Old Testament – Today in Second Chronicles we read about Solomon’s dedication of the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem!
Below is “King Solomon praying before the Temple” by Neapolitan painter Giuseppe Bonito, c. 1750:
I meant to do this in yesterday’s posting – show an exterior and interior image below of what’s now often referred to as “Solomon’s Temple.” Even though it was clearly the Temple of the Lord, it’s referred to as Solomon’s Temple based on Solomon building it – and we’ll read about some more Temple’s later on in our readings this year, including Ezekiel’s Temple, which is fascinating!
New Testament – Romans chapter 7 today has some amazing teachings about struggling with sin. I imagine that all of us at one point or another have concurred with Paul – and remember this is the apostle Paul writing this! – in verses 15 through 17: “I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate. I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong, and my bad conscience shows that I agree that the law is good. But I can’t help myself, because it is sin inside me that makes me do these evil things.” These verses get at Original Sin in a big way. We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Sin can live inside of us and make us do evil things that we hate doing. What do you suppose – or Whom do you suppose – frees us from this bondage to sin? Jesus. Yes, Jesus frees us. How? He paid the penalty on the cross for our sins. And he gives us the free gift of salvation and the Holy Spirit to free us from the bondage of sin. Take a look at these verses again above from Paul.
- Is sin living inside of you making you do things you hate?
- Do you want to be free from this slavery to sin?
- Will you pray to accept Jesus as your savior today and allow him to free you from you bondage to sin?
- Please do. It’s the best decision you will ever make.
Psalms – Psalm 18 is an amazing one! We’ll get this Psalm for the next 3 days of readings, which is great. And then comes Psalm 19 which is off the charts awesome! Verse 1 today is so beautiful: “I love you, LORD; you are my strength.” How often do you tell God that you love him? Just telling God that we love him. God may not “need” to hear it. But I think that We need to say it more often. I love you God!
Proverbs – I hope you don’t relate too well to Proverbs 19 verse 24… What did it matter? Well… it mattered a lot. Being lazy like this is a scary place to be. I think it allows the Enemy to move into our lives in big ways. So – thankfully – as we know from our recent Romans readings, we can be free from our lazy ways! Being in relationship with Jesus has literally cured me of my laziness. Don’t get me wrong – I still chill out and rest on occasion – we really need to take a Sabbath day of rest once a week…. but let us not live our lives as couch potatoes! Let us get in the game of Life!
Couldn’t resist this cute potato sack race image below… 🙂
These 2 are definitely not lazy couch potatoes!
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on two verses of Scripture today: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2 TNIV
- Pray that you are no longer condemned.
- Pray that you have a saving faith in Jesus.
- Pray that the Holy Spirit has set you free from sin and death.
Comments from You & Questions of the Day:
- What verses or insights stand out to you in today’s readings?
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