February 4 Bible reading

3 02 2019

February 4 Psalm 18:25-36 Matthew 23 Job 33; 34

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?

Psalm 18:25-36 David sings thankfulness to God for protection from Saul. David sings what he has learned about God through his life experiences. Over and over David has seen God’s “promises prove true”. Guidance and stability David has found in a relationship with God, the One true living God. God leads us in His perfect way because He loves us.

Matthew 23 Justice, mercy, and faith are truths Jesus points to as priorities from the law of Moses. Love and respect for all people are what Jesus teaches. Hypocrisy and unbearable legalistic demands by religious leaders, Jesus condemns. We are a spiritual family in following Jesus Christ. Condescension has no place here. Jesus teaches about servant leadership in relationships with others, in God’s Kingdom where we are equals as brothers and sisters. Jesus grieves for those of Jerusalem who have rejected Him.

Job 33; 34 Elihu, the youngest of Job’s four friends, has waited until everyone has spoken more than once. He cannot believe that Job has confessed his sins, received forgiveness and lived in righteousness. Elihu refuses to believe that Job is innocent. Job’s sin must have caused this suffering. Elihu was wrong and yet he didn’t see it.


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