September 10  Psalm 106:32-39  2 Corinthians 11:16-33  Isaiah 24; 25; 26

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 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 10  Psalm 106:32-39  2 Corinthians 11:16-33  Isaiah 24; 25; 26

Psalm 106:32-39

Here we read that the people of Israel did not stay on the path of wholehearted devotion to God. The Israelites failed to obey God completely. This allowed a temptation, to cheat on God, that they could not resist. Our God had created them, rescued them, and provided for them. And yet they had an affair with idol worship. This idolatry included the human sacrifice of their own children. They “polluted the land with murder”. They did not return faithful love to their Creator and Redeemer. They felt the results of this decision. We must learn from this serious warning.

2 Corinthians 11:16-33

Paul is writing to protect the Corinthian believers from false teachers who seek to deceive them, turning their loyalty, for pay, to teach their own version of spiritual truth (that was self-serving). Paul recounts the ways that he has proven his pure motives and focus on Jesus, despite being persecuted for this faith. Many times he was beaten, imprisoned, and had to endure dangerous opposition. In an effort to help them, Paul is showing that his good intentions have been proven over years of faithful service. Paul carried great concern for the people of these churches. It was a daily responsibility to him.

Isaiah 24; 25; 26

God created the “good earth”. God reveals to Isaiah the ways in which people have twisted God’s words and rejected God’s commitment of love. Isaiah, the prophet, shares the heartbreak of God at the needed punishment for sin. This includes the negative results seen in our natural environment. The good earth suffers. The One True Living God will bring judgment on the evil spiritual and natural rulers of our earth. They will yet see a final punishment. Our praiseworthy God will be a refuge to the poor and distressed. Isaiah sees that a final feast will be available to people of all nations, in their worship of God. We should worship our trustworthy God. Morning and night, our hearts highest desire should be to glorify the name of God. People will sing these words of Isaiah. We will praise You alone, oh God!