July 8 Bible reading

7 07 2019

July 8 Psalm 81:8-16 Acts 26:24-32; 27:1-12 2 Kings 16; 17

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 8 Psalm 81:8-16 Acts 26:24-32; 27:1-12 2 Kings 16; 17
Psalm 81:8-16 Psalm 81 turns to a song of God’s call to His people, asking that they would listen to Him so that He could supply them and satisfy them (as seen Deuteronomy 32:13-14). Throughout human history, God is constantly calling people into a place of true peace. The people who learned about the goodness of God would sing about it, this poetry, used as a prayer book. We should do the same.
Acts 26:24-32; 27:1-12 Governor Festus and King Agrippa rejected Paul’s faith in Jesus, but honored his appeal to Ceasar. They put him on a ship that saw rough seas. Rejection and difficulty may be unavoidable on our path of following Jesus. And yet through them, we may find surprising opportunities to glorify God. This “hardship” Paul found on his “pathway to peace” (as the Serenity Prayer says). It was the means by which the Good News of Jesus was spread to many many people. We should be looking for God’s will on our good days and on our bad days.
2 Kings 16; 17 The Israelites had been worshiping idols for generations and actively breaking off their relationship with God. As a result, God allowed all but the tribe of Judah to be taken in captivity from their promised land. New people moved in to replace them and mixed the attempted worship of Yahweh with superstition, and the active worship of their own pagan gods. This practice continued for many years. God is looking for the whole-hearted devotion of His people. Anything less is not the worship that God is looking for.

 

 


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