December 17 Bible reading

17 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 17  Psalm 144:9-15  Revelation 8; 9:1-12  Ezra 1; 2:1-67

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?

David had seen God rescue him in the past and he needed God’s protection once again. David mixed his praise for God with his call for help. David learned to sing his prayer to the Lord. David would write new songs as a way of communicating with God. David found a joyful benefit to all of this.

John is given a vision of Jesus in power over the spiritual realm and the events of human history. Our Savior is working at the direction of our Father God. Jesus will bring about an ultimate victory in His return to earth and bringing fulfillment to the timeline of human history. Regardless of war or destruction that we may see on this earth, Jesus will be victorious. Our reasonable response is to worship Him.

It is most likely that Ezra and Nehemiah worked as a team to record the history of the return of the remnant of Jewish people from their Babylonian captivity and their restoration of the city and the temple, in fulfillment of the prophecies given by Isaiah and Jeremiah. Here we see God’s sovereign control of the nations, God’s observant care of the people, and God’s value on every human life.



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