Readings – Week of June 19

The readings this week continue going through the book of Ezekiel and the Gospel of Luke. With the Psalms, this week begins a two-week series going through the Psalms of Asaph. Asaph was a descendant of Levi and was appointed by King David to be among those leading worship when the Ark of the Covenant was brought to Jerusalem (1 Chron. 16:4-5).

Readings – Week of June 12

Psalm 88 is noteworthy because it is the most despondent of all the Psalms, not even ending on a note of praise as other psalms of lament do. It must be noted that, as dark as the Psalm is, the Psalmist is still crying out to the Lord. This is a reminder that in even our darkest despair, we still ought to cling to God and pour out our heart to Him. The name "Israel" means "one who struggles with God" (cf. Gen. 32:28) and in such moments of distress we best exhibit what it means to be children of Israel when we hang in there and wrestle with God.

Readings – Week of June 5

With Pentecost, this week begins the Kingdomtide readings that will continue until the end of the calendar year. Pentecost marks the inauguration of the New Covenant and the ingathering of God's People into His Kingdom. The Old Testament readings begin with Ezekiel, who prophesied from 593 BC until about 571 BC. Ezekiel witnessed God's people being taken into exile, prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem and Judah who refused to believe that God would judge them, but then foresaw God's future restoration of His people. The New Testament readings will begin focusing on the Pauline-related corpus, which Luke-Acts provides the narrative backbone for. The Psalm readings will cover a two-week overview of the Psalms of the Sons of Korah.