January 21 Bible reading

20 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 21  Psalm 12  Matthew 14:22-36; 15:1-9  Genesis 41:41-57; 42

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 12  David gives the band a song for the gathering of believers. He is weary of defiant and violent criminals. He is singing about God taking action on behalf of the poor and oppressed. David has found God to be faithful and his promises to be pure. God is looking for interaction with us, honest dialogue, relationship with who we really are, what we are truly thinking and feeling. God cares about what we are really thinking and feeling. God wants us to call out for help. When we realize that His “promises are pure” we are better able to trust Him completely.

Matthew 14:22-36; 15:1-9  Still looking for solace, Jesus sends the disciples ahead to cross the lake by boat. A storm brings heavy waves. They’re in trouble. Jesus appears walking on the water. Peter wants to join him. Peter takes steps on the water, but when he takes his eyes off Jesus he sinks. Jesus pulls Peter out and uses this as a teaching moment. Jesus asks the all-important question, “Why did you doubt Me?” We must gauge the condition of our hearts. The identity of Jesus as Messiah is the focus. Jesus calls into question the spiritual orientation of religious people who defied him. Jesus exposed their selfishness.

Genesis 41:41-57; 42  Just as Joseph had predicted the Egyptians saw seven years of abundant crops. He was a good steward in organizing their savings in preparation for the predicted seven years of famine to come. This set up a reunion with his brothers, exposing their guilt for selling him into slavery. Joseph saw God respond to the state of his heart and the character of his lifestyle.


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