February 1 Bible reading

31 01 2019

February 1 Proverbs 3:21-35 Matthew 21:18-32 Job 22; 23; 24

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?

February 1 Proverbs 3:21-35 Matthew 21:18-32 Job 22; 23; 24

Proverbs 3:21-35  In Proverbs we learn that God shows love to the humble by giving them the good that they do not deserve. We see that we should hold on to common sense and discernment. Take time to think through, “what should I be doing? Why is that?” It is incredibly helpful to value understanding and seek it out. “What should I be learning about today?” Also, we should look to God for our security.

Matthew 21:18-32  Jesus instructs us to pray in faith. Jesus says that people who were “far from God” would be in Heaven because they believed the confession of John the Baptist, that Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus called us to find hope in Him. Jesus spoke plainly about their rejection of John the Baptist and his call to repentance. This life of faith includes a change in behavior. Describing yourself as faithful, or associating yourself with faithful people, is not the same thing as being faithful. This is what Jesus bring to light in the context of their response to John’s call for change in behavior.

Job 22; 23; 24  Eliphaz speaks to Job a third time with a misapplication of truth. Eliphaz shows a lack of full understanding of truth. Yes, humility in listening to God brings peace. Yes, God hears our prayer. No, bad events in life are not always an indication of sin. Job is listening to God. Job claims his innocence and describes his faithful following of God. Job says that he can’t find God, to make his case. He rightfully says that God will do whatever He wants to do. Job also makes the observation that God is watching all that goes on.


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