November 1 Bible reading

31 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.

November 1  Psalm 119:137-144  Hebrews 3  Joel 1; 2:1-17

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?

The poet has found God to be trustworthy. Over the years, the guidance of God has been put to the test and has proven to be reliable. For this reason, the poet delights in the Word of God.

God has made it possible for us to choose whether or not we will accept His lordship and offer of salvation. In faithful love and infinite wisdom, our God extends to us hope found in Jesus Christ the Messiah (and now our Great High Priest). Hebrews 3 exhorts followers of Jesus to be careful that they do not drift from their belief in the living God and our Messiah. We should help each other avoid deception and hardness of heart toward God. Our human nature may gradually drift in these ways. We need the strength that intentional relationships bring.

The people of Judah were experiencing the consequences of breaking away from their agreement with God (as seen in Deuteronomy 11:10-17; 29:1  1 Kings 8:35-40). Through the prophet Joel, God calls the people to a change of heart and behavior so that He can restore them. This would include healthy sorrow, a change of behavior, and a turning away from evil. Such a response to God has preceded seasons of human history that we call “revival”.


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