December 22 Bible reading

21 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 22 Proverbs 31:1-9  Revelation 14:1-13  Ezra 8:15-36; 9

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?

The mother of King Lemuel gave great wisdom that he shared with us. Sexual sin and alcohol abuse are dangerous traps. We are compelled to speak up for those who are in need of justice.

John is given a vision of Jesus Christ in ultimate victory. There will be people who remain faithful as followers of Jesus. They will worship God in spirit and in truth. They will patiently endure the challenges of this world and see the victory of Jesus. They will keep faith in Jesus, obeying His teaching. They will be blessed. They will find rest. You and I can be counted among them.

Ezra called the leaders to fasting and prayer before their return to minister in the new Jerusalem Temple. They identified their needs, asked God for help, and saw answers to prayer. They were careful with accountability for good stewardship. Ezra led corporate confession of sin, pleading God for mercy on their direct disobedience. He did not show indifference and superiority toward the leaders who had sinned. Ezra mourned their sin. He confessed it to God. Ezra knew that they didn’t deserve God’s grace. He cried out to God. Christian leaders today must do the same.


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