Today’s readings.. (Joshua 19), (Isaiah 25), (Hebrews 8,9)

Our Hebrews reading includes a long quotation [Ch. 8 v.8-12] from the prophet Jeremiah. This starts with “Behold the days are coming” and ends with “for they shall all know me (the LORD) from the least of them to the greatest. For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”

Hebrews shows how the old covenant through Moses had come to an end because “Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises.” [v.6]

Once again we see how the Bible has to be taken as a whole if we are to fully grasp what God has revealed to those seeking to have a relationship with him. We serve a merciful God, but we cannot expect him to be merciful if we have no real inclination to seek to know him.

What a marvellous picture we have in Isaiah today describing the result of those better promises! “He will swallow up death for ever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces … It will be said on that day, Behold this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us … “ [Ch. 25 v.8,9]

Death swallowed up for ever! The whole world to ultimately becomes a Garden of Eden. There are more marvellous verses in the next chapter, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you.” [v.3] because such know that God has been and “will be merciful toward their iniquities

Yet this chapter has a sobering comment about “he who does not learn righteousness” [v.9]. There are those, of whom it is stated, “They are dead, they will not live; … they will not arise; to that end you have visited them with destruction and wiped out all remembrance of them.” [v.14].

A fitting conclusion to our thoughts is the last verse of our Hebrews reading, “so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” [Ch.9 v.28] How eager are you for this time? How are you showing your eagerness?

A small group of young Christadelphian brothers have taken the time to produce this valuable resource for the brotherhood and beyond, they are using the Bible reading planner developed by Brother Robert Roberts called The Bible Companion. The Bible Companion (or Bible Reading Planner) is a guide developed by the Christadelphians to aid reading the Bible. It was first produced by Robert Roberts when he was just 14 years of age, in about 1853, and revised by him over a number of years into its current format. Most Christadelphians use this plan each day and it was designed to help you read the old testament once and the new testament twice each year. These readings which we feature are recorded using the KJV or the NKJV of the Bible and we hope will be helpful to those who may struggle with time or who have poor eyesight.

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