June 7 Bible reading

6 06 2019

June 7 Psalm 71:1-8 Acts 4:1-22 2 Samuel 11; 12

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 7 Psalm 71:1-8 Acts 4:1-22 2 Samuel 11; 12

Psalm 71:1-8 In need of real help, the Psalmist describes God as his only hope. His song recalls trusting God since childhood and God’s response of caring companionship. We can be quick to learn from the experiences of other people on subjects like a place to eat. We should also be willing to learn from the experiences of this songwriter. We can interact with God in the same way.

Acts 4:1-22 The crowd hanging around the Jerusalem Temple had seen a man crippled since birth miraculously healed by Peter. They questioned him and he explained that it was only possible by the powerful name of Jesus. Pointing to purpose, Peter said, “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” Peter and John gave public witness to the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The believers grew to 5,000 men and their families. In the same way, (as Jesus followers) we can ask God for miracles and point to Jesus our Savior as the source of power and the purpose.

2 Samuel 11; 12 King David rests when it is time for him to work, and as a result, is tempted by sexual sin. He chooses an immoral affair with Bathsheba and arranged the murder of her husband (to cover up his sin). God sends the prophet Nathan to confront David’s sin. David repents. God forgives, spares his life, and yet brings consequences. Sexual sin can be forgiven. God may yet allow consequences. We should recognize danger by the pain felt from mistakes. We should follow the guidance of God for how we live. This includes sexual expression.


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