Reading the Bible Cover to Cover in 365 Days

Day 96 of Reading the Bible Cover to Cover in 365 days commentary, insights and thoughts. If you would like to follow along with the book offered exclusively on Amazon, please refer to

Show Notes

This episode is a commentary on the following chapters in the Bible:

Matthew chapter 7
I Thessalonians chapter 3
Joshua chapters 4 and 5
Psalm 96

What is Reading the Bible Cover to Cover in 365 Days?

This is a podcast sharing thoughts and insights for the accompanying the daily reading schedule for the book, Reading the Bible Cover to Cover in 365 Days.

Day 96 of Reading the Bible Cover to Cover in 365 Days!

Let us pray:
O Lord, thank You for another day in Your Word. Help us receive the message You have for us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s see what’s happening in Matthew chapter 7!
There are many nuggets of wisdom in this chapter as Jesus continues His sermon on the Mount which started with the Beatitudes the other day. He is still talking here.
He talks about judging people and tells us not to.
In verse 6 he says, “Do not give that which is holy (the sacred things) to the dogs, and do not throw your pearls before hogs, lest they trample upon them with their feet and turn and tear you in pieces.” When we receive messages from the Lord, they are meant for us not for our family or friends. One of the things Jesus warns us about is to be careful who we share God’s messages with. The Lord absolutely has a wonderful plan for each of us. Ephesians tells us He has a plan already predestined for us and He’s prepared the path we should go. Let’s not allow anyone to steal the dream God has put in our hearts by telling them something that is only meant for us. Yes, there are things we are meant to tell our family. But let’s be careful we don’t tell anyone the messages He gives us until He tells us it’s ok.
Jesus tells us to, “Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and the [door] will be opened to you, For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.” Let’s stay encouraged friends – even in the face of discouragement. This world tries to knock us down and knock us out of the race God has already won. Let’s keep our eyes on Him today.

Let’s see what Paul is writing the Thessalonians in chapter 3!
Again, Paul indicates he is suffering. He sent Timothy to the Thessalonians to check in on them and make sure they were still strong in their faith. He is elated by the news that they are steadfast in their beliefs. This news cheered Paul up, and he prayed the following blessing on them in verses 12 and 13: “And may the Lord make you to increase and excel and overflow in love for one another and for all people, just as we also do for you. So that He may strengthen and confirm and establish your hearts faultlessly pure and unblamable in holiness in the sight of our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) with all His saints (the holy and glorified people of God! Amen, (so be it)!” Part of the Great Commandment is to love one another. We know it deep in our core, but we still fall short sometimes. As least I do. There have been people I’ve met along the way whom I didn’t love and never thought I could – until I prayed. Prayed the Lord would love them for me and through me. It was never long before an affinity grew. And it was never long before I felt God loving them through me. I didn’t ‘DO’ anything. It just happened. This is what Paul meant when he wrote, “may the Lord make you increase and excel and overflow in love for one another.” This is what God does because He is love. He is an expert in love. God puts love in our hearts to strengthen, confirm, and establish our hearts so we are faultless and pure. So that we are holy in His sight. God does the work in us if we are willing. Let’s allow Him to change our hearts and love others – the ones who are hard to love.

Let’s see what’s happening with the Israelites in Joshua chapter 4!
God told Joshua to have one leader from every tribe pick out a large stone from the Jordan and put them where they stayed to remember what God had done for them, and to tell future generations what the stones meant. About 40,000 men ready for battle passed over the Jordan. It was to be remembered and God revered forever. Verse 14 says, “On that day the Lord magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they stood in awe of him, as they stood in awe of Moses, all the days of his life.”

Chapter 5 starts out with all their enemies hearing about how the waters were dried up by God and they became afraid.
God told Joshua to make knives of flint and circumcise this new generation of Israelites which he did. They kept the Passover on the 14th day in fields of Jericho and at the produce there. The next day manna from heaven stopped, and they were able to eat from the land.
We read about a very divine interaction between Joshua and the Captain or Prince of the Lord’s heavenly host. Joshua was told to take his sandals off for he was on holy ground. This was similar to the experience Moses had on Mount Saini. A miracle was about to happen!

Psalm 96 is another psalm of praise. It tells us to talk about all the wonderful things God has done. Just as the Israelites were to remember what God had done for them and keep them close to their hearts, we are reminded to do the same. I believe we are to remember the God we serve is the same God Who parted the Red Sea and the Jordan. He is the God Who is able – able to do all things. There is nothing too difficult for Him. He made the earth and all that is in it. It is all His. Sometimes we forget this simple fact and get caught up in the world and all our troubles. But God is the same today as He was thousands of years ago. And He is the same God Who desires our praise and worship.

Let us pray:
O Lord, You are great and mighty. You are almighty God. Father, we praise Your name. We praise all Your works. Continue to remind us how great and mighty You are. Help us never forget all the wonderful things You have done. May our hearts be filled with praise for You! In Jesus’ name, amen.