July 12 Bible reading

12 07 2021

July 12 Psalm 84:1-7 Romans 1:1-17 2 Kings 23; 24:1-7

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 12 Psalm 84:1-7 Romans 1:1-17 2 Kings 23; 24:1-7

Psalm 84:1-7

There may a season of life where we suffer a loss. It may feel like walking through a valley of weeping. If we will draw strength from our relationship with God, we can see it turn to a season of refreshing. In the place of worship, we can find refreshing and joy. This may sound crazy, but I have found it to be true in my own life. I have also seen it happen for many others. The songwriters here had learned from God’s punishment of their ancestor Korah’s rebellion against God. They had found God to be the One who brings about redemption with repentance. Their own ability to give the choir director a song is a sign of God’s restoration.

Romans 1:1-17

Paul writes a letter to believers in Rome, overflowing with appreciation for them because of their faith in Jesus. This faith in Jesus has made it possible for them to receive spiritual cleansing and salvation. Let’s consider how that has been true for us. It’s life-changing! We should desire that the people in our lives experience the same. We can ask God for guidance, and then take steps to help share this new life with them. An essential part of Paul’s servant-leadership is his lifestyle commitment to prayer for the people he was serving. Paul includes his prayer topics for them in the letter. Remember his focus is the life-changing power of Jesus Christ, “saving all who believe”.

2 Kings 23; 24:1-7

The new king Josiah called together all of Judah and Jerusalem to read to them all of the recently rediscovered Book of the Covenant. Josiah called the people to turn away from their sin and back into a relationship with God. He was faithful to dismantle all of the places of worship to other gods. Josiah disrupted the cycle of idolatry. He brought the people back into the loving life-long commitment to God. It’s a wholehearted devotion. Sadly his sons were evil and turned people away from true worship. God was faithful to punish the killing of innocent people (done by Manasseh). This is an important lesson for us, in human history. Our God reigns in mercy and justice. He notes the shedding of innocent blood. God will not allow it to stand.



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