January 22 Bible reading

23 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 22  Psalm 13  Matthew 15:10-39  Genesis 43; 44

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 13  If we will honestly wrestle with the discontent, frustration, pain, and questions within our soul we can find a deeper peace in the love of God. We can then rely completely on God’s unfailing love. We can then recognize where God is at work. We may see a profound heart change inside people who have hurt us in the past. David spoke honestly to God in private prayer. He would sing to God. His songs would be written down so that they could be sung by the gathered believers. Notably, this includes Psalm 13 asking God how long He will allow David’s enemies to succeed. David is honest about his stress and questions. David calls God into action and promises to trust God at the same time. At this moment David recalls God’s unfailing love and goodness. This should serve as an example for us.

Matthew 15:10-39  Jesus reveals a focus on external behaviors as a faulty approach to our faith walk. Jesus brings our faith to focus on issues of the heart. Cleansing of our spiritual heart will lead to change seen on the outside. Jesus shows power over demons. He responds to faith and presents freedom available to all who receive it in faith. Jesus continued to do healing miracles and provided food miraculously for thousands of people.

Genesis 43; 44  Joseph provided food for his father’s family. Joseph tested his half-brothers to see if they would protect his brother Benjamin. Judah offered his own life in protection of Benjamin. This exchange revealed to Joseph what was in the heart of his brothers. God cares about our hearts and what we choose to value most.



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