January 17 Bible reading

16 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 17  Psalm 10:1-11  Matthew 12:46-50; 13:1-17  Genesis 34; 35

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 10:1-11  People may not believe that God is aware of them and the harm they are causing, but He is. There are people who take advantage of the poor and yet believe that there will be no consequences for their actions. They live like God doesn’t exist. They lie, cheat, steal, and murder. Psalm 10 calls God into action.

Matthew 12:46-50; 13:1-17  Anyone who responds to Yahweh in faithful obedience is part of the family of Jesus. Some of Jesus’ teaching came in the form of stories. The parable of the sower helps us understand that God has initiated a relationship through truth and each person has an opportunity to respond. When a person responds to Jesus faithfully the seed that God provided is found fruitful. Sadly not everyone will respond. Some will ignore Jesus. Some will allow the things of this life to distract them. Those who respond to Jesus by hearing what He has said will find joy. Following Jesus will help us see our spiritual family and our priorities in relationships. Some people will have a hard heart and not respond to Jesus. The few people who hear Jesus and respond with staying power will see results that are multiplied.

Genesis 34; 35  Jacob’s sons avenge the rape of their sister. God sees sins committed in unhealthy relationships and calls Jacob back to Bethel, a place of worship. Jacob calls his whole family to rid themselves of idols and worship only God who had revealed Himself as “Almighty”. God speaks purpose to them and promises them land. Jacob and his family respond to God in obedience. Again God renames Jacob as Israel. God reveals Himself as El Shaddai the Almighty God.


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