April 11 Bible reading

10 04 2019

April 11  Psalm 44:1-12  Luke 13:31-35; 14:1-14  Deuteronomy 15; 16:1-20

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?

April 11  Psalm 44:1-12  Luke 13:31-35; 14:1-14  Deuteronomy 15; 16:1-20

Psalm 44:1-12  This song expresses a reliance on God. They sing gratitude to God before turning to their call for God’s rescue. Healthy perspective can come from reflecting on your life and recognizing where God was providing for you. Out of this, you may find daily gratitude that is refreshing. Making requests of God, in the context of gratitude for what has already been provided, shows wisdom and brings peace.

Luke 13:31-35; 14:1-14  Before His birth, Jesus had been observing God’s relationship with His people. Jesus watched as God provided everything needed to establish the city of Jerusalem. Here now, in Luke 13, we read the words of Jesus as He grieves the way that the people of Jerusalem rejected Him. Jesus wanted them to enter a relationship with God, through Him. He grieved their rejection. He predicted His eventual triumphant return. Again Jesus is healing people on the Sabbath, and showing that helping others supersedes a legalistic approach to it. Jesus teaches us to serve people in general and serve the poor in particular, as a path into the humility that is valued by God. What is Jesus like? We should be considering this.

Deuteronomy 15; 16:1-20  The Israelites were taught to forgive debts every 7 years. Courageous Generosity, good stewardship, and forgiveness were supposed to be marks of one who worshipped Yahweh. Passover was supposed to be celebrated in memory of how God had protected them by His redemption. The principles should be informing our relationship with God today.

 

 


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