May 5 Bible reading

4 05 2019

May 5  Psalm 56  John 4:27-42  Judges 2:6-23; 3

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 5  Psalm 56  John 4:27-42  Judges 2:6-23; 3

Psalm 56  David sings about a roller coaster of internal thoughts and feelings. He is being harassed and attacked by people twisting his words and plotting to come after him. David sings about the way that God is aware of the situation and how he’s feeling. Despite feeling afraid, David chooses to trust God, sing of God’s goodness, and to live aware of God’s presence, thankful for God’s promise.

John 4:27-42  Many people in a Samaritan village find faith in Jesus, believing Him to be the Savior of the world. Jesus teaches His followers that the fulfillment found by being part of this process is a life-giving and valuable reward. The sower and the reaper are to rejoice together, understanding that the harvest is the Lord’s. It is God who initiates and completes. The free-will response of the person is not our responsibility. This is why we must not equate the “results” (seen here and now) of Christian ministry with the value of our personal identity. This is also why we must not compare ourselves with others. We must find peace in Jesus above all else.

Judges 2:6-23; 3  After Joshua’s death, a new generation of Israelites chooses to not believe in Yahweh, the God who had done miracles for their parents. God allows consequences and responds when they repent. God is constantly showing love. God is constantly teaching. What can we learn from the lives of the Israelites?

 

 


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