January 4 Bible reading

3 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 4  Proverbs 1:1-7  Matthew 4:1-22  Genesis 7; 8; 9:1-17

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 1:1-7 – The Psalms help us in our relationship with God. The Proverbs help us in our relationship with this world, in our daily life. Here we find wisdom in how to live. Here in these verses King Solomon, the son of David and Bathsheba, explains the purpose of this collection of proverbs. We can learn how to live from our wholehearted worship and devotion to God.

Matthew 4:1-22 – After the identity of Jesus as the Son of God and Messiah is publicly affirmed, his enemy meets him in a time of private fasting. Jesus responds to the temptation by rightly quoting Scripture, resisting the enemy and his twisting of Scripture. Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 6:13 as relevant instruction for our faith, for our spirituality, and for our wholehearted devotion to God. We should serve God and give allegiance to no other. Jesus began to publicly preach about the Kingdom of God and called people to repentance. Jesus called Peter, James, John, and Andrew to follow Him closely.

Genesis 7; 8; 9:1-17 – Noah had a close personal relationship with God at a time when most people rejected God altogether. After hundreds of years filled with corruption, sexual sin, and violence God brought death with a flood. Noah, his family, and animals were preserved. God allowed them a fresh start. God made a covenant agreement with Noah and his descendants. The rainbow in our sky is a sign of God’s promise.

We may be “bent toward evil” with a tendency toward destruction, but God calls us to repentance. Understanding who God is, our Creator & Redeemer, is where wisdom starts. Realizing we are created by design, shaped like our Creator, will bring us to a healthy perspective. Respect for human life and good stewardship values can come from this.

 


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