Year of Scripture – Day 274

Readings for the next few days:
Tuesday, October 1: Malachi

We made it to Day 274, and the completion of our journey through the Old Testament. For that I thought we deserved some fireworks!

What a journey! Some of it was quite painful, but we made it through all 39 books of the Old Testament. As many of the last books we’ve read, Malachi was definitely not a “happy ending.” Even as the people return from exile, rebuild the city walls, and rebuild the temple, sin quickly enters back into the story. The hope . . . Elijah will return.

Its too bad, that we don’t move from this to the Gospel of Luke where we encounter the birth of John the Baptist (whom some think was Elijah). It would have made for a nice fluid connection Old Testament to the New Testament. Instead we start with Matthew. Historically speaking, it should have been Mark, but I’ll explain all of that in the upcoming post. Either way, we end the Old Testament with a glimmer of hope . . . someone greater is coming.

Before we close, lets turn to thebibleproject.com and hear their take on Malachi.

Peace,
Pastor Bailey

Readings for the next few days:
Wednesday, October 2: Matthew 1 – 4
Thursday, October 3: Matthew 5 – 6
Friday, October 4: Matthew 7 – 8
Saturday, October 5: Matthew 9 – 10

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