HOW THE PLAN IS ARRANGED
In this booklet, the Old Testament has been divided into two parts. Both parts are intended to be read each day, but if your time is limited, you can just read one part each year.
The New Testament is carried through the whole year and each daily portion contains only
about twenty-five verses, making it fairly simple to completely read the New Testament once a year.
Every Christian should read completely through the New Testament each year, but unfortunately, most do not.
One advantage in the shortness of these portions is that it gives time for deeper and fuller meditation which enables the reader to better digest what he or she is reading along with other parts of the Bible.
THE ORDER OF BOOKS
The Old Testament, Part I, embraces the Pentateuch and the historical books, in the order in which they stand in our Bible. The Old Testament, Part II, contains the five didactic books; Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon; and all of the prophetic books. These are placed in their chronological order. The prophets divide themselves into three divisions: the prophets of the Assyrian period; those of the Babylonian era; and those of the Persian period subsequent to the restoration of Judah.
In regard to Jeremiah, a special notice is needed. It will be observed by a comparison of the dates given in this booklet that the chapters following the twentieth are not in chronological order.
How this disarrangement arose, I don’t know; but for purposes of this booklet, they have been rearranged. In my opinion, it helps to better capture the narrative of Jeremiah to have the chapters in this sequence.
In the New Testament, the four Gospels are separated from one another, so that the life of our Lord may be at the forefront of your mind throughout the year. Matthew is followed by the Acts of the Apostles, connecting together the coming of the King, His rejection, and the calling out of His Church. The Gospel of Mark (Peter’s son in the faith) is named the “Petrine Gospel,” and the Jewish epistles—that is, those of Peter, James and Jude—are placed after it. Luke’s Gospel, named the “Pauline Gospel,” is followed by the epistles of Paul, arranged in chronological order. And lastly, the Gospel of John is connected with his other writings.