December 31 Bible reading

30 12 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.

December 31  Psalm 150  Revelation 22  Nehemiah 13

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?

Let us gather to praise God for the highest quality of who He is and all that He has done. “Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!” We should sing and make music to show our appreciation for God. Let us describe the goodness of God. Let us sing about the greatness of God.

John sees a future end to the curse of sin and the final victory of Jesus Christ over all. John sees a river of life flowing from the throne. John sees eternal worship in the presence of God. John is reassured of the veracity of these visions and his given purpose to instruct people to be prepared for the victorious return of Jesus Christ. Everyone who “lives a lie” will be left outside of God’s presence. We must turn away from sin and turn toward wholehearted devotion to Jesus Christ. God the Holy Spirit calls us in this Way.

Nehemiah and Ezra sought out each of the instructions God had given in years past. They were passionate about following God, according to God’s plan. They ensured that each person would be offered teaching to explain the Scripture. Without Nehemiah’s constant supervision people drifted away from worshipping God, and their financial giving. They directly disobeyed God’s specific commands. Nehemiah confronted them, calling for change. Nehemiah ensured the regular worship of God by his organization of people and resources.





December 30 Bible reading

29 12 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.

December 30  Proverbs 31:21-31  Revelation 21  Nehemiah 11:22-36; 12

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 mother of King Lemuel offers us truth about a wife of noble character. She exercises good stewardship, self-control, and wisdom. A home full of mutual love and respect is blessed. When a spouse lives out the purpose found in a relationship with God everyone receives benefit. A loving husband should honor his wife and bless her.

God shows John a vision of a new heaven and a new earth upon the ultimate victory of Jesus Christ. John sees the new eternal City of our God, where God will live among His people forever, with perfect peace. The ancient ways of worship through animal sacrifice are no longer practiced. Through Jesus Christ, the presence of God is forever available to all who were found in the Book of Life.

Nehemiah and Ezra lead an accounting of each person moving back into Jerusalem and Judah for the purpose of faithful restoration. Every person has purpose. Every priest was called for the dedication of the wall around Jerusalem. Each of them brought praise by singing and making music with instruments. They organized shared responsibility of financial stewardship of the offerings and rotation of people who would ensure the continuation of worship.





December 29 Bible reading

28 12 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.

December 29  Psalm 149  Revelation 20  Nehemiah 9:38; 10; 11:1-21

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 Israelite people would gather regularly, for the public reading of Scripture and singing the Psalms, in worship of God. They had many songs they shared in common. Psalm 149 calls them to enjoy praising God with a brand new song. They came to understand that God enjoyed their time together.

John sees a vision of the future punishment of the devil. He sees people who had been martyred for Christ given spiritual authority, with Jesus Christ. For a period of time, the devil is allowed an opportunity to deceive people in opposition to Jesus. John sees a final day when Jesus will reign victorious over all and bring a judgment to all who ever lived. .Jesus will make known who is in His Book of Life. John saw everyone who was not found in the Book of Life thrown into the lake of fire. John saw Jesus bring a final end to death and the grave.

Nehemiah and Ezra lead the people in a confession of sin, seeking God’s forgiveness, and a public promise to adhere to God’s covenant agreement. They promise to support the financial needs of the Temple worship. They arrange a rotation of service to ensure someone will always care for the needs of worship. They commit to bringing first fruit offerings of their annual harvest. They promise to never again neglect the regular public worship of God. They move back into Jerusalem.





December 28 Bible reading

28 12 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.

December 28  Psalm 148:7-14  Revelation 19:11-21  Nehemiah 9:1-37

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?

We should throw our praise to God our Creator. The Almighty living God is worthy of our best praise. The day will come when every living thing will praise our God. Our weather conditions are at the command of our God. From the depths of the oceans to the height of the mountains, every living creature lives for God’s glory. Let us praise our God!

John sees an amazing vision of Jesus Christ in all His jaw-dropping glory at the time of His ultimate victory. Our Savior Jesus Christ is revealed as the “King of all kings and Lord of all lords”. Who is like Jesus Christ? There is none! In our future, Jesus Christ will bring defeat to the proud and grace to the humble. Jesus Christ our King will see ultimate victory over every opposing force.

Ezra and Nehemiah lead people in a return to their history and learning all that God had spoken to them. They are reminded of many miracles over hundreds of years, proving the faithful love of God. All the people came together for a solemn assembly of confession of sins and repentance. All together they praised God. They prayed, listing the many times throughout their history that God had been proven faithful despite their sins. They recalled the covenant agreements God had made with them and renewed their own promise to follow them.





December 27 Bible reading

27 12 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.

December 27  Psalm 148:1-6  Revelation 18:17-24; 19:1-10  Nehemiah 7:4-73; 8

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?

Yahweh God our Creator spoke all that we see into existence. It is our reasonable response to call every living thing to praise God. One day it will come to pass. All the wonders in our galaxy will praise God. Let us praise our God!

Those who refuse to repent of sin and pursue wealth instead will be disappointed. This system will come to an end. The Almighty God will bring the ultimate determination, separating those who worship God from those who do not. The unrepentant will see a punishment of their actions. John heard a song of victory in Heaven, praising the Almighty God. John saw a vision of 24 elders praising God. He heard a call for everyone who serves God to worship our Creator. John heard the invitation to the great eternal celebration between Jesus Christ and His followers.

Nehemiah sought the wisdom of God. Nehemiah brought equal accountability for the care of every person in Judah, regardless of their wealth or standing. Each person matters to God and His servants. Nehemiah and Ezra ensured that each of the near 50,000 people would hear the reading of Scripture and receive the explanation of its meaning in regular public gatherings. They set about restoring the modes of worship God had instructed them to use. In this restoration Ezra, Nehemiah, and the spiritual leaders taught the people to receive God’s forgiveness and enjoy the prescribed feasts in God’s presence.





December 26 Bible reading

25 12 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.

December 26  Proverbs 31:10-20  Revelation 18:1-17  Nehemiah 5; 6; 7:1-3

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?

A wife of noble character is worthy of love and respect at all times. She is more valuable than money or any other natural resource. Such a virtuous woman is a good steward and an example to many.

John sees a vision of the final victory of Jesus. John hears a voice calling people to resist the temptation of temporary pleasures offered by deceptive dark spirits in our world. Many people will be shocked to find great destruction in this natural world, despite their best efforts, as a result of their refusal to worship the Almighty God. Perfect peace and love are available through Jesus Christ.

Nehemiah learned that business people were taking advantage of poor people during the reconstruction. He put an end to this. Nehemiah was always a good example of stewardship. He was careful to use his position for the purpose of God’s will and never to his own personal advantage. Nehemiah remained focused on God’s plan. He did not get distracted by critics and manipulators. He defended the work of God, for the good of the people.





December 25 Bible reading

24 12 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.

December 25  Psalm 147:12-20  Revelation 17  Nehemiah 3; 4

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 God revealed His faithful love to the people of ancient Zion. God’s quality of character was proven over and over. Our God brought peace. Our God orchestrates the seasons of nature. The elements are all at His command.

John sees a vision of God’s final judgment coming upon dark spiritual forces that have controlled rulers who have oppressed people of all languages. Not a single evil action has escaped the notice of the living Almighty God. All who refuse to repent will fall under this judgment. There is no dark spiritual force that is able to stand defiant to the final judgment of our God. Their plans will only prove subject to the will of our God.

During the exile of the Israelite people, the city of Jerusalem lay in ruin with its walls torn down and the gates burned. Nehemiah led the effort to rebuild. He gave account for each family working toward restoration as they rebuilt the wall, section by section. They installed new gates and doors. They faced opposition to their efforts. Each worker was armed. The people carefully defended the restoration work. Nehemiah asked God for help. Calling on the faithful love of God, he asked for judgment on their unrepentant enemies.