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Hello, and welcome to week five of the Off the Shelf bible reading plan. We hope week four was an opportunity to reflect on the way God delivered his people to the promised land, and who he chose to lead his people. Last week, we ended by looking at the beginning of King David’s reign. If we had continued to read the rest of 2 Samuel, we would have seen some of the horrible missteps King David made as Israel’s leader. However, despite these actions, David was known as a man after God’s own heart. He genuinely loved God and strove to lead the people to follow God.

Unfortunately, the same thing can not be said of many of the kings who came after David. Only two generations after David, God’s people had forsaken him. Because of their sin, God allowed the kingdom to be divided, and ten of the tribes separated from the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. The ten northern tribes became known as Israel, and the two southern tribes became known as Judah. As we look at the books of 1 and 2 Kings and 1 and 2 Chronicles, we see story after story of God’s people being unfaithful to him. While some of the kings of Israel and Judah were godly kings who led the people toward God, many were evil and led the people astray.

As we step into this week’s reading, we are going to look at a section of Scripture called Wisdom Literature. This section is between the historical books, which we looked at last week, and the prophets, which we will look at in the next three weeks. This section contains five books. Three of the books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes, are considered wisdom books. These books focus on the significant issues of life and what it means to respond to those in godly wisdom. The other two books: Psalms and Song of Songs are considered lyrical writings. These two books are remarkably different, but they both are essential to our overall understanding of the Old Testament.

DAY 1  | Today we will read the first and last chapter of the book of Job. This book is a story of undeserved suffering and God’s relationship with Job amid the suffering. Throughout the book, we see Job’s friends offering their insight on Job’s suffering. Toward the end, we get to see God’s responses.  Today read Job Chapter 1 and Chapter 42 for a snapshot of the book of Job. 

DAY 2  | Today will be the first of three days we spend reading from the book of Psalms. The book of Psalms is a collection of five books of song lyrics. Many of these songs were worship songs or prayers used by God’s people to worship him. Many different men wrote these songs, but almost half of them are attributed to King David. Today, read:

  • Psalm 1  This Psalm contrasts the way of the wicked and the way of the righteous.  It emphasizes the importance of staying rooted in God’s Word.  
  • Psalm 23  This is a well-known Psalm that focuses on the power of God being with us.

DAY 3  |  Today we continue our reading in Psalms. Today, read:

  • Psalm 51  This is a psalm of confession written by King David in response to his sin against Bathsheba and her husband.
  • Psalm 103  This too is a psalm written by David, only this Psalm is written as a psalm of praise that focuses on God’s love and justice.

DAY 4  |  Today we conclude our reading in Psalms. Today, read:

  • Psalm 139  This is another well-known Psalm. This Psalm focuses on David’s trust in God as he navigates enemies in his life.
  • Psalm 150  This is the final Psalm in the book.  It contains a powerful call to worship God for who he is and all he has done.

DAY 5  | Today we will read the first two chapters of the book of Proverbs. Proverbs is a book of wisdom written by Solomon, King David’s son. This book focuses on godly living, both in our relationship with God and with one another.  Today, read Proverbs Chapters 1 and 2

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