This week's reading has us finishing up the book of Ezekiel and reading all the way through Daniel (the last of the major prophets). We will also read the first of the minor prophets, Hosea. Remember though the designation about major and minor has nothing to do with the substance of their message - and everything to do with the actual size of the book of the Bible.
The first two chapters of Daniel are the introduction to Daniel, his friends and their circumstances in exile. Daniel was one of the young men from Judah carried off to Babylon along with three of his friends. While there they were selected for leadership and given new names. We don't call Daniel by his foreign name (Belteshazzar), but we do call his friends by their exile names (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego). The second section to this book (2:4-7:28) deals with the court tales of Daniel and his friends living among the Babylonians and the final section (8:1-12:13) contains Daniel's prophetic visions about Israel's future.
The book of Hosea is an interesting one. Hosea was a prophet to the northern kingdom of Israel before its fall. His ministry as a prophet is talked about in the context of his marriage to an unfaithful wife - a way of demonstrating the nation of Israel's unfaithfulness in their commitment to God.
Here is the schedule:
05, Sunday: Ezekiel 47 - Daniel 2
06, Monday: Daniel 3-6
07, Tuesday: Daniel 7-10
08, Wednesday: Daniel 11 - Hosea 2
09, Thursday: Hosea 3-6
10, Friday: Hosea 7-10
11, Saturday: Hosea 11-14
May God add His richest blessings to the reading, the hearing, the understanding and most importantly the living out of His holy word. Amen.