June 26 Bible reading

26 06 2021

June 26 Psalm 78:9-16 Acts 17:1-21 1 Kings 16:8-34; 17; 18:1-15

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 26 Psalm 78:9-16 Acts 17:1-21 1 Kings 16:8-34; 17; 18:1-15

Psalm 78:9-16

The Psalms have been used as a prayer book and songbook. For centuries people used them to learn about God and to remember what they have learned. God has made covenant promises. God calls for wholehearted devotion in response to this covenant. The song of Psalm 78 helps us learn from the people of Ephraim. When we forget about the miracles God has already done we are prone to walking away from our agreement with Him.

Acts 17:1-21

Paul’s practice was spending the first three weekends in a new city at their synagogue. He would reveal the proofs of Jesus’ Messianic identity, as found in the prophecies of Scripture. In this way, many Jews and God-fearing Gentiles came to faith. This public discourse also brought much resistance. Our ability to discuss the identity of Jesus is of utmost importance. We must respond to our life-changing interaction with Jesus by a growing understanding of who Jesus is (as seen in the Scriptures). We should work at developing our ability to communicate the truth. Each of us should be learning how to articulate the truth about Jesus.

1 Kings 16:8-34; 17; 18:1-15

Let’s think about these stories through the lens of a couple of questions: What are the results of loving God first and foremost? What are the results of living “me first”? Through the decades of their idolatry, the Hebrew people saw the interaction between their prophets and kings. Most often the kings led them deeper and deeper into sin. Most often the prophets called them back to a loving relationship with God. Over and over they found pain and death when they walked away from God, only to again find restoration in a relationship with God. Our God provided for the needs of the prophet Elijah. He called on God and saw a boy raised from the dead.



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