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Bethany Bible Readings for the week of July 18



 

Friday July 23   -   Joel 1

 

The book of Joel does not give us any markers to help identify when it was written, but the first chapter clearly states why it was written.  The prophet is calling the people to consider an invasion of locusts, an invasion that caused considerable damage to the vegetation and the economy.  Today we can find evidence of plagues of locusts that still occur periodically, we know how devastating they can be. Today we need to consider the response that Joel is calling for because of this plague of locusts.  Look again at verses thirteen and fourteen, “Put on sackcloth, you priests, and mourn; wail, you who minister before the altar. Come, spend the night in sackcloth, you who minister before my God; for the grain offerings and drink offerings are withheld from the house of your God. Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD.”  Can you imagine what people would think if Christians today would respond this way to a pandemic like COVID, or extreme temperatures, or forest fires?  If we had lived during the time of Joel, but had the scientific knowledge we have now, would we have attributed this plague to God?  If Joel lived right now, would he attribute “natural” disasters to God?  Have we become smarter, or less in tune with God?

 

Saturday July 24   -   Joel 2

Yesterday Joel prophesied about a plague of locusts, and he called the people to repentance. Today Joel continues that theme but also assures them that when they do turn back to God, God will turn back to them.  When the people of God acknowledge God, confess their sin, and call on God for deliverance he will answer them, he will bless them with an abundance of crops and herds.  Note the last verses of this chapter, we find them in the Gospels when Jesus talks about the last days, we find them in Revelation when it describes the last days, and we saw them in Jeremiah when he spoke of the last days.  I don’t think we need to take those verses literally, I believe the idea of the sun being darkened and the moon turning to blood is a metaphor for a time of destruction and judgment.  But, note this time is encircled with a promise of God’s Spirit being poured out on his people, and a promise that everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.  This is the “Day of the LORD,” a time of destruction and judgment for some, but a time of great blessing and victory for others.  What side will you be on?


Bethany Bible Reading for the week of July 25

 

Monday July 26    Joel 3

 

The meaning of Joel three has been debated since the time of Joel. Those who first heard it were looking for the restoration of Jerusalem and the punishment of Israel’s neighbors. We know Jesus used some of the language used in Joel when the disciples asked him about the fall of Jerusalem and the “end of the age,” and John uses this language in describing the end times in the book of Revelation.  Today there is a small group of Christians called dispensationalist, who are looking for the literal fulfillment of this chapter, soon, in Jerusalem, and look for current signs that prove it is about to take place.  But then there are the majority of Christians who just ignore or skim over the chapter insisting we just cannot know what this is all about.  This chapter gave hope to the people of Israel when it was written, they were reminded that God would restore them to their land.  This is a reminder to us of the final judgment when the Messiah returns, a time when all people will be taken to the valley of decision, likely not literally, but something Jesus spoke about many times.  When this was first written it gave hope to the Jewish people who heard it, it was about their redemption, for us, this too gives hope and assurance, we know the outcome when we are gathered for judgment, we have a Savior who paid the price of salvation.

 

Tuesday July 27  Amos 1

 

When we read Amos one and two we need to realize that Amos is zeroing in on the people of Israel.  He begins by addressing a people far from Israel and with each new nation he gets closer and closer.  He also gets the attention and sympathy of the people of Israel by addressing the rotten things these other nations do, he knows his audience will agree that when people do such things it is plain wrong, it is obviously something to be condemned.  The problem for Israel is, Amos will zero in on them and point out they do the same things, he will get them to agree that when these other people do these things they should be punished, and when he gets to them he will have them right where he wants them.  In chapter one note who he is addressing and what sin he is condemning.

 

Wednesday July 28  Amos  2

Amos has been getting closer and closer to Israel, pointing out the sins of the people and foretelling the coming judgment from God. In this chapter he finally gets to his intended audience, Israel, and points out their sin and disobedience.  Note what he says to them.  God has been good to Israel, he took them out of Egypt, he conquered their enemies and gave them a place to live, and yet, they turned away from God.  They did not give justice to the poor, in fact “they sell the needy for a pair of sandals.”  I wonder what that meant in the time of Amos, it is surely hyperbole for the rich insisting the poor pay something when they cannot afford it and the wealthy do not need it.  In order to understand verse eight, we need to be reminded of the laws given by Moses in the Pentateuch, Amos is talking about times the people violated laws God put in place to help the poor, they took garments taken in pledge (Exodus 22:26,27).  Verse twelve is interesting, “you made the Nazarites drink wine and commanded the prophets not to prophesy.”  Nazarites took a vow to abstain from wine, but the people did not like that, they wanted them to participate with them in drinking wine; is that like when we are uncomfortable with someone who wants to avoid alcohol or someone who has different Sunday practice than we do? And, they do not want to hear from the prophets, I think there are still many people who don’t want to hear parts of Scripture that make them feel uncomfortable.  God’s heart is broken by the disobedience of Israel, yet, He loves them enough to correct them, I think God’s heart is still broken when His children stray from Him, but I know He still loves them enough to correct them.

 

Thursday July 29   Amos 3,4

These chapters look familiar after reading the prophets; the people sinned, God warned them with different “natural disasters” He sent to turn them back to him, and now he was going to send them into captivity.  In several places among the prophets we see glimpses of what is called “remnant theology,” we see it two times here.  Remnant theology is the idea that God will always save a remnant, there will always be people who are spared from destruction, there will always be a group that will stay faithful to God, there will always be a people working to build God’s Kingdom.  When you read today look for all the things God said he sent to Israel in order to turn them back to him, I wonder if God still sends such things.

Who are these “cows of Bashan,” and what did they do wrong? 

In 4:5 Amos mentions the religious practices of the people, what could be wrong with that?

 

Friday July 30    Amos 5

 

I think I could easily spend three days on this chapter, it is rich in meaning. There are several times and ways that God tells the people their worship is not pleasing to him, he rejects it, he does not accept it or take delight in it.  Verses twenty-one to twenty-four contain a familiar teaching throughout the minor prophets and the teaching of Jesus, it is verses like these that earned Amos the title of “The prophet of social justice,” a term that has been hi-jacked and mis-understood lately.  I remember a professor challenging us to put these four verses into contemporary language and I remember a book by this title by Rev. John Perkins, they are rich, impactful, and humbling.  In short, God is telling the people that all their religious activity, all their sacrifices and holy days, are meaningless to Him unless they also care for the poor, the vulnerable, the foreigner, and the widow.  Amos is the first to say it this strongly, and in this way, he will not be the last.  As we learned in kindergarten, “actions speak louder than words.”

 

Saturday July 31   Amos 6,7

“Woe to you who are complacent,” Amos is speaking to those who are completely unaware of their coming destruction, unaware and they do not care. These people have all they need, in fact, they have much more than anyone needs, note the luxury that is described here.  And yet, they have “turned justice into poison,” (:12)  They are not worried about the future, they are rich, they are not worried about the poor, that is their problem, and God is going to punish them.

The king let Amos know that he and his message are not welcome in Israel, he is to go back home, go back to Judah!  There is a saying, “don’t shoot the messenger,” don’t take it out on the person who is prophesying the word of God.  Amos did not ask for this job, he did not choose what message to give, in fact, he argued with God, on behalf of Israel, concerning the punishment on Israel.  I wonder, there are certain chapters and even books of the Bible that are rarely preached, the pastor knows the people will not like what it says, should we only use the parts of the Bible that say what we like, or maybe also what we need?  Should we only point out the sins of the 3% or also the sins of the 90%?

 

BETHANY BIBLE READING PLAN (YEAR TW0)

             BEGINNING AUGUST 31, 2020


 


WEEKMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAY
8/30PSALM 1,2PSALM 3,4PSALM 5,6PSALM 7,8PSALM 9,10PSALM 11,12
9/6PSALM 13,14PSALM 15,16PSALM 17,18PSALM 19,20PSALM 21,22PSALM 23,24
9/13PSALM 25,26PSALM 27,28PSALM 29,30PSALM 31,32PSALM 33,34PSALM 35,36
9/20PSALM 37,38PSALM 39,40PSALM 41,42PSALM 43,44PSALM 45,46PSALM 47,48
9/27PSALM 49,50PSALM 51,52PSALM 53,54PSALM 55,56PSALM 57,58PSALM 59,60
10/4PSALM 61,62PSALM 63,64PSALM 65,66PSALM 67,68PSALM 69,70PSALM 71,72
10/11PSALM 73,74PSALM 75,76PSALM 77PSALM 78PSALM 79,80PSALM 81,82
10/18PSALM 83,84PSALM 85,86PSALM 87,88PSALM 89,90PSALM 91,92PSALM 93,94
10/25PSALM 95,96PSALM 97,98PSALM 99,100PSALM 101,102PSALM 103,104PSALM 105
11/1PSALM 106PSALM 107,108PSALM 109,110PSALM 111,112PSALM 113,114PSALM 115,116
11/8PSALM 117,118PSALM 119:1-32PSALM 119:33-64PSALM 119:65-96PSALM 119:97-136PSALM 119:137-176
11/15PSALM 120,121PSALM 122,123PSALM 124,125PSALM 126,127PSALM 128,129PSALM 130,131
11/22PSALM 132,133PSALM 134,135PSALM 136,137PSALM 138,139PSALM 140,141PSALM 142,143
11/29PSALM 144,146PSALM 147,148PSALM 149,150PROVERBS 1PROVERBS 2PROVERBS 3
12/6PROVERBS 4PROVERBS 5PROVERBS 6PROVERBS 7PROVERBS 8PROVERBS 9
12/13PROVERBS 10-PROVERBS 11PROVERBS 12PROVERBS 13PROVERBS 14PROVERBS 15
12/20PROVERBS 16MATTHEW 1MATTHEW 2LUKE 1LUKE 2PROVERBS 17
12/27PROVERBS 18PROVERBS 19PROVERBS 20PROVERBS 21PROVERBS 22PROVERBS 23
1/3PROVERBS 24PROVERBS 25PROVERBS 26PROVERBS 27PROVERBS 28PROVERBS 29
1/10PROVERBS 30PROVERBS 31ECCLESIASTES 1,2ECCLESIASTES 3,4ECCLESIASTES 5,6ECCLESIASTES 7,8
1/17ECCLESIASTES 9,10ECCLESIASTES 11,12SONG OF S 1,2S OF SONGS 3,4SONG OF S 5,6S OF SONGS 7,8
1/24ISAIAH 1ISAIAH 2ISAIAH 3ISAIAH 4ISAIAH 5ISAIAH 6
1/31ISAIAH 7,8ISAIAH 9ISAIAH 10ISAIAH 11ISAIAH 12ISAIAH 13
2/7ISAIAH 14ISAIAH 15,16ISAIAH 17,18ISAIAH 19,20ISAIAH 21,22ISAIAH 23,24
2/14ISAIAH 25,26ISAIAH 27ISAIAH 28ISAIAH 29ISAIAH 30ISAIAH 31



2/21ISAIAH32ISAIAH 33ISAIAH 34ISAIAH 35ISAIAH 36ISAIAH 37
2/28ISAIAH 38ISAIAH 39ISAIAH 40ISAIAH 41ISAIAH 42ISAIAH 43
3/7ISAIAH 44ISAIAH 45ISAIAH 46ISAIAH 47ISAIAH 48ISAIAH 49
3/14ISAIAH 50ISAIAH 51ISAIAH 52ISAIAH 53ISAIAH 54ISAIAH 55
3/21ISAIAH 56ISAIAH 57ISAIAH 58ISAIAH 59ISAIAH 60ISAIAH 61,62
3/28ISAIAH 63,64ISAIAH 65ISAIAH 66JEREMIAH 1JEREMIAH 2JEREMIAH 3
4/4JEREMIAH 4JEREMIAH 5JEREMIAH 6JEREMIAH 7JEREMIAH 8JEREMIAH 9
4/11JEREMIAH 10JEREMIAH 11JEREMIAH 12,13JEREMIAH 14,15JEREMIAH 16JEREMIAH 17
4/18JEREMIAH 18JEREMIAH 19,20JEREMIAH 21,22JEREMIAH 23JEREMIAH 24JEREMIAH 25,26
4/25JEREMIAH 27,28JEREMIAH 29,30JEREMIAH 31,32JEREMIAH 33,34JEREMIAH 35,36JEREMIAH 37,38
5/2JEREMIAH 39,40JEREMIAH 41,42JEREMIAH 43,44JEREMIAH 45,46JEREMIAH 47,48JEREMIAH 49
5/9JEREMIAH 50JEREMIAH 51JEREMIAH 52LAMENTATIONS 1LAMENTATIONS 2LAMENTATIONS 3
5/16LAMENTATIONS 4LAMENTATION 5EZEKIEL 1,2EZEKIEL 3,4EZEKIEL 5,6EZEKIEL 7
5/23EZEKIEL 8,9EZEKIEL 10,11EZEKIEL 12EZEKIEL 13EZEKIEL 14,15EZEKIEL 16
5/30EZEKIEL 17EZEKIEL 18,19EZEKIEL 20EZEKIEL 21EZEKIEL 22EZEKIEL 23
6/6EZEKIEL 24,25EZEKIEL 26,27EZEKIEL 28EZEKIEL 29EZEKIEL 30,31EZEKIEL 32
6/13EZEKIEL 33EZEKIEL 34,35EZEKIEL 36EZEKIEL 37EZEKIEL 38EZEKIEL 39
6/20EZEKIEL 40EZEKIEL 41EZEKIEL 42EZEKIEL 43EZEKIEL 44EZEKIEL 45
6/27EZEKIEL 46EZEKIEL 47EZEKIEL 48DANIEL 1DANIEL 2DANIEL 3
7/4DANIEL 4DANIEL 5DANIEL 6DANIEL 7DANIEL 8DANIEL 9
7/11DANIEL 10DANIEL 11DANIEL 12HOSEA 1,2HOSEA 3,4HOSEA 5,6
7/18HOSEA 7,8HOSEA 9,10HOSEA 11,12HOSEA 13, 14JOEL 1JOEL 2
7/25JOEL 3AMOS 1AMOS 2AMOS 3,4AMOS 5AMOS 6,7
8/1AMOS 8AMOS 9OBADIAHJONAH 1,2JONAH 3,4MICAH 1,2
8/8MICAH 3,4MICAH 5,6MICAH 7NAHUM 1,2NAHUM 3HABAKKUK 1
8/15HABAKKUK 2HABAKKUK 3ZEPHANIAH 1ZEPHANIAH 2ZEPHANIAH 3HAGGAI 1
8/22HAGGAI 2ZECHARIAH 1ZECHARIAH 2,3ZECHARIAH 4,5ZECHARIAH 6,7ZECHARIAH 8
8/29ZECHARIAH 9ZECHARIAH 10,11ZECHARIAH 12,13ZECHARIAH 14MALACHI 1,2MALACHI 3,4





 




     

    Bethany Bible Reading Plan (year Tw0)

                 Beginning August 31, 2020


     

    Week

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    Saturday

    8/30

    Psalm 1,2

    Psalm 3,4

    Psalm 5,6

    Psalm 7,8

    Psalm 9,10

    Psalm 11,12

    9/6

    Psalm 13,14

    Psalm 15,16

    Psalm 17,18

    Psalm 19,20

    Psalm 21,22

    Psalm 23,24

    9/13

    Psalm 25,26

    Psalm 27,28

    Psalm 29,30

    Psalm 31,32

    Psalm 33,34

    Psalm 35,36

    9/20

    Psalm 37,38

    Psalm 39,40

    Psalm 41,42

    Psalm 43,44

    Psalm 45,46

    Psalm 47,48

    9/27

    Psalm 49,50

    Psalm 51,52

    Psalm 53,54

    Psalm 55,56

    Psalm 57,58

    Psalm 59,60

    10/4

    Psalm 61,62

    Psalm 63,64

    Psalm 65,66

    Psalm 67,68

    Psalm 69,70

    Psalm 71,72

    10/11

    Psalm 73,74

    Psalm 75,76

    Psalm 77

    Psalm 78

    Psalm 79,80

    Psalm 81,82

    10/18

    Psalm 83,84

    Psalm 85,86

    Psalm 87,88

    Psalm 89,90

    Psalm 91,92

    Psalm 93,94

    10/25

    Psalm 95,96

    Psalm 97,98

    Psalm 99,100

    Psalm 101,102

    Psalm 103,104

    Psalm 105

    11/1

    Psalm 106

    Psalm 107,108

    Psalm 109,110

    Psalm 111,112

    Psalm 113,114

    Psalm 115,116

    11/8

    Psalm 117,118

    Psalm 119:1-32

    Psalm 119:33-64

    Psalm 119:65-96

    Psalm 119:97-136

    Psalm 119:137-176

    11/15

    Psalm 120,121

    Psalm 122,123

    Psalm 124,125

    Psalm 126,127

    Psalm 128,129

    Psalm 130,131

    11/22

    Psalm 132,133

    Psalm 134,135

    Psalm 136,137

    Psalm 138,139

    Psalm 140,141

    Psalm 142,143

    11/29

    Psalm 144,146

    Psalm 147,148

    Psalm 149,150

    Proverbs 1

    Proverbs 2

    Proverbs 3

    12/6

    Proverbs 4

    Proverbs 5

    Proverbs 6

    Proverbs 7

    Proverbs 8

    Proverbs 9

    12/13

    Proverbs 10

    -Proverbs 11

    Proverbs 12

    Proverbs 13

    Proverbs 14

    Proverbs 15

    12/20

    Proverbs 16

    Matthew 1

    Matthew 2

    Luke 1

    Luke 2

    Proverbs 17

    12/27

    Proverbs 18

    Proverbs 19

    Proverbs 20

    Proverbs 21

    Proverbs 22

    Proverbs 23

    1/3

    Proverbs 24

    Proverbs 25

    Proverbs 26

    Proverbs 27

    Proverbs 28

    Proverbs 29

    1/10

    Proverbs 30

    Proverbs 31

    Ecclesiastes 1,2

    Ecclesiastes 3,4

    Ecclesiastes 5,6

    Ecclesiastes 7,8

    1/17

    Ecclesiastes 9,10

    Ecclesiastes 11,12

    Song of S 1,2

    S of Songs 3,4

    Song of S 5,6

    S of Songs 7,8

    1/24

    Isaiah 1

    Isaiah 2

    Isaiah 3

    Isaiah 4

    Isaiah 5

    Isaiah 6

    1/31

    Isaiah 7,8

    Isaiah 9

    Isaiah 10

    Isaiah 11

    Isaiah 12

    Isaiah 13

    2/7

    Isaiah 14

    Isaiah 15,16

    Isaiah 17,18

    Isaiah 19,20

    Isaiah 21,22

    Isaiah 23,24

    2/14

    Isaiah 25,26

    Isaiah 27

    Isaiah 28

    Isaiah 29

    Isaiah 30

    Isaiah 31


    2/21

    Isaiah32

    Isaiah 33

    Isaiah 34

    Isaiah 35

    Isaiah 36

    Isaiah 37

    2/28

    Isaiah 38

    Isaiah 39

    Isaiah 40

    Isaiah 41

    Isaiah 42

    Isaiah 43

    3/7

    Isaiah 44

    Isaiah 45

    Isaiah 46

    Isaiah 47

    Isaiah 48

    Isaiah 49

    3/14

    Isaiah 50

    Isaiah 51

    Isaiah 52

    Isaiah 53

    Isaiah 54

    Isaiah 55

    3/21

    Isaiah 56

    Isaiah 57

    Isaiah 58

    Isaiah 59

    Isaiah 60

    Isaiah 61,62

    3/28

    Isaiah 63,64

    Isaiah 65

    Isaiah 66

    Jeremiah 1

    Jeremiah 2

    Jeremiah 3

    4/4

    Jeremiah 4

    Jeremiah 5

    Jeremiah 6

    Jeremiah 7

    Jeremiah 8

    Jeremiah 9

    4/11

    Jeremiah 10

    Jeremiah 11

    Jeremiah 12,13

    Jeremiah 14,15

    Jeremiah 16

    Jeremiah 17

    4/18

    Jeremiah 18

    Jeremiah 19,20

    Jeremiah 21,22

    Jeremiah 23

    Jeremiah 24

    Jeremiah 25,26

    4/25

    Jeremiah 27,28

    Jeremiah 29,30

    Jeremiah 31,32

    Jeremiah 33,34

    Jeremiah 35,36

    Jeremiah 37,38

    5/2

    Jeremiah 39,40

    Jeremiah 41,42

    Jeremiah 43,44

    Jeremiah 45,46

    Jeremiah 47,48

    Jeremiah 49

    5/9

    Jeremiah 50

    Jeremiah 51

    Jeremiah 52

    Lamentations 1

    Lamentations 2

    Lamentations 3

    5/16

    Lamentations 4

    Lamentation 5

    Ezekiel 1,2

    Ezekiel 3,4

    Ezekiel 5,6

    Ezekiel 7

    5/23

    Ezekiel 8,9

    Ezekiel 10,11

    Ezekiel 12

    Ezekiel 13

    Ezekiel 14,15

    Ezekiel 16

    5/30

    Ezekiel 17

    Ezekiel 18,19

    Ezekiel 20

    Ezekiel 21

    Ezekiel 22

    Ezekiel 23

    6/6

    Ezekiel 24,25

    Ezekiel 26,27

    Ezekiel 28

    Ezekiel 29

    Ezekiel 30,31

    Ezekiel 32

    6/13

    Ezekiel 33

    Ezekiel 34,35

    Ezekiel 36

    Ezekiel 37

    Ezekiel 38

    Ezekiel 39

    6/20

    Ezekiel 40

    Ezekiel 41

    Ezekiel 42

    Ezekiel 43

    Ezekiel 44

    Ezekiel 45

    6/27

    Ezekiel 46

    Ezekiel 47

    Ezekiel 48

    Daniel 1

    Daniel 2

    Daniel 3

    7/4

    Daniel 4

    Daniel 5

    Daniel 6

    Daniel 7

    Daniel 8

    Daniel 9

    7/11

    Daniel 10

    Daniel 11

    Daniel 12

    Hosea 1,2

    Hosea 3,4

    Hosea 5,6

    7/18

    Hosea 7,8

    Hosea 9,10

    Hosea 11,12

    Hosea 13, 14

    Joel 1

    Joel 2

    7/25

    Joel 3

    Amos 1

    Amos 2

    Amos 3,4

    Amos 5

    Amos 6,7

    8/1

    Amos 8

    Amos 9

    Obadiah

    Jonah 1,2

    Jonah 3,4

    Micah 1,2

    8/8

    Micah 3,4

    Micah 5,6

    Micah 7

    Nahum 1,2

    Nahum 3

    Habakkuk 1

    8/15

    Habakkuk 2

    Habakkuk 3

    Zephaniah 1

    Zephaniah 2

    Zephaniah 3

    Haggai 1

    8/22

    Haggai 2

    Zechariah 1

    Zechariah 2,3

    Zechariah 4,5

    Zechariah 6,7

    Zechariah 8

    8/29

    Zechariah 9

    Zechariah 10,11

    Zechariah 12,13

    Zechariah 14

    Malachi 1,2

    Malachi 3,4