January 8 Bible reading

7 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 8  Proverbs 1:8-19  Matthew 6:25-34; 7:1-23  Genesis 17; 18

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 1:8-19  Each of us can learn from our parents. Listening is essential to growing in wisdom. People who are greedy for money find themselves on a self-destructive path. Proverbs 1 gives us the idea that wisdom starts with the fear of God. This is a constant awareness of God including worship, submission, trust, relying upon, reverence to, and love of God.

Matthew 6:25-34; 7:1-23  Jesus teaches His followers to value the Kingdom of God above anything of this natural life, and to pursue the will of God above all else. From that posture, Jesus teaches us to not worry about what we need in this life because our Father God will provide. Jesus reveals God to be a good Father who loves us. We are taught to pray with persistence for this reason. Jesus teaches that His followers can be recognized by their faithful loving actions of obedience to His Word.

Genesis 17; 18  God has seen the faithful action of Abram. God changes Abram’s name to Abraham to reassure him of God’s specific promises in this covenant agreement. God promises a lasting benefit for Abraham and his descendants. Sarah laughs at what seems impossible in God’s promise. Abraham pleads with God to not punish a city full of sinful people for the sake of ten faithful people.


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