"God's Word is Living & Active!" ~ Hebrews 4:12
Isaiah 30:12-33:9 ~ Galatians 5:1-12 ~ Psalm 63:1-11 ~ Proverbs 23:22
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Old Testament – Today in Isaiah chapter 30 we read about blessings for God’s people! You’ll notice in verses 12 and 15 the term “Holy One of Israel” is used for God. An interesting thing to note about this term “Holy One of Israel” is that it occurs a total of 26 times in the book of the prophet Isaiah – and only 6 times elsewhere in the rest of the Old Testament!
New Testament – Galatians chapter 5 is a great teaching on our freedom in Christ! Verse 1 is so very powerful: “So Christ has really set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.”
I also love verses 5 & 6 – “But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive everything promised to us who are right with God through faith. For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, it makes no difference to God whether we are circumcised or not circumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.” I like that thought of eagerly waiting to receive everything promised to us who are right with God through faith.
Bible.org’s fantastic commentary on today’s readings in Galatians titled “The Goal of the Gospel” is at this link.
Below is a great image for Galatians 5:6 from today’s readings:
Psalms – Psalm 63 is beautiful! So many amazing verses… The imagery in verse 1 is fantastic – “O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.”
Proverbs – Proverbs chapter 23 verse 22 reminds me of the Ten Commandment to honor your father and mother! “Listen to your father, who gave you life, and don’t despise your mother’s experience when she is old.” I do think that listening to our parents and not despising their experience when they are old is very honoring.
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture this week: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 (NIV)
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