July 14 Bible reading

14 07 2021

July 14 Psalm 85:1-7 Romans 2:1-16 Jonah 1; 2; 3; 4

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 14 Psalm 85:1-7 Romans 2:1-16 Jonah 1; 2; 3; 4

Psalm 85:1-7

We should learn from the history of Israel that God forgives mistakes. This song is written by the descendants of Korah, whose family history had seen great restoration by God after Korah’s rebellion. They did not get bitter against God for the punishment Korah received. They learned about the love available in healthy relationship with God. Learning about God should lead us to recognize His unfailing love and respond by receiving it and sharing it. When we ask God for forgiveness we can recall the ways God has proven His mercy in the past.

Romans 2:1-16

Each of us can be found guilty of “missing the mark”. All humans make mistakes and should not be judgmental of others. Yahweh God has revealed Himself to be overflowing in compassion and mercy, slow to anger, forgiving. God’s kindness is intended to turn us away from sin, our self-destructive habits, our mistakes. This includes living “me first”. God will give eternal life to those who turn away from their mistakes by faith in Jesus, and God will punish those who choose to live for themselves instead. God is aware of human behavior, good and bad. As much as Yahweh revealed Himself to be overflowing with supernatural forgiveness, He also predicted that He would punish the unrepentant.

Jonah 1; 2; 3; 4

Jonah’s heart was hardened toward other people. In particular, he did not want to see God show mercy to people who would turn away from their mistakes. We see the same lesson in Psalm 85, Romans 2, and in the story of Jonah & Nineveh. Jonah knew that God is prone to mercy and forgiveness. When God showed mercy, Jonah was enraged. This is one of many stories showing God calling leaders into alignment with His grace and mercy. God wanted Jonah to learn about mercy, and His guidance of loving-kindness.



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