Bible Reading Plan

We invite you to join us in reading through the entire Bible together.  We're not trying to complete it in a limited time frame like a month or a year; but rather, we want to create a habit (or discipline) of getting to know God's heart through what He's told us about Himself. 

For a more mobile friendly view of the daily readings, try our new site at https://app.nvbc.net, still a work in progress.

During each week, we encourage you to not only read the passage, but write it down as well.  The act of writing will help you think about each word, and will help you remember the verses longer.

EZEKIEL READING! We are going to do a book that requires a commitment to deeper study – it has metaphors, visions, parables and
prophecy and addresses complex theological issues. Please consider reading it with either Study Notes or a Commentary. We are reading a chapter a day! You will find it very relevant to the times we live in.

When reading, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What does it say about God?
  • What does it say to/about me?
  • What can I learn from this reading?

June 16-22

  • Sunday: Psalm 82  “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless …”
  • Monday: Ezekiel 19:1-7  Starts a lament … “lions” a reference to the kings; vs 6 probably a reference to Jehoahaz – after 3 months of reigning he was taken captive to Egypt (2 Kings 23:31-34)
  • Tuesday: Lamentations 1:1-8  This lament is after the people have been taken into exile – the lamenting is about the Jerusalem, the humiliation of God’s people, the “affliction and hard servitude” (vs 3). Vs 8 tells us why this happened; vs 5b tells us who was behind this
  • Wednesday: Ezekiel 19:8-11  “mother” is a reference to Israel, who was a flourishing vine; but now overpowered by other nations
  • Thursday: Lamentations 1:9-14  Israel’s enemies stormed and looted the “sanctuary” (vs 10), i.e. the Temple. The people had to sell their valuables for food. They cry out to God (vs 11f) … it is obvious that “the Lord gave me into the hands of those who I cannot withstand” (vs 14)
  • Friday: Ezekiel 19:12-14  A prophetic description of how they were going to be exiled, uprooted and planted in the “wilderness” (i.e. Babylon). “no scepter for ruling” is a reference to the cessation of King David’s line of ruling kings [to be restored when King Jesus reigns]
  • Saturday: Lamentations 1:15-22  A continuation of a sad lament …notice the cry to God, the desperate let down by those that they trusted, and the gladness of Israel’s enemies (vs 21). The ending is poignant “my groans are many, and my heart is faint” (vs 22 c)

June 23-29

  • Sunday: Psalm 83  “they may know that you alone …are the Most High …”
  • Monday: Ezekiel 20:1-8  God was done arguing / listening to the “elders” but confronts them about idolatry. Though their fathers indulged in it, this generation didn’t put them away
  • Tuesday: Ezekiel 20:9-17  Notice why God is reacting in such drastic ways? Vs 9, 14 “for the sake of my name”! God is holy, His name is holy (which is why we don’t take the name of “Jesus” in vain).
  • Wednesday: Ezekiel 20:18-26  To the next generation (in the wilderness), they too were warned … but they “rebelled”. God warned them … if they disobeyed, He would scatter them …it’s about to happen!
  • Thursday: Ezekiel 20:27-32  God takes their idol worship personally and says to them ‘Don’t come and inquire from me now’ (cf. vs 1). In fact, though they wanted to be ‘like other nations’ God tells them He’s not going to let them do it (vs 32)
  • Friday: Ezekiel 20:33-39  We love the phrase “with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm” because God’s strength and power can work for us; that same strong arm can work against us when we sin.
  • Saturday: Ezekiel 20:40-48  Notice the confidence and surety of this prophecy – God says there will be a time when He accepts their offerings, He will bring them back – for what purpose? So that “you shall know that I am the LORD” … “for my name’s sake” (vs 44)

June 30