October 8 Bible reading

8 10 2020

October 8  Psalm 118:17-29  Colossians 4:2-18  Jeremiah 16; 17

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 8  Psalm 118:17-29  Colossians 4:2-18  Jeremiah 16; 17

Psalm 118:17-29

God’s faithful love endures forever. It doesn’t get exhausted. Receiving the love of God builds faith and presses out fear. You can find more on this in my October 6th post about the beginning of the chapter. The singer draws strength from his relationship with God. He’s singing in the public worship service a thanksgiving for answered prayer. We should open up opportunities for this practice. Our relationship with God should include this practice. And then requests of God are made in this context. In Mark 12:10-11, we hear Jesus quoting Psalm 118:22-24 as the Jewish religious leaders were rejecting Him. This was predicted by the prophet in Isaiah 8:14 and observed by eye-witness accounts as it happened, see 1 Peter 2:7-8. We see that God’s purpose will bring joy to those who receive Jesus. That is why they can sing, “this is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice.” Psalm 118:26 is referenced by the shouts of people receiving Jesus, in John 12:13.

Colossians 4:2-18

Colossians 4:2, 5-6 are words to live by. Prayer should include dialogue with God (out of thoughtful consideration). Prayer works best when we give wholehearted devotion. Prayer is consistently uplifting when it includes thanksgiving. We should be alert spiritually, discerning public narratives, looking for God’s will, watching for the Holy Spirit at work, and focused on God. We should be careful to exercise wisdom in how we live and talk. We should make the most of every opportunity. Receiving the love of God inspires this kind of life. Following Jesus instead of our cravings. This is the way to live.

Jeremiah 16; 17

In a time and place where people have refused to listen to God (but instead are following their own desires), we hear God predicting punishment. For generations, God’s people had rejected His love and guidance. This is the reason God allows punishment. And yet God promises to bring a repentant faithful remnant back to the Promised Land. People who derive their confident hope from trusting in God will be blessed. What a description in Jeremiah 17:7-8, like trees! In contrast, people who live by bad motives will be judged by God. There are people who trust other humans instead of God. Sadly, they will find negative results in that decision. It is possible to be deceived. How do you know if you are? We can find clarity in the truth of God’s Word, and the counsel of mature believers. God knows our hearts better than anyone else. A weekly day of rest from our ordinary work is helpful for a God-focus.


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