August 28 Bible reading

27 08 2018

Each day of the year I’ll post verses to read, with the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us, expressed through Jesus.

Please read the verses below, prayerfully consider them, and then my comments may be helpful after those moments.

August 28  Proverbs 21:5-16  2 Corinthians 1:23-24; 2:1-11  2 Chronicles 31:2-21; 32; 33:1-20

Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?

How we choose to live will bring results: good or bad. God is aware of how we are living. More than once, Paul has brought necessary correction to the thinking and behavior of the Corinthians. In his compassion for them, he writes that this has been painful for him as well. Paul directs the forgiveness and restoration of a particular troublemaker. Such forgiveness is described as one way to overcome the schemes of our enemy. King Hezekiah completely restored the worship of Yahweh among the 12 tribes, according to God’s instructions. He sought God wholeheartedly and was successful as a result. He trusted God completely and worked hard. When attacked he asked God for help. God sent an angel to destroy the enemy. In a time of peace, he became proud and didn’t respond in the right way to a miracle healing. He repented of his pride. Hezekiah’s son Manasseh rebuilt the pagan shrines his father had destroyed. His idolatry included human sacrifice. He ignored God’s warning for a time and finally repented of his sin, tearing down idolatry and restoring the worship of Yahweh. Over and over through these generations we see patterns of turning away from God, finding consequence for it, and some returning to God repenting.



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