June 18 Bible reading

18 06 2022

June 18  Psalm 74:18-23  Acts 12:19-25; 13:1-12  1 Kings 3:16-28; 4; 5

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?

June 18  Psalm 74:18-23  Acts 12:19-25; 13:1-12  1 Kings 3:16-28; 4; 5

Psalm 74:18-23

It’s good to honestly describe what is wrong and how it should be better in your conversation with God. We can spend time thinking about what is going on in our lives before a time of prayer. This can help our prayer time be more meaningful. What is wrong? How should it be better? In what ways do we think that God would want it to be better (based on what we have learned about the nature of God, the thoughts of God)? Think through this and then go to God in prayer.

Acts 12:19-25; 13:1-12

Proud King Herod accepted people worshipping him as though he were a god. The one true living God responded by giving Herod a terminal illness. Watch out for pride. It is essential for us to remember that we are not God. Every day we can benefit from being reminded of this truth. The followers of Jesus in this story are seeing this truth in action. King Herod had real power and yet it was all under the power of the Almighty God. The leaders of the Antioch church, commissioned Barnabas and Saul on a missionary journey by prayer, fasting, and laying on of hands in response to the direction of the Holy Spirit. Leading people into next steps of following Jesus was their purpose.

1 Kings 3:16-28; 4; 5

Solomon serves the people of Israel with wisdom and strategic use of knowledge from much learning. When peace had finally been won, on all sides of the kingdom, Solomon prepares to build a Temple to honor the name of God, according to the instructions given by God. This would be a place where the presence of God would be revered, at all times. A holy place.


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