July 25 Bible reading

25 07 2020

July 25 Psalm 89:9-13 Romans 9:1-21 Hosea 11:12; 12; 13; 14

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 25 Psalm 89:9-13 Romans 9:1-21 Hosea 11:12; 12; 13; 14

Psalm 89:9-13

Our God created everything we see. God is sovereign over forces that are beyond our control. We should carefully consider the truth of God’s transcendent power. Our reasonable response is to relate to God as the most powerful. Let us worship our God.

Romans 9:1-21

God, the One True Source of Life, makes decisions. We should carefully avoid a relationship with God of superstition, trying to force our genie out of the bottle. We believe that God our Creator has a right to choose how He designs us and to whom He will show mercy. Paul laments the decision that many Jews had already made to reject Jesus as their Messiah, and God’s design for their lives. We should relate to God as our Creator whose love and power are greater than anything we might see among humans. I can believe what science observes and the Creator who gave us the ability to observe. My doubt leads me to questions that strengthen my faith. Experiencing love by faith and reason working together.

Hosea 11:12; 12; 13; 14

At this point in history, the pain has come to the people of Israel as a result of their wickedness of heart. They piled up lies and violence. God called them to come back to Him, to depend on Him, and act with love and justice. God had proven they could find salvation in no one other than Him. God was promising limitless love and restoration for those who would “turn around” and love God first and foremost.


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