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June 12: John 20; Ezra 3-5

Today’s Bible Reading: John 20, Ezra 3-5

1. What aspect of God's character of love do you see in today's reading?

Today I see the love of God revealed in how Jesus treated weeping Mary Magdelene (John 20:11-18), and how He gently dealt with a doubting Thomas.

2. In today’s reading where do I see the theme of the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ?

In John 20:31, John tells us that his gospel was written that we might believe in Jesus Christ the Son of God and have life in His name.

3. What words or verses are really speaking to you today?

John 20:21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 

4. In light of #3, what is God saying directly to you in today’s reading? Write as though He were writing you a message.

 

Supplemental Reading:

Desire of Ages pgs 788 - 794, 802-808

Prophets and Kings pgs 567 - 581

June 13: John 21, Ezra 6-8

Today’s Bible Reading: John 21, Ezra 6-8

1. What aspect of God's character of love do you see in today's reading?

In John 21 I see the beauty of God's love in how Jesus treats Peter, who denied Him 3 times. Jesus restores him 3 times. He makes the basis of Peter's recommissioning his love for his Lord.

In Ezra I see God's love for His people is in bringing them back to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple, causing the king to be favorable to them and making them joyful during their feast days. His hand was upon them is a recurring theme in these chapters.

2. In today’s reading where do I see the theme of the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ?

One of the beautiful features of the gospel is God's desire to restore us to Himself through Jesus. This is demonstrated by Jesus forgiving and restoring Peter as one of His disciples. Then He commissions him to "feed His sheep" with the good news of the gospel. In Ezra I see the sacrifice of Jesus for humanity in the sacrificial offerings and especially the Passover sacrifices. The king describes it as "sacrifices as sweet aroma to the God of heaven." How often do I think of the sacrifice of Christ as a swet smelling aroma?

3. What words or verses are really speaking to you today? Memorize them throughout the day.

John 21:19 "Follow Me." Ezra 8:21 "I proclaimed a fast...that we might humble ourselves before God, to seek from Him the right way for us..."

4. In light of #3, what is God saying directly to you in today’s reading? Write as though He were writing you a message.

 Follow My example, fast and humble yourself before Me and I will show you the right way to go.

 

Supplemental Reading:

Desire of Ages pgs  809 - 817    

Prophets and Kings pgs  593 - 597, 607-617

June 14: Acts 1; Ezra 9,10

Toady's Bible Reading: Acts 1; Ezra 9,10

Today I saw God's love in Acts in Jesus' spending 40 days with His disciples to instruct them and remind them of the "Promise of the Father." They were given the assurance of the Holy Spirit being with them and empowering their witness and then, after Jesus ascends, God's love is seen again in the promise that Jesus will come again the same way that He ascended. He will not leave them alone. he will not leave us alone. Jesus ascends, then the Spirit descends and will be with us to the end when Jesus returns to bring us to the Father. The who Trinity/Godhead is involved.

The good news of the Gospel is seen today in the reality of the risen Lord who "presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs." Then "He was taken up" into heaven to intercede for us. Jesus death would be meaningless without the resurrection. I serve a risen Savior!

Acts 1:8 was especially meaningful to me today: "But you shall recieve power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

In Ezra I saw God's love in the "extended mercy" He showed the returned captives/remnant, the favor they recieved from kings and the measure of revival they experienced from the Lord.

The Gospel is also seen in the prayer of Ezra were he says, "grace has been shown from the Lord our God." Christ is also revealed again in the evening sacrifice.

Ezra 9:1 was meaningful to me today: "The people of Israel and the priests and the Levites have not seperated themselves from the peoples of the lands, with respect to the abominations..."

Based on Acts 1:8 & Ezra 9:1 I hear God saying to me: The same Holy Spirit that I am baptizing you with to give you power for witness I have also given to you to live a holy and seperate life in the midst of the ways of the world.

Supplimental Reading: Acts of the Apostles pgs 25 - 34; Prophets and Kings pgs pgs 618 - 627