Bible reading notes
A couple of years ago, I posted online, and via email, brief thoughts regarding nearly every chapter of the Bible. It was a two-year project in which I followed the Robert Murray M’Cheyne reading schedule in two parts. Upon the suggestion of others, I’ve decided to sort and gather these posts into documents covering each book of the Bible.
My goal was to summarize each chapter, to make some observations on the text, and to state why we have this passage in Scripture, or at least what we are meant to do with it. For many years in ministry in our university community I would meet with young adults in a coffee shop, reading and discussing a passage, and asking, what’s with this chapter? what do we do with it?
With that in mind, most of these posts were written rather quickly, thinking back on those conversations, as well as on messages I may have given on the passage in church. Unfortunately, not every chapter of the Bible is included, but most are. All of this has been lightly edited (I mainly cut and pasted the posts), and I pray that its brevity and the thoughts I share will help you in your reading of Scripture. It’s not meant as a detailed commentary, but merely a reading guide, designed to get you right back into the Word itself. So far, I've finished the Pentateuch: Genesis through Deuteronomy.
If you need further help, check out the notes that come with the NET Bible (in print and online), and especially the commentary notes by Dr. Thomas Constable in the online version at NETBible.org.
As you delight in his word, and think deeply about it, may the blessing of Psalm 1 be true of you: “He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” (Psalm 1:3 ESV)
Yours for the glory of God,
Photo above is of the fountain at the Holtzman Alumni Center at Virginia Tech.