Daily Reading 2.26.2015

Psalm 3
Many will say “there is no salvation for him in God” (verse 2 ) but we know that “salvation belongs to the LORD” (verse 8)

“I lay down and slept; I woke again for the LORD sustained me.” Jonathan Edwards said it this way, “There is no reason to be given why you have not dropped into hell since you arose this morning, but that Gods hand has held you up”.

Matthew 3
“Bear fruit in keeping with repentance” – if you are a genuine believer there will be evidence, you will continually bear fruit in your life. A tree does not bear all of its fruit in its first year, nor is does it bear it’s best fruit. Instead as a tree ages the fruit gets bigger and better, the same should be true of all Christians.

All 3 members of the Godhead are present at Jesus baptism. Father speaks from heaven, Spirit descends like a dove, and Jesus is in the water.

Genesis 3
The serpent bypasses the man and goes straight to the woman. At this point Eve should have told the serpent to go talk to Adam or/and Adam should have stepped in and and protected his wife and talked to the serpent.

Satan sprinkles Gods word into his lies. He uses Gods word but twists it just enough to make it damning.

Some clues or hints at male headship: God calls to Adam and questions Adam, God holds Adam primarily responsible, in the dealing out if consequences Adam is reminded that he listened to his wife (not in the sense of counsel and care etc. But instead in terms if leadership, he wasn’t the leader as intended)

Once sin enters relationships are strained. First the relationship with God. Sin creates a huge gap between them and God. Second, because they are now separated from God they begin to separate from one another. They blame others for their wrongs.

The 1st promise of the gospel in 3:15

Romans 3
What advantage has the Jew? They were entrusted with the oracles of God, the word of God. Beig exposed to the word of God is an advantage

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, there is none who does good not even one.

1 Thessalonians 3
Again Paul reminds them to not be surprised by suffering

Job 3
Job laments the day if his birth

Proverbs 3
” trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths”

“honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce, then your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will be bursting with wine”

Joshua 3
The people of Israel cross the Jordan in a miraculous way

Isaiah 3
How scary – “For behold the LORD God of hosts is taking away his support and supply”

Proud and haughty women shamed

Acts 3
There is great forgiveness where there is repentance. Those who denied the Righteous One and killed the Author of life just weeks ago can have their sin blotted out if they repent.
Once again Peter uses many OT texts to preach Christ and explain what has happened
“God having raised his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness”
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Daily Reading 2.25.2015


Psalm 2

I am more like the kings of the earth who plot against the LORD and against his Anointed than I would like to admit. I commit sin which God hates. I am like a potters vessel that should be dashed to pieces with a rod of iron. Like the kings of the earth, I must be warned and I must act wise. I should serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling. I must kiss the Son. If I take refuge in the the Son I will be blessed.

Matthew 2

“Where is he who has been born King of the Jews?” That really sticks out today because of what Psalm 2 provoked above. Also interesting that the magi come to Herod and the Chief Priests and Scribes, the very ones who will plot and rage against the LORD and his Anointed One. They didn’t heed the warning of Psalm 2. The magi however serve the LORD and kiss the Son. They have great joy and they fall down and worship Jesus.

It’s pretty amazing that the LORD’S Anointed who will crush the nations with a rod of iron was once a baby who needed to be cared for by Mary and Joseph.

Another interesting connection with Psalm 2, Herod becomes furious when he realizes that he has been tricked by the magi. In his rage he commits mass murder. Imagine how much stronger Gods wrath is which is without sin and rightfully provoked where Herod was not. Herod was doing sin and got mad that his sinful plan was foiled. God is perfect and His perfect holy wrath is provoked every day, every moment. Hard to imagine the great eruption of wrath that is coming. May I heed the warning and hide myself in the Son.

Jesus fulfills so many prophecies at his birth and early life.  Born in Bethlehem. Called out of Egypt. Raised in Nazareth so He could be called a Nazarene. From the line of Judah. Prophecy is being fulfilled left and right. Jesus is the long awaited Messiah.

Genesis 2

“a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife”

Romans 2

“you have no excuse O man…in passing judgement on another you condemn yourself” reminds me of what Jesus said about taking the log out of your own eye before you try and remove the speck from your brothers eye. I better be careful how I judge and live.

“Gods kindness is meant to lead you to repentance.”

“Its not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God but the doers of the law who will be justified”

The conscience either accuses or excuses. What does mine do?

A day is coming when God will judge the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. What are my secrets? How will that judgement go for me?

Seek praise that is from God not man.

1 Thessalonians

Paul suffered and was shamefully treated because of how he boldly declared the gospel. I should expect the same result and not be surprised by it. If I am never treated this way then there may be questions I should ask myself regarding my faithfulness to the gospel.

Like Paul, I have been approved by God and entrusted with the gospel, therefore I must speak not to please man but to please God who tests the heart.

The prophets were killed. Jesus was killed. Paul was persecuted imprisoned and killed. The Thessalonians were persecuted and suffered. I should expect nothing less. And like their suffering, it must be tied to my allegiance to the gospel and the word of God. This also produces a longing for Jesus to come back.

Job 2

Satan is said to have been walking on and around the earth. Prowling around it seems, looking for something or someone.

Satan, like the kings of the earth in Psalm 2, plots a vain thing against the LORD and his anointed. Like Psalm 2, the LORD will laugh. God keeps putting Job under the microscope. Persecution and suffering, under the surveillance of and allowed by God.

“Shall we receive good from God and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. – wow

His friends could not recognize him – Satan must have really did a number on Job for this to be true. Imagine not being able to even recognize someone because of sores on their body.

“They saw that his suffering was very great”

Proverbs 2

treasure the commands
make ear attentive to wisdom
incline your heart to understanding
call for insight
raise voice for understanding
seek it like silver
search for it as for hidden treasure
then – you will understand the fear of the LORD and
thenyou will find the knowledge of God
for the LORD gives wisdom

Joshua 2

The people of Jericho hearts melted when they heard about the great acts that God had done for Israel, Rahab says ” For the LORD your God, he is God…” – what a great statement from someone who knew so little

Isaiah 2

Beautiful language describing the mountain of the LORD and the house of the LORD, and how lifted and high it is and how everything will flow to it and people will say to one another “Come let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, that He may teach us his ways”

It appears to be a time when the LORD is reigning on the earth but sin still happens because the LORD shall “settle disputes”. There seems to be a partial lift of the curse. I wonder if this text is good support for the millennial reign of Christ on the earth, it appears so.

REMINDER: A day is coming when everything that is high and lifted up will be cast down. Mental note: I do not want to be an exalted thing on that day.

Acts 2

Pentecost – wow

Just finished studying the issue of alcohol myself and here in Acts 2 those who are seeing what is happening and hear these men speaking about God automatically think they are drunk. Alcohol was closely associate with god “talk”. In the temples getting drunk was how you communed with the deities. Not so with Christianity, and Peter quickly corrects the on-lookers.

Peter preaches the first sermon of the church and it is filled with OT texts and points to Jesus as the fulfillment.

The church grows exponentially.

Daily Reading 4.2.2014

PSALM 42

Great word picture – “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for you, O God” – I can see that in my mind, O God make this true for me!

“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God”

The Psalmist twice poses the same question to his soul and preaches to himself – “Why are you in despair O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall praise Him for the help of His presence. ” – the Psalmist longs for, pants after, thirsts for the presence of God, does that describe me?

PROVERBS 8:30-32

Wisdom was beside God as a master workman. Blessed are those who walk in that same wisdom.

LUKE 6:20-49

“Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man” – Jesus says you are blessed when people hate you, ostracize you, insult you, scorn you, and call you evil for His sake…that is such a radical thought. My life is spent trying to make people like me. I need to have the attitude of Paul in Romans 1:16 “I am not ashamed of the gospel”. When we share about Christ and the gospel people will try and shame us with shaming behavior. But we must not be ashamed, Jesus says we are blessed. Which will motivate us? The world’s shame or Jesus blessing?

“Woe to you when all men speak well of you…” – Do all men speak well of me? Do some speak ill of me because of my testimony for Christ? Am I any different?

Jesus is so radical – “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” – this is how a person who is born again behaves, it’s radical, it’s supernatural, it’s not normal! It seems impossible because it is….apart from Christ. But I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13) and apart from Him I can do nothing (John 15:5).

No good tree produces bad fruit and no bad tree produces good fruit, each tree is know by it fruit. Men do not gather grapes from an orange tree or apples from an avocado tree. No you gather apples from an apple tree. In the same way my life must produce the fruit of what it really is. What kind of fruit is my life producing?

“The “mouth speaks from that which fills the heart” – how you speak reveals what’s in your heart. What is my speech telling me about my heart? Mouth problems are heart problems, the mouth is simply the megaphone for the heart.

“Why do you call me Lord Lord and do not do what I say?” – if you don’t do what He says then He is not your Lord.

DEUTERONOMY 5-6

The call to obedience is prefaced with what God has already done for them. Because God is the one who brought them out of Egypt out of the house of slavery they should do what He says. Because God has done something they must do something. This is a common formula in the Bible.

“Hear O Israel! The LORD us our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart with all soul and with all your might” – per Jesus this is the greatest commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) does this describe me?

Parenting principle – “These words shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” – for me to talk about it with my children and others that info needs to first be in me, I need to digest and apply it in my own life first.
When their children ask why they do all of these statutes and commandments they are to use that opportunity to recount all that God had done for them. I need to do this more with my own children, look for every opportunity to exalt God and share all that He has done. I often don’t do this and I forget all that He has done. Psalm 103 says “bless the LORD O my soul and forget none of His benefits”, may it be so in my life.

PSALM 41:6-13

Though David is being hurt by enemies and false friends his joy and trust is ultimately in the LORD. He finishes this Psalm which speaks of evil speakers and traitors with “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.” Is my joy and praise tied to God or my circumstance? No matter my circumstance or situation, my joy and trust should always be in the LORD. The thing I should long for is to be in His presence forever (v12).

PROVERBS 8:27-29

Continues the description of how wisdom was with God in the acts of creation. If God used wisdom, shouldn’t I use it? If is was something that was useful to Him, wouldn’t it be useful for me? I want this wisdom.

LUKE 5:27-6:19

Just like the fishermen who caught the greatest catch of their lives and when they got to shore left everything and followed Jesus, so too with Matthew the tax collector. Jesus called Matthew and “he left everything behind, and got up and began to follow Him.” There is an immediate forsaking of old things for the sake of following Jesus. Have I done that? Am I still doing that?

Matthew then throws this huge party in honor of Jesus with all of his old friends. Matthew wasn’t scared of what anyone thought, he simply wanted his friends to meet Jesus, and Jesus goes. Matthew hadn’t developed a fear of mans opinion and Jesus didn’t turn down the invite. I need to be more like both of these examples.

If you are righteous and not a sin sick soul then Jesus didn’t come to die for you. Just like those who are well do not need a doctor, Jesus did not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. The great Physician came to heal those who are sick, not those who are well. Oh how I need Him!

Jesus answers the Pharisees with “Have you not even read…” In this statement Jesus is implying that you can read the OT and understand and apply it to life, He’s looking at how they are misusing it and not saying “I know the Bible is tough to understand and I can see why you might be confused…” But that is not His response. His response is the exact opposite. “Have you not even read” actually implies that the Bible is so plain that the reason they are saying that is because they have not even read it. Let us never buy into the false argument that the Bible is too difficult to understand or that it us unclear. It is actually very clear and here Jesus affirms that, we simply need to take up and read.

Jesus snuck away to pray many times, in 16:12 He prayed all night. All. Night. That’s a shaming verse for me. I’ve never done anything even close to that. If Jesus, who was the perfect God-Man needed to pray how much more do I, a sin sick person, need to? LORD help me to see my need for you!

DEUTERONOMY 3-4 (Chapter 4 is loaded with goodies)

Moses continues recounting where they have come from. This section reminds me of Psalm 136 which is also a history in miniature and every line has the refrain “for His lovingkindness is everlasting”. But in that Psalm Og and Sihon are also specifically mentioned just like here in Deuteronomy 3.

As kings are falling to Israel, Moses tells Joshua “Your eyes have seen all that the LORD your God has done to these two kings; so the LORD shall do to all the kingdoms into which you are about to cross. Do not fear them, for the LORD your God is the One fighting for you.” – What an encouraging word for Moses to give Joshua. Moses is already discipling and preparing Joshua to lead the people. Moses wants Joshua to remember what the LORD has done to help him trust in the LORD for the future. I must do the same, I need to remind myself of God’s faithfulness from the past to help me obey in the present.

Moses asks one more time if he can enter the land, the LORD gives a strong “No” but He did let Moses see the land with his eyes. Sin may be forgiven but that does not mean that the consequences are removed. Moses was forgiven but still had to live with the consequence.

4:2 “you shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments which I command you.” – the same is true for us today (Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18)

4:7 “For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the LORD our God whenever we call on Him” – God is near them, He is intimate with His people.

4:9 “Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons.” – this is where Israel drops the ball, they forget the LORD. This is where we drop the ball too, we do not keep our own souls diligently and we depart from the LORD and so do our sons and grandsons. May the LORD always be before our eyes and may we never forget Him!

4:24 “For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”

4:29 “…you will seek the LORD your God and you will find Him if you search for Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.”

4:31 “For the LORD your God is a compassionate God; He will not fail you nor destroy you nor forget the covenant with your fathers which he swore to them.”

Israel at this point in history has seen and heard more about God than any other people at any time up and to this point. That is a great blessing and a great judgment upon them if they forget it.
4:39 “Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the LORD, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; and there is no other”

Daily Reading 3.19.14

PSALM 37:14-21

Better is the little of the righteous than the abundance of many wicked.

PROVERBS 7:22-24

The naive follows the adulterous woman like an ox to the slaughter or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool.

As a bird hastens to the snare, so too with the naive, he does not know that it will cost him his life – sin is so blinding

MARK 15:33-16:20

From the 6th hour to the 9th hour darkness covered the land. There is a respected theory that this is when a Jesus actually born the wrath of God in His body. The main support being that at the 9th hour Jesus cries out “My God My God why have you forsaken Me? ” Other support for this view is that God often in pictured as coming in darkness and clouds.

Jesus breathed His last and the veil of the temple was torn from TOP to BOTTOM, the sequence is important. Not from bottom to top. A new and living way has been inaugurated a la Hebrews 10:19-25

James the less was at the cross, that’s the LORD’S brother James who would later write the letter of James. What’s interesting is that Jesus entrusts the Apostle John with the care of His mother not His actual brother James who was also there. This gives us reason to believe that James was probably still not believing at this point, just an assumption, otherwise why entrust Mary to John?

NUMBERS 19-21

Miriam the sister to Moses dies. This is the same little girl that watched baby Moses floating on the Nile river and had the courage to approach the daughter of Pharaoh and offer to find a nurse. She also was called a prophetess and lead the women in song. She had a few bad encounters with Moses and God struck her with leprosy and then Moses prayed for her. She has now died. It’s interesting to think about the familial relationship aspect of Moses Aaron and Miriam.

The people of Israel complain again and tell Moses that their inevitable death is his fault and Egypt was better. So often I am just like them, complaining against God while He is providing for me.

Per usual Moses and Aaron run to the LORD and as is their practice the fall on their faces before the LORD.

God tells Moses to speak to the rock, but instead He hits it not once but twice. This is an act of outright disbelief and disobedience. Because of it, Moses will not lead the people into the land.

Aaron dies. Aaron had been Moses ministry partner their whole lives. They saw some amazing things and the LORD taught them many things. Though not always the most loyal Aaron seems to be the best friend Moses had. Aaron made the golden calf and had a couple of missteps but overall a faithful servant. The first high priest, the standard bearer on that office. I’m sure this was a tough loss for Moses. The people wept for 30 days over Aaron.
As a judgment against the people the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people. The LORD told Moses to make a bronze serpent and put it on a standard and it shall be that everyone who has been bitten, when they look at the Bronze serpent they will live. This is a foreshadow used of Christ. Just as this standard is lifted up for people to look at and be healed so too Christ was lifted up that all who look to Him will be saved.

Daily Reading 3.18.2014

PSALM 37:1-13

I love the superscript “Security of those who trust in the LORD, and insecurity of the wicked”

Do not fret because of evildoers or envy those who do wrong, instead delight yourself in the LORD.

What are some steps I take to delight in the LORD? Commit your way to Him. Trust Him. Rest in the LORD and patiently wait on Him. Do not fret because of others. Cease from anger and forsake wrath. Again do not fret!

Why should we worry about the wicked? Even if they plot against us and gnash their teeth at us the LORD sees their day and laughs at them. The LORD is on our side!

PROVERBS 7:18-21

The adulterous began her temptation telling what she had done, then she talked about him, now she switches her language to “let us”. The progression is significant and shows the process of deception. This sin needs to be mortified as soon as possible.

To help encourage the fool to come to bed she reminds him that no one will catch them doing this or find out, her husband is on a long journey

“With her many persuasions she entices him; with her flattering lips she seduces him” – beware! Persuasions and flattery are strong temptations and are appealing to our sinful flesh!

MARK 15:1-32

Pilate asks “Why, what evil has He done?” And the crowds answer “But they shouted all the more, “Crucify Him!”” – there was no reasonable answer. What’s interesting is that in the beginning of chapter 14 the leaders didn’t want to kill Jesus during this time because they feared a riot, but here in v 11 it says “But the chief priests stirred up the crowds to ask him to release Barabbas for them instead” – the ones who feared a riot are now starting one

Pilate “wishing to satisfy the crowds” released Barabbas and had Jesus scourged and handed Him over to be crucified. He knew what was right, it was so obvious that even he saw what was going on in a short time. But he caved. What a weak man.Contrast this with Moses below.

The cross fulfills so many prophecies, many of which include what others do not what Jesus does. That adds weight to the argument because Jesus isn’t manipulating their responses, they are naturally responding and yet fulfilling what had been long said before. Also, in their deriding of Jesus they affirm that He was a miracle worker, He saved others, He healed others etc.

NUMBERS 16-18

Rebellion of Korah. Moses responds by allowing God to choose. Moses does not defend himself, he simply appeals to the LORD. This is true humility from the “most humble man”

God tells Moses and Aaron to step aside so He can “consume them (the congregation) instantly” and Moses and Aaron intercede for the people, the very ones who are rebelling against him. That true leadership, always looking out for the people always caring for them and loving them, Moses is a true shepherd. Also contrast this with the cowardice of Pilate in Mark 15 above.

Moses trusts God and speaks the word of God to the people with boldness.

The earth opens and swallows Korah. The people fear and Flee saying “The earth may swallow us up!” – that’s the right response. In 1 Tim 5:19-20 those who are elders who remain in unrepentant sin are to be rebuked in the presence of all SO THAT the rest will be fearful of sinning. Israel has the right response, they saw the judgment and feared.

What’s also interesting is that Moses had learned from the “strange fire” of his nephews but Korah (not of the priestly line and therefore not allowed to burn incense before the LORD) apparently hadn’t. All 250 men who were offering incense as part of the rebellion were consumed by fire which came from the LORD, just like Nadab and Abihu. It seems that Moses had to know that would happen, we just walked thru all those regulations.

These men have “sinned at the cost of their lives.”
The people foolishly complain against Moses and a plague from the LORD breaks out. I feel like Moses is constantly in crisis mode and putting out fires.

Daily Reading 2.28.14

Psalm 37:7-15
The LORD knows the troubles of my soul

Though all others run away I will trust in the LORD

“My times are in Your hand” v15

Proverbs 6:10-13
It seems from these verse that the lazy person who is poor does not deserve a handout, the author even seems to put the worthless person on the same level as the wicked man.

Mark 6:45-7:23

v 52 “for they had not gained any insight from the incident of the loaves and their hearts were hardened” – how many times has the Lord brought special circumstances in my life to teach me something and instead of gaining insight my heart was hardened

The Pharisees carefully observed the traditions of the elders, unfortunately they didn’t carefully observe the Scriptures. They invalidated the Word of God by their traditions. They taught as doctrines the precepts of men. They neglected the commandment of God to hold fast the tradition of men. They set aside the commands of God in order to keep their tradition. I need to make sure I always carefully observe what God has said and make mans Word come under that, not the other way around.

Sin and defilement come out of the heart. Man is naturally this way. God must remove the heart of stone and give a heart of flesh.

Leviticus 19-20
v2 “…you shall be holy, For I the LORD your God am holy”

The Jews are to make provisions for the poor and foreigner, in how they harvest.

v18 “…love your neighbor as yourself”

In the descriptions of having immoral sexual relations only does homosexual sex receive the added phrase “both of them have committed a detestable act”. Yes all of these immoral relationships are wrong but homosexuality is even a step further.

God tells Israel to beware of the people in the land they are entering because the people of the land practice all of these wicked things and if Israel practices them they will be spewed out of the land just like its current inhabitants are.

The people if God are to be distinctly different from the world.