September 22 Bible reading

21 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 22  Psalm 109:21-31  Ephesians 1  Isaiah 51:17-23; 52; 53; 54

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

David is not afraid to sing to the Lord, about his blues. An object of ridicule, David appeals to the good character of God, asking for rescue. Regardless of God’s response, David commits to continued thanksgiving to the Lord, for the way He has stood by the poor and defended them.

Paul writes a letter to the church in Ephesus, with whom he had previously spent at least three years. Paul is being held prisoner in Rome, and yet he writes a beautiful letter about our response to God’s love and grace. God’s plan for redemption available through Jesus was in the works before the creation of all that we see. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit loved us and planned to purchase our freedom and make forgiveness and an inheritance available to us. Paul interacted with Jesus personally. He received truth from Jesus directly. We can grow in a confident hope through this truth.

Through Isaiah God explains how His redemptive plan interacts with the free will decisions of people. There’s a blessing on people who are willing to share the “good news of peace and salvation” with others. In Isaiah 53 we read a specific prophecy of the coming Messiah, that was fulfilled by Jesus. God promises restoration of a repentant Israel.


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