September 8 Bible reading

7 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 8  Psalm 106:16-31  2 Corinthians 10  Isaiah 17; 18; 19

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

Psalm 106, Hebrews 3, and Numbers 25 unpack for us, the stories of the Israelites who left the living God that had miraculously provided for them and rescued them, in favor of sexual sin and the worship of gods made by their own hands. We learn from Phinehas, who chose to believe that God would do what He said. Let’s not be distracted from worship by our carnal nature.

Paul writes about the value of eternal perspective. We can come to understand what will last forever, and avoid being distracted or intimidated by things that will not. This will helps us resist pride.

Through the prophet Isaiah God reiterates the current state of Israel’s affairs. They have brought on themselves the consequence of turning away from their Creator, in favor of idols that they made to worship. God calls them to return to His love. God predicts a peaceful relationship with the Ethiopians and Egyptians. They will worship God and receive blessing from their Creator, who love them. This is the heart of God toward people from all nations, and quite clearly this includes the people of Africa. An honest look at Scripture must include that truth.


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