January 6 Bible reading

5 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 6  Psalm 5  Matthew 5:21-42  Genesis 11:10-32; 12; 13

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 5 – First thing in the morning David would talk with God, singing, praying, bringing requests to God, and waiting on God. David recognized that he was only able to be in God’s presence by the grace of God. David looked to God for guidance.

Matthew 5:21-42 – Jesus taught His followers to give close attention to the state of their heart and motives. They were taught to identify sin not only as wrong actions but also wrong desires and motives. Jesus called His followers to live with integrity. Jesus taught forgiveness as a remedy to bitterness.

Genesis 11:10-32; 12; 13 – Terah was a descendant of Noah’s son Shem. Terah started the move toward the land of Canaan. He stopped along the way, settled down and eventually passed away. God called Abram, the son of Terah, to leave that place. God gave Abram a promise of blessing and beyond that a promise that he and his family would be blessed to be a blessing to all the families of the earth. This was a promise of the Messiah to come. God promised to give the land of Canaan to Abram’s descendants. Repeatedly Abram would stop and worship God.

There is a blessing on a heart that loves God first, above all else, each morning with spoken devotion. God blesses those who ask Him to “make His way plain to follow”. Jesus cares about what is going on in our hearts and minds. God cares about the quality and direction of our relationships. God blesses so that, in turn, each blessing is multiplied and shared.


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