September 23 Bible reading

22 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 23  Psalm 110  Ephesians 2  Isaiah 55; 56; 57:1-13

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

David writes a prophetic song, in Psalm 110, that describes the Lord as a priest and a king. In Hebrews 7:21 this is explained as Jesus the Messiah brought fulfillment. Jesus functions in both ways, as a better version of what Abraham saw in Melchizedek.

Each of us has experienced life directed by our carnal nature. Making mistakes, we once allowed our sin to separate us from relationship with God. As we accept the grace of God, available to us by the sacrifice of Jesus, we receive new spiritual life. This does not come to us because we have done anything good, but instead because God loves us. Through Jesus, God makes a peaceful relationship with Him possible. This Good News of peace can break down the wall of hostility between Jew and Gentile, and bring us into healthy relationships with each other.

Isaiah knew that God had revealed to David the promise of unfailing love made available through the Messiah. Our God has purpose. His thoughts and ways are to be respected. God will forgive the repentant and just those who will not repent. David, Isaiah, Abraham, and Paul learned about the gracious nature of God. They came to respect God’s purpose and see the value of responding to God with faithful love.


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