December 11 Bible reading

10 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 11  Psalm 140:6-13  Revelation 2:18-29; 3:1-6  Esther 1; 2:1-18

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?

Seeking physical protection from enemies, David sings a cry to God for help. In his prayer, David recalls how God rescued him in the past. He reminds God of His past provision. David calls on God for big specific miracles. Singing faith statements in a time of need, David draws strength from God. He describes people of faith, singing praise and in a state of awareness that they are living in the presence of God.

To the people of the church in Thyatira, Jesus sends a message. He commends their spiritual growth in love, faith, service, and endurance. Jesus calls for change in the way they have allowed the spiritual deception and sexual sin of believers in their church. Jesus will bring judgment to those who are unrepentant of sexual sin. Jesus calls the people of the church in Sardis to repentance of sin. Their reputation is good and yet Jesus is aware of their true state. Our Lord is aware of our spiritual health, our motives, and our actions. Let’s love our God with all we’ve got.

King Xerxes (Ahasuerus) reigns from India to Ethiopia, chronologically between chapters 6 and 7 of the book of Ezra. The king has been rebuffed by his queen Vashti and launches a campaign to replace her. A beautiful young Jewish lady, Esther (Hadassah) is selected as most beautiful queen of the Medes and Persians. This story of God’s sovereignty doesn’t mention the name of God but hides it in Hebrew acrostic form four times in the book.


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