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October 31st Bible Readings

Lamentations 4:1-5:22 ~ Hebrews 2:1-18 ~ Psalm 103:1-22 ~ Proverbs 26:23
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Old Testament – Lamentations Chapters 4 and 5 are tough chapters to read. We know why everything that we read in these chapters has come to pass from our readings in the book of Jeremiah. I guess the thing personally that jumped out at me today when reading this chapter were these thoughts:

  • Have I personally ever experienced anything like what we read about in this chapter? The answer is no.
  • The second thought or question that came to me, however, was this: Are there people in our world today that are experiencing similar things that we read about in this chapter?
  • And I believe the answer is obviously yes. Not for the same “reasons” that Jerusalem was experiencing all of this of course – but the same experiences of starvation and lack of hope are indeed happening in our world today.

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  • Then…. the question becomes – is this fair? Is this right?
  • Should we try to do something for people in our world that are experiencing starvation, lack of hope, and worse? 
  • What will we do? 

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New Testament – Hebrews chapter 2 starts strong with the first verse: “So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.” This is powerful. We must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we’ll drift away from it. My thoughts here are that listening carefully in this sense also means listening often to the truth. Or reading often of the truth. Reading the Bible often. Say, every day? 🙂 I think our human nature is such that we’ll oftentimes hear something and it goes in one ear and out the other. We need repetition. We need a routine. We need the truth. Please don’t drift away from it! 

Verse 12 is beautiful: “I will declare the wonder of your name to my brothers and sisters.” Here Jesus calls those who believe in Him his “brothers and sisters.” What a great thing! To help us in the midst of temptation, memorizing Scripture regularly is a very wise practice.

  • Do you memorize Scripture?
  • Do you think it would help you in the midst of temptation?

Psalms – Psalm 103 is a great Psalm today! Each verse is a powerful reminder of God’s character and our relationship to God. Verse 8 definitely stands out today – “The LORD is merciful and gracious. He is slow to get angry and full of unfailing love.” 

  • Do you believe that God is merciful and gracious? 
  • Have you experienced God’s mercy? His grace? 
  • Do you believe that God is slow to get angry? 
  • When was the last time you experienced God’s unfailing love?  (think now… God loves you so much he’s given you beautiful life-giving oxygen to fill your lungs as you read this… praise God for the very air we breath!)

Today in Psalm 103 verses 11 & 12 we read these verses about God – “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” I think these verses are a wonderful look at what it means to be spiritually reborn and living in relationship with God. These verses are a glimpse of the true freedom that is found in relationship with God – freedom of living in God’s perfect love, and freedom from our slavery to sin.

  • Do you believe that God’s love for you is as high as the heavens are above the earth?
  • Do you believe that God has removed your sins (transgressions) from you as far as the east is from the west? 
  • Do you thank God often for His love for you? 
  • Do you thank Jesus often for saving you from the bondage of sin?

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Proverbs – Proverbs Chapter 26, verse 23 is so true – “Smooth words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a common clay pot.” Be watchful for the smooth words or smooth talker. Again, think of the devil tempting Jesus in the desert in the gospels… do you think those were smooth words being said by the devil in those temptations?  Another thing I’d like to caution each of us on – let us not be smooth talkers ourselves!  Really.  Think about your talk to others – are your words simple and sincere?  Or are you smooth talking at times?  I on occasion catch myself “talking smooth” and I’m so disappointed when I hear myself talk like that!  I don’t think I’m hiding a wicked heart with those smooth words – but I’m sounding just fake as can be.  I think maybe I default to smooth talking if I’m feeling tired or rushed or not confident for whatever reasons.  I just pray that we would be sincere-talkers.  Speak sincerely to each other from the heart.  Through our relationship with Jesus, we should have nothing to hide from others.  Let us leave our smooth talking ways completely behind!  Let us talk simply and sincerely!

Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “Because he (Jesus) himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:18 (NIV)

Prayer Point: 

  • Pray immediately for Jesus’ help, whenever you are being tempted.
  • Pray that Jesus will strengthen you in your sufferings and temptations and lead you to everlasting victory.

Comments from You: 

  • What verses or insights stand out to you from today’s readings? 

Please Post Your Comments Below

Love, Trust and Obey Jesus,

Melwyn Misquitta

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One comment on “October 31st Bible Readings

  1. Tri Sen
    October 31, 2020

    Thanks Pastor aajke Bible reading ke liye.मसीह द्वारा हामारा उद्धार महान् उद्धार है।

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