September 25 Bible reading

25 09 2021

September 25  Proverbs 23:19-28  Ephesians 4:1-16  Isaiah 60; 61; 62

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 25  Proverbs 23:19-28  Ephesians 4:1-16  Isaiah 60; 61; 62

Proverbs 23:19-28

Parents take great joy to see their children grow in wisdom. Everyone in the family is happy to see them use wisdom in decision making. On our journey from childhood to adulthood, we should learn from those with wisdom, including our parents. Good decision making, self-control, discernment, and wisdom improve the quality of a person’s life. We can learn to keep our hearts on the right course. This will keep us from self-destructive behaviors and guide us in learning that develops our wisdom in decision making. Sexual promiscuity brings pain.

Ephesians 4:1-16

Paul encourages followers of Jesus Christ to respond to God’s amazing grace with a thankful lifestyle of devotion. He encourages them to live in a way that honors God and reflects God’s love for others. With gracious patient humility, we should pursue unity and peace. Within the church, God has given each person unique gifts. This includes people who function as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. They should be helping people learn how to use their particular abilities. This includes serving others, doing good, strengthening the church, and growing spiritually. Together we can become more like Jesus Christ. We can help each other. The church should be a group of people who are spiritually healthy, growing, and full of love.

Isaiah 60; 61; 62

God speaks through the prophet Isaiah about the coming restoration of the people of Israel. This would follow their return to Him. This includes the blessing that the Messiah would bring to people from every nation. God promises a future for Jerusalem where people from around the world are brought into peaceful worship. Isaiah 61:1-3 helps us understand what the Messiah would be like. God would send One as Savior. What would His purpose be? What would His Kingdom be like? Jesus quotes Isaiah 61 in revealing His identity as Messiah. This informs us as to God’s purpose and passion. Isaiah 61 also references people who would join the Messiah’s work of rebuilding and restoration. In Isaiah 62:6 we see people who would be attentive in their intercession for God’s people. Isaiah’s constant prayer for the people of Jerusalem in Isaiah 62 should inform our prayer for our cities today. We can combine prayer and work, with purpose & passion, to implement the commitments we make to reveal our Messiah, Jesus. One day all people will praise our God of mercy and justice.


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