June 22 Bible reading

21 06 2019

June 22 Psalm 77:1-9 Acts 15:1-21 1 Kings 9:10-28; 10; 11:1-13

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 22 Psalm 77:1-9 Acts 15:1-21 1 Kings 9:10-28; 10; 11:1-13
Psalm 77:1-9 Asaph can’t hear a response from God, can’t find comfort for his soul, and sings his lament. It is healthy to pour out your heart to God. There’s an honesty here that is helpful. We shouldn’t be afraid to get real about what we are feeling and thinking. In the Psalms we have many examples of the benefits found in this kind of communication with God. We must consider that God desires honest communication with us.
Acts 15:1-21 Jews came to the primarily Gentile church in Antioch and taught that circumcision was required for the Christian faith. Paul and Barnabas refuted this teaching. The leaders in Antioch sent Paul and Barnabas to the Jerusalem church where it was being debated. Peter and Paul spoke against a circumcision requirement. Jesus quoted Isaiah’s prophecy of the Gentiles being included in the family of faith. James led the apostles and elders in rejecting such a requirement and bringing a focus on the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus. This is an excellent example for us to follow. We must not be distracted from the grace of Jesus by various teachings.
1 Kings 9:10-28; 10; 11:1-13 Solomon grew in knowledge, wealth, and influence, as a result of God’s favor. Solomon’s heart turned away from the worship of Yahweh, and God held true to the punishment He promised for this mistake. God never wastes a hurt. God guides us because He loves us.


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