January 31 Bible reading

30 01 2019

January 31  Psalm 18:1-6  Matthew 21:1-17  Job 19; 20; 21

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for 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 has been expressed through Jesus.

  • 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?

January 31  Psalm 18:1-6  Matthew 21:1-17  Job 19; 20; 21

Psalm 18:1-6  In Psalm 18 we see God as the source of strength. Creator? Yes. Beyond that, David draws strength from his relationship with God. David thanked God for His protection. David remembered what happened. He told the story. He thought about what it meant. David did not move on too quickly by staying focused on himself and forgetting about God. David learned from the experience and continued to share his gratitude.

Matthew 21:1-17  During His season of public teaching and healing, Jesus travels to Jerusalem. He chooses to enter the city with humility. Jesus is recognized as Messiah riding a young donkey into Jerusalem, the hope of Heaven. There’s a public celebration of Jesus’ arrival. He says that the gathering place, Temple, house of God, should be a house of prayer. Jesus removes people from conducting business in the Temple. God had spoken through Isaiah that the Jerusalem Temple would be a house of prayer for people from all nations, Isaiah 56:7. God spoke through Jeremiah that the Jerusalem Temple had become a den of thieves, Jeremiah 7:11. Jesus repeats this call to repentance of sin and dedication for a pure service to God in the Jerusalem Temple. In fulfillment of prophecy, the children praised Jesus the Christ.

Job 19; 20; 21  Job takes Bildad’s rebuke as an insult. Zophar is convinced that Job’s wealth had included corruption. Job is hurt by the words of his friends. Job calls out words that should give caution to anyone who seeks to comfort those who are suffering. “How can your empty cliché’s comfort me? All your explanations are lies!” In Job’s dialogue with friends about his suffering, Job returns to a hope in Heaven, seeing God face to face. Job’s prayer, Job 19:25-27, echoes Paul’s in 1 Corinthians 13:12, in hope of complete understanding someday in Heaven.


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