October 26 Bible reading

25 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 26  Psalm 119:105-112  Titus 1  Jeremiah 52

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?

What should I do? The Word of God always has guidance for our next step. We will better understand this poem when we use the Scripture as a constant guide on the journey.

Paul’s ministry team travelled in response to the directive of Jesus to go and urge people to become followers of Jesus. They were faithful in teaching the truth Jesus brought them. As people became believers, this team led them in the next steps of following Jesus. This included water baptism, receiving the Holy Spirit, a lifestyle of devotion, and intentional relationships with others. Paul reminds Titus of the value and qualifications of elders. The new Jesus followers were served by elders, who taught them, cared for them, prayed for them, and provided oversight. They refuted false teachers who were spreading corruption. Today Jesus followers should be served in the same way by church leadership.

The prophetic ministry of Jeremiah comes to a close after 66 years. Through the generations he saw people reject the relationship available with God, in favor of worshipping things of this earth. It hurt God and it hurt them. The city of Jerusalem and the Temple of Yahweh God are destroyed as God allows punishment for their wrongdoing. They rejected God’s guidance. Let’s not repeat their mistake.


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