February 18 Bible reading

17 02 2019

February 18  Psalm 22:22-31  Mark 3:31-35; 4:1-29  Exodus 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 18  Psalm 22:22-31  Mark 3:31-35; 4:1-29  Exodus 23; 24

Psalm 22:22-31  Feeling abandoned by God and overwhelmed by stress, David sang about what he was experiencing. He couldn’t see God at work on days when he was attacked. And yet he chose to praise God publicly. David chose to sing about God’s faithfulness. Despite his anguish at his own circumstances, David chose to gather with the believers so that the younger generation could hear about the goodness of God.

Mark 3:31-35; 4:1-29  Jesus teaches the value of our spiritual family. People who are devoted to Yahweh are part of the family of God. Teaching the 12 disciples, Jesu talks about taking God’s word to people who have a free will choice in how they will respond to it. We have an enemy to resist, who doesn’t want us to hear and respond to God’s Word. Some people will have an initial joy at God’s Word and yet allow personal challenges to keep them from responding faithfully. Worry and/or desire for the things of this world will keep some people from responding faithfully. Despite all of this, some people will responding faithfully to God’s Word and see supernatural results. We should listen, respond, and share God’s Word.

Exodus 23; 24  God calls His people to “not follow the crowd in doing wrong”, but live an honest life. God calls people to live fully devoted to Him and in return offers blessing and protection. Moses, and the people committed to God’s covenant agreement, found God to be present among them. The elders enjoyed a covenant meal in God’s presence, showing that this is about personal relationship with God and not transactional religion.


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