Reading #1 – Deuteronomy 3
Reading #2 – Psalms 148
Reading #3 – Proverbs 8
Reading #4 – Luke 1
Reading #5 – Revelations 4
Deuteronomy 2:26 – Deuteronomy 3 – Defeat of the Two Kingdoms. The kingdoms of Bashan and Heshbon would be inhabited by the 2.5 Transjordan tribes. The command was given to put to death every man, woman, and child of the two kingdoms but livestock and the spoil in the city could be taken for plunder (5-10). The provision was that the men would have to arm up for battle and cross over with their brothers and sisters to help them take possession of their inheritance (18-22).
Psalms 148 – Praise the Name of the Lord. When we praise the Lord, we are acknowledging who He is, what He has done in our lives, and the things He has gotten us through. If we will not direct our praise to Him as to give Him the glory due to His name, the rocks and hills will do it for us and inherit the blessings (1-4, Luke 19:40). The Lord G-d made this earth so He knows what it will take to heal it and He knows what it will take to restore it. In the same way, He made us so, only He knows what it will take to heal and restore us (5-10). When we praise the Lord, we release His power and authority in our lives (11-14).
Proverbs 8:17-21 – I Wisdom. To love the Lord is to turn our eyes to Him and allow Him to rule in our lives. We spend so much of our time focused on our wants that we miss out on His best. Unfortunately, this model leads many of us to the brink of despair. The destruction scripture talks about is the mess we create in our lives through bad decisions, mistakes in judgment, and/or decisions we refuse to make. When we come to the Lord and ask Him to reign in our lives, we owe it ourselves to give Him our all. If you will notice, G-d never tells us everything He is doing in our lives nor the blessings He has in store for us. So, when we make decisions and take the necessary steps, whatever G-d has in mind for us is lost irrevocably.
Luke 1 – Dispensing Rumors and Myths. We are not told who or what “Theophilus” is. Luke never met Jesus because he was a contemporary of Paul. According to the church father Eusebius, Luke was born in Antioch Turkey, or Asia Minor. Dr. Luke wrote an orderly account of Jesus’ birth, ministry, death, resurrection, and the life of John the Baptist. The name Theophilus means “Loving G-d” or “friend of G-d” so, it is reasonable to infer that the book was written to “Whosoever” (1-4). Because this is an orderly account, all of the incidents happened in sequential order in as much detail as he could provide. Only in the book of Luke will you find an orderly account of John the Baptist and his connection to Christ (57-66). Remember as you read this book that Luke had not witnessed what he is writing about, so he most likely interviewed eye-witnesses. It is just my assumption Luke wrote this to garner all of the information would not be lost remember, at this time Rome was killing the Christians as a sport.
Revelations 4 – The Throne in Heaven. After the messages to the seven churches, the writer is invited into the Heavens to see what will come next. The prophet was in prayer, just as Daniel had been when the Lord revealed His message (1-3, Daniel 9:3). We are not told who the 24 elders were but some theologians believe they are Old Testament leaders (4-5, Deuteronomy 1:15). Surrounding the throne were four living creatures that sang Holy Holy Holy to the Lord G-d. The implication is that the four animals were not the centerpiece of praise, it was about the animals praising the Lord (6-11). In the same way, the gospels were not about the writers, it was what the Lord did on earth. It is for this reason, I believe that the gospels were written in the 2nd and 3rd persons.