February 23 Bible reading

22 02 2019

February 23  Psalm 25:8-15  Mark 7:1-30  Exodus 33:7-23; 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?

February 23  Psalm 25:8-15  Mark 7:1-30  Exodus 33:7-23; 34

Psalm 25:8-15  David sings about the benefit of living in a covenant relationship with God. He’s been forgiven of many sins. Following the guidance of God, David has found companionship. He has found God to be faithful in keeping His promises.

Mark 7:1-30  Jesus teaches about inner purity, revealing God’s perspectives on relationship with us. Jesus pointed to a wrong focus on customs and external behaviors. “These people honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach manmade ideas as commands from God.” Jesus quotes Isaiah’s revelation of God’s view of religion. This should be a wake-up call to us today. It’s always easier to talk about how we should act (as good spiritual people) than it is to focus on God’s view of what’s going on in our hearts. Let’s take time to think about that. Jesus then proved again that He is more powerful than any dark spirit.

Exodus 33:7-23; 34  Disgusted with the sight of His people creating something new to worship, God did not want to travel with them personally. Moses would not travel without God. Moses viewed the personal presence of God as essential to their identity. God responded with forgiveness, a new copy of the covenant agreement, and His revealed presence. God spoke His name, Yahweh, to Moses with an essential description of His character. We must refer to this as source material for our understanding of who God is.

 


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