December 24 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 24  Psalm 147:1-11  Revelation 16  Nehemiah 1; 2

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?

When we put our hope in the unfailing love of the Lord, we will see God take joy. Let us thank God who gives life to every living thing. Our God brings healing to the brokenhearted.

John sees a vision of the transition from human history’s end to the eternal reign of God before us. In that final day, God will bring punishment on all who refused to repent and upon our enemy the devil with his demons. Many people will be completely surprised by the return of Jesus. Anyone who lives in hope of Christ’s return will be blessed.

It is most likely that Ezra and Nehemiah worked as a team to write the history of the return of the remnant of Jewish people from their Babylonian captivity. This included the restoration of the city and the temple in fulfillment of the prophecies given by Isaiah and Jeremiah. We should learn many lessons from Nehemiah. Fasting and prayer may be the most valuable lesson. Asking God for guidance and favor was a repeated step taken by Nehemiah. He spoke the truth to the leaders of nations, while in pursuit of God’s will. Nehemiah sought the wise use of knowledge in the application of God’s plan.


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