It is BLOWING MY MIND reading through the awesome Word of God in this tight timeframe.
I tend to spend most of my time reading the New Testament. I love reading all about Jesus and I love love L.O.V.E. love reading the words of Paul. He's my Bible crush. Like, for real….
From talking to many of my friends and fellow Christians, I know I'm not alone in my NT obsession. We tend to spend most of our time there - because it seems more - well, relevant. Our Bible teachers are spending lots of time there, most modern Christian authors are spending lots of time there, our pastors are spending lots of time there. Sure, maybe we'll pop into Psalms once in a while, or to the "big" stories in the early Old Testament, but seriously - when was the last time you read Lamentations?
And it's sooooooo good! I just can't stand how gooooooddddd it is to read through these middle Bible books.
Lamentations is a powerful book, yo. The book covers the whole range of human emotion - from devastation and grief, to admission of sin and repentance all the way to praise. Oh, man, I could barely stand it as I flew through the pages this week!!
And, by the way, Ezekiel is equally powerful. And so are all the minor prophets we have coming up this week.
I probably could sit here and write all night about what I've been learning through this challenge, but I won't, because I'm still processing and would probably just ramble right down the page until my fingers quit typing from exhaustion or you tuned me out forever due to boredom.
What I will share with you right now is this:
ALL Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
2 Timothy 3:16 (emphasis added)
As we continue to finish this challenge and examine our personal reasons for studying Scripture, let's not forget the "all" part. Let's all collectively commit to strengthening the body of Christ through dedicated study of the entire Bible.
Our readings this week:
11/2 : Ezekiel 47:13 - Daniel 8:27
11/3 : Daniel 9:1 - Hosea 13:6
11/4 : Hosea 13:7 - Amos 9:10
11/5 : Amos 9:11 - Nahum 3:19
11/6 : Habakuk 1:1 - Zechariah 10:12
11/7 : Zechariah 11:1 - Matthew 4:25
11/8 : Matthew 5:1 - 15:39
Related side note: if you're interested in a sermon series on the minor prophets (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi - the folks we'll be reading this week), click here. My mom's church in California (Bayside) did a phenomenal study of these books this summer and I was blessed to hear many of the sermons in person. Luckily, they're all online and it's my privilege to share them with you.
Enjoy your week - we only have a few left in this challenge!