December 1 Bible reading

1 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 1  Psalm 136:13-26  1 John 2:12-27  Daniel 7; 8:1-14

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 faithful love of God for us is eternal. That’s the theme of Psalm 136, a song that Israelites have sung over the centuries. It recounts specific events where they saw God miraculously deliver them from enemies. Constantly repeating, “God’s faithful love lasts forever”, through the song helped their meditation on this revealed truth of God. Yahweh God our Creator and Redeemer gives us love that lasts forever.

John was an eyewitness of Jesus, His life, His teaching, His miracles, and His life-changing call to be born again. John himself received this forgiveness of sin and wrote to people who were also on this spiritual journey. We are called to love God and others wholeheartedly, in response to this miraculous love of God for us. This becomes the ruling principle in our lives. This love becomes increasingly more important than our craving for physical pleasure, the things of this natural world, or the pride of achievements and possessions. Instead, we choose to be constantly connected with our Savior Jesus.

At a time when God allowed His people to be punished for their sin, God gives Daniel dreams. Daniel sees earthly kingdoms yet to come, characterized as four beasts as well as a ram and a goat. Daniel’s vision includes Father God giving His Son Jesus the power and authority over all the nations of the earth. All people will come to recognize our Lord and His Kingdom.


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