January 27 Bible reading

26 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 27  Psalm 17:1-5  Matthew 19:1-15  Job 4; 5; 6; 7

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 17:1-5  Psalm 17 has a dialogue with God, reflecting on the benefit of long term relationship with God. David is asking deeper questions based on context within the relationship. David would open every area of his life to be searched by God. He was willing to change anything in his life to the way that God may want it to be. This included what he was feeling and the ways in which he was thinking and speaking.

Matthew 19:1-15  Jesus describes divorce as not God’s intended best but a concession to hard hearts. Jesus describes being single as possible for a few reasons and certainly not less than being married. Anyone who wants to get married should prepare themselves to make a life-long commitment. This is a decision to give love that is faithful, patient, and kind for the rest of your life. Jesus suggests that this is possible with God’s help.

Job 4; 5; 6; 7  Eliphaz responds to Job’s lament by questioning his character. He also questions Job’s relationship with God. Job asks Eliphaz to stop assuming that some secret sin is the reason for his suffering. Job sees suffering as a common human experience. In Job, we see that there are benefits to those who receive correction from God. Job is honest in telling his friends that they have not brought him help. Job honestly expresses his anguish to God, asking God to forgive him if he has sinned. Job asks God for relief and says that he is ready to die.


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