Devotion and Readings for September 5 & 6

Bible Readings and Devotion for September 5 & 6, 2020

Here are the references for the readings.  Please look these up in your print Bible, your smartphone app Bible, or your online Bible:

September 5


Luke 6:12-16 

Job 12:1-25

Psalm 12-14, 17

2 Kings 19

September 6

Luke 6:17-19

Job 13:1-28

Psalm 18

2 Kings 20

Devotion for September 6, 2020

By Pastor David Tinker

When teaching about the various Books of the Bible I have sometimes tossed in an odd name.  It is Hezekiah.  I know that Hezekiah is not the name of any book of the Bible.  His name sounds like a prophet or something like that.  I throw this name out there to get people thinking.  I mention him because our reading from 2 Kings 20 shares part of his story.

My ultimate goal when teaching the names of the books is this: I hope that people will learn the names of the books of the Bible, in order, and as to whether it is Old Testament or New Testament.  The purpose of this is so that people will be able to use their Bible well.  When given a reference I want to help them to find the book quickly.  Then they can move along to find the specific chapter and verse.   When they know where a certain book it, then they can also gain understanding of what is around it and how it relates to the themes and broad story of God’s Holy Word to us.

One of the tools I use for teaching is what follows in this devotion.  It is a document I created more than a decade ago.  It presents the names of the books of the Bible in order and divided by Old and New Testaments.  I also read through the book and found a short theme of each book.  

Here is a link to a PDF of this document.  Feel free to use it.  It will print out better than printing this web page. 

Books of the Bible – Themes of Each Book               THE OLD TESTAMENT

1.         Genesis                       A Book of Beginnings

2.         Exodus                       Freedom for God’s people

3.         Leviticus                    A Holy People Worship a Holy God

4.         Numbers                    Preparing for the Promised Land

5.         Deuteronomy             The Second Giving of the Law

6.         Joshua                        Entering the Promised Land

7.         Judges                        Heroes for Israel

8.         Ruth                           Family is Important

9.         1 Samuel                    The people ask for Kings

10.       2 Samuel                    David’s Success and Sin

11.       1 Kings                       Divided Strength in Israel

12.       2 Kings                       Deeper Trouble for God’s People

13.       I Chronicles               Retelling of History

14.       2 Chronicles               Idol Worship brings them down

15.       Ezra                            Return to Jerusalem

16.       Nehemiah                   Rebuilding the Walls

17.       Esther                         A Queen Saves the Day

18.       Job                              Life is Tough, God is Faithful

19.       Psalms                        The People Sing

20.       Proverbs                    Wise Ideas for all time

21.       Ecclesiastes                Life is Meaningless without God

22.       Song of Solomon       God’s Love Song

23.       Isaiah                          Afflict the Comfortable, Comfort the Afflicted

24.       Jeremiah                    The Need to Return to God

25.       Lamentations             Hope in the midst of tears

26.       Ezekiel                        Doom leads to hope

27.       Daniel                         Standing Firm under Pressure

28.       Hosea                          God’s unfaithful people

29.       Joel                             The Promise of God’s Holy Spirit

30.       Amos                          Let Justice Roll Down like waters

31.       Obadiah                     Don’t Mess with God’s people

32.       Jonah                          God loves all people

33.       Micah                         Perverting Faith or Pleasing God

34.       Nahum                       God Judges, God Rules

35.       Habakkuk                  God is in Control

36.       Zephaniah                 Seek the Lord

37.       Haggai                        The Call to Rebuild the Temple

38.       Zechariah                  Visions of Hope

39.       Malachi                      The Faithful will remain



Books of the Bible – Themes of Each Book     THE NEW TESTAMENT

1.         Matthew                     Jesus Teaches Us

2.         Mark                          Prepare the Way of the Lord

3.         Luke                           The Babe who Loves us

4.         John                            God so loves the world

5.         Acts                            The growing church

6.         Romans                      Textbook of the Good News

7.         1 Corinthians             Love – the More Excellent Way

8.         2 Corinthians             We are a New Creation

9.         Galatians                    Freedom in Christ

10.       Ephesians                   One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism

11.       Philippians                 Joy in Following Jesus

12.       Colossians                  Jesus is Supreme

13.       1 Thessalonians         Be Faithful in the Long Term

14.       2 Thessalonians         Waiting for Jesus

15.       1 Timothy                  Encouragement for a young leader

16.       2 Timothy                  Strength in Service

17.       Titus                           Instructions for Leaders

18.       Philemon                    A plea for true brotherhood

19.       Hebrews                     Christ is the Greatest

20.       James                         Be a Doer of the Word

21.       1 Peter                        Strength in Suffering

22.       2 Peter                        Diligence in Growth

23.       1 John                         Let us love one another

24.       2 John                         Walking in the Truth

25.       3 John                         Imitating Good

26.       Jude                            Watch for False Teachers

27.       Revelation                  Hope for Heaven

My hope and prayer for each of you is that you will actively seek to read, study and understand God’s Word.  It is a message from our loving God of faith, hope, and love for the whole human race, including Hezekiah.


Blessed Lord God, you have caused the holy scriptures to be written for the nourishment of your people. Grant that we may hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that, comforted by your promises, we may embrace and forever hold fast to the hope of eternal life, which you have given us in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen

Prayer from Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.

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