October 19 Bible reading

18 10 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.

October 19  Proverbs 25:11-20  1 Timothy 4  Jeremiah 40:7-16; 41; 42

What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?

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

What should you do about that truth?

Our words can help or hurt. We must be careful with what we say. A trustworthy person is refreshing on difficult days.

False teaching, bringing legalism and deception, may continue. Such teachers will confuse right from wrong. As we follow Jesus, let us prioritize our becoming more like Jesus above “arguing godless ideas”. Our hope in Jesus, should be our focus. We can be an example to others in what we say and how we live. Our lives should be pure, full of faith and love. Reading the Scripture when we gather, will help. Let us throw ourselves completely into this life of following Jesus.

Out of jealously for a throne of broken power, Ishmael murders Gedaliah (whom the Babylonians had left in leadership of the Judean remnant). Johanan removed Ishmael and rescued the people he had captured. Johanan then asked the prophet Jeremiah for guidance from God. The message from God included direction, revelation of God’s sorrow, and possible consequences if they would fear other people more than their respect for God. When God speaks we must listen.


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