August 28 Bible reading

28 08 2022

August 28 Proverbs 21:5-16 2 Corinthians 1:23-24; 2:1-11 2 Chronicles 31:2-21; 32; 33:1-20

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?

August 28 Proverbs 21:5-16 2 Corinthians 1:23-24; 2:1-11 2 Chronicles 31:2-21; 32; 33:1-20

Proverbs 21:5-16

We are reading about the wisdom that God gave to Solomon. That’s remarkable. God gave him this gift. Solomon’s application of this wisdom led to him becoming the most powerful king. We should pay attention to this wisdom. It’s spelled out. How we choose to live will bring results: good or bad. God is aware of how we are living. We should respond with the attributes and decisions that are lifted up as admirable, in this passage. It would include good planning, hard work, honesty, common sense, and compassionate help for those who are poor.

2 Corinthians 1:23-24; 2:1-11

In the face of opposition from people and challenges in life, Pastor Paul continues to lead in a way that honors Jesus. Paul keeps his focus on Jesus Christ. Paul keeps a priority on reconciliation. Forced to defend his position, Paul does so without walking away from being gracious. More than once, Paul has brought the necessary correction to the thinking and behavior of the Corinthians. In his compassion for them, he writes that this has been painful for him as well. Paul directs the forgiveness and restoration of a particular troublemaker. Such forgiveness is described as one way to overcome the schemes of our enemy. We should be aware of this today. We should be alert to the danger of divisiveness. We should take action based on our shared high value on unity and restoration.

2 Chronicles 31:2-21; 32; 33:1-20

King Hezekiah completely restored the worship of Yahweh among the 12 tribes, according to God’s instructions. He sought God wholeheartedly and was successful as a result. He trusted God completely and worked hard. When attacked he asked God for help. God sent an angel to destroy the enemy. In a time of peace, he became proud and didn’t respond in the right way to a miracle healing. He repented of his pride. Hezekiah’s son Manasseh rebuilt the pagan shrines his father had destroyed. His idolatry included human sacrifice. He ignored God’s warning for a time and finally repented of his sin, tearing down idolatry and restoring the worship of Yahweh. Over and over through these generations, we see patterns of turning away from God, finding consequence for it, and some returning to God repenting.


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