June 8 Bible reading

7 06 2019

June 8 Psalm 71:9-18 Acts 4:23-37; 5:1-11 2 Samuel 13

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 8 Psalm 71:9-18 Acts 4:23-37; 5:1-11 2 Samuel 13

Psalm 71:9-18 Aging and aware of the fragile state of life on this earth, the Psalmist cries out to God for help. Despite the circumstances, this songwriter makes a commitment to look to God as the source of hope. The singer also commits to detailing the wonderful works of God to young people. Our hope comes from God. We should tell others why that is.

Acts 4:23-37; 5:1-11 Peter and John were released by the Jewish leaders with a threat of punishment if they continued to publicly teach about Jesus. The believers reacted to this threat by calling upon God to give them boldness to continue in their witness of Jesus. God the Holy Spirit filled them all and they had a boldness to speak of salvation in Jesus. They lived in unity and took care of each other with courageous generosity. Ananias and Saphira were unrepentant when caught in a lie about their giving and suffered the consequences. We are given an account of how the followers of Jesus lived. We are given an opportunity to learn from them. We can interact with Jesus and the Holy Spirit in the same way that they did.

2 Samuel 13 Sexual sin continued in David’s family. His son Amnon raped his half-sister Tamar. Amnon had idolized Tamar in his heart. After the rape, Amnon demonized her. Absolom killed his brother in revenge. David mourned. Sexual obsession turns abusive. This is not God’s plan for us. When a person puts their sexual desire as the highest priority there will be consequences. Sexual activity has been designed to express a God-kind-of-love that gives pleasure in ways that are faithful, patient, and kind. God’s clear intent is for this expression to be part of a life-long commitment.


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