August 16 Bible reading

16 08 2021

August 16 Proverbs 20:5-14 1 Corinthians 10:14-33; 11:1 2 Chronicles 5:2-14; 6; 7:1-10

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?

August 16 Proverbs 20:5-14 1 Corinthians 10:14-33; 11:1 2 Chronicles 5:2-14; 6; 7:1-10

Proverbs 20:5-14

Integrity should be a priority for us. Are you the same person (in character) in public and in private? Faithful love and honest integrity bring a blessing to everyone.  We are all in need of grace. No one is innocent of their own making. Each of us has made mistakes. We are unable to cleanse ourselves spiritually. We need the mercy and grace of God.

1 Corinthians 10:14-33; 11:1

Not a single person has washed away their own guilt and lived clean under their own power. We all need a savior, someone who is clean to make us clean. How we choose to live our life will bring results good or bad. Paul advises us to understand that we have freedom in how we live because of Jesus, and yet we should understand that not everything is beneficial to this life of faith. Living with a priority on our personal freedom (at the expense of others) will be detrimental in how we influence others. We must take into consideration what is best for others. All our life choices should be for the glory of God as we seek to live like Jesus.

2 Chronicles 5:2-14; 6; 7:1-10

King Solomon brings together all the spiritual leaders of Israel for a dedication ceremony, using all the supplies and offerings his father had prepared. In the right way, and with the right heart, they bring the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant into the Temple. They offer sacrifices to God. They praised the faithful love of God. They are responding to what God had previously spoken to them (and over history to their ancestors). It is a nation of people responding to God in a relationship, with respect to His guidance. In this context a prayer goes up, calling God in a cry for continued faithful love according to the covenant promise. These words reveal the truth they all knew. God is showing them love, and God is calling them to wholehearted devotion. The presence of God was overwhelming. They appropriated prayers of the past and renewed their covenant. This a jaw-dropping holy moment in history.


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