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Off the Shelf: Week 13 (Dec. 1 – 7) | Bible Reading Plan

THE BIBLE IN 10 MINUTES, 5 DAYS A WEEK

If you missed any of the weeks in this plan, you can find them here: https://www.firstdecatur.org/messages/offtheshelf/

WEEK THIRTEEN

Hello, and welcome to the final week of the Off the Shelf bible reading plan. Congratulations on completing this plan!

Last week we read from four of the letters that the Apostle Paul wrote. In total, our Bible contains 13 letters written by the Apostle Paul. Following Paul’s letters are other letters written by five additional authors. This week, we will conclude this plan by reading from letters written by Peter, John, and Jude. We will spend the last two days reading the final four chapters of the Bible in the book of Revelation.

DAY 1  |  Today we will read 1 Peter 1. This letter was written by Jesus’ disciple named Peter and is one of two letters in our Bible authored by Peter. Peter wrote this letter to encourage Jesus followers to stand firm in their faith despite the oppression they were facing because of their faith. With that in mind, today read 1 Peter 1.  

DAY 2  |  Today we will read 1 John 1-2.  This letter was written by Jesus’ disciple named John, who also wrote the Gospel of John and the book of Revelation. This letter is one of three letters written by John to address theological and behavioral issues in the Christian communities he was writing to. Keep this purpose in mind today as you read 1 John 1-2

DAY 3  |  Today we will read Jude. Jude was the half brother of Jesus, and he wrote this letter to warn his recipients about false teachers. Today, read Jude

DAY 4  |  Today we will read Revelation 19 & 20. The book of Revelation was written by Jesus’ disciple named John, who also wrote the Gospel of John and the letters we know as 1, 2 and 3 John.  John wrote this book to seven churches in what is modern-day Turkey. The book of Revelation can be confusing to read because it is a letter, but it also contains prophetic and apocalyptic literature. In other words, it contains prophecy and images that are difficult for us to decipher with absolute certainty. The good news is that we can decipher the overall message of Revelation. That message is that in the end, Christ will return, evil will be abolished, all will be made new, and we will be with God. Over the next two days, we will read the final four chapters of Revelation. As you read these chapters, please keep the overall message in mind. Today, read Revelation 19 – 20

DAY 5  |  Today we will read the final two chapters of the Bible. Please keep the notes from day 4 in mind as you read. Today, read Revelation 21-22.  

Thank you again for joining us on this journey over the past 13 weeks. We hope this has been an opportunity to better understand the overall story of the Bible.  As we move forward from here we would encourage you to continue in the practice of reading your Bible every week. Please check out the reading plans at https://my.bible.com/reading-plans for ideas. There are incredible plans on a variety of topics, and you can even read with friends. Thanks again for joining us for Off the Shelf!

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Off the Shelf: Week 12 (Nov. 24-30) | Bible Reading Plan

THE BIBLE IN 10 MINUTES, 5 DAYS A WEEK

If you missed last week’s plan, check week 11 out here.

WEEK TWELVE

Hello, and welcome to week twelve of the Off the Shelf bible reading plan. Last week we read from the book of Acts. This book captures the account of Jesus’ followers after he ascended into Heaven. On days 4 and 5 last week, we read about the Apostle Paul. While the Apostle Paul was not one of Jesus’ disciples, he was one of the key people God chose to spread the good news of Jesus throughout the known world. Paul wrote more of the New Testament than any other author. His writings are letters to first-century churches and individuals to encourage them and challenge them in their faith. This week we will read from four of the letters that Paul wrote. This sample reading will give us a taste of the kind of content these letters cover.

DAY 1  |  Today we will read Galatians 5-6. These two chapters contain instructions on how we should live as Christians. Paul encourages the Galatian believers to live by the Spirit and then offers wisdom on what that kind of life looks like.  Today, read Galatians 5 & 6

DAY 2  |  Today we will read Ephesians 4. This chapter emphasizes unity and maturity amongst Christ-followers. Because this is a shorter reading, please take the time to reflect on what these words mean for you today. Today, read Ephesians 4

DAY 3  |  Today we will read Ephesians chapters 5-6. These two chapters are a continuation of what we read yesterday.  Again these chapters contain wisdom for what it means to be a Christian.  Chapter six ends with a well-known passage encouraging us to “arm” ourselves with God’s word. Today, read Ephesians 5 & 6

DAY 4  |  Today we will read 1 Timothy 1. Timothy was a protege of the Apostle Paul. Paul wrote this letter to encourage Timothy to remain strong in his faith and to commit himself to the tough work of ministry. Today, read 1 Timothy 1

DAY 5  |  Today we will read 2 Timothy 3-4. 2 Timothy is another letter written by the apostle Paul to Timothy. These two chapters contain some powerful instructions to Timothy from Paul. Today, read 2 Timothy 3 & 4.

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THE BIBLE IN 90 DAYS
If you are looking for a challenge, here is a Bible in 90 days plan. This plan is designed to walk you through the entire Bible over the course of just three months. That works out to 12 pages of reading each day—a commitment, but certainly manageable, and one that’s well worth making.
Start plan here: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13-bible-in-90-days

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Off the Shelf: Week 11 (Nov. 17-23) | Bible Reading Plan

THE BIBLE IN 10 MINUTES, 5 DAYS A WEEK

If you missed last week’s plan, check week 10 out here.

WEEK ELEVEN

Hello, and welcome to week eleven of the Off the Shelf bible reading plan. Last week we finished a two-week study about Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ascension. This week we will be reading from the book of Acts.  As a reminder, the book of Acts is a continuation of the Gospel of Luke. This book captures the account of Jesus’ followers after he ascended into Heaven. It gives us an understanding of the beginnings of the Church, the difficulties they faced, and the spread of the Gospel message.

DAY 1  |  Today we will read Acts 2. This chapter records the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Pentecost means “fiftieth day” and was a Jewish holiday that occurred 50 days after Passover. This chapter is incredibly important because it marks the beginning of the new covenant and the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit in all Jesus followers. Before this event, the Holy Spirit only came on specific individuals at specific times. Today, read Acts 2.

DAY 2  |  Today we will read Acts 3-4. These chapters contain the beginning of Peter and John’s journeys to live out Jesus’ final instructions to make disciples of all nations. In these chapters, we see Peter performing a miracle and speaking through the power of the Holy Spirit. These actions led to Peter and John being arrested.  To learn more, today read Acts 3-4.  

DAY 3  |  Today we will read Acts 6-7. These two chapters contain the powerful story of the martyrdom of Stephen. While this is a sad event, it is also an incredible testimony to Stephen’s faith. Today, read Acts 6-7

DAY 4  |  Today we will read Acts 9. This chapter captures the account of Saul’s conversion. Not only is this a compelling story of transformation, but Saul becomes the Apostle Paul, who ends up writing the majority of what we now call the New Testament. Today, read Acts 9

DAY 5  |  Today we will read Acts 13-14. While the Apostle Paul was not one of Jesus’ disciples, he was one of the key people God chose to spread the good news of Jesus throughout the known world. The book of Acts records the Apostle Paul’s missionary journeys. Today we will read about the first of those journeys. Today, read Acts 13-14

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THE BIBLE IN 90 DAYS
If you are looking for a challenge, here is a Bible in 90 days plan. This plan is designed to walk you through the entire bible over the course of just three months. That works out to 12 pages of reading each day—a commitment, but certainly manageable, and one that’s well worth making.
Start plan here: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13-bible-in-90-days

 

 

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Off the Shelf: Week 10 (Nov. 10-16) | Bible Reading Plan

THE BIBLE IN 10 MINUTES, 5 DAYS A WEEK

If you missed last week’s plan, check out week 9 here.

WEEK TEN

Hello, and welcome to week ten of the Off the Shelf bible reading plan. Last week we began a two-week study about Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ascension. The accounts we read last week and will read this week all come from the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These four books are ancient biographies that were written to explain who Jesus was, what he did, and what it means to follow him.

The first four days this week, we will read from the Gospel of John. Most scholars agree that the author of John was Jesus’ disciple named John. John’s gospel is the most unique of the four gospels. While Matthew, Mark, and Luke contain many of the same accounts and teachings, John’s gospel gives us additional glimpses into aspects of Jesus’ life that are not included in the other gospels. Our readings this week include John’s account of the week leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection and his eventual ascension. The final day this week, we will read from the book of Matthew about Jesus’ final instructions to his disciples before ascending into Heaven.

DAY 1  |  Today we will read John 15-16. These two chapters contain some of Jesus’ final teachings before his death. Specifically, they include a passage where Jesus predicts his death and resurrection, and another passage that explains the coming of the Holy Spirit. To learn more about this today, read John 15-16

DAY 2  |  Today we will read John 18. This chapter contains John’s account of Jesus’ arrest and trial. Since there is only one chapter to read today, take time to read it slowly and consider what John wanted his readers to understand. Today, read John 18

DAY 3  |  Today we will read John 19. This chapter contains John’s account of Jesus’ death and burial. As with yesterday, take the time to read this chapter slowly and ponder its significance.  Today, read John 19

DAY 4  |  Today we will read John 20. This chapter contains John’s account of Jesus’ resurrection and the followers he appeared to after he rose from the grave. As with the previous two days, this chapter is incredibly significant, so take the time to read it slowly and think about the significance of Jesus’ resurrection. Today, read John 20

DAY 5  |  Today we will read Matthew 28. This chapter contains Matthew’s account of the resurrection and Jesus’ final instructions to his disciples before leaving earth. The last five verses, which contain these instructions, are often referred to as the Great Commission. As we close out this week’s reading, take some time to think through the importance of these words and what they mean for us today as well. Today, read Matthew 28

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THE BIBLE IN 90 DAYS
If you are looking for a challenge, here is a Bible in 90 days plan. This plan is designed to walk you through the entire bible over the course of just three months. That works out to 12 pages of reading each day—a commitment, but certainly manageable, and one that’s well worth making.
Start plan here: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13-bible-in-90-days

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Off the Shelf: Week 9 (Nov. 3-9) | Bible Reading Plan

THE BIBLE IN 10 MINUTES, 5 DAYS A WEEK

If you missed last week’s plan, check out week 8 here.

WEEK NINE

Hello, and welcome to week nine of the Off the Shelf bible reading plan. Last week we closed out our reading in the Old Testament. It is important to note that there are more than 400 years between the final writings in the Old Testament and the first writings in the New Testament. These 400 years are sometimes called the silent years. While there is no Biblical account during these 400 years, God was still actively working, preparing the way for his Son to come.

During the next two weeks, we will read about Jesus’s birth, life, death, and resurrection. The accounts we will read all come from the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These four books are ancient biographies that were written to explain who Jesus was, what he did, and what it means to follow him. This week, we will focus on Jesus’ birth and some of his most well-known teachings. Next week, we will read about Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension. Thank you again for joining us on this journey.

DAY 1  |  Today we will read Matthew 1 & 2. Matthew was one of Jesus’ disciples who was with him each day throughout his earthly ministry.  Matthew wrote his gospel for a Jewish audience, which is why he began the gospel with a genealogy. This genealogy points to Jesus as the only possible descendant of King David, who was qualified to be the Messiah.  Matthew’s audience would have clearly understood that he was pointing to Jesus as the promised Messiah.  Today, read Matthew 1 & 2.

DAY 2  |  Today we will read Mark 1. This chapter contains Mark’s account of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Mark, better known as John Mark, was a close friend of Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples. While we will get to this more in Week 11, John Mark was also involved in missionary journeys to spread the message of Jesus. As you may notice, Mark does not begin his gospel with an account of Jesus’ birth like the gospels of Matthew and Luke do. Instead, he jumps right into the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Today, read Mark 1.

DAY 3  |  Today we will read Matthew 5-7. These three chapters are commonly referred to as the Sermon on the Mount, and they contain one of Jesus’ most authoritative teachings. The theme that connects the teaching in these chapters is Jesus identifying what it means to live in his kingdom. Today, read Matthew 5 – 7.

DAY 4  |  Today we will read Matthew 13. This chapter contains several parables which are earthly stories that have deeper spiritual meanings. Today, read Matthew 13 to get a closer look at some of Jesus’ most well-known parables.

DAY 5 |  Today we will read Luke 11.  Luke was most likely a gentile who eventually became a companion of the Apostle Paul. We will learn more about the Apostle Paul in the days ahead.  Interestingly, Luke’s gospel is part of a two-volume work. The second work is the book of Acts which we will read in two weeks. Acts contains the account of the early church and the spread of the Gospel. Today read Luke 11.  This chapter contains more of Jesus’ well-known teachings. 

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THE BIBLE IN 90 DAYS
If you are looking for a challenge, here is a Bible in 90 days plan. This plan is designed to walk you through the entire bible over the course of just three months. That works out to 12 pages of reading each day—a commitment, but certainly manageable, and one that’s well worth making.
Start plan here: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13-bible-in-90-days

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Off the Shelf: Week 8 (Oct. 27-Nov 2) | Bible Reading Plan

THE BIBLE IN 10 MINUTES, 5 DAYS A WEEK

If you missed last week’s plan, check out week 7 here.

WEEK EIGHT

Hello, and welcome to week eight of the Off the Shelf bible reading plan. We hope the last two weeks have helped you better understand the function and purpose of the prophetic books. This week we will finish our reading in the Old Testament as we read from the books of Nehemiah and Esther. In the bible, we can find both of these books before the wisdom literature we looked at in week five. However, from a historical perspective, these books take place following the prophets. In fact, they take place as God’s people begin to return from exile.

You may remember that in 586 BCE, God allowed the Babylonians to destroy Jerusalem and carry the people of Judah off to captivity in Babylon. In 539 BCE, Persia overthrew Babylon to become the greatest power in the known world. In that same year, Cyrus, the king of Persia, decreed that all exiles of all religions could return to their lands to rebuild their temples. This allowed the Jewish exiles to return to Jerusalem to begin to rebuild it. The book of Nehemiah begins almost 100 years later. Nehemiah not only helped rebuild the city but also helped restore God’s people to covenant relationship with him. We will spend the first three days this week reading from the book of Nehemiah.

The last two days this week, we will read from the book of Esther. The book of Esther takes place in modern Iran in a similar time frame as Nehemiah. This book is a story in the life of God’s people, in which the power of the Persian empire threatens them.

DAY 1  |  Today we will read the first two chapters of the book of Nehemiah. These two chapters set the stage for the work Nehemiah would do to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.  Today, read Nehemiah 1-2

DAY 2  |  Today we will read Chapter 4 of Nehemiah.  This chapter records the opposition Nehemiah faced as he led the people in rebuilding the wall.  Today, read Nehemiah 4.

DAY 3  |  In Nehemiah Chapter 6 the wall is finally finished.  This is an important event in the book, but not nearly as important as what happens in Chapters 8-10. In these three chapters, the people read God’s law (the first five books of the Bible), confess their sin, and make an agreement about how they are going to commit themselves to God.  Today, read Nehemiah 8-10.

DAY 4  |  Today we will read the first two chapters of Esther.  As I mentioned above, this story gives us a snapshot of God’s people living in the Persian Empire. Today, read Esther 1-2

DAY 5  |  Today we will read chapters 3 and 4 of Esther.  If you have time this week, we would encourage you to read the rest of this book.  One thing that makes the book of Esther unique is that God is not mentioned in the book.  However, the paradox presented by the story of Esther is that God is powerfully present even when he is not overtly mentioned in the book. Today, read Esther 3-4

AN IMPORTANT NOTE:
As we mentioned at the beginning of this week, this week’s readings conclude our reading in the Old Testament. For the rest of this reading plan, we will be reading from the New Testament. However, it is important to note that there are 400 years between the latest writings in the Old Testament and the first writings in the New Testament. These 400 years are sometimes called the silent years. While we do not have specific details in our Bible about what happened during this period, we do know that there were many developments in history and society. The most notable events during these 400 years were the rise of the Greek and Roman empires. Please keep this in mind as you prepare for next week’s readings.

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Off the Shelf: Week 7 (Oct. 20-26) | Bible Reading Plan

THE BIBLE IN 10 MINUTES, 5 DAYS A WEEK

If you missed last week’s plan, check out week 6 here.

WEEK SEVEN

Hello, and welcome to week seven of the Off the Shelf bible reading plan. This week, we conclude our two-week look at the Prophetic Books in the bible. As a reminder from last week, this section of the bible starts after the wisdom books and goes through the remainder of the Old Testament. In total, this section contains seventeen books. While these books come after the wisdom books in the bible, they are actually historical accounts and writings of the prophets that correlate to the time frame of the readings we did in week four.

Last week, we read from four different prophetic books. These four books are considered minor prophets. This week we are going to read from the major prophets, specifically the book of Isaiah. As a reminder, minor and major are terms that relate to the length of these books, not their value.

As we mentioned last week, prophets were God’s appointed messengers, sent to call his people to turn from their sin and return to right relationship with him. The books we read last week primarily dealt with judgment and destruction. While the book of Isaiah also contains prophetic warnings, it also includes a good deal of theology as well as prophecies about the coming Messiah.

DAY 1  |  Today we will read the first two chapters of the book of Isaiah. In these chapters, God uses Isaiah to address the rebellious people of Israel and describe the cleansing and restoration that would be in their future. Today read Isaiah Chapters 1 and 2.

DAY 2  |  Today we will read Isaiah chapter six. This is a short chapter, so take the time to read this chapter slowly. Chapter six is regarded as Isaiah’s commissioning. In this chapter, Isaiah experiences God in all his glory, he is cleansed, and then he responds to God’s concerns by offering himself as a messenger. Today read Isaiah 6

DAY 3  |  Today we will read chapter forty of Isaiah. This chapter is pivotal in the book of Isaiah, and it sets up the rest of the book. This chapter deals directly with the concerns God’s people were going to have when they were carried off to exile. Specifically, he knew they would wonder if God could and would deliver them. Keep that in mind today as you read Isaiah 40

DAY 4  |  Today we will read chapters fifty-two and fifty-three of Isaiah. These chapters are full of prophecies that describe the coming Messiah. Chapter 53 is referenced 35 times in the New Testament regarding Jesus. Keep these things in mind as you read Isaiah chapters 52 and 53 today. 

DAY 5  |  Today we will read chapters fifty-four and fifty-five of Isaiah. These chapters are an invitation to deliverance. In light of the prophecies in chapters fifty-two and fifty-three, God invites Israel back into the relationship with him that began at Mount Sinai. Chapter fifty-five is explicitly a call for them to respond quickly to his invitation.  Today read Isaiah chapters 54 and 55

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THE BIBLE IN 90 DAYS
Also, If you are looking for a challenge, it’s not too late to jump into the Bible in 90 days plan. This plan is designed to walk you through the Bible over the course of just three months. That works out to 12 pages of reading each day—a commitment, but certainly manageable, and one that’s well worth making.
Start plan here: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13-bible-in-90-days

 

 

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Off the Shelf: Week 6 (Oct. 13-19) | Bible Reading Plan

THE BIBLE IN 10 MINUTES, 5 DAYS A WEEK

If you missed last week’s plan, check out week 5 here.

WEEK SIX

Hello, and welcome to week six of the Off the Shelf bible reading plan. We hope week five was an opportunity for you to get a taste of the wisdom literature in the Bible. This week, we begin a two-week look at the Prophetic Books in the Bible. This section of the Bible starts after the wisdom books and goes through the remainder of the Old Testament. In total, this section contains seventeen books. While these books come after the wisdom books in the Bible, they are actually historical accounts and writings of the prophets that correlate to the time frame of the readings we did in week four. In other words, the events of these books took place during the time of the kings before Israel was captured by Assyria, and Judah was captured by Babylon.

So, what is a prophet? A prophet was God’s messenger to his people and other people groups. Primarily, they spoke God-given messages to God’s people to explain where they were off track, to urge them to return to the covenant, and to remind them of what would happen if they disobeyed. While their messages were often heavy and harsh, they were also fueled by God’s love for his people and his desire for them to return to him.

This week, we will be reading from four different prophetic books, which will give us a snapshot of what these books are about. The books we are reading this week are all considered minor prophets. Next week we will read from the major prophets. The terms minor and major have nothing to do with their importance or value. These are terms used to describe the length of the books. The minor prophets are much shorter books. This week we begin with the book of Hosea.

DAY 1  | Today we will read the first two chapters of the book of Hosea.  It is important to note that while the prophets were God’s messengers, they often faced great difficulty because of their role.  Sometimes, God even asked them to do difficult things to help his people understand the message.  As we will see in Chapters 1 and 2 of Hosea, God asked Hosea to do something incredibly difficult. Today, read Hosea chapters 1 and 2.   

DAY 2 | Today we will read chapters three and four of Hosea. These chapters contain Hosea’s reconciliation with his wife and then God’s warning against Israel. This is a challenging passage to read, but we need to keep in mind that God did all of this because he genuinely wanted to be in relationship with his people.  Today, read Hosea chapters 3 and 4

DAY 3 | Today we leave the story of Hosea and jump into another message from God through the prophet Joel. In the book of Joel, God uses a natural catastrophe to remind his people of their sin and call them back to obedience.  In the midst of this awful event, we also get to see God’s care for his people. Today, read Joel chapter 2

DAY 4 | Today we are reading from the prophet Amos.  In chapters three and four we get another glimpse at the coming judgment against Israel for their disobedience.  As with all the readings this week, these chapters remind us of how seriously God takes our sin, and how deeply he desires for us to return to right relationship with him. Today, read Amos chapters 3 and 4

DAY 5 | For our final reading this week, we are reading Habakkuk chapters 1 and 2.  In these chapters we get to listen in on a conversation between Habakkuk and God.  Habakkuk questions God about his silence and why he would use an evil nation to accomplish good.  Today read Habakkuk chapters 1 and 2 to hear God’s answers. 

Thank you for joining us this week. Join the conversation at Off the Shelf Facebook Group!


THE BIBLE IN 90 DAYS
Also, If you are looking for a challenge, it’s not too late to jump into the Bible in 90 days plan. This plan is designed to walk you through the Bible over the course of just three months. That works out to 12 pages of reading each day—a commitment, but certainly manageable, and one that’s well worth making.
Start plan here: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13-bible-in-90-days

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Off the Shelf: Week 5 (Oct. 6-12) | Bible Reading Plan

THE BIBLE IN 10 MINUTES, 5 DAYS A WEEK

If you missed last week’s plan, check out Week 4 here.

WEEK FIVE

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

Thank you for joining us this week. Join the conversation at Off the Shelf Facebook Group!


THE BIBLE IN 90 DAYS
Also, If you are looking for a challenge, it’s not too late to jump into the Bible in 90 days plan. This plan is designed to walk you through the Bible over the course of just three months. That works out to 12 pages of reading each day—a commitment, but certainly manageable, and one that’s well worth making.
Start plan here: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13-bible-in-90-days

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Off the Shelf: Week 4 (Sept. 29-Oct. 5) | Bible Reading Plan

THE BIBLE IN 10 MINUTES, 5 DAYS A WEEK

If you missed last week’s plan, check out Week 3 here.

WEEK FOUR

Hello and welcome to week four of the Off the Shelf bible reading plan. We hope week three was an opportunity to reflect on God’s presence, promises, power, liberation, and sacrifice through the lens of the Exodus from Egypt and the giving of the covenant at Mt. Sinai. This week, let’s take a look at the books of Joshua, 1 Samuel, and 2 Samuel. These books begin with God giving his people the promised land and end with a closer look at the people who God chose to lead his people. 

DAY 1  |  We ended last week’s reading by looking at Israel’s betrayal through the worship of the Golden Calf.  Unfortunately, this was the first of many times Israel would rebel against God. In Numbers Chapters 13 and 14, we read that God instructed Moses to send twelve men to explore the promised land.  Of the twelve, only two, Joshua and Caleb, believed that God would successfully deliver them to the promised land.  The other ten men convinced the Israelites that God was incapable of holding to his promise.  As a result, God condemned them to wander through the desert for 40 years, one year for each day the men explored the promised land. This amount of time also meant that all adults who did not believe God would die before entering the promised land.  Only Joshua and Caleb were allowed to live. As we enter the book of Joshua today, the 40 years have ended, Moses has died, and Joshua has been installed as the nation’s leader.  The Israelite people are finally ready to cross the Jordan River into the promised land.  Today read Joshua Chapters 1 and 2

DAY 2 |  In Chapters 1 and 2, God used Rahab to help protect the spies that Joshua sent. In Chapters 3 and 4, we will read about God delivering his people to the promised land in a remarkably similar fashion to the way he delivered them from Egypt 40 years earlier. Today read Chapters Joshua 3-4

DAY 3 |  The remainder of the book of Joshua chronicles Israel’s conquest of the promised land.  During the remaining chapters, they conquer the people living in the land, divide the land amongst the tribes, and renew their covenant with God.  In the book that follows, called “Judges,” God sets up leaders called Judges over his people.  In our culture, a judge is someone who functions in the legal system, but these Judges were the spiritual and moral leaders of the people who were to guide them toward godly living. One of the final Judges was a man named Samuel.  Today we read about the beginning of Samuel’s life and God calling him as a leader and prophet. Read 1 Samuel Chapters 1-3.  

DAY 4 |  While Samuel was faithful to God, his children were not.  Today we read about the peoples’ response to Samuel’s children.  What follows is a significant moment in Israel’s history.  Today, read 1 Samuel Chapters 8-10.

DAY 5|  God never intended for his people to have a King.  He wanted to be their King, but as we saw in Chapter 8, God gave them what they wanted.  Often the things we want are not as good for us as we think they will be.  The same was true for Israel and their Kings.  Saul had some good moments as Israel’s King, but he was not faithful to God, and eventually, God rejected him as King.  Today we are going to read about David, the second King God appointed. Today, read 2 Samuel Chapters 5 & 6.

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