June 1 Bible reading

31 05 2019

June 1  Proverbs 13:20-25; 14:1-4  John 20:10-31  2 Samuel 1; 2:1-7

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?

June 1  Proverbs 13:20-25; 14:1-4  John 20:10-31  2 Samuel 1; 2:1-7

Proverbs 13:20-25; 14:1-4  Spending time with people who live by wisdom will help you grow as a person, a wise person. Taking away what a poor person had to work hard for is an injustice. God cares about making right such a wrong. Parents who love their children will provide healthy boundaries and train them to respect the consequences of bad decisions. Parents show love by preparing their children for their future lives. This includes protecting them from possible pain by teaching them how to make good decisions.

John 20:10-31  The resurrected Jesus spends time with His friends and followers in private, helping them be restored to peace. This shows the value Jesus placed on personal relationships. John states the purpose of his eyewitness account, in hope that it would be helpful in the belief in Jesus as Messiah, “that you will have life by the power of His name”. Salvation and eternal life are coming to us if we will believe in Jesus as the Son of God and receive Him as Lord. John understood the essential nature of this simple truth. Jesus is the Savior. Let us daily hear the call to look at Jesus in this way.

2 Samuel 1; 2:1-7  King Saul had made himself an enemy of David, trying to kill him. When Saul died, David did not celebrate, but instead, he showed respect for a man God had chosen to be king. He wrote a song of lament. David had been a warrior, and in this he chose to be a peacemaker.





May 31 Bible reading

30 05 2019

May 31  Psalm 68:28-35  John 19:28-42; 20:1-9  1 Samuel 29; 30; 31

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?

May 31  Psalm 68:28-35  John 19:28-42; 20:1-9  1 Samuel 29; 30; 31

Psalm 68:28-35  Our reasonable response to an all-powerful God is worship, by singing our praise to Him. The one true all-powerful God will be praised in eternity future by billions of humans. Each day we should lift up a praise to God.

John 19:28-42; 20:1-9  The day after Jesus’ sacrificial death was the annual Passover celebration, and it fell on the weekly day of Sabbath. Jesus had released His spirit, and in death fulfilled the prophecy that “not one of His bones will be broken”. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is met with amazement, not anticipation by His disciples because they had not understood nor believed His prediction of it. As a witness to us (of the truth), these events have been faithfully recorded. Jesus predicted His own death, burial, and resurrection. These events unfolded as He predicted. We must recognize the significance of the purpose for these events as Jesus had taught. Jesus called people to repentance and a new spiritual life found in God.

1 Samuel 29; 30; 31  People to whom David had been faithful, betrayed him in favor of the Philistines, and made it possible for the Amelikites to burn down the town where David and his men had their families living (kidnapping their families). God gave David the ability to return all that was stolen. David prevented his fighters from being selfish in the distribution. The Philistines defeated Saul’s army, killing his sons. Saul killed himself. A sad narrative.





May 30 Bible reading

29 05 2019

May 30  Psalm 68:21-27  John 19:1-27  1 Samuel 26; 27; 28

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?

May 30  Psalm 68:21-27  John 19:1-27  1 Samuel 26; 27; 28

Psalm 68:21-27  Our God is the source of life. The sovereign God will bring justice, including the punishment of those who are unrepentant. There will be praises sung to the one true God who is worthy. We must consider this truth and respond.

John 19:1-27  The Jewish leaders, God’s chosen people (for whom God had done so much) refused to recognize Jesus as Messiah, they called for His death, condemning Him to die as one who was cursed. Pilate feared Jesus’ claim to be the Son of God. The Jewish leaders publicly ascribed their authority, their king, to be the Roman ruler Caesar. Jesus was crucified as “king of the Jews”. Jesus chose death on a cross so that we may be forgiven of sin. Roman torture and execution was the most excruciating way to die known to human history. John’s eyewitness account has been life-changing for millions of people. Jesus predicted these events. Jesus taught His followers the purpose of these events by walking them through the Scriptures, revealing how they pointed to Him and His purpose. We must recognize the purpose of this suffering.

1 Samuel 26; 27; 28  How can I say, “Thank You” for the love poured out for me? Again David refuses an opportunity to kill Saul, who was trying to kill him, deferring to God as judge between them. Samuel the prophet dies. Saul has a medium conjure up Samuel, asking for a victory over the Philistines. Samuel reminds Saul that God was punishing Saul and taking the kingdom from him.

 





May 29 Bible reading

28 05 2019

May 29  Psalm 68:15-20  John 18:25-40  1 Samuel 24; 25

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?

May 29  Psalm 68:15-20  John 18:25-40  1 Samuel 24; 25

Psalm 68:15-20  Our God saves. Our God provides rescue from death. Our God will live among us. We should see here, a sovereign powerful God offering salvation for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons would include making a personal relationship with God available.

John 18:25-40  As Jesus predicted, Peter betrays Him three times. This becomes a significant memory in the relationship between them. From this day on, every time Peter mentions forgiveness the people who heard him registered this personal significance. Jesus brings forgiveness to the repentant. Jesus forgives the sin of personal betrayal. A sin that brought Him suffering. Pilate makes a point of Jesus identity and the idea of Jesus being the king of the Jews. The crowd in Jerusalem betrays Jesus by asking for the release of Barabbas instead of Jesus.

1 Samuel 24; 25  David refuses an opportunity to kill Saul and spares his life instead. David defers to God any right to judge Saul for his wrong. David believes that God will rescue him from Saul’s attempts to kill him. Abigail practices skillful peacemaking in preventing a violent conflict between her husband Nabal and David.

 

 





May 28 Bible reading

27 05 2019

May 28  Proverbs 13:10-19  John 18:1-24  1 Samuel 21; 22; 23

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?

May 28  Proverbs 13:10-19  John 18:1-24  1 Samuel 21; 22; 23

Proverbs 13:10-19  Seeing a dream come true should be met with marked gratitude. Careful consideration before taking action requires wisdom. With wisdom, you can help people avoid some serious trouble.

John 18:1-24  In face of Roman soldiers and Temple guards, Jesus is honest about His identity and protects His followers. Peter attempts to protect Jesus violently, and yet Jesus chooses to accept the suffering. As Jesus predicted, both Judas and Peter betray Him. Jesus and His followers feel the pain of these betrayals. This suffering is an important part of Jesus’ story. The High Priest of Israel ordered the beating of Jesus. This is an additional betrayal. Jesus asks why this decision has been made. Jesus maintains His innocence. Jesus is falsely accused and personally betrayed. Our Redeemer has experienced great suffering.

1 Samuel 21; 22; 23  David is described as being more faithful than any servant to King Saul. Jealous rage consumes Saul, and he kills priests who helped David flee. Saul’s son Jonathan encourages David with faith that Saul would not be able to kill David, and the belief that David would eventually be king. What life-giving words as David hides in the wilderness. Saul gave up, and David did not.





May 27 Bible reading

26 05 2019

May 27 Psalm 68:7-14 John 17:6-26 1 Samuel 19; 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?

May 27 Psalm 68:7-14 John 17:6-26 1 Samuel 19; 20

Psalm 68:7-14 Our God sends refreshing. The Israelites remembered the specific ways in which they had seen God do this in years past. They had been led by God through dangerous places. Their relationship with God was an essential element of their identity. As it should be for us.

John 17:6-26 In preparation for His sacrificial death, Jesus prays to Father God asking that the New Covenant be established. This includes God drawing people from every nation into a loving relationship with God by believing in Jesus as their Savior. Jesus prays for all people who would ever believe in Him (through the words of His disciples). Jesus asks God to establish this supernatural unity through love. Our Lord Jesus has not changed. Today his heart’s desire is the same. Jesus asks Father God to keep us, to direct us with His Word, and to bring us into unity. We must ask ourselves if we are aligned with the will of Jesus.

1 Samuel 19; 20 King Saul’s son Jonathan and daughter Michal protected David from their father’s jealous rage and efforts to kill David. In this we see a contrast between faithful loyalty in personal relationships and Saul’s jealousy, mentally obsessing over comparison in a self-destructive emotional spiral. Despite Saul’s attack, David does not seek revenge or his own personal advantage.





May 26 Bible reading

25 05 2019

May 26 Psalm 68:1-6 John 16:5-33; 17:1-5 1 Samuel 17:38-58; 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?

May 26 Psalm 68:1-6 John 16:5-33; 17:1-5 1 Samuel 17:38-58; 18

Psalm 68:1-6 Our God defends those who cannot defend themselves and provides for those who cannot provide for themselves. We are given the opportunity to participate in this work.

John 16:5-33; 17:1-5 Jesus describes the function of the Holy Spirit as a guide in truth, bringing conviction of sin, relaying to us the words of the Father, and the Son, telling us about the future and bringing glory to God. We are now given an opportunity to understand this teaching of Jesus about the Holy Spirit. Christians should be able to interact with the Holy Spirit in the ways that Jesus described. Are you looking to God the Holy Spirit in these ways? Jesus prays in preparation for His death, asking Father God to bring about His New Covenant. There’s much to learn about God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit from the prayer of Jesus. Am I relating to God in ways that are respective of these truths, today?

1 Samuel 17:38-58; 18 Preparing to fight the giant Goliath, little David describes the name of God as being his weapon. David predicts that God will win so that people will have faith in God. What a contrast from Saul who wanted people looking to himself! David’s heart is the difference. King Saul grew jealous of David, a poor young man from a humble family.