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Isaiah 37:1-38:22 ~ Galatians 6:1-18 ~ Psalm 65:1-13 ~ Proverbs 23:24
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Old Testament – Great readings in Isaiah featuring King Hezekiah today! You’ll recall from yesterday’s readings that King Sennacherib of Assyria’s representative threw down some serious trash-talking at the walls of Jerusalem. (see yesterday’s blog entry below). Well today in chapter 37 we read about Hezekiah seeking the Lord’s help. Hezekiah takes all of this to God in prayer. Good move!
Well, Hezekiah’s prayer is clearly answered as we read in verse 36: “That night the angel of the LORD went out to the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 Assyrian troops. When the surviving Assyrians woke up the next morning, they found corpses everywhere.”
Below is an engraving of this verse by Gutave Dore.
I love Hezekiah’s poem of praise in chapter 38. Verse 16 stood out to me: “Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health.”
Bible.org’s commentary on today’s readings in Isaiah chapter 38 titled “The Deliverance of Judah’s King” is at this link.
New Testament – We finish up Paul’s letter to the Galatians today. Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus begins tomorrow! We read some powerful teachings in Galatians chapter 6 today. I love verse 1: “Dear brothers and sisters, if another Christianis overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.” This is such a great teaching. And one that I have a hunch we do not follow often enough… The last sentence in this verse is powerful and reminds us that we need to be particularly careful around sexual sin I think – to make sure we don’t fall into the same temptation ourselves. One important note for all of us is to not discuss with someone of the opposite sex their struggles with sexual sin! It is foolish to do so I believe. Men can discuss and counsel men in the area of sexual sin. And women, women. But I think it is just way too risky for men to discuss or counsel women in the area of sexual sin – and vice versa. I think we just open ourselves up potentially to temptation if we do this. I’m sure there are exceptions to this, but generally speaking, don’t go into a discussion on personal sexual sin struggles with someone of the opposite sex!
Below is an image for Galatians 6:14 in today’s readings:
Psalms – Psalm 65 has some amazing verses about nature! I love verse 8 – “Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy.”
Verse 7 of the Psalm says this – “You quieted the raging oceans with their pounding waves and silenced the shouting of the nations.”
Proverbs – Proverbs 23 verse 24 is one of those Proverbs that simply states a fact without giving advice per se: “The father of godly children has cause for joy. What a pleasure it is to have wise children.” This is of course true.
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. People reap what they sow.” Galatians 6:7 TNIV
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