December 7 Bible reading

6 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 7  Psalm 139:11-16  3 John 1  Zechariah 1; 2; 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?

Psalm 139 is a song of gratitude for our Creator. God created you by design with loving purpose. Our God provides direction for all. We can find our God to be aware of what is going on at every moment. God has been aware and active every day of our lives. When we were learning how to talk and walk God was there. This realization should produce a humble worship of God and a desire to learn from God.

John’s third letter gives practical advice about the loving reception and support of true gospel teachers. We’re reminded of Christ’s directive to love each other with agape love that is faithful & patient. John contrasts the commendable nature of Gaius and Demetrius with the autocratic controlling nature of a church leader named Diotrephes. It’s a cautionary tale for us.

Similar to Haggai, the prophet Zechariah speaks to Israelites starting 16 years after their return to Jerusalem from Babylonian captivity. Where Haggai had a call to change seen externally, Zechariah brought encouragement for internal spiritual change in the people. In Ezra 5:1 we see the two prophets ministering together. Jesus the Messiah is seen as the “branch”, and the “servant”. God predicts a future where He will live among His people and other nations will be invited into this relationship.


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