In praise of Chronological Bible Reading

Yesterday’s Reading; 1 Samuel 17:32-19:17; Psalm 59; 1 Samuel 19:18-24

Today’s Reading:  1 Samuel 20-21:15; Psalm 34

Tomorrow’s Reading:  1 Samuel 22:1-2; Psalm 57; Psalm 142; 1 Chronicles 12:8-18; 1 Samuel 22:3-23; Psalm 52; 1 Samuel 23:1-12

If you look at the readings for Yesterday, today and tomorrow the list can be a bit intimidating.  It contains 12 different bits of reading over three days.  Why is this?

As you know I am reading through the Bible chronologically.  That means I am reading as though it were one big history book.  beginning to end. The Bible is published as a collection of writings.  There are two main divisions, Old Testament (pre Christ) and New Testament (Christ and after).  Then within the Old Testament we have these sections Pentateuch, History, Poetry, Major Prophets and Minor Prophets.  While the New Testament has the Gospels, History, Letters and Prophecy. 

Up until now our chronological reading plan has been fairly linear.  Sure we have jumped around a bit, but nothing like these days.  The advantage of the stories of these days is that they are about King David.  King David was a person who has a lot written about him and he is a man who wrote many songs (Psalms). 

In a traditional read through the Bible David’s life and his songs are separated by hundreds of pages and months of reading.  But in our readings these days we can read about the history of David and read the Song/Psalm that he wrote for the exact situation he is in.  In my eyes, knowing the situation David was in when he wrote the Psalm gives much more meaning to the Psalm.  He adds texture and context.  It helps bring David’s emotions and character to life.

Take a look at our reading list and what stories are involved:

1 Samuel 17:32-19:17 – David kills Goliath, Israel Routs the Philistines, Saul Becomes Jealous of David, David Marries Saul’s Daughter, Saul Tries to Kill David, Michal Saves David’s Life,

Psalm 59 – A psalm of David, regarding the time Saul sent soldiers to watch David’s house in order to kill him. To be sung to the tune

1 Samuel 19:18-24 – David’s escape

1 Samuel 20-21:15 – Jonathon Helps David, David Runs from Saul,

Psalm 34 – A psalm of David, regarding the time he pretended to be insane in front of Abimelech, who sent him away

1 Samuel 22:1-2 – David at the Cave of Adullam

Psalm 57 – A psalm of David, regarding the time he fled from Saul and went into the cave.

Psalm 142 – A psalm of David, regarding his experience in the cave. A prayer.

1 Chronicles 12:8-18 – Warriors Join David

1 Samuel 22:3-23 – David at Adullam, Saul Kills the Priests of Nod

Psalm 52 – A psalm of David, regarding the time Doeg the Edomite said to Saul, “David has gone to see Ahimelech.”

1 Samuel 23:1-12 – David Protects the Town of Keilah

This is a very difficult time in the life of David.  He has been anointed king, his best friend is the current king’s son and the king is doing everything possible to have David killed.  David feels as though he is all alone, except for his Lord.  The history and the songs of David go together.  Try to read them together to gain insight into David’s heart.

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Tomorrow we will talk about David in the cave of Adullam.

For a post explaining the various reading plans, see How do you eat an Elephant?

About plimtuna

I am just an average guy trying to find his way along this journey of life. I am definitely middle aged. I am definitely happily married with a wife and two children. Personally, I have a passion for things eternal. Professionally, I have a passion for things that are securely in control.
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