February 7 Bible reading

6 02 2019

February 7  Psalm 18:43-50  Matthew 25:14-46  Job 40:3-24; 41; 42

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 7  Psalm 18:43-50  Matthew 25:14-46  Job 40:3-24; 41; 42

Psalm 18:43-50  David went from being hunted by King Saul to being the king. He went from running for his life to preserving the lives of others. This happened in such a way that people throughout the region believed that David was protected by God. In this song, David gives glory to God. He celebrates the answers to prayer. The faithful love of God endures forever.

Matthew 25:14-46  In conversation with His followers, Jesus prepares them for life and answers their questions about the end of the world. Jesus makes it clear that no one will be able to accurately predict the day of His return. In this context, Jesus teaches them to be more focused on the good stewardship of their lives than on the details of an apocalypse. Jesus wants them to understand the importance of investing their gifts in the Kingdom of God. Jesus paints a clear picture of accountability in how we spend our lives. Jesus teaches courageous generosity, hospitality, and serving those in need. People who will inherit the Kingdom of God include those who respond directly to the needs of the “least of these” (those who are hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick, in prison). When we serve them we are in turn serving Jesus.

Job 40:3-24; 41; 42  “Everything under heaven is mine,” God says. “I know You can do anything,” Job responds with humility and repentance. God makes it clear that Job’s friends of not spoken rightly about Him (about this idea that if a person is suffering it must be because they sinned). God says that He will respond to Job’s prayer for God to forgive his friends for their accusations.  When Job prayed for his friends, after their repentant response, God restores his fortunes (twice as much) and gives him ten new children…and then grandchildren. Job was innocent in the cause of his suffering. His responses include honest dialogue with God, worship, intercession, thanksgiving, meditation, and repentance. We find a cautionary tale here about how we speak to people who are suffering and what we believe about God in our broken world.


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