One-Year Bible Reading Plan – Day 344

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Hosea 5-8

Chapter 5
* Verses 1-7  The Divine judgments against Israel.
* Verses 8-15  Approaching desolations threatened.

Chapter 6
* Verses 1-3  An exhortation to repentance.
* Verses 4-11  Israel’s instability and breach of the covenant.

Chapter 7
* Verses 1-7  The manifold sins of Israel.
* Verses 8-16  Their senselessness and hypocrisy.

Chapter 8
* Verses 1-4  Destruction threatened for the impiety of Israel.
* Verses 5-10  For their idolatry.
* Verses 11-14  Further threatening for the same sins.

Revelation 1

** The Book of the Revelation of John consists of two principal divisions:

1. Relates to “the things which are,” that is, the then present state of the church, and contains the epistle of John to the seven churches, and his account of the appearance of the Lord Jesus, and his direction to the apostle to write what he beheld [Rev. 1:9-20]. Also the addresses or epistles to seven churches of Asia. These, doubtless, had reference to the state of the respective churches, as they then existed, but contain excellent precepts and exhortations, commendations and reproofs, promises and warnings, suitable to instruct the Christian church at all times.

2. Contains a prophecy of “the things which shall be hereafter,” and describes the future state of the church, from the time when the apostle beheld the visions here recorded. It is intended for our spiritual improvement; to warn the careless sinner, point out the way of salvation to the awakened inquirer, build up the weak believer, comfort the afflicted and tempted Christian, and, we may especially add, to strengthen the martyr of Christ, under the cruel persecutions and sufferings inflicted by Satan and his followers.

* Verses 1-3  The Divine origin, the design, and the importance of this book.
* Verses 4-8  The apostle John salutes the seven churches of Asia.
* Verses 9-11  Declares when, where, and how, the revelation was made to him.
* Verses 12-20  His vision, in which he saw Christ appear.

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One-Year Bible Reading Plan – Day 343

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Hosea 1-4

** Hosea is supposed to have been of the kingdom of Israel. He lived and prophesied during a long period. The scope of his predictions appears to be, to detect, reprove, and convince the Jewish nation in general, and the Israelites in particular, of their many sins, particularly their idolatry.

The corrupt state of the kingdom is also noticed. But he invites them to repentance, with promises of mercy, and gospel predictions of the future restoration of the Israelites and of the Jews, and their final conversion to Christianity.

Chapter 1
* Verses 1-7  Under a figure, is represented the shameful idolatry of the ten tribes.
* Verses 8-11  The calling of the Gentiles, and the uniting Israel and Judah under the Messiah.

Chapter 2
* Verses 1-5  The idolatry of the people.
* Verses 6-13  God’s judgments against them.
* Verses 14-23  His promises of reconciliation.

Chapter 3
* Verses 1-3  The prophet enters into a new contract, representing the gracious manner in which God will again restore Israel under a new covenant.

Chapter 4
* Verses 1-5  God’s judgments against the sins of the people,
* Verses 6-11  and of the priests.
* Verses 12-19  Idolatry is reproved, and Judah is admonished.

Jude 1

** This epistle is addressed to all believers in the gospel. Its design appears to be to guard them against the false teachers who had begun to creep into the Christian church, and to scatter dangerous tenets, by attempting to lower all Christianity into a merely nominal belief and outward profession of the gospel.

Having thus denied the obligations of personal holiness, they taught their disciples to live in sinful courses, at the same time flattering them with the hope of eternal life. The vile character of these seducers is shown, and their sentence is denounced, and the epistle concludes with warnings, admonitions, and counsels to believers.

* Verses 1-4  The apostle exhorts to steadfastness in the faith.
* Verses 5-7  The danger of being infected by false professors, and the dreadful punishment which shall be inflicted on them and their followers.
* Verses 8-16  An awful description of these seducers and their deplorable end.
* Verses 17-23  Believers cautioned against being surprised at such deceivers arising among them.
* Verses 24-25  The epistle ends with an encouraging doxology, or words of praise.

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One-Year Bible Reading Plan – Day 341

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Daniel 9, 10

Chapter 9
* Verses 1-3  Daniel considers the time of the captivity.
* Verses 4-19  His confession of sin, and prayer.
* Verses 20-27  The revelation concerning the coming of the Messiah.

Chapter 10
* Verses 1-9  Daniel’s vision near the river Hiddekel.
* Verses 10-21  He is to expect a discovery of future events.

2 John 1

** This epistle is like an abridgement of the first. It touches, in few words, on the same points. The Lady Electa

  • is commended for her virtuous and religious education of her children;
  • is exhorted to abide in the doctrine of Christ, to persevere in the truth, and
  • carefully to avoid the delusions of false teachers.

But chiefly the apostle beseeches her to practice the great commandment of Christian love and charity.

* Verses 1-3  The apostle salutes the elect lady and her children.
* Verses 4-6  Express his joy in their faith and love.
* Verses 7-11  Cautions them against deceivers.
* Verses 12-13  And concludes.

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One-Year Bible Reading Plan – Day 340

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Daniel 7, 8

Chapter 7
* Verses 1-8  Daniel’s vision of the four beasts.
* Verses 9-14  and of Christ’s kingdom.
* Verses 15-28  The interpretation.

Chapter 8
* Verses 1-4  Daniel’s vision of the ram and the he-goat.
* Verses 15-27  The interpretation of it.

1 John 5

* Verses 1-5  Brotherly love is the effect of the new birth, which makes obedience to all God’s commandments pleasant.
* Verses 6-8  Reference to witnesses agreeing to prove that Jesus, the Son of God, is the true Messiah.
* Verses 9-12  The satisfaction the believer has about Christ, and eternal life through him.
* Verses 13-17  The assurance of God’s hearing and answering prayer.
* Verses 18-21  The happy condition of true believers, and a charge to renounce all idolatry.

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One Year Bible Reading Plan – Day 339

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Daniel 5, 6

Chapter 5
* Verses 1-9  Belshazzar’s impious feast; the handwriting on the wall.
* Verses 10-17  Daniel is sent for to interpret it.
* Verses 18-31  Daniel warns the king of his destruction.

Chapter 6
* Verses 1-5  The malice of Daniel’s enemies.
* Verses 6-10  His constancy in prayer.
* Verses 11-17  He is cast into the lion’s den.
* Verses 18-24  His miraculous preservation.
* Verses 25-28  The decree of Darius.

1 John 4

* Verses 1-6  Believers cautioned against giving heed to every one that pretends to the Spirit.
* Verses 7-21  Brotherly love enforced.

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One-Year Bible Reading Plan – Day 338

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Daniel 3, 4

Chapter 3
* Verses 1-7  Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image.
* Verses 8-18  Shadrach and his companions refuse to worship it.
* Verses 19-27  They are cast into a furnace, but are miraculously preserved.
* Verses 28-30  Nebuchadnezzar gives glory to Jehovah.

Chapter 4
* Verses 1-18  Nebuchadnezzar acknowledges the power of Jehovah.
* Verses 19-27  Daniel interprets his dream.
* Verses 28-37  The fulfillment of it.

1 John 3

* Verses 1-2  The apostle admires the love of God in making believers his children.
* Verses 3-10  The purifying influence of the hope of seeing Christ, and the danger of pretending to this, and living in sin.
* Verses 11-15  Love to the brethren is the character of real Christians.
* Verses 16-21  That love described by its acting.
* Verses 22-24  The advantage of faith, love, and obedience.

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Daniel 1, 2

** Daniel was of noble birth, if not one of the royal family of Judah. He was carried captive to Babylon in the fourth year of Jehoiachin, 606 B.C., when a youth. He was there taught the learning of the Chaldeans, and held high offices, under both the Babylonian and Persian empires.

Daniel was persecuted for his religion, but was miraculously delivered; and lived to a great age, as he must have been about ninety-four years old at the time of the last of his visions.

The book of Daniel is partly historical, relating various circumstances which befell himself and the Jews, at Babylon. But it is chiefly prophetic, detailing

  • visions and prophecies which foretell numerous important events relative to the four great empires of the world,
  • the coming and death of the Messiah,
  • the restoration of the Jews, and
  • the conversion of the Gentiles.

Though there are considerable difficulties in explaining the prophetic meaning of some passages in this book, we always find encouragement to faith and hope, examples worthy of imitation, and something to direct our thoughts to Christ Jesus upon the cross and on his glorious throne.

Chapter 1
* Verses 1-7  The captivity of Daniel and his companions.
* Verses 8-16  Their refusal to eat the king’s meat.
* Verses 17-21  Their improvement in wisdom.

Chapter 2
* Verses 1-13  Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.
* Verses 14-23  It is revealed to Daniel.
* Verses 24-30  He obtains admission to the king.
* Verses 31-45  The dream and the interpretation.
* Verses 46-49  Honors to Daniel and his friends.

1 John 2

* Verses 1-2  The apostle directs to the atonement of Christ for help against sinful infirmities.
* Verses 3-11  The effects of saving knowledge in producing obedience, and love to the brethren.
* Verses 12-14  Christians addressed as little children, young men, and fathers.
* Verses 15-23  All are cautioned against the love of this world, and against errors.
* Verses 24-29 They are encouraged to stand fast in faith and holiness.

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Ezekiel 47, 48

Chapter 47
* Verses 1-23  These waters signify the gospel of Christ, which went forth from Jerusalem, and spread into the countries about; also the gifts and powers of the Holy Ghost which accompanied it, by virtue of which is spread far, and produced blessed effects.

Christ is the Temple; and he is the Door. From him the living waters flow, out of his pierced side.  They are increasing waters.

Observe the progress of the gospel in the world, and the process of the work of grace in the heart; attend the motions of the blessed Spirit under Divine guidance.  If we search into the things of God, we find some things plain and easy to be understood, as the waters that were but to the ankles; others more difficult, which require a deeper search, as the waters to the knees, or the loins; and some quite beyond our reach, which we cannot penetrate; but must, as Paul did, adore the depth [Rom. 11].

It is wisdom to begin with that which is most easy, before we proceed to that which is dark and hard to be understood.  The promises of the sacred word, and the privileges of believers, as shed abroad in their souls by the quickening Spirit, abound where the gospel is preached. They nourish and delight the souls of men; they never fade nor wither, nor are exhausted.

Even the leaves serve as medicines to the soul: the warnings and reproofs of the word, though less pleasant than Divine consolations, tend to heal the diseases of the soul.  All who believe in Christ, and are united to him by his sanctifying Spirit, will share the privileges of Israelites.  There is room in the church, and in heaven, for all who seek the blessings of that new covenant of which Christ is Mediator.

Chapter 48
* Verses 1-35  Here is a description of the several portions of the land belonging to each tribe.

In gospel times, behold all things are become new. Much is wrapped up in emblems and numbers. This method God has used to state mysterious truths in his word, not to be more clearly revealed until the proper time and season. But into the church of Christ, both in its state of warfare and triumph, there is free access by faith, from every side.

Christ has opened the kingdom of heaven for all believers. Whoever will, may come, and take of the water of life, of the tree of life, freely. The Lord is there, in his church, to be nigh unto them in all they call upon him for. This is true of every real Christian. Whatever soul has in it a living principle of grace, it may truly be said, The Lord is there. May we be found citizens of this holy city, and act agreeably to that character; and have the benefit of the Lord’s presence with us, in life, in death, and for evermore.

1 John 1

** This epistle is a discourse upon the principles of Christianity, in doctrine and practice. The design appears to be, to refute and guard against erroneous and unholy tenets, principles, and practices, especially such as would lower the Godhead of Christ, and the reality and power of his sufferings and death, as an atoning sacrifice. Also against the assertion that believers being saved by grace, are not required to obey the commandments.

This epistle stirs up all who profess to know God, to have communion with him, and to believe in him, and that they walk in holiness, not in sin; showing that a mere outward profession is nothing, without the evidence of a holy life and conduct. It also helps forward and excites real Christians to communion with God and the Lord Jesus Christ, to constancy in the true faith, and to purity of life.

* Verses 1-4  The apostle prefaces his epistle to believers in general, with evident testimonies to Christ, for promoting their happiness and joy.
* Verses 5-10  The necessity of a life of holiness, in order to communion with God, is shown.

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Ezekiel 45, 46

Chapter 45
* Verses 1-25  In the period here foretold, the worship and the ministers of God will be provided for. The princes will rule with justice, as holding their power under Christ. The people will live in peace, ease, and godliness. These things seem to be represented in language taken from the customs of the times in which the prophet wrote.

Christ is our Passover that is sacrificed for us:  We celebrate the memorial of that sacrifice, in the Lord’s supper, which is our Passover feast. And feast upon it, triumphing in our deliverance out of the Egyptian slavery of sin, and our preservation from the destroying sword of Divine justice. The whole Christian life is, and must be, the feast of the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Chapter 46
* Verses 1-24  The ordinances of worship for the prince and for the people, are here described, and the gifts the prince may bestow on his sons and servants.

Our Lord has directed us to do many duties, but he has also left many things to our choice, that those who delight in his commandments may abound therein to his glory, without entangling their own consciences, or prescribing rules unfit for others. But we must never omit our daily worship, nor neglect to apply the sacrifice of the Lamb of God to our souls, for pardon, peace, and salvation.

2 Peter 3

* Verses 1-4  The design here is to remind of Christ’s final coming to judgement.
* Verses 5-10  He will appear unexpectedly, when the present frame of nature will be dissolved by fire.
* Verses 11-18  From thence is inferred the need for holiness, and steadfastness in the faith.

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Ezekiel 43, 44

Chapter 43
* Verses 1-27  After Ezekiel had surveyed the temple of God, he had a vision of the glory of God.

When Christ crucified, and the things freely given to us of God, through Him, are shown to us by the Holy Ghost, they make us ashamed for our sins.  This frame of mind prepares us for fuller discoveries of the mysteries of redeeming love; and the whole of the Scriptures should be opened and applied, that men may see their sins, and repent of them.

We are not now to offer any atoning sacrifices, for by one offering Christ has perfected forever those that are sanctified [Heb. 10:14]. But the sprinkling of his blood is needful in all our approaches to God the Father.  Our best services can be accepted only as sprinkled with the blood which cleanses from all sin.

Chapter 44
* Verses 1-31  This chapter contains ordinances relative to the true priests.

The prince evidently means Christ, and the words in Ezek. 47:2, may remind us that no other can enter heaven, the true sanctuary, as Christ did; namely, by virtue of his own excellency, and his personal holiness, righteousness, and strength.

He who is the Brightness of Jehovah’s glory entered by his own holiness; but that way is shut to the whole human race, and we all must enter as sinners, by faith in his blood, and by the power of his grace.

2 Peter 2

* Verses 1-9  Believers are cautioned against false teachers, and the certainty of their punishment shown from examples.
* Verses 10-16  An account of these seducers, as exceedingly wicked.
* Verses 17-22  But as making high pretenses to liberty and purity.

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