February 16 Bible reading

15 02 2019

February 16  Psalm 22:12-21  Mark 1:29-45; 2:1-17  Exodus 19; 20

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 16  Psalm 22:12-21  Mark 1:29-45; 2:1-17  Exodus 19; 20

Psalm 22:12-21  Inside the great lament of Psalm 22, we hear them singing that God is their strength. We read an example of pouring out your heart to God and an example of telling God what you are suffering followed by how it’s impacting you. Take to God today. Sing to God today. Listen to God today.
Mark 1:29-45; 2:1-17  Jesus was awake before sunrise, in private prayer. His constant contact with Father God brought personal guidance. Jesus heals many people while He is moved with compassion. Jesus makes a point of referring to His identity as Messiah and that the miracle is a sign of His ability to forgive sins. Jesus calls Matthew, the despised tax collector, to be one of His followers. Jesus speaks to those with spiritual pride, the truth that His ministry is for those who see their own need.

Exodus 19; 20  By instructions given through Moses, God prepares His people for meeting with Him, entering a covenant relationship with Him, and beginning a new season for the Kingdom of God on earth. Consecration, a serious approach to being clean and set aside for this meeting, is seen as essential. God provides the 10 Commandments as a context for a healthy relationship with Him and others. They include His promise of grace on those who repent, love Him, and follow His directives. They also include God’s promise to punish those who reject Him (and the consequence that will follow). This meeting includes an amazing promise from God, “Build My altar wherever I cause My name to be remembered and I will come to you and bless you.”



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