My personal Bible-reading time hasn’t followed any particular pattern over the years. I’ve read the Bible through a few times, I’ve done individual books here and there, I’ve done topical studies, I’ve used devotional guides, and sometimes I’ve just randomly opened the Bible and asked God to teach me a lesson out of whatever the morning’s reading was.
This morning, the day after Christmas, I was in Ezekiel and reading some passages on the holiness and purity required of the priests who would minister in the temple of the Lord. And what came out in my prayer time was that so much of the Old Testament deals with the sinfulness of the human race, and what a serious matter that is, and how it needs to be addressed with extreme care.
Following on the heels of Christmas I was struck by “joy to the world, the Lord is come,” and it’s such incredible good news that the Savior has been born precisely because we sinners are in such lost and desperate straits without Him. Our sin is a very grave matter indeed, leading inexorably to our misery, death, and condemnation, except that God loved us so much that He gave us His Son. “Joy to the world,” indeed.
Hope all’s well out there, friends, and God bless.