Genesis 30, Mark 1, Esther 6, Romans 1

If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Genesis 30, Mark 1, Esther 6, Romans 1. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Romans 1. 

Like every chapter in Romans, Romans chapter 1 is densely packed with revelation about why God made or allowed things to be the way that they are. After introducing himself & addressing this letter (vv. 1-7), Paul explained why he was thankful for the people in this church and why he wanted to come to their city (vv. 8-17). Then, in verse 18, Paul began to explain why the salvation he was so eager to bring to their city was important. He painted a bleak picture of how sinful humanity is in order to explain why God is angry (v. 18). After explaining how humanity has spiraled downward morally, Paul listed the resulting depravity that is common to humanity verses 29-32. It is an ugly list of sins sprinkled with a few “acceptable” sins. One of the acceptable sins he listed was gossip (end of verse 29).

  • What is gossip and why does it belong in a sin list like this? 
  • Why was it necessary for Christ to die for gossips?
  • How does knowing Christ help us resist the sin of gossip?

Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.