April 12 Bible reading

11 04 2019

April 12  Psalm 44:13-26  Luke 14:15-35  Deuteronomy 16:21-22; 17; 18

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 12  Psalm 44:13-26  Luke 14:15-35  Deuteronomy 16:21-22; 17; 18

Psalm 44:13-26  This song expresses a reliance on God. They sing gratitude to God before turning to their call for God’s rescue. They honestly recount their troubles in prayer. They sing honest praise for God and their disappointment in God, in the same prayer. We should learn from this. May God help us, because of His unfailing love.

Luke 14:15-35  Here now, in Luke 14, 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 and grieved the consequences of their rejection. Following Jesus brings a value system that prioritizes that which is eternal over what is temporary. Jesus calls His disciples to carefully consider the cost of following Him. We will not lament any sacrifice, in our following Jesus, if we have considered it carefully first (as Jesus directs us to do).

Deuteronomy 16:21-22; 17; 18  God wanted His people to guard against idolatry. Their heartfelt worship and spiritual sacrifices were meant for Yahweh alone. God provides the Israelites a value system that kings, priests, prophets, and leaders should live by. This includes daily interaction with God’s Word, good financial stewardship (and yet not building wealthy from their position), and speaking God’s word with purity.





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