September 23 Bible reading

23 09 2021

September 23  Psalm 110  Ephesians 2  Isaiah 55; 56; 57:1-13

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 23  Psalm 110  Ephesians 2  Isaiah 55; 56; 57:1-13

Psalm 110

David writes a prophetic song, in Psalm 110, that describes the Lord as a priest, ruler, and a king. I can’t help but wonder if David wanted to emulate this image. In Hebrews 1:13 and 7:21 this is explained. Jesus Christ the Messiah brought fulfillment. Jesus functions in these ways. Jesus is a better version of what Abraham saw in Melchizedek. The more we read Scripture the more we will understand the awesome beauty of who Jesus is. This song also gives us a window’s view into the relationship between Father God and the Messiah Jesus Christ. This song must have been a wonderful mystery to the people living in David’s time.

Ephesians 2

Unhealthy cravings, selfish tendencies, and thoughts leading us to “miss the mark” (in sinful actions) all bring us to separation from God’s love. Receiving the grace of Jesus brings us to a close personal relationship with the God of love. This is a gift we do not deserve. This does not come to us as a result of anything good we may have done, but instead because God loves us. New spiritual life is available.  Through Jesus, God makes a peaceful relationship with Him possible. The people of Ephesus saw this Good News of peace break down the wall of hostility between Jew and Gentile. In the same way, it can now bring us into an ability to build healthy peaceful relationships with each other regardless of old culture ways of prejudice.

Isaiah 55; 56; 57:1-13

There is so much to learn from Isaiah 55 alone! We can draw from God a refreshing and strength that is life-changing. This comes by way of God’s faithful love, promises, and an invitation to a relationship with Him. We are called to listen, seek, recognize, and respect God. Isaiah knew that God had revealed to David the promise of unfailing love made available through the Messiah. Our God has a purpose. His thoughts and ways are to be respected. God welcomes people who love Him with repentant humility. God will judge those who will not repent. We read that God had observed the way in which the people had forgotten about Him because He had been quiet for a season. His response? “I will expose your so-called good deeds, they will not help you.” Wow, this should serve as a cautionary tale. God is looking for a personal relationship, not hypocritical good deeds. David, Isaiah, Abraham, and Paul learned about the gracious nature of God. They came to respect God’s purpose and see the value of responding to God with faithful love.


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