June 9 Bible reading

9 06 2021

June 9  Proverbs 14:15-24  Acts 5:12-42  2 Samuel 14; 15:1-12

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?

June 9  Proverbs 14:15-24  Acts 5:12-42  2 Samuel 14; 15:1-12

Proverbs 14:15-24

Wisdom is seen in careful consideration of action, helping those in need, and hard work. This requires us to think about what our values should be. Do we value most what God values most? Prioritize your values and then consider what action you should take according to those values. From this place, we can plan out the ways in which we spend our time, energy, and money (which are non-renewable resources: here today gone tomorrow). Are we helping those in need? What step can we take today to do so?

Acts 5:12-42

Many people brought their sick friends and family to the twelve apostles because they were performing many miracles. The High Priest called together their elders because the teaching that Jesus had been raised from the dead was in direct contradiction to his own teaching. An angel freed the apostles from prison. This high council had the apostles beaten and they ordered that the apostles never speak of Jesus again. They released the apostles in hope that God was not involved in this teaching about Jesus and that it would amount to nothing. Grateful that they could identify with the suffering of Jesus, the apostles continued to teach about Jesus the Messiah publicly in the Temple and house to house. These “apostles” were friends of Jesus, sent by Jesus to speak of “Good News” forgiveness, helping people in need.

2 Samuel 14; 15:1-12

Absalom was brought back to the city, but David refused to see him for two more years. In turn, Absalom set out to turn the hearts of the people away from their king to himself as a favorable ruler. It’s quite possible that Absalom had a good desire to help others mixed up inside the bitterness of his heart and his selfish motives. What did David learn from this? Forgiveness and reconciliation in personal relationships is essential to multiplying our ability to help people in need.


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