March 1 Bible reading

29 02 2020

March 1 Proverbs 6:12-19 Mark 10:32-52 Leviticus 5:14-19; 6; 7:1-10

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?

March 1 Proverbs 6:12-19 Mark 10:32-52 Leviticus 5:14-19; 6; 7:1-10

Proverbs 6:12-19

Solomon’s lessons for daily life includes a warning about people who are constantly twisting the truth. We see that consequences follow them. God hates “hands that kill the innocent”. This is a caution to us. Sobering warning (in Proverbs) to see people who “sow discord in a family” in the list of things that the Lord hates. We are learning more about the character of God. Would we want to serve a God who is apathetic toward injustice, abuse, deception, or manipulation?

Mark 10:32-52

Jesus repeatedly predicts his own death and resurrection, with specific detail. He’s preparing his friends because he cares about them. His predictions coming true also serve as another proof of His identity as Messiah. Jesus says that in the Kingdom of God “great” people serve the “least”. He taught His followers about the Kingdom of God and its value system. He explained that His own lifestyle and eventual death were examples of just how they should lead others, by serving them. We follow Jesus as we constantly look to serve others. Jesus recognizes the faith of the blind man and heals him.
Leviticus 5:14-19; 6; 7:1-10

In Leviticus, we see that God cares about removing guilt and restoring the relationship with His people. Restitution is seen as important to God. The way that we experience these elements of a relationship is seen as important to God. God brings peace to us. This is done in the context of a personal relationship with us. Just like Jesus serving His followers by washing their feet, we see God bringing cleansing to us. It requires sacrifice and our repentance. Living guilt-free, that’s God’s desire for us.

 





February 28 Bible reading

27 02 2020

February 28  Psalm 27:7-14  Mark 10:13-31  Leviticus 4; 5:1-13

February 29th we will be taking a break from the read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year plan. Feel free to read Psalm 22, 23, and 24 for reflection on our response to who God is.

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?

February 28  Psalm 27:7-14  Mark 10:13-31  Leviticus 4; 5:1-13

Psalm 27:7-14  David sings about God inviting him to a conversation. David has been learning about God. David asks God to teach him how to live. From this place, David has confidence in God and says, “wait patiently for the Lord”. We can learn from this. God is available for a relationship with us.

Mark 10:13-31  Jesus says that childlike faith is what is needed for us to enter the Kingdom of God. “Everything is possible with God,” Jesus says, speaking of God’s salvation. After a conversation with a rich man, Jesus teaches about the value system of the Kingdom of God where people who seem to be the least important may be the greatest. Jesus also refers to people who sacrifice riches in this world for the sake of His Good News as being rewarded in Heaven. Clearly, the Kingdom of God value system is different than a human nature self-focused value system.

Leviticus 4; 5:1-13  God continues to teach His people about sin and the results of their wrong choices. God shows them that sin requires a sacrificial offering for reconciliation. In Leviticus, God instructs His people to bring an offering, seeking forgiveness, when they realize that they have sinned. Through this process, they would be made right with the Lord and forgiven. God provides a way for peace.





February 27 Bible reading

26 02 2020

February 27  Psalm 27:1-6  Mark 9:33-50; 10:1-12  Leviticus 1; 2; 3

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?

February 27  Psalm 27:1-6  Mark 9:33-50; 10:1-12  Leviticus 1; 2; 3

Psalm 27:1-6  Despite being under attack, David chose to believe in God as his defender. I love this song! David found life-changing help from God. He responded by wanting to be in the physical place of spiritual worship. David had a heart for the house of God. He chose to publicly sing and shout his gratitude.

Mark 9:33-50; 10:1-12  Jesus reveals a contrast between human nature in valuing some people more than others and the ways of the Kingdom of God. Jesus says, “if you want to be great, serve everyone else.” Jesus suggests an openness to others who minister in His name. Jesus says that there will be punishment for those who would cause people who trust Him to fall into sin. Jesus describes the need for a willingness to take serious measures to avoid sin in our hearts. Jesus teaches about God’s purpose in marriage and His design for it to be a lifelong commitment. God’s agape love in marriage is an example of love and respect for all human relationships.

Leviticus 1; 2; 3  In Genesis we read about creation and God’s relationship with humanity. In Exodus, we read about God’s redemption of His people from slavery and their new place of worship. In Leviticus, we read about their new manner of worship. How should we approach God? In Leviticus, we see that God gives Moses instructions for the natural and spiritual lives of His people. Expressing gratitude and seeking forgiveness of sins, from God, are essential parts of our spiritual lives.

 





February 26 Bible reading

25 02 2020

February 26  Psalm 26  Mark 9:2-32  Exodus 39; 40

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?

February 26  Psalm 26  Mark 9:2-32  Exodus 39; 40

Psalm 26  David looks to God for help. David has followed the ways of God. David is essentially singing, “God I love you. I choose to love you daily. I choose to live constantly aware of you, in a healthy relationship with you.” Trusting God. Singing Thanksgiving. “God please restore me, forgive me.” and “I will speak good of God in public.” David chooses worship. We should learn from this and apply it to our lives.

Mark 9:2-32  Again Jesus invites Peter, James, and John to private prayer. His appearance changes. Elijah and Moses arrive to talk with Jesus. At Jesus’ transfiguration, God audibly declares the Messiah identity of Jesus, predicts his resurrection. Jesus casts out a demon and emphasizes the importance of prayer. In every word and action, Jesus is teaching His followers. We should daily be in prayer. We should recognize Jesus as more powerful than any other spirit in this world.

Exodus 39; 40  Aaron the priest had a message on his hat “Holy to the Lord”. This reminded him of the mindset he was to have: constant awareness of his sacred state of being and function. The people did everything that God instructed, as instructed. The glorious presence of God fills the Tabernacle. Throughout their years of travel, this presence is visible. They were aware that God was with them and was leading their every move. The presence of God is the game-changer. Everything they had done in preparation for this was worthwhile.





February 25 Bible reading

24 02 2020

February 25  Proverbs 6:1-11  Mark 8:14-38; 9:1  Exodus 37; 38

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?

February 25  Proverbs 6:1-11  Mark 8:14-38; 9:1  Exodus 37; 38

Proverbs 6:1-11  Proverbs offers us wisdom for good stewardship. We should avoid rash decisions and taking on responsibility carelessly. Laziness can bring poverty. Wisdom values hard work. We can learn from the animal kingdom including the work ethic of ants.

Mark 8:14-38; 9:1  It seemed that even the closest followers of Jesus were slow to understand the implications of His identity. They saw Him perform miracles and yet they would stress out when facing natural obstacles. Sound familiar? Jesus is our Savior, the “Sent One” from God who is the “Anointed One”. Jesus is the Son of God who fully experienced human life. Unlike anyone in human history, Jesus predicted that He would be killed and that He would rise from the dead three days later. It actually happened just as He said. This is further proof of His identity. Just like Peter, we are called to turn from selfishness, following Jesus, seeing things from God’s view and not merely a human point of view.

Exodus 37; 38  The craftsman Bezalel was filled with the Spirit of God and God-given wisdom and abilities. With great care, he followed God’s design and instructions. He constructed the Ark of the Covenant, the altar, the lampstand, washbasin, and furniture for their place of meeting with God. The Israelites responded to God with a courageous generosity and the Tabernacle for God’s presence was built.

 





February 24 Bible reading

23 02 2020

February 24  Psalm 25:16-22  Mark 7:31-37; 8:1-13  Exodus 35; 36

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?

February 24  Psalm 25:16-22  Mark 7:31-37; 8:1-13  Exodus 35; 36

Psalm 25:16-22  From the Psalm, “God please feel my pain, see my trouble, forgive my sin. I put my hope in You.” David sings about his loneliness, his troubles, his pain, and his guilt. He is looking to God for forgiveness, comfort, and rescue. David looks to God for help in changing how he lives. He puts his hope in God. Let us do the same.

Mark 7:31-37; 8:1-13  We see Jesus healing, feeding thousands. “Everything He does is wonderful,” they said of Jesus who healed a man who could not hear or speak. Jesus showing love for people, teaching them, providing for their needs in miraculous ways and in so doing, proving His identity as Messiah. He would not perform a miracle to prove His identity to defiant religious leaders. Many times over Jesus revealed His identity as Messiah explaining the Scriptures that pointed to Him. Jesus proved His supernatural power with compassionate miracles. This is who we follow today. Let us consider each day who we are drawing new life from.

Exodus 35; 36  Moses called the people together and gave them God’s instructions (Sabbath, offerings, Tabernacle construction). Craftsmen did the work instructed by God. It is our responsibility to hear God’s instructions and respond with obedience. This includes choosing a life of courageous generosity so that there would be a place of worship. “Their contributions were more than enough,” Exodus 36:7 Will we choose to live on less so that we can also be generous in providing a place of worship?

 





February 23 Bible reading

22 02 2020

February 23  Psalm 25:8-15  Mark 7:1-30  Exodus 33:7-23; 34

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?

February 23  Psalm 25:8-15  Mark 7:1-30  Exodus 33:7-23; 34

Psalm 25:8-15  David sings about the benefit of living in a covenant relationship with God. He’s been forgiven of many sins. Following the guidance of God, David has found companionship. He has found God to be faithful in keeping His promises.

Mark 7:1-30  Jesus teaches about inner purity, revealing God’s perspectives on relationship with us. Jesus pointed to a wrong focus on customs and external behaviors. “These people honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach manmade ideas as commands from God.” Jesus quotes Isaiah’s revelation of God’s view of religion. This should be a wake-up call to us today. It’s always easier to talk about how we should act (as good spiritual people) than it is to focus on God’s view of what’s going on in our hearts. Let’s take time to think about that. Jesus then proved again that He is more powerful than any dark spirit.

Exodus 33:7-23; 34  Disgusted with the sight of His people creating something new to worship, God did not want to travel with them personally. Moses would not travel without God. Moses viewed the personal presence of God as essential to their identity. God responded with forgiveness, a new copy of the covenant agreement, and His revealed presence. God spoke His name, Yahweh, to Moses with an essential description of His character. We must refer to this as source material for our understanding of who God is.

 





February 22 Bible reading

21 02 2020

February 22 – Psalm 25:1-7, Mark 6:30-56, Exodus 31; 32; 33:1-6

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?

February 22 – Psalm 25:1-7, Mark 6:30-56, Exodus 31; 32; 33:1-6

Psalm 25:1-7  David has come to realize that his life is not his own. He sings about his decision to look to God for guidance, trusting God, and giving his focus to God. David has put his hope in the God who saves with unfailing love.

Mark 6:30-56  Jesus was ready for rest. Crowds of people pressed Him and Jesus responded with compassion. Jesus served them with much-needed teaching. He provided a miracle lunch. He walked on water. Jesus healed many people! Jesus repeated proved His power over the laws of nature. Jesus is supernatural and that should inform our every day.

Exodus 31; 32; 33:1-6  Yahweh God our Creator and Redeemer cared deeply about the place of meeting with the people.  God designed it. God chose the craftsmen to build it. God filled them with His Spirit and gave them wisdom, ability, and expertise. God cares about us and the natural aspects of our place of meeting with Him. Keeping one day each week as a holy day dedicated to the Lord is a practice that shows our covenant agreement with God. As a sign of our faith, we rest from our ordinary work giving ourselves to worship and time with family (both natural and spiritual). It is a day to remember our God who cleanses us from our guilt, mistakes, and disorder. The Israelites grew impatient waiting for Moses. They created something new to worship as their god. Moses had to intercede for mercy so that God would not destroy them.

 

 





February 21 Bible reading

20 02 2020

February 21 – Proverbs 5:15-23, Mark 6:6-29, Exodus 29; 30

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?

February 21 – Proverbs 5:15-23, Mark 6:6-29, Exodus 29; 30

Proverbs 5:15-23  Proverbs instruct us to reserve our sexual love for our spouse, and that a lack of self-control brings a loss of life. God’s design includes sexual expression that gives pleasure within the context of a lifelong commitment. In contrast, lust takes pleasure with the priority on self over others. Selfishness becomes a trap.

Mark 6:6-29  John the Baptist is murdered because of just such a relationship. John was imprisoned because he called people to repentance of sin. This led to his death. Jesus had been mentoring His 12 disciples. He started sending them out in pairs to minister in the same ways they had seen Him. Jesus sends out the 12, giving them spiritual authority. He did this in a way that would stretch their faith for growth.

Exodus 29; 30   In Exodus we see details of provision for the people, things, and place for their meeting with God as sacred and connected with their purity. The benefit includes a commitment from God, “They will know I am the Lord, their God.” WOW! God’s purpose included living among the people, in relationship with them, and daily available to them. This is not a new idea.





February 20 Bible reading

19 02 2020

February 20 – Psalm 24, Mark 5:21-43; 6:1-6, Exodus 27; 28

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?

February 20 – Psalm 24, Mark 5:21-43; 6:1-6, Exodus 27; 28

Psalm 24 Psalm 24 is amazing. David sings from a worship of God our Creator, through the benefit of a healthy relationship with God, to a revelation of both ancient and yet-to-be-fulfilled spiritual worship of God above all gods, King above all kings. Yahweh Creator God has provided us opportunity in this life. We belong to our Creator, along with everything that we see. When we are cleansed from our sin, we can enjoy our relationship with God.

Mark 5:21-43; 6:1-6 Jesus heals in response to faith and yet is surprised by the lack of faith in His hometown. Jesus showed power over death, bringing a little girl back from the dead. Jesus brought healing where doctors could not. And yet not everyone believed Jesus to be the Messiah. Today we can make the same mistake and miss out on a relationship with Jesus, the God of miracles.

Exodus 27; 28 In Exodus we see further detailed plans for the Tabernacle, a place of meeting with God. God wants us to understand that our relationship with Him is spiritual (more important than the natural world) and should be approached with love and respect. The role of the priest included representing the people to God, taking on their sin, seeking forgiveness and God’s direction. In our “priesthood of all believers” we share a responsibility to pray in intercession for each other. God’s instructions for Aaron and the priests also give us a picture of the activities of Jesus in prayer, making intercession for us. This truth should bring us comfort, strength, and purpose in our identity as priests and children of God.