April Read through the Bible

Earlier this year, we invited you to join us on a yearlong journey through God’s Word. This month, you’ll begin reading Judges, Ruth, and 1 & 2 Samuel in the Old Testament. For your NT readings, you’ll begin reading in the Gospel of Luke.

714639_16139136The Plan

April 1: Judges 1–3; Luke 1:1-25
April 2: Judges 4–5; Luke 1:26-38
April 3: Judges 6; Luke 1:39-56
April 4: Judges 7–8; Luke 1:57-80
April 5: Judges 9; Luke 2:1-20
April 6: Judges 10–12; Luke 2:21-40
April 7: Judges 13–15; Luke 2:41-52
April 8: Judges 16; Luke 3:1-20
April 9: Judges 17–18; Luke 3:21-38
April 10: Judges 19–20; Luke 4:1-13
April 11: Judges 21; Luke 4:14-32
April 12: Ruth 1–2; Luke 4:33-44
April 13: Ruth 3–4; Luke 5:1-26
April 14: 1 Samuel 1–2; Luke 5:27-39
April 15: 1 Samuel 3–4; Luke 6:1-11
April 16: 1 Samuel 5–6; Luke 6:12-49
April 17: 1 Samuel 7–8; Luke 7:1-17
April 18: 1 Samuel 9–10; Luke 7:18-35
April 19: 1 Samuel 11–13; Luke 7:36-50
April 20: 1 Samuel 14–15; Luke 8:1-18
April 21: 1 Samuel 16–17; Luke 8:19-39
April 22: 1 Samuel 18–19; Luke 8:40-56
April 23: 1 Samuel 20–21; Luke 9:1-17
April 24: 1 Samuel 22–23; Luke 9:18-45
April 25: 1 Samuel 24–25; Luke 9:46-62
April 26: 1 Samuel 26–27; Luke 10:1-24
April 27: 1 Samuel 28–29; Luke 10:25-42
April 28: 1 Samuel 30–31; Luke 11:1-13
April 29: 2 Samuel 1–2; Luke 11:14-28
April 30: 2 Samuel 3–4; Luke 11:29-54

Background info you need to know

JUDGES
Author: Samuel (most likely)
Section: History
Number of Chapters: 21
Written: After the conquest of Canaan (around 1380-1060 B.C.)
Theme/Message: The people of Israel sinned and God raised up judges, but the land was still defiled. The nation of Israel survived solely by the grace of God.

RUTH
Author: Possibly Samuel, but we can only speculate.
Section: History
Number of Chapters: 4
Written: Unclear, possibly during or after David’s reign (1011-971 B.C. or as late as the exile
Theme/Message: God’s grace, love, and His providence are seen throughout the Book of Ruth. Boaz used his position under Jewish law to redeem Ruth. The redemption of Ruth by Boaz and the redemption of sinners by Christ is sometimes correlated.
1 & 2 SAMUEL
Author: Unknown, probably Samuel
Section: History
Number of Chapters: 31, 24
Written: During the time of the judges (around 1380-970 B.C.)
Theme/Message: Leadership, God’s sovereignty, sin’s consequences and God’s relationship with His covenant people are all major themes in 1 and 2 Samuel.

LUKE
Author: Luke, a Gentile physician who traveled with Paul
Section: Gospels
Number of Chapters: 24
Written: Around A.D. 60
Theme/Message: The Gospel of Luke focuses on the person and life of Jesus Christ. It is the longest book in the New Testament and about 60 percent of the material is unique to this Gospel.

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