After spending nearly five months of our “Bible Chapter a Day” (BCAD) project reflecting on the book of Psalms it’s just about time to move on. But let’s pause for a moment and reflect on what we have seen:
- We’ve encountered wonderful words of praise as people rejoice in the greatness and majesty of God
- We’ve seen people crying out to God from the depths of despair and asking for his blessing
- We’ve seen expressions of sorrow and contrition as people recognised their failings and asked God for forgiveness
- We’ve shared in appreciation for the word of God
- We’ve entered into the reality of life – joy, despair, great civil occasions, recognition of death
- and so much more
We’ve seen how people engage with God in many different ways depending on what is going on in their lives – and we have seen people prepared to be authentic and real with God and to express the depths of how they are feeling and what they are looking for God to do. Great examples to us in how we speak with, cry out to, praise our great God.
But, from Monday, we’re going to move on to look at two short letters in the New Testament and then two longer books in the Old Testament.
1 & 2 Thessalonians were written by Paul (with Silas and Timothy) to the church at Thessalonica some time after Paul had established a church there as recorded in Acts 17:1-4. Now he is writing to them again to encourage them, to answer some questions, to defend himself against accusations, to correct some misunderstandings about life after death and the return of Jesus.
1 & 2 Samuel picks up the narrative of the people of God from where we left them at the end of the book of Judges and Ruth. We encounter three key players – Samuel the last judge, Saul the first king and David who replaced him as king over the people of Israel. We will see how their stories intertwine; encounter intrigue, plot and deception; see Saul losing his position, David being chosen in his place and Saul being resentful; David being established as king and reigning although not always happily or without problems.
Let’s be open to hear what God has to say to us through His word.