BIble Study

The following reading plan (updated daily) is based on the classic Robert Murray Mccheyne reading plan and covers the whole Bible within a year. The accompanying devotional commentary notes are re-posted from Don Carsons blog “For The love of God ” which can be accessed here: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/loveofgod/

Genesis 9 – 10; Matthew 9; Ezra 9; Acts 9

DESPITE THE COMPREHENSIVENESS of the punishment it meted out, the Flood did not change human nature. God well knows that murder, first committed by Cain, will happen again. Now he prescribes capital punishment (Gen. 9:6), not as a deterrent — deterrence is not discussed — but as a signal that murder is in a class…

Genesis 7; Matthew 7; Ezra 7; Acts 7

THERE WAS A TIME WHEN scarcely a person in the Anglo-Saxon world would not have been able to cite John 3:16. Doubtless it was the best known verse in the entire Bible. It may still hold pride of place today — I am uncertain. But if it does, the percentage of people who know it…

2 Chronicles 30; Revelation 16; Zechariah 12:1-13:1; John 15

2 Chronicles 30; Revelation 16; Zechariah 12:1-13:1; John 15 THE LAST THREE CHAPTERS OF Zechariah (chaps. 12-14) develop themes that appeared in chapters 9-11. But there is a rising intensity, signaled by the phrase “on that day,” repeated sixteen times. The climax is in the last chapter, where God’s universal kingdom is fully established. Zechariah…

2 Chronicles 11-12; Revelation 2; Zephaniah 3; John 1

2 Chronicles 11-12; Revelation 2; Zephaniah 3; John 1 JOHN’S PROLOGUE (JOHN 1:1-18) is one of the richest quarries in the Bible for the mining of wonderful truths about Christ. Here there is space for only the most introductory reflections. (1) In the first verse, the one who is eventually said to become flesh, the…

2 Chronicles 6:12-42; 1 John 5; Habakkuk 1; Luke 20

2 Chronicles 6:12-42; 1 John 5; Habakkuk 1; Luke 20 THE PROPHECY OF HABAKKUK—or, more precisely, the “oracle that Habakkuk the prophet received”—is cast not as something he is to deliver to others, but as a response to his own complaint before the Lord. The fact that it was written down and preserved in the…

2 Chronicles 5:1-6:11; 1 John 4; Nahum 3; Luke 19

2 Chronicles 5:1-6:11; 1 John 4; Nahum 3; Luke 19 BY ITSELF, THE PARABLE OF THE TEN MINAS (Luke 19:11-27) is easy enough to understand. What makes it more challenging is the way it is bracketed—that is, how it is introduced and how it ends. (1) The story itself depicts a nobleman who travels to…

2 Chronicles 3-4; 1 John 3; Nahum 2; Luke 18

2 Chronicles 3-4; 1 John 3; Nahum 2; Luke 18 TODAY I SHALL REFLECT ON Luke 18:31-43. These verses are divided into two sections. The first section (Luke 18:31-34) constitutes a prediction of Christ’s passion. It reports one of several times when Jesus tried to warn his disciples what would happen when he went up…

1 Chronicles 26-27; 2 Peter 1; Micah 4; Luke 13

1 Chronicles 26-27; 2 Peter 1; Micah 4; Luke 13 SEVERAL TIMES MICAH MOVES from a long section of denunciation and warning to a relatively short, positive vision of the future. Micah 4 includes one such vision (Micah 4:1-5), immediately followed by a description of how the daughter of Zion gets from here to there…

1 Chronicles 24-25; 1 Peter 5; Micah 3; Luke 12

1 Chronicles 24-25; 1 Peter 5; Micah 3; Luke 12 JESUS TELLS HIS “FRIENDS” not to be afraid “of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into…

1 Chronicles 19-20; 1 Peter 1; Jonah 3; Luke 8

1 Chronicles 19-20; 1 Peter 1; Jonah 3; Luke 8 THE CALMING OF THE STORM (Luke 8:22-25) as reported in Luke’s gospel carries special weight: (1) The substance of the account is straightforward, though almost obliquely it sheds light on the sheer exhaustion Jesus sometimes experienced in the course of his extensive ministry “from one…