October 20 Bible reading

19 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 20  Psalm 119:65-72  1 Timothy 5; 6:1-2  Jeremiah 43; 44; 45

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?

After difficult days, the poet learned that God keeps His promises. He learned to enjoy the guidance of God, and it became more valuable to him than riches. The Word of God can bring us life and preserve us from trouble.

Within the church (and with all people), we should speak to each other with the love and respect of a healthy family relationship. We should find ways to help those who have no one to care for them. Paul gives Timothy instructions for the leadership of the Ephesian church, including the support of widows. Paul provided immediate practical advice and a long-term perspective.

A remnant of Judean citizens had rejected God’s instruction to stay home in His protection. They feared the Babylonians. They refused Jeremiah and declared that they would do whatever they wanted to do. They took Jeremiah with them to hide in Egypt. God said they were choosing death in Egypt, and that He would bring punishment for idol worship. We must ask ourselves if we hold anything as more valuable than God.


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