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Daily Reading: 1 Kings 22:1-53 ESV, Acts 13:16- 41 ESV, Psalm 138:1-8 ESV, Proverbs 17:17-18 ESV

Daily Verse: “And when they had carried out all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb.” (Acts 13:29 ESV)

GRAPHO (1125): “To grave, espec. To write; fig. to describe.”[i]

Written description.

Reading opens doors to unexplored worlds. Unlocking the Bible leads us into a relationship with God.  Story after story in the Old Testament points us to our need for Jesus.  Studying the Gospels shows us how to live like Christ.  Each day we pursue life with Jesus, our faith grows.

As a child, reading “Little House on the Prairie,” the chronicles of Laura Ingalls Wilder, taught me about life in the late 1800s, covered wagons, mud patched homes, and faith.  Ever dedicated to God, the Ingalls family devoted their lives to Jesus, living one day at a time for Christ.

We take the ability to read for granted, but 100 years ago, not everyone could.  Even today, people don’t know how to read in remote areas.  Some areas in Africa have less than 20%, and Afghanistan has a 38% literacy rate.[i]

Written fulfillment.

Jesus fulfilled every word written about Him, including dying on the Cross.  All actions, from stabbing Him in the side, giving Him wine to drink, and throwing lots for His clothing, predicted in God’s word beforehand.  Over 300 prophecies about Jesus’ life came true when Christ lived and died.

Putting into perspective what Jesus did, imagine the state of Texas covered in silver dollars two feet deep—marking one coin, mixing it into the pile, then sending in a blindfolded man to find the coin. He would have the same odds as Jesus fulfilling just 8 of the hundreds of prophecies made about Him.  Yet Jesus did every one of them.

Lose yourself in Jesus by reading God’s word, written by people who dedicated their lives to following Him.  Open a new world, one with endless possibilities as you let God lead you.  Find life to the fullest as you build your relationship with Jesus through the scriptures.

[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 62) Thomas Nelson

[i] https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/literacy-rate-by-country

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