December 3 Bible reading

3 12 2020

December 3  Psalm 137  1 John 3:11-24; 4:1-6  Daniel 9:20-27; 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?

December 3  Psalm 137  1 John 3:11-24; 4:1-6  Daniel 9:20-27; 10

Psalm 137

God provided for the Israelites, showing them love from the beginning, and offering them guidance for life. Through prophets, God warned them of the damage that would be the result of breaking off a relationship with Him. They ignored this. They rejected God and were taken captive by the Babylonians as a result. They longed for restoration. That is the context for this song of the “blues”. The Israelites sang to bring themselves back into a place of worship, mourning their captivity in Babylon. Their captors wanted them to sing happy songs, but they lamented. They called for punishment on the Edomites and the Babylonians. God answered their cry.

1 John 3:11-24; 4:1-6

The faithful, patient, kind, and committed love given to us by God is what John writes about. God has shown us this real love by sending Jesus for us. The love of God motivates us to receive Jesus as Savior. We can receive God’s love and respond with action. This should include giving love to others selflessly. We should extend this kind of love to each other. We must not live a selfish life of indifference to the needs of others. Jesus brings us into right standing with God. The Holy Spirit helps us “show the truth by our actions”. We grow into a healthy lifestyle of good decisions and doing the right thing. In this way, we become children who freely believe that their Father God will answer their prayer. We will be changed for the better. We will have an opportunity to speak from this new viewpoint. We must do so with discernment.

Daniel 9:20-27; 10

Lamenting the punishment of sin predicted by Jeremiah, Daniel is in prayer. Daniel confessed his sins and the sins of his people. He prayed for mercy (for himself and for his people). The angel Gabriel brought Daniel understanding and perspective. This includes the purpose for their seventy terrible years, in Daniel 9:24-27. Daniel’s lament lasts for weeks. It is a prayer of intercession. Throughout the kingdoms of multiple kings, Daniel continued to pray in intercession to fast and to hear from God about the future. Daniel was not indifferent to the suffering of his people (in consequence of their sin). He mourned with each painful step. God revealed to Daniel the spiritual warfare aspects of these events. God was in control throughout these events. It is noteworthy that God brought refreshing and encouragement to people who would pray in this painful way, in Daniel 10:18-19. God can bring peace.


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