December 23 Bible reading

24 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 23  Psalm 146  Revelation 14:14-20; 15  Ezra 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?

God, our Creator, is worthy of our best praise. We should sing Psalm 146 with our commitment to worship God with all we’ve got. When we put our confidence in God we will experience joyful hope. Our God cares for people in need and keeps His promises.

John sees a vision of Jesus Christ in ultimate victory overall, at the culmination of human history. The wrath of God will come to an end in the fulfillment of His purpose at that time. It is our reasonable response to worship God as the Almighty and live in expectant hope of the return of Jesus to earth. We should live with an understanding that our world is temporary. Our God will reward those who diligently seek Him.

Ezra served God’s people by leading the way in confessing the sin of the people to the Lord with weeping and intercession, praying to God on behalf of everyone. This was Ezra’s response to learning of specific sexual sin that was in direct disobedience to God’s instruction. The path to peace included a public list of who had sinned for the purpose of a change in behavior. The people became more concerned with the favor of God than they were with their own reputation. We should learn from the fasting and prayer of Ezra.


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