July 10 Bible reading

9 07 2019

July 10 Psalm 83 Acts 28:1-16 2 Kings 19:14-37; 20

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 10 Psalm 83 Acts 28:1-16 2 Kings 19:14-37; 20
Psalm 83 Psalm 83 calls God into action against cruel enemies of His people. It’s true that God is merciful, long-suffering, and patient. God forgives way past the human ability to do so. Yet there is a time and place when God will call into account each person. God will bring judgment on those who refuse to repent. God will bring justice and mercy.
Acts 28:1-16 A shipwrecked Paul and his companions are shown favor by the island residents who saw Paul shake off a poisonous snake bite. Paul continued to serve others whether it be by doing chores or bringing healing miracles. Both activities are ways of displaying Jesus’ characteristics to others. Paul was a Jesus-follower in word and in action (in ways public and private). We should represent the love of Jesus in the same ways.
2 Kings 19:14-37; 20 Hezekiah brought his enemies’ plan of attack to God, asking for rescue (not for the purpose of his personal gain, but instead for the express purpose of all nations knowing that Yahweh is the one true living God). God speaks through the prophet Isaiah that He heard this specific request and would bring victory for His people. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is described as passionately committed to this purpose. In fact, God won the victory over their enemy in a supernatural fashion. Hezekiah’s relationship with God included another miracle. Deathly ill, Hezekiah cried out to God who added 15 years to his life.

 


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