Our chronological Bible reading schedule has taken us from the beginning, and the story of Creation in the Book of Genesis, through the Old Testament Scriptures.

Today’s Scripture reading introduces us to the four Gospels of the New Testament. The reading schedule in the Old Testament followed a nearly consistent pattern of beginning and finishing one book of the Old Testament before continuing to the next book. The same will not be true of our study of the New Testament.

For instance, the individual Gospels are sometimes not chronological in their record of events in the life of Christ. Adding to the challenge of grasping a chronology of events in the life and ministry of Christ is the fact that the record of events will not be the same (not a contradiction, but a reflection of different human authors).

You may also feel it is a challenge to jump back and forth between the four Gospels in your daily readings. I assure you it is a task we will face together. I pray my labor and your faithfulness will both enlighten and encourage your study of God’s Word.

If you have not already, I invite you to subscribe to www.HeartofAShepherd.com, and join my global family. What began as this pastor’s attempt to minister to his church family, has grown into an annual readership represented in 190 countries around the world (the United Nations recognizes 193-member countries).

I close by encouraging you to print out and follow the chronological Scripture reading plan that I follow for my daily devotional commentaries.

With the heart of a shepherd,

Pastor Travis D. Smith


Copyright 2020 – Travis D. Smith