January 3 Bible reading

2 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 3  Psalm 3  Matthew 2:19-23; 3  Genesis 4:17-26; 5; 6

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 3 – David had to run from his son Absalom, who wanted to be king. In God, our Creator and Redeemer, David has found safety. David identifies God as his source of victory.

Matthew 2:19-23; 3 – Joseph and Mary returned to Nazareth with Jesus from Egypt, in fulfillment of prophecies about the identity of the Messiah. John called people to repent of their sin and be water baptized as a sign of their fresh commitment to this new spiritual life. John the Baptist predicted the Messiah and His ministry of the Holy Spirit. Jesus stepped into this public space and asked John to water baptize Him. At that moment, God the Holy Spirit and God the Father testified to the identity of Jesus as the Messiah. Jesus is our living hope.

Genesis 4:17-26; 5; 6 – After Cain’s murder of his brother Abel, the descendants of Adam & Eve multiplied. Genealogies were kept. Every life matters to God. Every day matters. Initially, there were people living for several hundred years. The sexual sin and evil action of people broke the heart of God. He would not allow it to continue as is. God reduced the normal human lifespan. God found Noah to be the only blameless person on earth. God chose to preserve Noah and his family from the punishment He would pour out on earth for the corruption and violence that humans repeatedly chose. Noah walked in close fellowship with God and this brought benefits to his family.

God watches over us. When our actions reveal sin, disorder, sin from our heart…this breaks the heart of God and He must respond. God desires an uninterrupted relationship with us, and the kind of unity enjoyed within the Trinity.

 


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