June 11 Bible reading

10 06 2019

June 11 Psalm 72 Acts 7:20-43 2 Samuel 16:15-23; 17; 18:1-18

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?

June 11 Psalm 72 Acts 7:20-43 2 Samuel 16:15-23; 17; 18:1-18
Psalm 72 Solomon has a heart for serving his people in the best way possible. He sings his request that God would give him wisdom as king. Solomon wants to provide for those who need it and defend the poor. Every leader should have this heart for service and good stewardship.
Acts 7:20-43 Stephen defends the faith in Jesus, continuing a response to challengers from the Synagogue of Freed Slaves. He describes Yahweh’s redemptive narrative, including parts of their history where faith interacted with slavery. Stephen accurately explains God’s relationship with their ancestors including Abraham, Joseph, and Moses. God called them to faith. God promised blessing if they would be faithful to Him, and allowed punishment when they turned away. Stephen brings a defense of faith in Jesus by walking them through the redemptive narrative of Yahweh, in their own history. We must learn to do the same.
2 Samuel 16:15-23; 17; 18:1-18 Absolom’s betrayal and attempt to steal the throne led to the death of more than 20,000 soldiers. David’s commander Joab disregarded the king’s instruction and killed Absolom. We see needless tragic death because a son hated his father. They could not reconcile completely after Absolom had killed his brother in revenge. Our God is close to the brokenhearted and always wanting to bring restoration & redemption.

 


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