October 6 Bible reading

6 10 2020

October 6  Psalm 118:1-16 Colossians 2:6-23  Jeremiah 11:18-23; 12; 13

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 6  Psalm 118:1-16 Colossians 2:6-23  Jeremiah 11:18-23; 12; 13

Psalm 118:1-16

The faithful love of God is without end. His love never fails. It never runs out. The people of Israel would repeatedly sing about God’s faithful love. Let us give thanks to the Lord who is overflowing with love. On my worst days, I cried out to God. The Lord heard me and answered me. That is why I trust God more than I trust people. As we receive this love, thanking God, it will bring growth to our faith. This process will also press fear out from us. This is another way that we draw spiritual strength from our relationship with God.

Colossians 2:6-23

Paul writes of strength, peace, and gratitude coming from daily choosing to follow Jesus. In Colossians 2:6-7 Paul writes about drawing strength from this relationship with Jesus. The two analogies of being “rooted” like a tree and “grounded” like the foundation of a house, are echoes of Ephesians 3:17. The people of this early church found spiritual strength from their relationship with Jesus. A personal relationship with Jesus will bring spiritual freedom from a compulsion to continue self-destructive behaviors. Paul refutes the teaching they were facing from bad moralistic pseudo leaders. These “wanna-be” spiritual gurus were pious and yet self-centered. They were bringing condemnation and legalism. This bad teaching was not connected to Jesus and therefore did not bring help in real life change. Here we read about the Good News of Jesus. In all of its simplicity, this truth is transformational. My suggestion would be to read Colossians 2:12-15. Think about what it means to you. Thank God for it.

Jeremiah 11:18-23; 12; 13

In response to Jeremiah sharing God’s Word, people started plotting to kill Jeremiah. They were met with punishment as God protected Jeremiah. The hypocrisy of religious people causes Jeremiah to ask God questions. God answered as a just judge. Jeremiah spoke truth to powerful people, calling them to repentance….using rotten underwear as an object lesson. Wow. God speaks truth in creative ways.



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