August 24 Bible reading

23 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.

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

August 24  Proverbs 20:25-30; 21:1-4  1 Corinthians 15:50-58; 16:1-4  2 Chronicles 21:4-20; 22; 23

No one knows the motives of a human heart better than our God. We would do well to live with an understanding of what this means. When Christ returns to earth we will be transformed and will live forever. This perspective should help us be strong now and live with passion for Jesus. Not a single thing that we do for our Lord will be wasted. From this context, the Corinthian believers are encouraged to exercise courageous generosity by choosing to live on less of the money they earned so that they could send help to the Jerusalem believers. This would prove their love for others across ethnic and racially divided lines. Evil rulers followed the example of Arab only to be met by the punishment of God. We see that God used the daughter of a king, priests, a judge, musicians, military leaders, and ordinary people to overthrow evil leadership and bring a righteous king to power. God cares about government and the righteousness of its leaders.





August 23 Bible reading

22 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 23: Psalm 102:12-17  1 Corinthians 15:35-49  2 Chronicles 18:28-34; 19; 20; 21:1-3

Exhausted and yet crying out for help from God this prayer recognizes God as powerful and able to help, Psalm 102. When Christ returns to earth, we will discover our new bodies strong and ready to live forever. We will enjoy the glory of the resurrected Jesus in eternal life. As the prophet predicted, King Arab was killed in a battle that God had warned of. The king did not listen to the many words from the prophet of God but rebelled to follow his own way. King Jehoshaphat has brought the anger of God by helping the evil king Arab. Jehoshaphat called the people to fasting and prayer. God responded, causing the enemy armies to kill each other leaving a vast amount of resources for the army of Judah to collect. They didn’t have to fight their own battle. Despite this miracle Jehoshaphat did not complete remove idolatry from Judah and again helped an evil king of Israel. God brought consequences again.

 

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





August 22 Bible reading

22 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 22: Psalm 102:1-11  1 Corinthians 15:1-34  2 Chronicles 16; 17; 18:1-27

Psalm 102 helps us cry out to God on our worst days. We turn to God instead of turning away from God. That is how we will find strength and comfort. Paul’s letter keeps his direction to them within the context of the Good News of Jesus. He points out that the resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the determining factor for our ability to believe in this hope for our salvation. Our need to be rescued started with Adam. Our understanding of the Good News must include these elements of the redemptive narrative. We must carefully choose how we will live based on an eternal perspective and understanding of what is to come. When attacked King Asa turned to another king for help, paying him with money from God’s Temple. He suffered the consequences of trusting the ruler of an army that he could see over the one he could not see. After a civil war, a prophet predicted the punishment of God because of the selfish rebellion of the kings of Judah and Israel.