to Paul. Paul sends him back with a call to newness of life.


Exodus 37 – Leviticus 4

Having received the wholehearted offering of Israel, with Moses having to stop the giving from the people, the artisans now go to work. Now is the building the Tabernacle, the Ark, making the Table of Showbread, Golden Lampstand, Altar of Incense, and the rest of the instruments of sacrifice and offerings. The Tabernacle is completed and priestly garments for Aaron and his sons are finished. In chapter forty, the Tabernacle is raised up and consecrated along with Aaron and his sons. Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Exodus 40:34 In Leviticus, the first seven chapters are all about the offerings that people are to make. We will learn about the Burnt Offering, Grain Offering, Peace Offering and Sin Offering in the first four chapters of Leviticus.


Psalms 26 – 31

In these Psalms, we discover songs of deliverance, trust, one thing desired, seeking God’s face, help when we cry out, the voice of the Lord, joy comes in the morning, and “Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24


Jeremiah 3 – 8

God has sent Jeremiah, fully into His call as a prophet, to withstand Israel’s rebellion to God. God calls to return to Him, to breakup their fallow ground and circumcise their hearts. Over and over again, the Lord will implore a stubborn people who are confident in their own self-righteousness but blind to God’s goodness.  Read these chapters with an open heart, allowing the Holy Spirit to return us to absolute dependance on what the Lord accomplished in Jesus Christ for us. This book is an awesome house cleaner of hearts, homes, and the house of the Lord.


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