October 22 Bible reading

23 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 22  Psalm 119:81-88  2 Timothy 1  Jeremiah 48; 49:1-6

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?

Here the poet is honest about opposition from other people. The poet tires of waiting for God’s rescue and yet declares God’s Word to be trustworthy and helpful. We read candid questions about God’s timing and a commitment to follow God’s guidance.

Paul’s being held prisoner again in Rome. He writes a second letter to Timothy that would be his last. Knowing full well that he was facing death. Paul encourages Timothy to draw from the strength found in Jesus. They have come to realize that God made salvation available, through Jesus, and gave them purpose in life as a gift of grace. Their belief in this truth required them to be active learners, who were able to explain what they believed and why.

Through the prophet Jeremiah, God reveals plans to punish people who would not repent of their deplorable actions (including human sacrifice) in the worship of Molech and Chemosh. God also predicted that He would restore those nations of people after their punishment.



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