March 20 Bible reading

19 03 2019

March 20 Psalm 35:19-28 Luke 3:1-22 Numbers 9:15-23; 10; 11:1-3

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 35:19-28 God, please be my defender when people attack. God, you know exactly what is going on. God, you see everything. God, you are able to act on my behalf. God, I will praise you all day. This is how David sings his prayer in times of troubles and unjust attacks.
Luke 3:1-22 Forgiveness can be found. John the Baptist prepared people to find Jesus the Messiah. The prophet Isaiah foresaw this message from John, who taught water baptism as a way that we can make a public statement of our turning away from our sin and to God for forgiveness. John taught generosity, helping the poor, and good stewardship. He predicted Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit. Jesus came to John for water baptism. We must learn from this. John was not afraid to speak truth to people in powerful positions.
Numbers 9:15-23; 10; 11:1-3 In Numbers we see the people traveled where and when God directed them. God lived among them and spoke to them through Moses. God had freed His people from slavery in Egypt, led them, and provided for them. And yet the people complained and God responded with serious consequences. We must take care to not become distracted from God’s goodness by temporary difficulty. Our relationship with God must be more valuable to us than the conditions of our daily lives.

 

 


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