February 1 Bible reading

31 01 2019

February 1 Proverbs 3:21-35 Matthew 21:18-32 Job 22; 23; 24

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for 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 has been expressed through Jesus.

  • 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?

February 1 Proverbs 3:21-35 Matthew 21:18-32 Job 22; 23; 24

Proverbs 3:21-35  In Proverbs we learn that God shows love to the humble by giving them the good that they do not deserve. We see that we should hold on to common sense and discernment. Take time to think through, “what should I be doing? Why is that?” It is incredibly helpful to value understanding and seek it out. “What should I be learning about today?” Also, we should look to God for our security.

Matthew 21:18-32  Jesus instructs us to pray in faith. Jesus says that people who were “far from God” would be in Heaven because they believed the confession of John the Baptist, that Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus called us to find hope in Him. Jesus spoke plainly about their rejection of John the Baptist and his call to repentance. This life of faith includes a change in behavior. Describing yourself as faithful, or associating yourself with faithful people, is not the same thing as being faithful. This is what Jesus bring to light in the context of their response to John’s call for change in behavior.

Job 22; 23; 24  Eliphaz speaks to Job a third time with a misapplication of truth. Eliphaz shows a lack of full understanding of truth. Yes, humility in listening to God brings peace. Yes, God hears our prayer. No, bad events in life are not always an indication of sin. Job is listening to God. Job claims his innocence and describes his faithful following of God. Job says that he can’t find God, to make his case. He rightfully says that God will do whatever He wants to do. Job also makes the observation that God is watching all that goes on.





January 31 Bible reading

30 01 2019

January 31  Psalm 18:1-6  Matthew 21:1-17  Job 19; 20; 21

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for 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 has been expressed through Jesus.

  • 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?

January 31  Psalm 18:1-6  Matthew 21:1-17  Job 19; 20; 21

Psalm 18:1-6  In Psalm 18 we see God as the source of strength. Creator? Yes. Beyond that, David draws strength from his relationship with God. David thanked God for His protection. David remembered what happened. He told the story. He thought about what it meant. David did not move on too quickly by staying focused on himself and forgetting about God. David learned from the experience and continued to share his gratitude.

Matthew 21:1-17  During His season of public teaching and healing, Jesus travels to Jerusalem. He chooses to enter the city with humility. Jesus is recognized as Messiah riding a young donkey into Jerusalem, the hope of Heaven. There’s a public celebration of Jesus’ arrival. He says that the gathering place, Temple, house of God, should be a house of prayer. Jesus removes people from conducting business in the Temple. God had spoken through Isaiah that the Jerusalem Temple would be a house of prayer for people from all nations, Isaiah 56:7. God spoke through Jeremiah that the Jerusalem Temple had become a den of thieves, Jeremiah 7:11. Jesus repeats this call to repentance of sin and dedication for a pure service to God in the Jerusalem Temple. In fulfillment of prophecy, the children praised Jesus the Christ.

Job 19; 20; 21  Job takes Bildad’s rebuke as an insult. Zophar is convinced that Job’s wealth had included corruption. Job is hurt by the words of his friends. Job calls out words that should give caution to anyone who seeks to comfort those who are suffering. “How can your empty cliché’s comfort me? All your explanations are lies!” In Job’s dialogue with friends about his suffering, Job returns to a hope in Heaven, seeing God face to face. Job’s prayer, Job 19:25-27, echoes Paul’s in 1 Corinthians 13:12, in hope of complete understanding someday in Heaven.





January 30 Bible reading

29 01 2019

January 30  Psalm 17:13-15  Matthew 20:20-34  Job 15; 16; 17; 18

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for 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 has been expressed through Jesus.

  • 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?

January 30  Psalm 17:13-15  Matthew 20:20-34  Job 15; 16; 17; 18

Psalm 17:13-15  The Psalmist sings of the hope of Heaven, seeing God face to face. A growing relationship with God brings this desire. Regardless of the challenges we face in this life, we should sing of the hope of Heaven.

Matthew 20:20-34  Jesus leads us by example in humble service of others. Jesus gave His love and His life for all. Jesus taught His followers to serve people. Serving people is essential to the path of leadership. Jesus speaks of servant leadership as part of the value system of the Kingdom of God.

Job 15; 16; 17; 18  Eliphaz repeats his accusation of Job. Eliphaz asks if God’s comfort is too little. Job is honest about his anguish. Through his tears, Job insists that the disaster in his life is not a result of his sin. Job and his friends wrestle deeply with the question of suffering being the result of sin. Job again states the need for a Mediator between him and God. Foundational important themes. Job feels like he is near death. Bildad repeats his accusation against Job.





January 29 Bible reading

28 01 2019

January 29  Psalm 17:6-12  Matthew 20:1-19  Job 11; 12; 13; 14

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for 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 has been expressed through Jesus.

  • 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?

January 29  Psalm 17:6-12  Matthew 20:1-19  Job 11; 12; 13; 14

Psalm 17:6-12  David writes a song, regardless of his rough days, enemies, insecurities, and painful relationships, he writes a song that makes a request. “I’m praying because I know you will answer, show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways.” Despite enemies and insecurities, David sings a declaration of faith that God will hear him. David describes God with “faithful love” words that God had used to represent Himself. David asks for protection from a real threat.

Matthew 20:1-19  In the Kingdom of God there is a kindness made available to people. God has the right to choose whom it will be given to. Jesus followers have no right to be jealous of whom it is given to. Jesus speaks of the value system of the Kingdom of God, “first will be last, last will be first,”. Jesus prepared His followers for the events of His death, burial, and resurrection.

Job 11; 12; 13; 14  Zophar is still convinced that Job is guilty of sin he has not yet confessed. God must be punishing Job. “No” Job insists. Job rebuffs the accusation of these three “friends”. Job states that true wisdom & power are found in God. In turn, he pleads his case before God, asking how he has sinned, and describing life as short & full of trouble.





January 28 Bible reading

27 01 2019

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.

January 28  Proverbs 3:11-20  Matthew 19:16-30  Job 8; 9; 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?

Proverbs 3:11-20  God the Father loves us and this is why He brings adjustment and correction to us. If God had the wisdom to create all that we see then I believe that He has the wisdom for how I should be living. This is a helpful perspective.

Matthew 19:16-30  Receiving the love of God, by faith in Jesus, should turn us away from selfishness. This leads to prioritizing the Kingdom of God over any natural resource (such as money). Jesus speaks the truth that with God everything is possible. We must open our faith-filled imagination to this truth. The Kingdom of God has a value system where those who seem like they are the least, in human perspective, are actually the greatest in God’s perspective. This must inform how we relate to others.

Job 8; 9; 10  Bildad brings a further baseless accusation against Job. His secret sin must have caused this suffering. Job understands human nature and the need for each of us to be forgiven. Yet Job maintains his innocence. The honesty of Job is essential to our learning how we should relate with God. Job asks God “why”, while pouring out his lament. In the middle of this, Job describes his perspective of God’s thoughtful involvement and participation in Job’s life from its very beginning.





January 27 Bible reading

26 01 2019

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.

January 27  Psalm 17:1-5  Matthew 19:1-15  Job 4; 5; 6; 7

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?

Psalm 17:1-5  Psalm 17 has a dialogue with God, reflecting on the benefit of long term relationship with God. David is asking deeper questions based on context within the relationship. David would open every area of his life to be searched by God. He was willing to change anything in his life to the way that God may want it to be. This included what he was feeling and the ways in which he was thinking and speaking.

Matthew 19:1-15  Jesus describes divorce as not God’s intended best but a concession to hard hearts. Jesus describes being single as possible for a few reasons and certainly not less than being married. Anyone who wants to get married should prepare themselves to make a life-long commitment. This is a decision to give love that is faithful, patient, and kind for the rest of your life. Jesus suggests that this is possible with God’s help.

Job 4; 5; 6; 7  Eliphaz responds to Job’s lament by questioning his character. He also questions Job’s relationship with God. Job asks Eliphaz to stop assuming that some secret sin is the reason for his suffering. Job sees suffering as a common human experience. In Job, we see that there are benefits to those who receive correction from God. Job is honest in telling his friends that they have not brought him help. Job honestly expresses his anguish to God, asking God to forgive him if he has sinned. Job asks God for relief and says that he is ready to die.





January 26 Bible reading

25 01 2019

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.

January 26  Psalm 16  Matthew 18:10-35  Job 1; 2; 3

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?

Psalm 16  In Psalm 16 we see the benefits of the realization that if God is my Director then every good thing I have comes from Him. I can respect and enjoy godly people. By choosing God as my guide I can have peace and strength. I see that God is always with me. Let us recognize God as our source for every good thing in this life. Let us sing our gratitude and our call for help.

Matthew 18:10-35  Jesus taught His followers that the heart of Father God is for all to know His presence.  Jesus speaks of the angels assigned to children being in the presence of God constantly. Jesus instructs us on conflict resolution. Jesus makes it very clear that God takes our forgiving others very seriously. We get specific recommendations from Jesus in how to handle an offense with another believer. Direct personal conversations with reconciliation as the goal, are the way to go. Gossip, pretending it didn’t happen, or going to an authority without talking with the person first, are mistakes. Jesus directed His followers to pursue unity. Jesus taught us forgiveness that goes way beyond what comes naturally. Every Jesus follower must choose the path of forgiveness.

Job 1; 2; 3  The oldest Scripture manuscripts available today are of the book of Job. We see God deeply involved in the question of human suffering in view of a loving Creator. Job did nothing to deserve the suffering he experienced. Did Job live a pure life and worship God because he had so much to be happy about? In a day, Job lost his wealth and all of his children. He did not blame God. Job lost his good health and yet he did not blame God. Job wished that he had never lived. He cursed the day he was born, but he did not curse God. Job suffered utmost tragedy and yet did not sin against God in his heart or with his mouth.