|Week beginning 28 February 2021|
|After forty years of wilderness wandering, a new generation is almost ready to enter the promised land. Let’s take a moment to reflect on everything that has happened so far in the story.|
God promised Abraham that through his family, he would restore all the nations of the world to his blessing. Abraham’s descendants became enslaved in Egypt, but God rescued them and brought them to Mount Sinai, where he entered into a covenant with the nation of Israel. Sadly, Israel broke that covenant at Mount Sinai (remember the golden calf incident?). God then disqualified the Exodus generation from entering the promised land, making them wander for forty years in the wilderness.
At this point in the story, Moses offers the children of the Exodus generation many words of warning and wisdom as they prepare to cross into the promised land. Without further ado, let’s wrap up Deuteronomy and hear Moses teach the Torah to this new generation.
P.S. Want to dive deeper? Check out this week’s blog post, Moses Predicts the Israelite Exile.
|Sunday: Read Deuteronomy 13-14, Psalm 57. Watch Lev/Heart|
Monday: Read Deuteronomy 15-16, Psalm 58. Watch Nephesh/Soul
Tuesday: Read Deuteronomy 17-20, Psalm 59. Watch Me’od/Strength
Wednesday: Read Deuteronomy 21-23, Psalm 60.
Wednesday Bible Study 7:30 pm via Zoom
Thursday: Read Deuteronomy 24-27, Psalm 61.
Friday: Read Deuteronomy 28-29, Psalm 62.
Saturday: Read Deuteronomy 30-31, Psalm 63.
|Week Beginning 21 February 2021|
|Hopefully, the central portion of Numbers and the Israelite’s repeated rebellion hasn’t disheartened you too much. The Israelites continue to struggle with their covenant promise, and while God justly disqualified the Exodus generation from entering the promised land (including Moses, Numbers 20), we also see his mercy shine through in Numbers 23-24. Yahweh is determined to fulfill his covenant with the Israelites.|
Ultimately, these stories serve as a sobering reminder. While God will be faithful to his covenant promises, he will also let humans exercise choice, allowing them to face the consequences of their rebellion. This week, we will close the book of Numbers and open Deuteronomy, the last book of the Torah.
P.S. At the start of Deuteronomy, we’ll find the command that Jesus called the most important. Explore this famous prayer with us in this week’s blog post, The Shema.
|Sunday: Read Numbers 31-32, Psalm 50.|
Monday: Read Numbers 33-34, Psalm 51.
Tuesday: Read Numbers 35-36, Psalm 52. Watch Numbers
Wednesday: Read Deuteronomy 1-3, Psalm 53. Watch Deuteronomy
Thursday: Read Deuteronomy 4-6, Psalm 54. Watch Shema/Listen
Friday: Read Deuteronomy 7-9, Psalm 55. Watch YHWH/Lord
Saturday: Read Deuteronomy 10-12, Psalm 56. Watch Ahavah/Love
|Week beginning 14 February 2021|
|This week we’re in the middle of the book of Numbers. Israel has been camped at the foot of Mount Sinai for one year. And in that time, Moses received the instructions for building the tabernacle (Exodus 25-31, 35-40) and the sacrificial system was outlined and inaugurated (Leviticus 1-10). Now that Israel has a working tabernacle, the tribes have organized and are prepared to leave the mountain (Numbers 1-10). Our hopes are high as the family of Abraham sets out for the promised land. The debacle of the golden calf (Exodus 32-34) still casts a shadow over the past, but we’re rooting for Israel. Surely they’ll be faithful to their God as they venture into the wilderness. Right?|
P.S. If you can already smell the conflict coming, then dive into this week’s blog post, Wilderness Rebellion Narratives.
|Sunday : Read Numbers 11-13, Psalm 43. |
Monday : Read Numbers 14-16, Psalm 44.
Tuesday: Read Numbers 17-18, Psalm 45.
Wednesday: Read Numbers 19-21, Psalm 46.
Thursday: Read Numbers 22-24, Psalm 47.
Friday: Read Numbers 25-27, Psalm 48.
Saturday: Read Numbers 28-30, Psalm 49.
|Week beginning: 7 February 2021|
This week we finish Leviticus and dive into Numbers!
|We hope you’re still reading along with us. We’ve tackled a lot of dense passages so far, but just take the readings one day at a time! We just finished reading about an important ritual festival for the ancient Israelites called the Day of Atonement. As you read on, you’ll continue exploring the new way of life for the Israelites as they live near God’s presence. You’ll end the week diving into the book of Numbers, which has some of the most interesting (and disturbing) stories in the Old Testament. Before you finish Leviticus, pause and appreciate what a strange and beautiful book this is and how it says so much about God’s love for his people. This book provides a beautiful background for understanding the prophets and Jesus’ teachings later in the biblical story.|
P.S. Want to dive deeper? Check out this week’s blog post as we explore old rituals and new realities.
|Sunday: Read Leviticus 19-20, Psalm 36. |
Monday: Read Leviticus 21-23, Psalm 37.
Tuesday: Read Leviticus 24-25, Psalm 38.
Wednesday: Read Leviticus 26-27, Psalm 39. Watch Leviticus
Thursday: Read Numbers 1-4, Psalm 40. Watch Numbers
Friday: Read Numbers 5-7 (skim), Psalm 41.
Saturday: Read Numbers 8-10, Psalm 42.
Week Beginning Sunday 31 January: reading plan
|Week beginning Sunday 31 January 2021: |
This week we start the book of Leviticus!
|The second half of Exodus continues to reveal more about the corruption of the human heart and the sinful nature of humanity. The Israelites are chosen and delivered by God, but they continue to act just as obstinate as Pharaoh. Everything that happens between the deliverance from Egypt and the base of Mount Sinai points forward to the first great rebellion of Israel, the manufacturing and worship of the golden calf (Exodus 32).|
God’s presence is on the mountain overlooking Israel, yet they break the covenant they just committed to! Moses intercedes on the people’s behalf, and this interaction reveals a great deal about God’s character. “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in covenant faithfulness. He forgives sin, but will not let the wicked go unpunished” (Exodus 34:6-7).
This week we will witness the building of Israel’s sacred tent, the tabernacle, which will bring us to the close of Exodus. But this tent creates a whole new set of problems, which is what the book of Leviticus and our videos on sacrifice, atonement, and holiness are all about.
P.S. Animal Sacrifice? Really? In this week’s blog post, we take a closer look at a strange piece of the Hebrew Scriptures.
|Sunday: Read Exodus 35-40, Psalm 29. Watch The Book of Exodus – Part 2|
Monday: Read Leviticus 1-4, Psalm 30. Watch Leviticus
Tuesday: Read Leviticus 5-7, Psalm 31. Watch Sacrifice & Atonement
Wednesday: Read Leviticus 8-10, Psalm 32 Bible Fellowship 7:30 pm via Zoom
Thursday: Read Leviticus 11-13, Psalm 33. Watch Law
Friday: Read Leviticus 14–15, Psalm 34. Watch How to Read Biblical Law
Saturday: Read Leviticus 16-18, Psalm 35.
|Week beginning Sunday 24 January: reading plan|
|Sunday: Read Exodus 16-18, Psalm 22. Watch The Book of Exodus – Part 1|
Monday: Read Exodus 19-21, Psalm 23. Watch Exodus 19-40
Tuesday: Read Exodus 22-24, Psalm 24. Watch Justice
Wednesday: Read Exodus 25-27, Psalm 25. Bible fellowship 7:30 (Zoom)
Thursday: Read Exodus 28-29, Psalm 26.
Friday: Read Exodus 30-31, Psalm 27. Watch Sabbath
Saturday: Read Exodus 32–34, Psalm 28. Watch Character of God
Here will be the home for the coming year for our Wednesday Fellowship.
We would love you to join and to do so please contact either Suresh directly, or Ade, via her email and she will add you to our WhatsApp group so that you can receive the weekly invitation to our online sessions.
We meet at 7:30 pm for one and a half hours.
Here is our “launch statement”:Launch-statement
WEEK BEGINNING 10TH JANUARY 2021
This week we’re studying Genesis 25-45.
|Last week we saw how God appointed humanity to rule the world as his image-bearers and how they rebelled by seizing autonomy and defining good and evil for themselves. After this, the world begins to spin out of control. It’s easy to lose hope, but God doesn’t let human evil get the final word. We are introduced to Abraham and told that somehow God will use this family to restore humanity to a place of divine blessing. God makes a covenant with Abraham to confirm that he will not go back on his word. |
This week we learn more about Abraham and the early descendants of his family line.
Want to dive deeper? Check out our weekly blog post. This week we talk about the many names of God.
|Sunday 10th January: Read Genesis 25-28, Psalm 8. |
Watch Image of God
Monday 11th: Read Genesis 29-31, Psalm 9.
Watch The Book of Genesis Part 2
Tuesday 12th: Read Genesis 32-34, Psalm 10.
Wednesday 13th : Read Genesis 35-37, Psalm 11. Midweek Fellowship 7:30 pm (via Zoom)
Thursday 14th: Read Genesis 38-40, Psalm 12.
Friday 15th: Read Genesis 41-42, Psalm 13.
Saturday 16th: Read Genesis 43-45, Psalm 14.
|Week beginning Sunday 17th: This week we finish Genesis!|
|From the Bible project…|
We’re off to a great start! We’re only halfway through the first month, and we’ve already finished our first book of the Bible (and one of the largest too). Last week, we saw the story of Abraham’s family and God’s faithfulness despite human failure.
It’s probably becoming apparent to you that God has a plan for humanity, but it’s mysterious and often unfolds through strange events and surprising people. God stays committed to Abraham’s family despite their selfish actions. He transforms their failures into redemption. We hope you can see the thread weaving all these stories together. These narratives are beautifully told, and they’re essential for understanding the rest of the biblical story. The next part of this story is all about the slavery and redemption of Abraham’s family. Let’s dig in.
P.S. Dive deeper each week with a blog post that explores different topics related to biblical theology. This week we talk about biblical storytelling techniques.
|Sunday: Read Genesis 46–47, Psalm 15.|
Monday: Read Genesis 48–50, Psalm 16. Watch The Book of Genesis 12-50
Tuesday: Read Exodus 1-3, Psalm 17. Watch Exodus 1-18
Wednesday: Read Exodus 4-6, Psalm 18. Watch Character
Thursday: Read Exodus 7-9, Psalm 19.
Friday: Read Exodus 10-12, Psalm 20.
Saturday: Read Exodus 13–15, Psalm 21.