September 2 Bible reading

1 09 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.

September 2  Psalm 105:1-11  2 Corinthians 5:11-21; 6:1-2  Isaiah 1; 2

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

The Israelites had recorded the directions God gave them, the promises God made them, and the miracles God gifted them. Through the generations they recounted God’s faithfulness to them by telling their children these stories. Thanking God, praising His name, and singing are seen as part of drawing strength from a personal relationship with God. In Jesus we find new life and from it, new purpose. We are now guided by the love of Jesus, and choose to live for His purpose in this world. This is why we help others find and follow Jesus. We are now the “ambassadors” of Jesus, through whom God makes an appeal to others. After hundreds of years with the Israelites turning away from the God who had miraculously provided for them, God speaks through the prophet Isaiah. God says that they no longer recognize Him, nor His actions in caring for them. God sees the pain that they have brought on themselves. God calls them to repent, and receive His cleansing, His relief from their guilt. A day will come when only the Lord will be exalted. The one true living God wants them to trust in Him.



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