December 18 Bible reading

18 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 18  Proverbs 30:24-33  Revelation 9:13-21; 10  Ezra 2:68-70; 3; 4:1-5

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?

Agur observes the design of the Creator in the animal kingdom. There are lessons to be learned from everything in creation. We can improve the quality of our lives by seeking them out. There’s entertainment, knowledge, wisdom, and inspiration to be gained.

In John’s vision, we see a victorious Jesus Christ leading the events of human history toward a culmination and a New Creation. We see continued opportunity for people to turn away from their sin and toward God’s love. John saw God’s sovereign control over the heavens and the earth. John was commissioned to continue to prophesy.

Ezra speaks to the restoration efforts of the Jerusalem Temple as a place of worship. He sees people give money toward this work. The priests did not wait for its completion to offer sacrifices to the Lord and lead people in the prescribed festivals in the worship of God. When the new foundation for the Temple had been completed, the people and the priests praised God and celebrated. They had to endure opposition to their work. We should value our place of worship.


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