April 14 Bible reading

13 04 2019

April 14  Proverbs 9:13-18  Luke 16:1-18  Deuteronomy 21; 22

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 14  Proverbs 9:13-18  Luke 16:1-18  Deuteronomy 21; 22

Proverbs 9:13-18  Throughout the generations God has watched as people have made foolish decisions….over and over and over. God calls us to learn from the mistakes of others. It is foolish to think that our own ideas are superior to the ideas of the Creator. In contrast to wisdom (which brings life) we see foolishness in sexual sin that brings death.

Luke 16:1-18  Repeatedly Jesus teaches about good stewardship of our resources (time, energy, money). We read the observation that how someone uses a little bit of resource can predict how they will use a lot of that resources. God understands this. We should consider the way that God thinks about resources before we talk about it. “God knows your hearts,” Jesus says. This teaching is for our benefit, for our learning. Jesus teaches us to use our resources to benefit others and build relationships. Good stewardship is seen as essential.

Deuteronomy 21; 22  God instructed the Israelites to seek forgiveness (a spiritual cleansing of the land and themselves) when they discovered a murder (and yet not a murderer). God gives instructions for good stewardship and responsibility. We see serious consequences for sexual sin. It’s important to understand that what we’re reading here is God’s response to their hardness of heart. It is not God’s best. God wanted so much better for them.

 

 


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