January 10 Bible reading

9 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 10  Psalm 7:10-17  Matthew 8:23-34; 9:1-13  Genesis 21; 22; 23

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 7:10-17  David learned that God is gracious to people who will confess and turn away from their wrongdoing. David also learned that God will bring punishment to those who refuse to repent. When David faces opposition these truths bring him comfort.

Matthew 8:23-34; 9:1-13  Repeatedly Jesus proved His identity with miracles and revealed His unique nature by serving people that most of humanity had given up on. Jesus brought healing and freedom to people in desperate need. Taking the specific action needed Jesus restored people to an ability to live a peaceful life. Bringing forgiveness to sin was clearly a priority of Jesus’ actions. Jesus removed guilt. It is a miracle.

Genesis 21; 22; 23  God did what He said He would do. He gave Sarah a baby boy, Isaac, despite Abraham’s old age. God brought about His own plan in the great Redemptive Narrative including Ishmael the son of Abraham and Hagar. Abraham and Sarah lacked trust in God’s process for His promise and chose a sexual sin instead. God tested Abraham’s faith. Through the experiences of Hagar and Abraham, we gain the descriptions of God as the “One who sees me” and the “One who provides”.


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