Mark 15,16; Luke 1-5

It takes seven days to make one week, and just seven days without the Bible to make one weak.

 

If you have accepted the challenge to read through the New Testament in thirty days, then you are now over half-way through the Gospels. Today's reading of the last two chapters of Mark and the first five chapters of Luke are like vitamins for the soul: The taking of them will make you stronger!

 

Did you notice that the genealogy contained in Luke differs from the one in Matthew? There is a good reason for this, the most likely explanation being that Matthew shows the legal lineage of Christ as reckoned through His adopted father, Joseph, while Luke shows the physical lineage of Christ through his mother, Mary. The precise language of the physician Luke shows that Joseph was only thought to be Jesus' father, since He was in every true sense the Son of God. Heli, then, was most likely Mary's father, and his line went through David and Bathsheba's son Nathan, while Joseph's lineage was reckoned through David and Bathsheba's son, Solomon.

 

Thus from a legal sense Jesus was a son (descendant) of David, and from a physical sense He was both a son (descendant) of David and the Son of God.

 

This is the very type of discovery that you will make on a daily basis by reading through the entire Word in a systematic, rather than a haphazard or random way. Now don't get me wrong, I believe both are good. I don't know how many times that I was struggling with some problem or another, and just opened up the Bible at some unplanned point and started reading, and I cannot tell you how uncanny the Word of God is at answering whatever problems we may have.

 

But, by reading through the Word of God with a predetermined plan of action, you will discover things that you didn't even know were there. It will take you on a journey of epic proportions, and, if you are so willing, it will direct you in the path of eternal life. For those who are interested enough to find it, the New Testament contains God's clear plan of salvation, and there is no more important study that we will ever undertake in this brief time we have on earth than God's message of salvation.

 

Have you read your Bible today? There is no time like the present to begin

 

"Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true."

Acts 17:11, NIV