February 3 Bible reading

2 02 2019

February 3 Psalm 18:16-24 Matthew 22:15-46 Job 30; 31; 32

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 3 Psalm 18:16-24 Matthew 22:15-46 Job 30; 31; 32

Psalm 18:16-24  David sings his Hallelujah to the God who rescued him from Saul and his army. In that season, David was seeking God every day. David chose the will of God over his own desires.

Matthew 22:15-46  In your life (and in our world)… what belongs to God? Everything. Eternal perspective helps me understand that we are eternal spiritual beings having temporary natural experiences. God our Creator owns it all. We are given an opportunity to be good stewards of our lives and our resources. God is sovereign over all humans, living and dead. We should prioritize the Kingdom of God over this temporary natural life. Jesus taught plainly that our top focus should be on giving agape love to God with all we’ve got, and care for others in the same way we take care of ourselves.

Job 30; 31; 32  In describing his own devotion to God, Job refers to his compassion for those in suffering and generosity to those in need. He speaks of his belief in God’s wisdom above any human wisdom. Job’s devotion to God has kept him from deception, corruption, greed, sexual sin, and selfish agenda. David and Job write from the perspective of an unbroken personal relationship with God. Their commitment to God is direct and specific. At the time of these writings, they are speaking from a place of being innocent of particular sin. Their relationship with God is strong and dynamic. Both sing their “blues” lament. Jesus stumps religious leaders with David’s understanding of Messiah.

 


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