January 2 Bible reading

1 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 2  Psalm 2  Matthew 2:1-18  Genesis 2:18-25; 3; 4:1-16

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 2 – People who look to God as their source and refuge can rest assured that Jesus Christ is the king above all kings. Jesus sees all that the rulers of our world do. Jesus will be revealed as ultimately victorious, as seen in Psalm 2. Kings of this world are advised to act wisely and serve God with reverence.

Matthew 2:1-18 – God predicted the anger and murder committed by the ruler Herod. Our God is in control even when there is evil at work in our world. The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem and his travel through Egypt were predicted centuries before. The many factors pointing to the identity of Jesus as the Messiah are stacking up.

Genesis 2:18-25; 3; 4:1-16 – God provides life, freedom, purpose, and opportunity. God warns of the danger of choosing sin. God allows us to experience the result of our choices. God reveals purpose for marriage and a life that is possible without shame. God gives Adam and Eve unbelievable freedom and a single prohibition. They directly disobey experience shame and start the blame shifting. God goes looking for them, talking with them in pursuit of a healthy relationship. God warns Cain, first, giving him the opportunity to respond right. God provides an opportunity to respond in the right way, asking “Why are you angry?” God doesn’t ask him to ignore how he’s feeling or what he is tempted to do, but instead asks him to acknowledge both, responding in a healthy way.

If we will submit to God with the right heart and take refuge in Him, we will know joy.

 


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