April 4 Bible reading

3 04 2019

April 4 Psalm 41:1-6 Luke 9:57-62; 10:1-24 Deuteronomy 1; 2:1-23

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?

April 4 Psalm 41:1-6 Luke 9:57-62; 10:1-24 Deuteronomy 1; 2:1-23

Psalm 41:1-6 What an amazing list of how God cares for those who are kind to the poor! We can learn more about God by listing the action words here that describe God’s approach to people in need. That list will help us better understand God. That list will also help us develop a God-honoring value system for our own lives. If everyone took action based on this, it would completely change our world for the better.

Luke 9:57-62; 10:1-24 In Martha we see that “good” activities and responsibilities can become a distraction to the point of not actually following Jesus. Let us not become overwhelmed by good activities. Let us be sure to daily spend time with Jesus. We should pray, asking God to send people into this pursuit of leading others to Jesus. When Jesus sends the 72 disciples out to tell others about Him, the perspective He gives includes the idea that how people respond to them is not a condition which determines whether or not they had been obedient to Jesus’ call. Even if people reject your invitation to the love of Jesus, your life can still be a grace to them. Regardless of their response you can enjoy a peace in your identity and obedience to Jesus.

Deuteronomy 1; 2:1-23 40 years into a journey that could have only taken 11 days, Moses addresses the Isrealites with every thing that God had given him to say. “God has given you this Promised Land. Occupy.” Moses recounts the journey of the 40 years in general, and the many times that the people complained or disobeyed or did not trust God, and the times that God showed them mercy, in particular. We should learn more about God from this. We will benefit from taking time to truly consider: What is God like? What does this story reveal about God?


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