September 22 Bible reading

22 09 2021

September 22  Psalm 109:21-31  Ephesians 1  Isaiah 51:17-23; 52; 53; 54

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?

September 22  Psalm 109:21-31  Ephesians 1  Isaiah 51:17-23; 52; 53; 54

Psalm 109:21-31

David is not afraid to sing to the Lord, about his blues. David turns his focus away from people who are cursing him and looks to the God of faithful love instead. An object of ridicule, David appeals to the good character of God, asking for rescue. Over the years David has seen God helping people in need. David has been in fasting and prayer through a difficult time. Regardless of God’s response, David commits to continued thanksgiving to the Lord, for the way He has stood by the poor and defended them. David is praising God before seeing an answer to the prayer. What lessons to be learned here!

Ephesians 1

Paul writes a letter to the church in Ephesus, with whom he had previously spent at least three years. Paul is being held prisoner in Rome, and yet he writes a beautiful letter about our response to God’s love and grace. God’s plan for redemption available through Jesus was in the works before the creation of all that we see. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit loved us and planned to purchase our freedom and make forgiveness and an inheritance available to us. Paul interacted with Jesus personally. He received truth from Jesus directly. We can grow in a confident hope through this truth. One day God will bring everything we see under the authority of Jesus Christ. Like it or not, believe it or not, this is the truth. This leadership of Jesus Christ includes benefits for His faithful followers.

Isaiah 51:17-23; 52; 53; 54

Through the prophet, Isaiah God explains how His redemptive plan interacts with the free will decisions of people. God predicts a time when He would bring an end to the suffering of Israel. He explains that when they chose to reject Him, it meant giving over control to other people who abused them. There’s a blessing on people who are willing to share the “good news of peace and salvation” with others. In Isaiah 53, we read a specific prophecy of the coming Messiah that was fulfilled by Jesus. It is a powerful description of the suffering Jesus would endure when He would take on Himself the sins of us all. God promises the restoration of a repentant Israel. This includes restitution and a wholistic peace for all the faithful.


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