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What’s the Context? — Part 5

Part 5 in a powerful series by Pastor Jim.
What's the Context? — Part 5 (Pilgrim's Progress Radio Broadcast, 8-24-2018)

Today Is “Elephant-Eater” Commitment Day!

Are you making the commitment to read through the Bible annually? If so, Bible reading chart links are just below.

Bible-Reading Charts:

Since this is day of making a commitment for annual Bible reading, Jim shares this link that will resolve to a page on The Navigators website — https://finestofthewheat.org/charts-npc. There are three chart options available here for free download. (Read carefully — there are only two download buttons, but there’s actually third link under the 5x5x5 chart option title.)

If you’re looking for other Bible reading-chart options, you might consider the show notes for a podcast episode Jim did almost seven years ago: Are You Fulfilling Bible Prophecy? Despite the seemingly unrelated title, the message focuses on encouraging believers to be regular, systematic, annual Bible readers. The show notes contain another five or six links to other possible Bible-reading charts; most of the links are still valid.

Synopsis of Today’s Broadcast:

Today we started with Psalm 1:1-3, noting that it is a song based on an indispensable daily activity for the righteous — reading and meditating on God’s word “day and night.” So Bible reading is this subject that opens the 150 songs of the Bible’s Book of Worship. Bible reading is meant to be an act of worship! Jim also shared that Deuteronomy 17:18-20 ordered each of Israel’s kings to write out by hand their own personal copy of the Scriptures so that he could “read it all the days of his life.”

Our last “what is the context?” study of the week took us to Luke 4:1-21, with the purpose of unpacking Jesus’ first recorded sermon (vv. 18-21). The rule is this: If the New Testament quotes the Old Testament, go back and study the Old Testament passage (in context, of course!). In this case, we went back to Isaiah 61:1-3 to what Jesus quoted, where He abruptly stopped, and what verses come immediately after the passage quoted. Then, in trying to answer the question, “What is ‘the acceptable year’ of the LORD?” we turned to Leviticus 25 to discover the deep, comprehensive message of liberation Jesus was presenting in that very succinct and powerful Gospel presentation. (No, we won’t tell you what the “Year” is here — listen to the message!)

Second Helping of First Sermon:

Jesus’ First Sermon, which today was our example of seeing a passage in context, is available for free in article form on the Finest of the Wheat website — https://finestofthewheat.org/1stsermon-npc.


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