Devotion Day 68 – Through the Bible in 90 days

Day 68 – Zechariah 11:1 (or in my case rest of Zechariah), all of Malachi (last book of Old Testament) and then begin our reading of the New; reading from Matthew 1:1 – 4:25.

As I finished my reading through the Old Testament and opened Matthew, I felt like I’d come home. It was like I’d been sojourning away from the passages that form my faith and had finally been able to return home. Yes, there are many passages in the Old Testament which help form my deep faith in God, but the ones I know best, the ones that I’ve heard since I was a child are mostly in the New Testament. So it’s good to be in very familiar territory.

As we finished up our reading through the Old Testament, what struck me was how these following words seemed to sum up one of the major themes of the Old Testament. “’Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord Almighty.’” (Malachi 3:7b) Yet what we see, is how God’s people turned to him, but then quickly returned worshipping foreign Gods or trusting in foreign powers. There seems to be no hope for them. Yet in our readings of the prophets we often got glimpses of hope, for God told them he was going to do a totally new thing, which now that we’ve begun reading the New Testament, we know God did.

Friends we have three weeks to go and we’ll have read through God’s word in less than 90 days, 88 to be exact. The next nine days will be spent reading the Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Note some of their similarities and also their differences.

In Matthew we’ll see him turning to passages we just read, to show how Jesus was and is the fulfillment of God’s promises in the Old Testament.

As we begin our readings from the New Testament, I’d like all of us to hear Jesus calling us, saying to each of us; “Come, follow me.” (Matthew 4:19a)

Friends, there was no real hope for any of us, so God did what God had said he would do, he sent the one who could become the eternal sacrifice for us and show us the way back unto God’s ways.

So as we begin our readings, hear Jesus saying unto you; “Come, follow me.”

O Lord, thanks for hanging in there with your people. Yes, you got really angry with them, with us but you hung in there with them and as we begin reading the gospel of Matthew, we begin seeing your fulfillment of your promise to send the messiah. Keep us open to your word to us each day and each day may we hear Jesus inviting us to follow him. Thanks be to you, O God, for the gift of your son. Amen.

Next reading; Day 69 – Matthew 5:1 – 15:39

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