September 24 Bible reading

24 09 2021

September 24  Psalm 111  Ephesians 3  Isaiah 57:14-21; 58; 59

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 24  Psalm 111  Ephesians 3  Isaiah 57:14-21; 58; 59

Psalm 111

Today I will praise God with all of my heart. Thank You, God! Join me and let us praise the living God who is our Creator, Provider, Protector, and Redeemer. God hears our worship. We have a song of profound meaning to the Israelites in Psalm 111. It is an acrostic poem (using the Hebrew alphabet) and has been memorized by millions. From it, we see that people who love God should consider God’s actions and learn from them. God always remembers His covenant agreement with His people. Later we would read in Proverbs 1:7, 9:10, 15:33 that Solomon had learned from David and Psalm 111:10. Humility comes before honor. Fools despise this. The knowledge of God, the Holy One, results in good decision making. What benefits are available from a relationship with God!

Ephesians 3

Paul wrote of God’s plan to offer salvation, equally to Jew and Gentile, through Jesus. Over years Paul had studied Scripture deeply. Jesus had appeared to Paul. The Holy Spirit spoke to Paul. Now Pastor Paul is constantly praying for the spiritual growth of the Ephesian Christians. Paul wanted them to have a confident hope in God’s supernatural power. It is an inner spiritual strength that God brings. The Ephesians were finding this relationship with Jesus as the shaping influence for their identity, purpose, and value. They found new strength by building their lives on this truth. In Ephesus, they saw people of varied cultures come together with a shared faith in Jesus. It is evidence of something beyond the limits of our natural world and broken cultures.

Isaiah 57:14-21; 58; 59

Through Isaiah, God promises the restoration of people who are humble. God calls for true worship and calls out the hypocrisy of bad religion. Service to the poor and help for those in trouble are the actions of people whom God will refresh and continue to guide. God is able to save us. God hears us. Often our trouble is the result of sin: either our sin or the sin of someone else. God is disappointed when people allow injustice and oppression. God will avenge it. God will be true to His covenant agreement. (Remember the people described here were guilty of human sacrifice, including their own children. They had walked away from an honest life of a loving relationship with God. As a result, their world was full of deception and murder. They didn’t know where to find peace.) The prophet sees people who reject God as being like a restless sea. He called out religious people whose “good deeds” were done to make themselves feel better. We must be careful to avoid the same trap. Why are we being generous? Is it to make us feel better about ourselves? When we delight in God and then take generous action with pure motives God will guide us and refresh us. We see God restoring His relationship agreement. Isaiah 59:17 has inspiration for the believers “armor of God”.


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