December 14 Bible reading

13 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 14  Proverbs 30:11-23  Revelation 5  Esther 9; 10

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?

When a person is self-focused (in an unhealthy way) they will be pre-determined that they are in the right. When they disregard God’s guidance for living, in favor of their own desires, it is a danger to themselves and others. We should seek out God’s way. What does God say about right and wrong? What does God say a healthy life looks like?

John is given a vision of the throne room of God and a revelation of Jesus, the Lamb of God who had been killed as a sacrifice. Jesus served as ransom payment for the people of God. There will be people “from every tribe and language and nation” at the throne in worship for eternity to come. Praise will go to Jesus. He is worthy!

On the day Haman had appointed for the death of all Jews, their enemies feared them and did not attack. The Jews were able to put to death their fiercest enemies. They did not exercise the right King Xerxes had provided, to take plunder from those families. Possibly in a hope for lasting peace, they showed restraint. King Xerxes made Mordecai his highest official in place of Haman who was executed. The curse had been reversed. The people of God had been rescued. Many Persians converted to Judaism. Since that time these events have been commemorated at the annual holiday of Purim.



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