December 10 Bible reading

9 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 10  Proverbs 30:1-10  Revelation 2:1-17  Zechariah 12; 13; 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?

This proverb gives us common sense and a prayer. God, I may not be the smartest or the strongest, but I recognize You as powerful God. Please provide for my needs. Help me resist a temptation to turn away from You God, distracted by my financial situation. May I be reminded every day that You God are my Provider.

Jesus speaks to John, in a vision, a message for churches in seven cities. We are invited to leaern from them with spiritual discernment. The Ephesians had drifted from their first love of God, during their season of hard work and enduring suffering. We must love God with all we’ve got. Jesus has seen the suffering and poverty of the church in Smyrna. He promises that their faithfulness will be rewarded. The church in Pergamum has seen the influence of Satan in their city. They remained faithful when Antipas was martyred. Yet they also tolerated false teaching and sexual sin. Jesus calls them to repentance and the reward in Heaven.

God reveals through Zechariah that He is acutely aware of each person and the events in human history. God predicts the future. In this, God calls people to repentance of sin and a personal love relationship, to the degree that it changes the state of their cities. God predicts events that happened later and events that are yet to come.


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