December 19 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 19  Psalm 145:1-7  Revelation 11  Ezra 4:6-24; 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?

David had found God to be praiseworthy over his lifetime, in days good and bad. God is greater than any other. David has learned the value of giving God worship every day. Each of us should tell our children the stories of God’s miracles, seen in our lifetimes and those found in Scripture. The wonder of God’s majesty and love should be our daily meditation.

John is given a vision of the end of human history as we know it and the new beginning of the eternal reign of Jesus Christ. Our Messiah will yet make all things right and will reign victorious over all we see. God will be true to His promises. God’s throne room will be a place of eternal worship.

The Israelites stopped work on the Temple due to opposition from Kings Xerxes and Artaxerxes. The Israelite kings responded to the prophets Haggai and Zechariah by resuming the restoration work on the Jerusalem Temple. The Israelites learned from their experiences of the previous century. This can be seen in the way that they appealed to the new king Darius with faith in God and in defense of their work.


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