This is not meant to be a beating, but rather a tool to give you some help in reading and understanding God’s word. If you miss a day, and can “catch up: by doubling up, then sweet. If you can’t read on certain days, adjust the schedule to fit your life. I think you will find the schedule pretty easy to maintain if you keep just a bit of discipline.

With that said…………….

This week’s reading:
Monday: Deuteronomy 1 – 3
Tuesday: Deuteronomy 4 – 6
Wednesday: Deuteronomy 7 – 9
Thursday: Deuteronomy 10 – 12
Friday: Deuteronomy 13 – 15
Saturday: Deuteronomy 16 – 18
Sunday: Deuteronomy 19 – 21
Monday: Deuteronomy 22 – 24

Monday: Numbers 28 – 30
Numbers 28 & 29 continues the laws with how offerings should be presented. Numbers 30 gives ordinances concerning vows.

Tuesday: Numbers 31 – 33
Numbers 31 returns to the events of the wanderings as Israel is given victory in battle over the Midianites. Numbers 32 has the settling of some of the tribes east of the Jordan river on the condition they will aid the other tribes in taking their promised lands. Numbers 33 recaps the trip thus far.

Wednesday: Numbers 34 – 36
Numbers 34 – 36 gives instruction for the division of the land. The borders, cities of refuge, cities for the Levites, and inheritance are laid out.

Thursday: Mark 1 – 4
Mark 1 hits the ground running as John the Baptist preaches, Jesus is baptized, and Jesus’ public ministry of proclamation and healing begins. Chapter 2 does not slow down as healings continue, and disciples are called. In Matthew 3 Jesus challenges the conventions of the day by performing miracles on the Sabbath and assembles His group of followers. (Note: Jesus as God is the right interpreter of Scripture. By challenging the man-added laws He is establishing the right understanding of the Old Testament that we should follow. By opposing the religious leaders, Jesus is opposing man’s traditions and upholding God’s standard) Matthew 4 ramps us Jesus’ teaching ministry and ends with a powerful demonstration of His deity as Jesus calms the storm.

Friday: Mark 5 – 8
Mark 5 picks up with the narrative with the demoniac possessed by Legion. Jesus continues His ministry of healing after delivering the man. Mark 6 continues Jesus teaching the people and shows Him sending out the disciples to minister. The death of John the Baptist is given in this chapter, as well as well-known miracles (walking on water & 5,000 fed). In chapter 7 Jesus butts heads with the Pharisees and attacks their tradition keeping in place of God honoring. In Mark 8 4,000 are fed and Peter confesses Jesus is the Christ (Messiah). (Note: The entire Gospel thus far has been building to this point. Jesus has been proving His divine power and Godly teaching; now the disciples are beginning to take note and a slight shift in Jesus’ ministry will begin.)

Saturday: Mark 9 – 12
Mark 9 begins with the Transfiguration, as Jesus is shown in His glory and concludes with teaching on: power/prayer, the resurrection, and kingdom living. Mark 10 continues Jesus’ teaching and interaction with the people who are recognizing His wisdom and Godly character. Mark 11 has Jesus entering in Jerusalem and cleansing the Temple before silencing the religious leaders. Mark 12 continues Jesus’ teaching on the Temple mount as He answers the challenges of every leadership group, before confounding them.

Sunday: Mark 13 – 16
Mark 13 continues Jesus’ teaching (now unchallenged) as He explains the end and the second coming of Christ. Mark 14 shows the religious leaders plotting Jesus’ death and the last Passover meal of Jesus (Lord’s Supper), before moving to the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus is arrested and brought to false trials. Mark 15 has Jesus before Pilate as Jesus is condemned, crucified, and buried. Mark 16 sees the women attending to the tomb and seeing the angelic messenger delivering the message of the Resurrection. (Note: Much is made and written of the ending of Mark. The best/earliest manuscripts end at verse 8, and I see no reason why that is an issue. We know from Acts and the letters of the New Testament that the women did in fact deliver their message (as well as from 3 other Gospels); and have no issue with Mark ending his account where he does.)