As of this year, September 27th will always be a memorable day. The funny thing about it is, this is not about something that happened yesterday. It is something that came up in August. I wanted to share it then, but I decided to wait.
I am currently reading through a One-Year Bible. I have written before about why I am doing (with a follow-up) this and some of what I have been learning. This is going to be about something awesome that happened while reading one morning last month.
I started my quest to read the Bible through in a year after reading the book Radical by David Platt. This was one of the challenges given at the end of the book. My journey with my One Year Bible began in March of this year.
I tried to pace myself and stick to the once-a-day readings and not try to play “catch up” for the sake of getting up-t0-date. However, after a while I found myself wanting to read more. Some days I would find extra time and do extra readings. The more I read, the more I wanted to read. Eventually I did catch up to where I was supposed to be (as far as the date in the One Year Bible). I kept on just letting myself be led to read extra when I can. Eventually I got pretty far ahead of the dates given in the Bible.
By the way, if you are unfamiliar with how a One Year Bible works. each day is given a passage from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. I believe you actually wind up reading through the Psalms twice. There is not an attempt to line any of these up, they just break it into passages to read through each book by book (or Pslam/Proverb by Psalm/Proverb).
As I have been reading, I have been blown away by how well the Old and New Testaments (and Psalms) weave together. It really is one story…the story of God’s relentless love, mercy, and grace. If you haven’t ever read the Bible cover to cover, I highly recommend you give it a try. It is completely changing my view of God, others, how I treat others, and myself.
I would like to leave you with a snippet from the One Year Bible. This completely humbled me before the awesomeness of God. The daily readings for September 27th (thus the blog post title). If you had any doubt that the Bible is one story inspired by the Holy Spirit, this will help you clear it up a bit. This is the end of the Old Testament passage and the beginning of the New Testament passage. Read through and be amazed. I am serious. It is crazy how connected this seems to be!
Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
And they made His grave with the wicked—
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
He shall see the labor of His soul,[e]and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
How amazing in the Bible?? Hallelujah, what a Savior!
Have you ever come across an almost unbelievable connection like this in the Bible? Share it with me.