December 20 Bible reading

19 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 20  Psalm 145:8-13  Revelation 12; 13:1  Ezra 6; 7:1-10

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?

David sings the ancient description of God’s character, found in many Scriptures including Exodus 34:6. You may find yourself happier and less stressed if you would memorize and then meditate on Psalm 145:8. What is God like? What is God thinking or feeling about today? We find answers in this Psalm.

Jesus followers have an enemy seen in John’s vision. God has allowed this enemy a period of time with limited abilities on our earth. John sees believers defeat this enemy by the “blood of the Lamb” (Jesus) and “by their testimony”. We must understand the power of both and readily use them in our earthly spiritual struggles. In keeping with John’s vision, we should be ready to give up our lives on earth for the cause of Christ.

King Darius learned from the words of King Cyrus about the worship of Yahweh God. Darius helped the Israelites complete the construction of the new Temple in Jerusalem. The Israelites rejoiced at the Temple’s dedication into service. Ezra’s priestly ministry in Jerusalem includes teaching people the revealed Word of God that they had carefully preserved. Our worship must include the faithful response to God’s Word.


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