Are the people of God really the people of God if they don’t pay attention to what God says? How do they even know what He says? That should be an easy question to answer. It’s right here in the Bible:
Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. (Psalm 119:11 NKJV)
Here is a tool that can help those who want to find out what God says. Fair warning, though: It takes some discipline! This is a Bible reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year, but in a slightly different way. This plan is a combination of the Jewish and Christian approaches toward the Scriptures.
The Jewish approach is to read through the Torah (the books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy) in weekly portions, combined with selections from the Haftorah, which are selected readings from the Prophets and other books of the Tanakh (“Old Testament”). The Torah cycle begins after the Fall Feasts of Rosh Hashanah (Head of the Year/Trumpets), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), and Sukkot (Tabernacles) and goes through the entire Hebrew year to the next occurrence of the Fall Feasts. This year the cycle begins the week of October 12-18. In this reading plan, the Torah cycle is broken down into daily portions as one would normally find in any Jewish or Messianic reading plan. The weekly Haftorah portions are grouped together on the Shabbat (Sabbath) day readings, with additional Haftorah selections for the Feasts appearing on the reading plan at those special times during the year.
One Christian approach to reading the Bible is to go through all 66 books of the Tanakh and Apostolic Writings (“New Testament”) every year. This plan does that also. All of the Tanakh starting with Joshua and ending with Malachi, as well as the Apostolic Writings from Matthew to Revelation, appear as daily portions along with the daily Torah and weekly Haftorah readings. There is no intentional connection of these daily readings with the Torah portions, just a straightforward presentation of each book in bite-sized portions in the order they appear in the Christian canon.
If you are in search of an organized approach to the Word of God, maybe this can help. Whatever you do, please do get into the Word so that it can get into you!
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