"God's Word is Living & Active!" ~ Hebrews 4:12
Isaiah 48:12-50:11 ~ Ephesians 4:17-32 ~ Psalm 69:1-18 ~ Proverbs 24:5-6
~ Click here to read today’s Scripture on BibleGateway.com ~ // Mobile Site Link ~ Listen to today’s Scripture on One Year Bible Online Audio, ESVBible.org: OT, NT, Psalms, Proverbs
Old Testament – Isaiah chapter 49 verse 6 is sometimes referred to as “the great commission of the Old Testament”! Here it is: “You will do more than restore the people of Israel to me. I will make you a light to the Gentiles, and you will bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.” Paul and Barnabas quote this verse in part in Acts 13:47. The preceding 5 verses (1-5) in chapter 49 are considered the second servant song in Isaiah and are thought to refer to Jesus, the coming Messiah. Isaiah chapter 50 verses 4 through 9 in today’s readings are considered the third servant song (out of a total of four) in Isaiah. It’s interesting, when I initially read these verses in chapter 50 I really thought they were solely about the prophet Isaiah. But, as we all know by now from our readings in Isaiah – and we’ll see this again in big ways in our coming day’s readings – Isaiah often had the coming Savior of the world, Jesus, on his mind when he was writing this incredible book of the Old Testament in the eighth century B.C.!
I love this painting below of Isaiah writing about Jesus…
Bible.org’s commentary on today’s readings in Isaiah chapter 50 titled “The Lord Can and Will Help Those Who Trust Him” is at this link. Below is a nice image for Isaiah chapter 48 verse 17 from today’s readings:
New Testament – Wow. It is rare that I will copy & paste 8 verses in a row here on this blog – because you can simply read the verses by clicking on the link above. However – I think these 8 verses of Paul’s in Ephesians chapter 4 verses 17 through 24 bear repeating here and warrant our re-reading and really meditating on these verses. Please take a few minutes to really reflect and pray on these verses – “With the Lord’s authority let me say this: Live no longer as the ungodly do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their closed minds are full of darkness; they are far away from the life of God because they have shut their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They don’t care anymore about right and wrong, and they have given themselves over to immoral ways. Their lives are filled with all kinds of impurity and greed. But that isn’t what you were taught when you learned about Christ. Since you have heard all about him and have learned the truth that is in Jesus, throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God’s likeness–righteous, holy, and true.”
Powerful verses above, eh? I love this teaching – there must be a spiritual renewal of our thoughts and attitudes!
Bible.org’s commentary on today’s readings in Ephesians titled “Leaving Our Old Ways Behind” is at this link. Below is a great image for Ephesians 4:25 from today’s readings –
Psalms – Psalm 69 verse 16 today is such a true statement that maybe we need to be reminded of today – “Answer my prayers, O LORD, for your unfailing love is wonderful. Turn and take care of me, for your mercy is so plentiful.” God does answer our prayers – perhaps not in the way we “want” Him to, but always in the way that is ultimately best for us and the Kingdom. His unfailing love is wonderful. His mercy is so plentiful. But, yet, somehow I think I sometimes forget all of this. Why? I think I forget about God’s love & mercy when I am not praying to him.
Proverbs – Proverbs 24 verse 5 seems to go against some of our modern world’s teachings about strength being the key to success – “A wise man is mightier than a strong man, and a man of knowledge is more powerful than a strong man.”
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 NIV
Comments from You:
Please Post Your Comments Below
Love, Trust and Obey Jesus,
For More Teachings And Articles Visit Our Website: http://www.wmtlc.org