July 2 Bible reading

1 07 2019

July 2 Psalm 79 Acts 21:27-40; 22:1-21 2 Kings 4:38-44; 5; 6:1-23

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?

July 2 Psalm 79 Acts 21:27-40; 22:1-21 2 Kings 4:38-44; 5; 6:1-23
Psalm 79 The Israelites had been living as though God didn’t exist. A broken relationship was not what God wanted. God was faithful to His agreement with them, allowing the pain of consequences, and it brought the desired result. Asaph sings about their change of heart. God wants a healthy relationship with us. It will bring about our ultimate good. Through the stories found in the Psalms, we can learn more about who God is. Today we can pray about the truth found here. Today we can sing about the truth found here. This is a faithful spiritual practice that people have found helpful for centuries.
Acts 21:27-40; 22:1-21 In Jerusalem, a mob is trying to kill Paul. He defends his faith by first explaining that he was educated in their school and had believed just as they did (and came to the conclusion that the Jesus-followers should be put to death). Paul knew the Scriptures as well as anyone. When he revealed that Jesus sent him to serve the Gentiles they rioted. They could not handle the thought that Jesus was indeed the Messiah and that Yahweh had decided to include the Gentiles in their faith. Their ethnic pride had mixed with their sin nature. They did not have a wholehearted spiritual devotion to the Creator. They were not searching the Scriptures for the evidence of Jesus as their Messiah. The result was tragic.
2 Kings 4:38-44; 5; 6:1-23 Elisha saw enviable miracles with food. Like Jesus, he fed many with the ingredients for a few. Naaman, an army commander, brought silver, gold, and clothing for Elisha, in hopes to be healed from his leprosy. Elisha brought healing to him, but rejected the offerings. Gehazi, a servant of Elisha, got greedy and took payment. As a consequence of his sin, Gehazi was struck with leprosy. Is there at least one lesson here? We should value God’s Word more than material possessions.

 


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