December 13 Bible reading

12 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 13  Psalm 142  Revelation 4  Esther 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?

The prophet Samuel had anointed David to be the next king. David had defeated the giant Goliath, who was the champion of the opposing Philistine army. King Saul had become consumed by jealousy of David’s fame. King Saul and his team were in pursuit of David to kill him. In 1 Samuel 24:3, we find David hiding in a cave. He later writes a song about the experience. David learned that when his life’s challenges were beyond his control, God was the best person to turn to. He learned that God cared about him. He poured out all of his thoughts and feelings about his troubles to God who heard him and rescued him. This is why David would publicly thank God for everything.

John is given a vision of the worship surrounding the throne of God. It is a constant description of the Creator Redeemer as the eternal one true living God, who is worthy to receive “all the glory and honor and power”. We should worship our holy God as the One who is all knowing and all powerful. The One who redeemed us through Jesus, and Yahweh God, the One who chose to create all we see, is worthy our best praise.

King Xerxes’s highest official Haman issued a decree to kill all Jews because he was consumed with hatred for Mordecai. The king realized that Mordecai had not be recognized for uncovering a plot to kill the king. Then Queen Esther unveiled Haman’s campaign to kill Mordecai and all Jews. She pled for her life and the lives of all Jews. The king ordered Haman’s death and empowered Esther and Mordecai to reverse the curse. Our sovereign God responds to our cry for help.


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