December 8 Bible reading

7 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 8  Psalm 139:17-24  Jude 1  Zechariah 5; 6; 7; 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?

Our loving Creator has thought about each of us more than we know. God loves you. This love motivated God to make a way of salvation for us. Our reasonable response should include the searching out of God’s thoughts for us. We should open ourselves to the examination and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

This letter, from Jude, can be read alongside 2 Peter 2 for helpful study. We read about how to discern false teachers while waiting for God’s final evaluation of all people with Christ’s return. Jude observed false teachers who talked their way into church influence. These people appealed to the carnal nature of church members. They taught that the grace of God provided for a life where you could do anything you want. They “claimed authority” because of dreams they had they were cynical of spiritual power. They deceived people and shipwrecked lives. Believers are called to “build each other up in your most holy faith”, and pray with a focus on Jesus.

Calling people to spiritual change, the prophet Zechariah is sharing visions of God’s sovereign activity. The Messiah can be seen as the King-Priest and the Builder of the Temple. We’re called to show mercy and kindness to each other. Here we see God’s love. We see God’s value on the truth, on our honesty and a community of peace. We see that anything is possible at God’s direction.


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