October 1 Bible reading

1 10 2020

October 1  Psalm 115:12-18  Philippians 2:12-30  Jeremiah 2:31-37; 3; 4:1-9

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?

October 1  Psalm 115:12-18  Philippians 2:12-30  Jeremiah 2:31-37; 3; 4:1-9

Psalm 115:12-18

God is faithful in love and worthy of our praise. Today we have an opportunity to bless God, to praise our Creator. The Psalms help us wake up to the fact that God has already blessed us. There’s a real benefit to choosing to wholeheartedly praise God. We will experience peace as we choose to rely on God completely. Our Redeemer has proven His character in many ways. One way we see this is how God has related to the people of Israel. Psalm 115 details this lesson for us. We also see that God has been generous with us. God has given us an opportunity to be stewards of the earth.

Philippians 2:12-30

The love of Jesus has been seen in the record of his life. It is extraordinary! Jesus is faithful, patient, kind, compassionate, and selfless in this love. Paul writes a moving recommendation for how we should respond to the supernatural love of Jesus. God is working in us, doing things that we cannot. God is reshaping our desires. God is giving us new strength for the purpose of following Jesus. We can live in a way that reflects those changes. Every day we have an opportunity to live like Jesus and share His love. Timothy and Epaphroditus were examples of this. They show us one way to respond to the model of sacrificial love Jesus provided. When we walk this faith journey connected with other believers it becomes a joyful shared experience. Pauls’ team showed us an example of this as well.

Jeremiah 2:31-37; 3; 4:1-9

God asks if His people value Him more than they do their most valuable possession. “Have you forgotten about me?” God speaks through the prophet Jeremiah to the nation of Israel. They have been unfaithful, serving other gods, despite the fact that God had remained faithful to them. In Jeremiah 3:9 it reads, “Israel treated it all so lightly.” God counted the sins of the 2 tribes of Judah as worse than the sins of the 10 tribes of Israel. God called them back to the restoration of a relationship with Him. The call included the following steps for them to take: acknowledge your guilt, confess your wrong, return to a relationship with God, follow the guidance of spiritual shepherds God sent to them. God is looking for a change of heart. They people realized that their spiritual idolatry has been delusional. God promised them a return to their Promised Land. After generations of evil leaders, God promised to give them leaders after His own heart. God promises to one day draw people from every nation into worship. We are now living in that promise fulfilled.


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