December 21 Bible reading

20 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 21  Psalm 145:13-21 Revelation 13  Ezra 7:11-28; 8:1-14

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?

Forever God will be found keeping His promises. “Filled with kindness” our God is drawing people into right relationship with Him. Our God is constantly interacting with people, listening to people, helping people. The One who provides for every living thing is available to all who call on Him.

John is given a vision of the coming ultimate victory of Jesus and the persecution of Jesus followers that would precede it. The people of earth will be deceived into following leaders who are not Jesus. They will not repent of their sin and will not find their names in the Lamb’s Book of Life. We must focus on Jesus faithfully and endure the challenges of this life patiently.

King Artaxerxes provides for all expenses of whatever Ezra said that God required for the Temple. The riches of the Persian and Babylonian empires funded this. Ezra and many other Israelite spiritual leaders return from their captivity in Babylon to serve God in the Temple. God had a way, that they had not imagined, to make their peaceful worship possible.


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