Hey. What’s up? Seems like I haven’t seen you in ages! Thanks so much for hanging in there while I took my very much needed vacation. I’ve been gone from you since the end of February, and I took the month of April off from my tech duties at church, too.
After the reading today, I’ll talk for a few minutes about what I did while I was gone. I certainly didn’t just play the whole time, but I did take a little time to do that, too.
Our reading today begins a new section of the OT. While I was on vacation, you completed the History books of the OT with the completion of 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther. Previously, we read the books of Poetry and Wisdom, which are Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon, which are the books that follow Esther in the OT. So now we come to Major Prophets, which are the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel and Daniel. That’s just five books, but they are fairly long, so we’ll be in the Major Prophets for a while.
Also while I was gone you completed the Gospels in the NT, with the reading of Luke and John. Tomorrow we will begin the book of Acts, which is generally regarded as the one History book in the NT.
So, today’s reading is Isiah 1 and 2, and we’ll read from the NASB.
The book of Isaiah was written by the prophet of that name. Although Isaiah was not the first prophet, the book of Isaiah is first in order in the OT probably because it is the longest and has the broadest scope of content of the prophetic books.
This is a book that is applicable to all generations. It first addresses the conviction of sin, then talks about the responsibilities of the believer, and concludes with encouragement in time of trouble.