June 3 Bible reading

2 06 2019

June 3  Psalm 69:13-28  Acts 1:1-22  2 Samuel 3:22-39; 4; 5:1-5

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 3  Psalm 69:13-28  Acts 1:1-22  2 Samuel 3:22-39; 4; 5:1-5

Psalm 69:13-28  David has been betrayed, insulted, defamed, and attacked. As he sings about the resulting depression, his song turns to a focus on the unfailing love of God. We can learn from David how to look at God as our provider on our worst days and our best days. David sings to God and prays to God with complete honesty. This is the kind of personal relationship with God we should have. We would benefit from this.

Acts 1:1-22  Dr. Luke writes a careful account of the birth of the church. It is a new group of people called out of their homes, into regular gatherings, for the specific purpose of following Jesus their Redeemer. Jesus had come back from the dead. Jesus spent time with His followers proving that He was alive, teaching about the Kingdom of God, and instructing them to wait for the Holy Spirit and the enabling power of the living God. Jesus returned to Father God and they went into Jerusalem to wait on the Holy Spirit. 120 believers gathered into that place. Peter led an effort to install a new 12th apostle after the suicide of Judas. The followers of Jesus obeyed His instructions.

2 Samuel 3:22-39; 4; 5:1-5  David attempted to negotiate peace with Abner, his enemy. Joab, one of David’s commanders, killed Abner in revenge for the death of his brother. David calls for punishment of Joab and mourns the death of his enemy Abner. David understood that peacemaking included a decision to release the right of punishing those who had wronged him to God. This meant that he did not seek revenge.

 


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