December 29 Bible reading

28 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 29  Psalm 149  Revelation 20  Nehemiah 9:38; 10; 11:1-21

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 Israelite people would gather regularly, for the public reading of Scripture and singing the Psalms, in worship of God. They had many songs they shared in common. Psalm 149 calls them to enjoy praising God with a brand new song. They came to understand that God enjoyed their time together.

John sees a vision of the future punishment of the devil. He sees people who had been martyred for Christ given spiritual authority, with Jesus Christ. For a period of time, the devil is allowed an opportunity to deceive people in opposition to Jesus. John sees a final day when Jesus will reign victorious over all and bring a judgment to all who ever lived. .Jesus will make known who is in His Book of Life. John saw everyone who was not found in the Book of Life thrown into the lake of fire. John saw Jesus bring a final end to death and the grave.

Nehemiah and Ezra lead the people in a confession of sin, seeking God’s forgiveness, and a public promise to adhere to God’s covenant agreement. They promise to support the financial needs of the Temple worship. They arrange a rotation of service to ensure someone will always care for the needs of worship. They commit to bringing first fruit offerings of their annual harvest. They promise to never again neglect the regular public worship of God. They move back into Jerusalem.


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