Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Tuesday, August 11th: Psalm 81-83, 1 Peter 1 ~ Nathan

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 81-83, 1 Peter 1

The Psalmist starts off in chapter 81 talking about how God wants Isreal to depend Him only. It says in verses 8-10:
"(8)Hear me, my people, and I will warn you— if you would only listen to me, Israel! [9] You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not worship any god other than me. [10]  I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it."
God is almost pleading with the Israelites to follow Him, and He wants the same from us. Why wouldn't we grab that gift?

Later in chapter 83:1 we see the opposite, we see how the Psalmist begs to hear from God,
"O God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God."
God doesn't necessarily answer us when we want. This may feel like He's ignoring us,  but He isn't, as we read earlier He shows how He wants us to live for Him.  He is in charge and will answer when it's best.

In our reading out of 1 Peter we read right away how this letter from Peter is to all the Jews scattered throughout different lands. Peter goes on to remind the Jews that they are God's chosen people and God wants them to be made clean by the sacrifice of Jesus.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Psalms 84-86; 1 Peter 2


TammyIsBlessed said...

The description of salvation in our 1 Peter passage is absolutely beautiful. It's amazing what God has done for us.

I loved your point "Why wouldn't we grab that gift?"

Conrad said...

The verse that stood out for me was 1Peter 1:14. "As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance,"

We are called to be holy, to be obedient to Christ. Because we are Christians, it does not mean that we will no longer have sinful desires, but we are to conform to His law and standards, not ours.

Pamela said...

That same verse stood out for me:

I am the Lord your God,
who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

We have some picky eaters in our family. When encouraged to taste something new they will clench their lips and take the tiniest bite known to mankind to try and satisfy the request to "just try it". How often to we also take the tiniest bite of God's desire instead of opening wide and being filled.

God promises us in 1 Peter " 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, " but only when we open do we receive it.