Through the Bible – Week 29

Week 29: (Day 197-203)

Day 197: Psalms 119:41-96

Q1. Psalms 119:41; where is the psalmist’s hope when asking for God’s salvation to come?

Q2. Psalms 119:65-72; why is the psalmist thankful for affliction?

A1. God promised!

A2. God’s discipline brought him back to the Lord (Hebrews 12:5-11).

 

Day 198: Psalms 119:97-160

Note1. I see a lot of benefits from studying God’s word in Psalms 97-104.

 

Day 199: Psalms 119:161-124:8

Note1. Psalms 122:1; have you ever been happy when someone suggests going to church? David was.

Note2. Psalms 124; the psalmist is remembering all of the times their enemies came against them. Who else could have saved them, but the Lord!

 

Day 200: Psalms 125-131

Note1. Psalms 127:1-2; anything done without the Lord in the center of it, is vanity.

Note2. Psalms 131; David puts effort into avoiding pride and arrogance. He also doesn’t try to control things that he knows he can’t. He is content to simply be in the Lord’s presence, like a child with its mother.

 

Day 201: Psalms 132:1-135:14

Note1. Psalms 133 is a great song for our churches today. God’s blessing is where brothers dwell in unity.

 

Day 202: Psalms 135:15-138:3

Note1. Psalms 137; the Israelites remember being captives in Babylon. The singers are asked to sing a song from their homeland and the singers don’t want to. If the musicians can’t worship the Lord, they would rather just forget how to play music.

 

Day 203: Psalms 138:4-140:13

Note1. Psalms 139:13-16; your life was very carefully created and planned by God!

Note2. Psalms 140; evil men spend so much time scheming and plotting. David seems to have a better plan. Instead of plotting and scheming to defend himself against evil, he asks the Lord of heaven and earth to protect him. Being free from worry frees up a lot of time.

Through the Bible – Week 28

Week 28: (Day 190-196)

Day 190: Psalms 104:5-105:24

Note1. The psalmist starts with worshipping God for creation, in chapter 104 and then goes into praising Him for His works starting with Abraham and onward.

 

Day 191: Psalms 105:25-106:33

Q1. Who is Ham, mentioned in Psalms 105:27?

Note1. The psalmist takes time to remember the miracle that God did in bringing Israel out of Egypt.

Note2. Psalms 106:6-12 remembers God saving them even though they didn’t deserve it. This is a great example of grace!

A1. Ham is the cursed son of Noah (Genesis 9:18-27, 10:6).

 

Day 192: Psalms 106:34-107:38

Note1. Psalms 106:34-48; it is important for us to take time periodically to remember what God has done for us.

 

Day 193: Psalms 107:39-109:31

Note1. Psalms 109:6-20; David is asking God to bring onto his accusers all of the trouble that they are bringing to the faithful.

 

Day 194: Psalms 110-113

Note1. Psalms 111:10 is a good verse to remember today with so many people claiming to be wise without acknowledging God. We know that their wisdom has no foundation. We will see this thought again in Proverbs.

Q1. Psalms 112:7; what freedom does the Lord give those that trust in Him?

A1. Freedom from fear!

 

Day 195: Psalms 114:1-118:9

Note1. Psalms 114; if the seas and mountains fear the Lord, shouldn’t we have the same fear and respect?

 

Day 196: Psalms 118:10-119:40

Q1. Psalms 119:9; how can a person keep their way pure?

Note2. Psalms 119:23; instead of coming up with ways to defend himself, the psalmist will just keep his eyes on the Lord and His statutes.

A1. A many can keep his way pure by guarding it according to God’s word. This, of course, requires him to know God’s word. This another reason we must know God’s Word.

Through the Bible – Week 27

Week 27: (Day 183-189)

Day 183: Psalms 83-86

Note1. Psalms 84; have you ever felt this way about going to church?

 

Day 184: Psalms 87:1-89:37

Q1. Psalms 88; what is one way to help us when we think the Lord is against us?

A1. Satan uses this feeling to turn us away from the Lord. We should stop and remember all of the great things that the Lord has done for us, showing us His great love.

 

Day 185: Psalms 89:38-91:13

Note1. Psalms 91:11-12; Satan quotes these verses during his temptation of Jesus in Luke 4:10-11. Satan knows scripture and he knows how to twist it. It is important for us to know it as well so that we can become familiar with God’s character as He reveals it through His Word. We must always filter everything we hear through the Bible. Even if an angel tells you something contrary to God’s word, we must be able to hold tight to the Bible (Galatians 1:6-10).

 

Day 186: Psalms 91:14-94:16

Q1. Psalms 91:14; is God’s deliverance based on our own merit and worthiness?

Note1. Psalms 94:7-9; how foolish it is to think God can’t see our sin. Can He create our eyes without being able to see, Himself?

A1. God’s deliverance is based on grace, His unmerited favor. God’s deliverance is for anyone that holds fast to Him in love.

 

Day 187: Psalms 94:17-98:3

Q1. Psalms 94:18; what holds us up when our foot slips?

Note1. Psalms 96:2; is there anything more worthy to sing about day to day than His salvation?

A1. The Lord’s steadfast love holds us up.

 

Day 188: Psalms 98:4-102:7

Note1. Psalms 102:1-7 seems to be saying that distress and despair can affect our physical health. Would you agree? What comfort does it bring you to know that our God is there for us to give our burdens to?

 

Day 189: Psalms 102:8-104:4

Q1. Psalms 102:18; why do you think future generations would want a record of God’s great works?

Note1. Psalms 103:10-13; here is yet another way God wants us to know that we are not slaves to our sins. Through Jesus, He wants to give us freedom from our iniquities.

A1. We all will doubt God’s greatness, His goodness, and His power, from time to time. During these moments in our lives, it is important to stop and remember that God’s track record is perfect. He has always come through on His promises and His perfect love for us was proven when Jesus gave His life for us.

Through the Bible – Week 26

Week 26: (Day 176-182)

Day 176: Psalms 68:5-69:4

Note1. Psalms 68:18; see Ephesians 4:8-11. Paul uses this verse to talk about Jesus Christ giving us gifts of church leaders.

 

Day 177: Psalms 69:5-71:16

Q1. Psalms 69:6; does our sin affect only us?

Note1. Psalms 69:13; David trusts that God’s timing is best.

Q2. Psalms 69:30-31; what pleases the Lord more than sacrifices, according to David?

A1. Our sin can affect other believers and even hurt their reputations.

A2. Praise and Thanksgiving

 

Day 178: Psalms 71:17-73:20

Note1. Psalms 71:18; have you thought about how you are sharing your knowledge of God to the next generation?

Q1. What almost caused the psalmist to slip in Psalms 73:1-3?

A1. He was envious of the arrogant after seeing the prosperity of the wicked. Don’t be fooled!

 

Day 179: Psalms 73:21-76:7

Note1. Psalms 73:21-28; even when the psalmist doesn’t understand God’s ways and his attitude is poor, he has decided to always come back to Him.

 

Day 180: Psalms 76:8-78:24

Q1. Psalms 77:4-9; what does the psalmist do whenever he begins to question God?

Note1. Psalms 78:20; even though the Israelites saw the miracle of water coming from a rock, they still doubted that the Lord could feed them (Exodus 16:1-21, 17:6). Have you ever doubted God’s power in your life, even after seeing other miracles?

A1. Psalms 77:11; he will remember all of the great things that God has done to prove His love to us.

 

Day 181: Psalms 78:25-72

Note1. Continuing on from the previous verses, Psalms 78:32, “In spite of all this, they still sinned…”

 

Day 182: Psalms 79-82

Note1. Psalms 79:8-10; the psalmist puts his concern where it belongs. He focuses on God’s name and reputation among the nations.

Through the Bible – Week 25

Week 25: (Day 169-175)

Day 169: Psalms 45:13-48:14

Q1. Why was the psalmist, in Psalms 47, so eager to sing praises?

A1. God subdued all that opposed Israel and He chose a heritage for them that was beyond anything they could have dreamed. Why do you sing?

 

Day 170: Psalms 49:1-51:9

Q1. Why is it foolish to boast in your wealth?

Q2. Psalms 50:23; what sacrifice glorifies God?

Q3. At what point in David’s life, did he write Psalms 51?

A1. Psalms 49:17; he will take none of it with him and it will do him no good, where he is going.

A2. Offering thanks!

A3. He was confronted by Nathan after he had gone in to Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11, 12:1)

 

Day 171: Psalms 51:10-54:7

Q1. Was David offering a sacrifice to persuade God to help him, in Psalms 54?

A1. No. Psalms 54:6-7; David’s sacrifice is offered freely in thanksgiving because God has always come through for him.

 

Day 172: Psalms 55:1-57:3

Note1. Psalms 57; see 1 Samuel 22:1, 24:1-3.

 

Day 173: Psalms 57:4-60:12

Note1. Psalms 59; see 1 Samuel 19:11.

Note2. Psalms 60; see 2 Samuel 8:3, 13, 14, 10:16.

 

Day 174: Psalms 61-64

Note1. Psalms 63; have you ever been desperate for something? David is desperate for God like someone desperate for water in the desert.

 

Day 175: Psalms 65:1-68:4

Note1. Psalms 66:5; God does not hide Himself from us. He wants us to see Him and know that He is right here among us.

Through the Bible – Week 24

Week 24: (Day 162-168)

Day 162: Psalms 27:7-31:5

Note1. Psalms 27:14, 30:5; these verses give us hope and encouragement that things will get better. We just have to be patient.

 

Day 163: Psalms 31:6-33:5

Q1. What is the path to true joy in Psalm 32?

A1. Forgiveness of sins! (Romans 10:9-10)

 

Day 164: Psalms 33:6-35:21

Note1. Psalms 34; review 1 Samuel 21.

Q1. What does Psalms 34:19 say about the afflictions of the righteous?

A1. They will be many, so be ready for it. But the Lord delivers the righteous out of them all.

 

Day 165: Psalms 35:22-37:26

Note1. Delighting yourself in the Lord involves letting your desires line up with His desires and purposes for your life.

Q1. What does Psalms 37:8 say about fretting yourself?

A1. It tends only to evil.

 

Day 166: Psalms 37:27-39:13

Note1. Psalms 39 is a reminder that this life is but a breath compared to our eternity. Suffering, in this life, is just for a little while. But for those that trust in Jesus, they will be with their Creator forever.

 

Day 167: Psalms 40-42

Q1. What does Psalms 40:6 mean?

Note1. Psalms 40:10; Have you hidden Jesus in your heart or have you told others of His work.

A1. Sacrifices and offerings are offered to God as a symbol of faith, repentance and obedience. The symbols are meaningless without the heart behind them.

 

Day 168: Psalms 43:1-45:12

Note1. Psalms 44:1-3; their fathers told them of all the great things that the Lord had done for them. The older generation made sure the younger one knew that it was not the sword or bow that won the battle. The victory belongs to God.

Through the Bible – Week 23

Day 155: Psalms 5:8-8:9

Note1. In Psalms 8, David makes us stop and think about all of the wonders in the universe, yet God still notices us and, even more, wants to love us and be with us!

 

Day 156: Psalms 9-10

Q1. What benefit is it to remember all of the wonderful things that God has done?

Note1. Psalms 10; there is great folly in assuming God doesn’t see everything.

A1. Reflecting can encourage us when trials and tribulations make God seem far away.

 

Day 157: Psalms 11:1-17:5

Q1. In Psalms 12, “flattering lips” are not a good thing. Why?

Q2. What does the psalmist call the person, in Psalms 14, who says “There is no God”?

A1. Giving someone a compliment is one thing, but flattering someone so that they will be more likely to do something for you in the future is put in the same light as uttering lies and having a double heart (insincere speech). Flattering lips are manipulative.

A2. The fool

 

Day 158: Psalms 17:6-18:36

Q1. Psalms 18:30; how do we know that the Bible is the word of God?

A1. It proves true!

 

Day 159: Psalms 18:37-21:13

Q1. Psalms 20: David says some trust in chariots and horses, but who does he trust in?

A1. He trusts in the name of the Lord our God!

 

Day 160: Psalms 22:1-24:6

Note1. Psalms 22: verses 1, 7, 8, 18, all mirror verses from Matthew 27, which is part of the crucifixion of Jesus.

Note2. Psalms 23 is one of the most well-known passages in the Bible for encouraging us and boosting our confidence in God.

 

Day 161: Psalms 24:7-27:6

Note1. As you read Psalms 27, think of a place you’ve been where you felt safe. How much did you appreciate being there?

Through the Bible – Week 22

Day 148: Job 20:12-24:12

Note1. Job 21; Job argues with Zophar’s theory that bad things happen to bad people. Job contends that there are plenty of bad people that prosper.

Q1. What does Eliphaz say will happen if Job will just agree with God that his suffering is due to his wickedness?

Note2. Have you ever felt like Job in chapter 23? Job thinks God is hiding from him.

A1. Job 22:21; Eliphaz thinks that good will start to come to Job.

 

Day 149: Job 24:13-29:13

Note1. Job 24:25; Job is begging someone to prove him wrong. He thinks God punishing him for no reason while He lets bad people prosper.

Q1. What will Job’s integrity prevent him from doing in Job 27:2-6?

A1. Job knows it is wrong to say that you are righteous when you are not. He also thinks that it is wrong to admit wickedness if you don’t have any.

 

Day 150: Job 29:14-32:10

Note1. Job 30; Job remembers all the times that people cried out and he helped them and now feels no one will do the same for him.

Q1. Why did Elihu wait to speak his mind?

A1. Job 32:6; He was silent because he was young and timid. But now feels compelled to speak up when the three friends accuse Job of wrong but they can’t give Job an answer.

 

Day 151: Job 32:11-35:16

Note1. You may expect Elihu to step up and really support Job after his condemnation of his friends, but Elihu is saying a lot of the same things as the three friends.

Q1. According to Elihu, why was God not answering Job’s prayer in Job 35:12?

A1. Elihu thinks that God won’t listen to Job’s prayer because of Job’s pride. Elihu assumes that he can speak as an expert since he is not being punished, like he thinks Job is.

 

Day 152: Job 36:1-39:12

Note1. Do you see the arrogance of Elihu in Job 36:2-4?

Note2. God makes Job aware of his own ignorance.

 

Day 153: Job 39:13-42:9

Q1. What does God call Job in 40:1?

Note1. God’s questions make Job speechless.

Note2. Job 42:1-6; Job realizes that his words were careless and he repents.

Q2. What must the three friends do to avoid God’s wrath for their terrible counsel to Job, speaking words about God that were not right?

A1. Faultfinder

A2. They must make sacrifices and if Job prays for them, then God will accept it.

 

Day 154: Job 42:10-17; Psalms 1:1-5:7

Q1. When did the Lord restore Job’s fortunes?

Note1. Psalms 1:1-2 is my hope for anyone working through this study and the Bible.

Note2. Psalms 3 was written during the events of 2 Samuel 15:14-17.

Note3. Psalms 5:3; the word “watch” speaks to David’s faith as he is waiting on God. He watches because he knows God is going to do something!

A1. Job 42:10; Job was restored when he had prayed for his friends.

Through the Bible – Week 21

Day 141: Nehemiah 13:23-31; Esther 1-4

Note1. Nehemiah 13:31; Nehemiah doesn’t want fame among people. He just wants God to remember him.

Note2. The book of Esther revolves around the Jews that have been exiled to Persia.

Q1. How was Mordecai related to Esther?

Q2. Why did Haman want to destroy the Jews?

A1. Esther 2:7; Esther was the daughter of Mordecai’s uncle, so they were probably cousins. However, Mordecai took her as his daughter.

A2. Haman probably already hated the Jews because of his ancestry. Haman was descended from Agag, who was king of the Amalekites (Exodus 17:8-16, 1 Samuel 15:1-33). Mordecai’s lack of respect probably just gave Haman an excuse to act on his hatred.

 

Day 142: Esther 5-10

Q1. Esther 5:1; what would have happened to Esther if the king had not held out his scepter?

Q2. Did the king revoke Haman’s edict to save the Jews?

Note1. The feast of Purim is still celebrated on the Jewish calendar, even today!

A1. Esther 4:11; she would have been put to death.

A2. No, he couldn’t but he could make an edict declaring that the Jews could gather and defend themselves from their enemies (Esther 8:11).

 

Day 143: Job 1:1-5:16

Q1. What were the 4 disasters that Job received word about all at the same time? Have you ever had a time in your life when horrible news just kept coming your way?

Note1. Job 1:22; Job must have had great faith to resist such a strong temptation to curse God.

Q2. How did Job’s friends begin comforting him?

Q3. After Job begins to speak again, how do his friends respond?

A1. First, his oxen and donkeys were stolen and his servants murdered. Second, his sheep and more servants are killed. Third, his camels were stolen and still more servants killed. Lastly, all of his children were killed.

A2. They begin with just sitting with him for a week, without a word. Sometimes it is obvious that there are no words for a situation. Unfortunately, we sometimes feel that we must say something and usually end up hurting more than helping, as we will see later from Job’s friends.

A3. Job’s friends tell him that he must have deserved this tragedy for some reason. This is a false concept that is taught even in churches today; that if everything is going good in your life, God must be pleased with you. Conversely, if bad things happen to you, God must be punishing you. I believe God does reward and discipline us sometimes, but we are never promised an easy life if we just obey all of God’s commandments (there are many verses I could reference here, but the one that comes to mind is James 1:2-4).

 

Day 144: Job 5:17-8:22

Note1. Job’s friend, Eliphaz, is convinced that Job has done something wrong to deserve this affliction. Eliphaz is right about God being faithful to forgive, but he makes the assumption that God must be angry at Job to bring all of this disaster.

Note2. Job 7:13-15; Job thinks death is better than living because even when he tries to sleep, he is tormented by nightmares. He feels that he can’t get any kind of relief. Have you ever felt this overwhelmed?

Note3. Job7:21; don’t ever let Satan convince you that God will not forgive your sin through His Son, Jesus.

 

Day 145: Job 9:1-12:12

Note1. Job 9:27-28; Job seems like he wants to make sure he processes everything that has happened to him. Forgetting it and slapping on a happy face is not an option because he wants to learn from all of this. Do you expect people to tell you everything is fine when it isn’t?

Q1. What are Zophar’s “words of comfort”?

Note2. Job is obviously feeling that his friends are talking down to him in Job 12:3.

A1. You deserve worse (Job 11:6)! With friends like these, who needs enemies!

 

Day 146: Job 12:13-16:10

Q1. How does Job wish his friends would have comforted him? Hint: Job 13:5.

Note1. Job 13:7 is a warning for us. If you are going to speak for God, you better know His Word and His character.

Note2. Even though Job thinks he can argue with God, he still accepts the fact that God will refute all of his arguments. I get the feeling that Job just wants to hear from God, good or bad, just to know that God is still there and that He still loves him. We all feel that way sometimes.

A1. Job thinks they would have shown great wisdom is just keeping silent like they did the first week they arrived.

 

Day 147: Job 16:11-20:11

Note1. I like to think of these passages as an example of how NOT to counsel someone who is hurting. It’s hard to trust the counsel of someone who has never been broken. Do you agree?

Note2. What do you think the answer is to Bildad’s question in Job 18:3?

Through the Bible – Week 20

Day 134: 2 Chronicles 35:20-36:23; Ezra 1-3

Note1. 2 Chronicles 36:20-21; see Leviticus 26:34-35, 43-45.

Note2. The prophecy mentioned in 2 Chronicles 36:21 is found in Jeremiah 25:11 and 29:10

Q1. How long did Judah lay desolate?

A1. 2 Chronicles 36:21; 70 years

 

Day 135: Ezra 4-7

Q1. Why did rebuilding the Temple have to cease, temporarily?

Q2. Who was Ezra?

A1. The local inhabitants opposed the rebuilding and bribed officials to intervene.

A2. Ezra 7: 1-6; Ezra was descended from Aaron, brother of Moses. That makes him a priest. Verse 6 goes on to say he is a scribe which means he has been trained in the Mosaic Law.

 

Day 136: Ezra 8-10; Nehemiah 1

Note1. Ezra 8:15; The Temple had been rebuilt but Ezra realized that they had no one to care for it. The only people allowed, under the law, were descendants of the tribe of Levi.

Q1a. What sin were the men, listed in Ezra 10:18-44, guilty of?

Q1b. Why was this sin?

Note2. The Israelites returned from captivity in waves. “With Nehemiah went the third wave of returning Jewish exiles.” (ESV Study Bible)

A1a. They had married foreign women.

A1b. Deuteronomy 7:1-5; God warned them that intermarriage with foreigners would lead them away from the Lord.

 

Day 137: Nehemiah 2-5

Q1. Who was Sanballat?

Q2. How did the Israelites get any work done with so many enemies around them?

Note1. Nehemiah 5:1-13; Mosaic Law forbids the Israelites from enslaving and charging interest on each other. (Deuteronomy 15:1-11, Exodus 22:25)

A1. It is thought that he is some kind of governor over the area that Nehemiah is working near (Samaria, maybe).

A2. First, the Lord was with them and frustrated the plans of their enemies (Nehemiah 4:15). Secondly, they each worked with their sword strapped at their side.

 

Day 138: Nehemiah 6:1-8:8

Q1. Why did Nehemiah turn down the invitation of Sanballat and Geshem?

Note1. Nehemiah had to be cautious around anyone that was trying to stop the rebuilding of the wall. This includes even other prophets (1 John 4:1-6).

A1. Nehemiah discerned that they were going to do him harm (Nehemiah 6:2).

 

Day 139: Nehemiah 8:9-11:21

Note1. These chapters cover Israel remembering all the Lord had done for them. They confessed their sin and reaffirmed their covenant with the Lord.

Q1. How did the returning exiles repopulate Jerusalem?

A1. Nehemiah 11:1-2; the leaders cast lots to choose 1 out 10 people to move to Jerusalem.

 

Day 140: Nehemiah 11:22-13:22

Note1. Nehemiah 12:43; has you ever rejoiced so loudly, from God’s restoration, that you were heard far away?

Q1. Why was Nehemiah so angry at Eliashib for preparing a chamber inside the Temple for Tobiah?

A1. Tobiah was not an Israelite (Nehemiah 2:10) and had been given a room inside the Temple meant for  storing the offering (Nehemiah 4-5).