Contending For The Faith

April 1, 2009

Horner Bible Reading Plan, Day 10

Filed under: Bible Study — Lynda O @ 8:47 am

Now for some thoughts from the last few days of readings. By the way, I’m now reading the lists in the order that Horner specifies: Gospels, Pentateuch, the two lists of epistles, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, then history (here I read both Joshua and 1 Kings), then Prophets (here I read Isaiah and Hosea), then Acts. I’m not convinced that the order matters that much, and it does require more page-flipping back and forth, but it does break the reading into different sections more, alternating between books of the New Testament and Old Testament.

I continue to notice the similarities between Job and the Psalms, especially Job 6 and Psalm 6. Psalm 10 is very similar to the theme of Job, the sayings about how the wicked man will perish, as described by Job’s friends.

In Proverbs 10, the first chapter of individual proverb verses (after the first 9 chapters of a more narrative flow), I especially noticed the many references to a fool and his mouth. The fool is associated with chattering, slandering, and many verses describe “the mouth of the fool” or “the mouth of the wicked.”

History Parallels
In my history readings I see similarity and continuity in Joshua and 1 Kings. For instance, in both Joshua 8 and 1 Kings 8 the people review and remember God’s promises to His people, and in both cases they offer sacrifices. I also noticed, in these two chapters, the similarity between Joshua and Solomon; both were the successor to an important leader (Moses, and King David). Continuing into chapter 9 for both books, I notice the continuity concerning the Canaanite slaves. Joshua 9 begins the story, with the Gibeonite deception after which the Gibeonites become the wood cutters and water carriers. Then, 1 Kings 9 mentions the descendants of those Canaanites who had not been annihilated by the Israelites, who continued as slaves — now not only doing the wood and water, but building Solomon’s temple.

Both 1 Kings 9 and Isaiah 9 mention Galilee. 1 Kings 9 records the incident by which we know what the ancient people thought of that land– King Hiram receives 20 towns in Galilee for his work on Solomon’s temple; but when he visits the towns he is displeased and calls them “worthless.” Isaiah 9 is a more well-known passage, where God promises to honor that region of Zebulun and Naphtali, Galilee of the Gentiles (Isaiah 9:1).

Tucked away in Hosea 10:8 is an interesting prophecy mentioned a few more times in the New Testament. I had forgotten its origin here. “Then they will say to the mountains, “Cover us!” and to the hills, “Fall on us!” Jesus quotes this verse (Luke 23:28-30) in his words to the women of Jerusalem, as He is being led to Golgotha:

28Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30Then “‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”‘

Here Jesus applies Hosea’s words to the destruction of Jerusalem a generation later. Yet Revelation 6:15-16 has a similar reference, if not the exact wording from Hosea, to a future event during the great tribulation:

15Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!

This rather obscure passage in Hosea, repeated in two later texts, is yet another example of what I’ve heard and read from Bible teachers (here I’m thinking especially of John MacArthur, and Jim McClarty), that the Old Testament prophecies often have “leaps” and describe events that have more than one future fulfillment. It is fascinating to see how scripture interprets scripture, and through these 12 daily readings I can see many more cross-references, and hopefully retain more of the Bible, than with the more common practice of sequentially reading through the Bible each year, only one passage at a time.


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