This October as we continue with the discipline of daily Bible reading, we delight to read the major prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah as well as the New Testament wisdom of James. Isaiah showcases some of the best known descriptions of the Promised Messiah. How wonderful to read again the prophecy, “For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6 ESV). And then again, “But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed” (Isa. 53:5 ESV).
As well-known as Isaiah is, some of us may not have read Jeremiah the whole way through. Jeremiah is called ‘the weeping prophet’ as he was called by God to pronounce God’s judgment upon Israel’s idolatry. What a word in season for us.
Only one day of NT reading this month, but that’s ok. It’s all about Jesus, no matter where in the Bible we read. This Fall, let’s praise God for Jesus Christ, the Suffering Servant.