Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 78:53-62. In this Scripture, we are told that God led the children of Israel to safety, when He divided the Red Sea and the sea overtook their enemies.
God brought them to His sanctuary. He cast out the heathen from them and set up the tribes of Israel in their tents.
God did all this for them, but they didn’t keep His testimonies and provoked Him to anger. Do we ever do the same thing by turning our backs on God after all the blessings He has given us?
They turned away from God and were unfaithful to Him like their fathers were. They provoked God to anger with the high places they built for the other gods. The children of Israel caused God to be jealous because of their worship of images that they carved from stone.
God was so angry with Israel that He forsook the tabernacle at Shiloh and delivered them into the hands of the enemy. We don’t ever want to be in this position with God.
“Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you; (For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth” (Deuteronomy 6:14-15).
“For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Exodus 34:14).
Exodus 20:1-6 says, “And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. “
All these Scriptures show us the character of God, that He is a jealous God and wants us to serve Him only. He is not willing to share our love and affection with other gods. He loves His children and shows mercy to those who love Him and serve Him with their whole heart.
Daily Bible Reading:
53 And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54 And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his right hand had purchased.
55 He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
56 Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies:
57 But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow.
58 For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images.
59 When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel:
60 So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which he placed among men;
61 And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy’s hand.
62 He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance.
Things to think about:
- What does it mean to be jealous?
- Did you realize God was a jealous God?
- How do we put other things ahead of God?
- How can we put God first in our lives?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Please help us to realize as we read this Scripture in Psalm 78 that You are a jealous God and You don’t want us to put anything or anyone above You. Help us not to worship other things in our lives, but to serve You only. Help us to love You and worship You in a way that is pleasing to You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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The Book of Psalms:Part 3 Chapters 61-90 by Deborah H. Bateman is 28th book in the Daily Bible Reading Series. The book of Psalms contains 150 chapters. Deborah divided The Book of Psalms into five books to make it easier to read and study. Each book contains approximately thirty chapters from the book of Psalms.
Psalm 119 will not be included in The Book of Psalms since Deborah has already published a book about it called: Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet.
The book of Psalms is one of Deborah’s favorite books of the Bible. It is a great book to read if you’re ever feeling down or need to renew your relationship with Christ. King David went through a lot of tough times in his lifetime, but he loved God and trusted God to protect him from his enemies.
The book of Psalms was written by various people. About half of it was attributed to King David, whether they were written by David or for David is questioned by some biblical scholars. Some of the Psalms were written by Asaph and some say they were written for the sons of Korah and even Moses and Solomon were writers of the Psalms. The Psalms consists of poetry that was primarily meant to be used as songs of praise to the Lord.
The Book of Psalms: Part 3 Chapters 61-90 contains fifty Daily Bible Reading Lessons. Each lesson contains a brief commentary by the author, the Daily Bible Reading Scriptures, a few questions for contemplation or discussion, and a prayer of the day. It is a great Bible study for individuals or group studies.
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