Our children are starting to count down the number of days left until we finish up the Bible. Doesn’t it feel good to see how far we’ve come and to know that we are almost there? We are almost finished reading through the entire Bible.
Reading through the New Testament at this rate has me feel a bit like I’m trying to take a sip of water from a fire hose. There is just so much information. One thing that has struck me is the number of times that Jesus says and repeats that the things that He is speaking of have been hidden from that generation. They do not understand that the Messiah is living in their midst. They do not understand the nature of the kingdom of heaven. Jesus says,
Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,
‘YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND;
YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;
FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL,
WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR,
AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES,
OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES,
HEAR WITH THEIR EARS,
AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN,
AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.’
Their lack of understanding is obviously God’s will and purpose. It certainly gives us a lot to think about.
Our family is caught up on our reading. Several in our family used our two grace days last week, so we will be finishing up on March 31, unless we can make that up in the next week and a half.
Feel free to link up here if you posted about your progress this week. Otherwise leave us a comment and let us know how you’re doing. What has jumped out at you in your New Testament reading thus far?
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