April 16 Bible reading

16 04 2019

April 16 Psalm 46 Luke 17:11-37 Deuteronomy 26; 27; 28:1-14

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 16 Psalm 46 Luke 17:11-37 Deuteronomy 26; 27; 28:1-14

Psalm 46 God is our source of strength, always ready to help. We should set aside quiet time of reflection to consider who God is. Over hundreds of years the people of Israel had watched as God performed repeated miracles that shaped the destiny of nations. They had many reasons to believe in the Creator’s sovereign control. Throughout that period of time, God had also established His purpose to live among them in peace. The One true living God, all powerful, desiring a peaceful presence among them…this shaped Psalm 46. This should inform our consideration of what God is like and what God desires.

Luke 17:11-37 Jesus responds to faith and gratitude. We read about the power of Jesus over a disease that they had found no cure for. Jesus was not limited by the established social, religious, and medical expectations of separating from people suffering leprosy. Jesus brings healing. Learning from the teaching of Jesus, we understand that the Kingdom of God is not limited by our natural world. It is spiritual and transcendent. Jesus predicts that His second coming will be unexpected by those living like God is not relevant to them.

Deuteronomy 26; 27; 28:1-14 God instructed the Israelites to bring a first fruits offering from what they produced to their place of worship in thanksgiving of all that God had provided. They were to set up monuments in worship to God, writing on them what God had instructed them to do. God gave them a clear idea of the blessings they could expect if they obeyed and the consequences of disobedience.



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