1 Samuel (day 237-267)

Day 237: 1 Samuel 1             1-2: We meet Elkanah and his wives, Hannah and Peninnah. Hannah is barren. We have seen this scenario many times: God chooses a barren woman through whom to bring into the world some character the world just could not do without. Hannah is in a long and honorable line,… Continue reading 1 Samuel (day 237-267)

Ruth (Day 233-236)

          Day 233: Ruth 1             1-5: We are taken back to the time of judges. The setting is once again Bethlehem, but this time the story will be easier to read. A famine causes economic hardship, and a man named Elimelech immigrates to Moab with his wife Naomi and their two boys, Mahlon and… Continue reading Ruth (Day 233-236)

Judges (day 212-232)

Day 212: Judges 1             1-7: Judges takes up where Joshua left off (but the death of Joshua will be reported again in chapter 2). However, Judges relies on different source material, and there will be a number of scenes presented a bit differently from what we have previously seen. We are told that after… Continue reading Judges (day 212-232)

Joshua (Day 188-211)

Day 188: Joshua 1 — July 7             1-9: God speaks directly to Joshua, as with Moses before him, but this will turn out more and more to be a rare phenomenon. In any case it is remembered here that, as far as Joshua is concerned, the gift of the land includes everything from the… Continue reading Joshua (Day 188-211)

Deuteronomy (Day 154-187)

Day 154: Deuteronomy 1             Welcome to Deuteronomy!             Deuteronomy tells again the story of Israel’s 40 years of wandering. It represents another source of information than what we have in Leviticus and Numbers. One clue that we are looking at another source of information is that most of Deuteronomy is told in the first… Continue reading Deuteronomy (Day 154-187)

Numbers (days 118-153)

Day 118: Numbers 1             Welcome to the exciting book of Numbers!             In the first chapter the tribes are numbered by census. That is, all the men available for battle (age 20-60) are counted. Why count only those who are able to bear arms? God is preparing them to conquer the land promised to… Continue reading Numbers (days 118-153)

Leviticus (day 91 – day 117)

Leviticus 1 (day 91)             1-2: But the Israelites won’t actually leave Mt. Sinai until the 12th chapter of the book of Numbers. There are lots more rules to cover and lots more arrangement to be made before they are ready to continue their journey. The book of Leviticus is that book of rules. The… Continue reading Leviticus (day 91 – day 117)

Exodus (day 51 – day 90)

Exodus 1 (day 51)             1-7: A review. Jacob (Israel) came to Egypt with eleven of his sons and their families (Joseph was already in Egypt). They flourished and multiplied but were never assimilated, making them a threat to the Egyptian government.             8-14: Egypt’s primary rival in the world of the time is to… Continue reading Exodus (day 51 – day 90)

Genesis (day 1 – day 50)

Genesis 1 (day 1) 1-5: Earth is pictured as a formless, empty, dark mass in the midst of a great ocean. God is hovering over it, God’s breath stirring the surface. Then God speaks, and light comes to be. Darkness is not destroyed, however, but only separated from the light. The first day is complete.… Continue reading Genesis (day 1 – day 50)