Week 13 Bible Readings

New Testament

25 March:  Luke 20:9-47

26 March:  Luke 21

27 March:  Luke 22:1-38

28 March:  Luke 22:39-71

29 March:  Luke 23:1-32

30 March:  Luke 23:33-24:12

31 March:  Luke 24:13-53

Old Testament

25 March:  Proverbs 16, 17, 18

26 March:  Proverbs 19, 20, 21

27 March:  Proverbs 22, 23, 24

28 March:  Proverbs 25, 26

29 March:  Proverbs 27, 28, 29

30 March:  Proverbs 30, 31

31 March:  Exodus 1, 2, 3

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Week 12 Bible Readings

New Testament

18 March:  Luke 13:18-14:24

19 March:  Luke 14:25-15:32

20 March:  Luke 16

21 March:  Luke 17

22 March:  Luke 18

23 March:  Luke 19:1-27

24 March:  Luke 19:28-20:8

Old Testament

18 March:  Genesis 49, 50

19 March:  Proverbs 1, 2

20 March:  Proverbs 3, 4, 5

21 March:  Proverbs 6, 7

22 March:  Proverbs 8, 9

23 March:  Proverbs 10, 11, 12

24 March:  Proverbs 13, 14, 15

Week 11 Bible Readings

New Testament

11 March:  Luke 8:22-56

12 March:  Luke 9:1-45

13 March:  Luke 9:46-10:16

14 March:  Luke 10:17-11:13

15 March:  Luke 11:14-54

16 March:  Luke 12:1-34

17 March:  Luke 12:35-13:17

Old Testament

11 March:  Genesis 31, 32

12 March:  Genesis 33, 34, 35

13 March:  Genesis 36, 37, 38

14 March:  Genesis 39, 40

15 March:  Genesis 41, 42

16 March:  Genesis 43, 44, 45

17 March:  Genesis 46, 47, 48

Week 10 Bible Readings

New Testament

4 March:  Luke 2:39-3:20

5 March:  Luke 3:21-4:13

6 March:  Luke 4:14-5:11

7 March:  Luke 5:12-6:11

8 March:  Luke 6:12-49

9 March:  Luke 7:1-39

10 March:  Luke 7:40-8:21

Old Testament

4 March:  Genesis 16, 17

5 March:  Genesis 18, 19

6 March:  Genesis 20, 21, 22

7 March:  Genesis 23, 24

8 March:  Genesis 25, 26

9 March:  Genesis 27, 28

10 March:  Genesis 29, 30

Week 9 Bible Readings

New Testament

26 February:  Mark 14:53-72

27 February:  Mark 15:1-21

28 February:  Mark 15:22-47

29 February:  Mark 16

1 March:  Luke 1:1-38

2 March:  Luke 1:39-80

3 March:  Luke 2:1-38

Old Testament

26 February:  Psalm 146, 147

27 February:  Psalm 148-150

28 February:  Genesis 1-3

29 February:  Genesis 4-6

1 March:  Genesis 7-9

2 March:  Genesis 10-12

3 March:  Genesis 13-15

Week 50 Readings

December 10:  2 Chronicles 10; Revelation 1 (family); Zephaniah 2; Luke 24 (individual)

December 11:  2 Chronicles 11, 12; Revelation 2 (family); Zephaniah 3; John 1 (individual)

December 12:  2 Chronicles 13; Revelation 3 (family); Haggai 1; John 2 (individual)

December 13:  2 Chronicles 14, 15; Revelation 4 (family); Haggai 2; John 3 (individual)

December 14:  2 Chronicles 16; Revelation 5 (family); Zechariah 1; John 4 (individual)

December 15:  2 Chronicles 17; Revelation 6 (family); Zechariah 2; John 5 (individual)

December 16:  2 Chronicles 18; Revelation 7 (family); Zechariah 3; John 6 (individual)

What happens when the King returns?

Remember Jesus’ parable of the ten minas? The story is told in Luke 19:11-27. In it, Jesus tells the story of a man who leaves his country and returns to check on his servants. Most of us have read or heard this story as a challenge to be good stewards of our personal possessions and talents, because God expects us to use them for his glory. I think we should use all of our possessions and talents for the glory of God, but I’m not sure that is exactly the point that Luke, and Jesus, was trying to make.

Luke introduces the parable by writing, “He proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately” (19:11). Based on this information we know that the parable has something to do with Jesus going to Jerusalem. And it also has something to do with the kingdom of God and the people’s conception of it. Now, see how the story unfolds.

“A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’ But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us’” (vs. 12-14).

What was the purpose of the nobleman’s trip? He went to receive his rightful authority and power over the people he ruled. Some of his servants were given responsibility over his business. (Jesus doesn’t say why they were chosen.) But his own people “hated him.” They didn’t want to have anything to do with this nobleman and his rule over them. What then would the nobleman do when he returned?

“When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business. The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.’ And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities’” (vs. 15-17).

When the nobleman came home he settled accounts with his servants. Two of the servants had earned more with what they had been given, and the nobleman rewarded them for it. But there was another servant who out of fear had failed to invest what the nobleman had given him. His master took away his mina and gave it to another, with the point being that “to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away” (v. 26). In other words, these servants were expected to be faithful to the commands of their master. Failure to do so meant forfeiting those things for which they were responsible.

But that’s not the end of the story. What about the citizens who opposed the nobleman’s reign? “‘But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me’” (v. 27). See, the nobleman returned not only for the sake of his servants, but to judge those who rejected his rule.

So what was Jesus point? Luke helps us understand it in his introduction (v. 11): it deals with Jerusalem and the kingdom of God. Jesus, the rightful king of the kingdom, was on his way to Jerusalem. Luke tells us a few verses later how he wept over the city because they were going to reject him and then face destruction (vs. 41-44). If only they had responded to their king when they had the chance! They were much like the rebellious citizens in the parable. And their destruction was just as sure. Yet, there were those who heard the message of the kingdom of God from Jesus, and much like the servants were faithful with what they had been entrusted. These, Jesus’ disciples, were given the mission and responsibility of working for the kingdom. They received the commendation of “well done, good servant!”

The truth of this parable extends into our own time. There are still many today who hear the good news of the kingdom and faithfully live to serve their king. Sadly, many who profess to receive the kingdom fail to honor their king with their service. The result for them is that “even what he has will be taken away.” Don’t be that guy! Be a faithful servant! Yet, even more tragically, there are still those who actively oppose Jesus. They have no interest in him or his rule over them, and their future looks very bleak. Pray with me that God will turn their hearts towards him before it’s too late.

Week 49 Readings

December 3:  2 Chronicles 2; 1 John 2 (family); Nahum 1; Luke 17 (individual)

December 4:  2 Chronicles 3, 4; 1 John 3 (family); Nahum 2; Luke 18 (individual)

December 5:  2 Chronicles 5; 1 John 4 (family); Nahum 3; Luke 19 (individual)

December 6:  2 Chronicles 6; 1 John 5 (family); Habakkuk 1; Luke 20 (individual)

December 7:  2 Chronicles 7; 2 John (family); Habakkuk 2; Luke 21 (individual)

December 8:  2 Chronicles 8; 3 John (family); Habakkuk 3; Luke 22 (individual)

December 9:  2 Chronicles 9; Jude (family); Zephaniah 1; Luke 23 (individual)

Week 48 Readings

November 26:  1 Chronicles 22; 1 Peter 3 (family); Micah 1; Luke 10 (individual)

November 27:  1 Chronicles 23; 1 Peter 4 (family); Micah 2; Luke 11 (individual)

November 28:  1 Chronicles 24, 25; 1 Peter 5 (family); Micah 3; Luke 12 (individual)

November 29:  1 Chronicles 26, 27; 2 Peter 1 (family); Micah 4; Luke 13 (individual)

November 30:  1 Chronicles 28; 2 Peter 2 (family); Micah 5; Luke 14 (individual)

December 1:  1 Chronicles 29; 2 Peter 3 (family); Micah 6; Luke 15 (individual)

December 2:  2 Chronicles 1; 1 John 1 (family); Micah 7; Luke 16 (individual)

Week 47 Readings

November 19:  1 Chronicles 13, 14; James 1 (family); Amos 8; Luke 3 (individual)

November 20:  1 Chronicles 15; James 2 (family); Amos 9; Luke 4 (individual)

November 21:  1 Chronicles 16; James 3 (family); Obadiah; Luke 5 (individual)

November 22:  1 Chronicles 17; James 4 (family); Jonah 1; Luke 6 (individual)

November 23:  1 Chronicles 18; James 5 (family); Jonah 2; Luke 7 (individual)

November 24:  1 Chronicles 19, 20; 1 Peter 1 (family); Jonah 3; Luke 8 (individual)

November 25:  1 Chronicles 21; 1 Peter 2 (family); Jonah 4; Luke 9 (individual)