April 17 Bible reading

16 04 2019

April 17 Psalm 47 Luke 18:1-30 Deuteronomy 28:15-68

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 17 Psalm 47 Luke 18:1-30 Deuteronomy 28:15-68

Psalm 47 We should sing, clap, and shout about the goodness of God. The one true living God, is Most High and the King above all kings. When you are in a relationship with someone you learn more about them. Their characteristics inform the relationship. This must be true of our personal relationship with our Creator.

Luke 18:1-30 Jesus encourages us to show faith in God by praying, and not giving up. The followers of Jesus were taught to pray constantly. What does that mean to you? Jesus clearly wants us to not rely on our own good deeds when we come to God, but instead that we would declare our need for forgiveness and the love of God. We are to receive the Kingdom of God with a childlike faith. Jesus was clearly not focused on a single group of people, but open to all people. Every human life has value. There is a reward for being a good steward of money by using an eternal perspective.

Deuteronomy 28:15-68 God warns the Israelites that if they refuse to listen to Him and obey Him that severe consequences will befall them, including confusion, frustration, disease, and torment. God desires personal relationship with people. Out of love, God warns people of the results of rejecting Him. We have freedom of choice and a caution against selfish independence. Our Creator is a God of justice and mercy.



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