January 7 Bible reading

6 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 7  Psalm 6  Matthew 5:43-48; 6:1-24  Genesis 14; 15; 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 6  We hear David exhausted and in pain. He sings that he is “sick at heart”. David is worn out from crying. He sings about how he feels and begs God to help. David turns the song to declare his belief that God has heard his cry and is going to rescue him. In Psalm 6 we read, “Save me because of Your unfailing love.” It’s a personal relationship based on the character of God, the nature of who God is. David depends on this. We rely on this.

Matthew 5:43-48; 6:1-24  Jesus described the Father as perfect in Matthew 5 and gave us a response in Matthew 6. Jesus calls his followers to a genuine love for other people. Father God has shown perfect love to us and we should reflect this love to others. We should do this for people without expecting anything in return. We should do this for people who oppose us. Jesus describes three actions of His followers: giving, praying, fasting. These are personal spiritual disciplines and not things done for show. These things are to be done out of gratitude to God. They reveal the focus of our heart and our value system. Jesus teaches good stewardship and courageous generosity approach to how we should use money.

Genesis 14; 15; 16  In a time of war Abram must rescue his nephew. Returning from the fight, Abram meets King Melchizedek who is also a priest for Yahweh. Melchizedek blesses Abram and Abram responds with a tithe. Later Abram is still questioning the vision God gave him. Abram is told to come out from his tent (daily natural life) and look up into the sky. He’s given a promise that he will be blessed to be a blessing. God sees the injustice done to Hagar. God chooses to include her response in the remedy to Abram’s mistake. Hagar’s response shows that she was learning to relate with God according to who He revealed Himself to be, not just who she thought He was.

 


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