December 15 Bible reading

15 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 15  Psalm 143  Revelation 6  Malachi 1; 2:1-16

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?

As his depression deepened, David sang his prayer to God. David reminded himself of God’s goodness in days past. He was honest about losing hope. In this state, he was thirsty for the presence of God and continued to sing his conversation with God. David chose to trust God. He wanted to hear about God’s unfailing love every morning. David asked God to rescue him, to guide him, and to teach him how to follow his guidance. We should follow David’s example.

God allows John a vision of the reign of Jesus over the events in the spiritual realm and on earth. John sees all people submit to the power of Jesus. No evil person can escape. Those who have been martyred for the sake of Jesus will see their deaths avenged. God is in control, and Jesus is powerful. Our reasonable response would be to recognize these truths here and now, responding with faithful worship.

With a question and answer method of communication, Malachi ministers as a prophet to the people of Judah during the reign of Nehemiah. Following the prophets Haggai and Zechariah, there is still a need to speak to the spiritual leaders of Jerusalem who are not honoring God. They are performing the actions of worship from hearts filled with sin. It’s worthless. God desires His leaders to bring peace.


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