July 4 Bible reading

3 07 2019

July 4 Psalm 80:1-7 Acts 23:12-35 2 Kings 8:16-29; 9

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 4 Psalm 80:1-7 Acts 23:12-35 2 Kings 8:16-29; 9
Psalm 80:1-7 Psalm 80 starts with the recognition of God as a Shepherd of their nation. “Turn us again to yourself,” they sing. Their sorrow is seen as a result of their sin. Their hope can be found in a restored relationship with God (in the way God intended and as described to Moses Numbers 6:22-27). They are looking to God for guidance, protection, and care. This shepherd analogy carried powerful meaning for them. Let us look to God in the same way.
Acts 23:12-35 The Roman Empire took the safety of their citizens seriously. Roman officers protected Paul from those trying to kill him and transported him to Caesarea, for his appeal to Governor Felix. God has always been sovereign over the events of human history. God used the strengths and weaknesses of the Roman Empire for his own purpose. It helped the spread of the Good News of Jesus.
2 Kings 8:16-29; 9 Joram, King of Israel, and Ahaziah, King of Judah, did evil things and God was paying attention. God did not punish everyone because of the promise He made to David. Elisha saw Jehu anointed as king. Jehu put to death Queen Jezebel and these evil kings. God is seen as faithful to whom He brings punishment and where He shows mercy. God is alive, aware, able, and active. We see that God is not dead, not removed, not aloof, and not indifferent.


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