April 5 Bible reading

5 04 2021

April 5 Psalm 41:7-13 Luke 10:25-42; 11:1-4 Deuteronomy 2:24-37; 3; 4:1-14

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?

April 5 Psalm 41:7-13 Luke 10:25-42; 11:1-4 Deuteronomy 2:24-37; 3; 4:1-14

Psalm 41:7-13

Personal betrayal can be part of life, and yet a personal relationship with God is possible through Jesus. From David, we can learn to talk honestly with God daily. We should be honest about how we may be hurt or angered by people. We should ask God for help, for healing, and for direction. Interacting with God about these issues can be helpful in a variety of ways.

Luke 10:25-42; 11:1-4

At this place and time, there were people who believed that if you followed certain rules you would go to Heaven, when you died, regardless of your relationship with God, regardless of the spiritual state of your heart. When tested with the question of what must be done to enter Heaven, this is how Jesus responds (in Luke 10:25-42). Love God with all you’ve got and love your neighbor in the same way that you take care of yourself. Jesus calls us to love God with whole-hearted devotion, knowing full well that we can be filled with His love as we do. From this place, we are now free, healed, full of life, and enabled to serve others from this place of love. Then Jesus explains this by telling a story, teaching us that our “neighbor” is whomever God has placed in our path that is in a state of need. We should find a need and meet it. Jesus helps Martha understand that personal relationship with Him is a priority over the activities of this world. Jesus gives His followers a “power tool” of a pattern for prayer. This Lord’s Prayer provides a helpful template for our daily conversation with God.

Deuteronomy 2:24-37; 3; 4:1-14

Moses reminds the people of the instructions God gave them. This included direction for life and difficult relationships. God did the “heavy lifting” in providing for them and yet invited them to be involved in this as well. God wanted them active, not passive. God wanted them focused on a personal relationship with Him, not distracted by temporary challenges. Moses reminded them of how God had done miracles to provide them with peace. Moses reminded them of the consequences of their past rebellion. Moses reminds them of God’s miraculous provision and the lessons learned from it. Moses urges them to follow God with faithful obedience. He reminds them of the amazing benefits of that lifestyle.



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