December 21 Bible reading

21 12 2020

December 21  Psalm 145:13-21 Revelation 13  Ezra 7:11-28; 8:1-14

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 the 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 21  Psalm 145:13-21 Revelation 13  Ezra 7:11-28; 8:1-14

Psalm 145:13-21

Forever God will be found keeping His promises. “Filled with kindness” our God is drawing people into right relationship with Him. Our God is constantly interacting with people, listening to people, helping people. The One who provides for every living thing is available to all who call on Him. It is helpful (and important) for us to think about the ways in which our God has been true to the description of Him in Exodus 34:6-7. The kindness of God (for example) has been seen by many people. The compassionate love of God is available to “all who call on Him.”

Revelation 13

There is an enemy who gives his energy to attacking God, working against God, speaking against God. For a time, people who love God must patiently resist attacks from this enemy. As they remain faithful, they will see the sovereign power of God. This enemy will deceive as many people as possible. The enemy will draw as many people as possible away from faith in the Living God. In John’s vision, we see that believers will be able to resist this enemy because of their powerful God.  John is given a vision of the coming ultimate victory of Jesus and the persecution of Jesus followers that would precede it. The people of the earth will be deceived into following leaders, who are not Jesus. They will not repent of their sin and will not find their names in the Lamb’s Book of Life. We must focus on Jesus faithfully. We must endure the challenges of this life patiently.

Ezra 7:11-28; 8:1-14

Ezra was speaking to God’s purpose for a place of meeting with the people.  God had provided instructions for this Temple. King Artaxerxes provides for the expenses Ezra outlined for the Temple. Ezra did this according to God’s instructions. The riches of the Persian and Babylonian empires funded this work. Ezra and many other Israelite spiritual leaders return from their captivity in Babylon to serve God in the Temple. God had a way, that they had not imagined, to make their peaceful worship possible. God was bringing about the promised restoration. The people were returning to the lifestyle of wholehearted devotion to God. This is possible because they considered what God has said through Isaiah, Jeremiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Nehemiah, and Ezra. They were reminded of the ways in which God had proven Himself to be faithful, patient, kind, honest, loving, and true to His Word. In this way, they displayed a faith that had been built up by listening and learning. This should be a powerful lesson for us.


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