If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: 2 Chronicles 36, Revelation 22, Malachi 4, John 21. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can’t do all the readings today, read Malachi 4.
Our final Old Testament reading for 2016 sums up the entire message of the Bible pretty well in 6 short verses. First, God promised his day of judgment would come and destroy everyone who does evil (v. 1). But, in verse 2, he promised those who worship him (aka, “those who revere my name”) would not only escape God’s wrath, but they would also experience God’s presence dawning in their lives like the sun rising on a clear morning. His righteousness would bring healing, not destruction, for those who worship him and they would prosper (v. 2c) and participate in God’s defeat of his enemies (v. 3).
Until that happens, however, those who revere God’s name were to remember his word in obedience (v. 4). Finally, God would work to save many who are evil doers by sending his servant Elijah to turn hearts toward him and toward one another in reconciliation (vv. 5-6). This is a great passage on which to end 2016. Jesus is coming to fulfill these words; until he does, let’s hope in his promise, worship our Father, and live in obedience to his word.
My devotionals for 2017 start tomorrow but you have to subscribe to them. You will not automatically receive them if you’re subscribed to the 66in16 mailing list but, instead, you have to re-subscribe to the new list which you can find here.
If this is the end of the line for you, thank you for reading the Bible with me this year and for subscribing to and reading my devotionals. I hope they’ve been helpful to your spiritual life. If you choose not to re-subscribe to NT17, please keep the Bible reading habit going! Find or develop some kind of devotional reading plan for yourself. BibleGateway, the site that supplied the NIV text for us to read together this year, has a huge list of devotionals you can see here that you can subscribe to and read each day.
Or, if you want to do the same reading plan we did this year, Dr. D.A. Carson has a devotional blog that does what I did with 66in16–post the reading each day and include a daily devotional from one of the readings. You can see it here and subscribe to it here.
Happy new year and thanks again for reading with me this year!