July 5 Bible reading

5 07 2021

July 5 Psalm 80:8-19 Acts 24 2 Kings 10; 11

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?

July 5 Psalm 80:8-19 Acts 24 2 Kings 10; 11

Psalm 80:8-19

Psalm 80 expresses repentance of their sin and a recognition that their problems are a result of their sin. This song references the blessing of a healthy relationship with God that is possible, as predicted in Numbers 6:22-27 This is a request for a relationship with God to be restored. Let’s agree with their prayer, “God please forgive us of our wrongs. Please turn us back to You. Please give us the strength to live in love with You.”

Acts 24

Paul was given an opportunity to defend his faith in Jesus as Messiah, the Way to salvation. Paul’s years of learning, his personal relationship with Jesus, and his careful decisions were all helpful in his high profile declaration of truth about Jesus. Paul had a clear understanding of the implications of his identity in this situation (as a Jesus follower, a forgiven sinner, single man, Jewish Benjamite, a Roman citizen of Tarsus, and was educated in higher learning both as a Jew and in Greek schools. Paul also understands who the Roman Governor Felix was, as a ruler familiar with Jewish affairs, the “Way” of Jesus, and being married to a Jewish wife. Two years of dialogue between Felix and Paul provided an elevated view of who this Jesus is, to a larger audience. This is of historic importance. Paul’s understanding of who God is and who he is (as a result) played an important role here. This is a reason for us to deeply consider the same. Who is God? Who are you?

2 Kings 10; 11

The new king Jehu brought punishment on the descendants of and spiritual leaders of the evil king Ahab just as the prophet Elijah had predicted. God promised Jehu that his descendants would remain the royal family for four generations because he had wiped out the worship of Baal. Jehu did not remove idol worship according to the Word of God. God loves us, knowing all about us. God makes a promise and is found faithful. God calls us into loving worship and a loving relationship with Him.


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