"God's Word is Living & Active!" ~ Hebrews 4:12
Isaiah 60:1-62:5 ~ Philippians 1:27-2:18 ~ Psalm 72:1-20 ~ Proverbs 24:11-12
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Old Testament – Today in Isaiah chapter 60 we read about Jerusalem’s future glory! Verses 4 through 6 tell us – “Look and see, for everyone is coming home! Your sons are coming from distant lands; your little daughters will be carried home. Your eyes will shine, and your hearts will thrill with joy, for merchants from around the world will come to you. They will bring you the wealth of many lands. Vast caravans of camels will converge on you, the camels of Midian and Ephah. From Sheba they will bring gold and incense for the worship of the LORD.”
Beautiful imagery in verses 8 & 9 – “And what do I see flying like clouds to Israel, like doves to their nests? They are the ships of Tarshish, reserved to bring the people of Israel home. They will bring their wealth with them, and it will bring great honor to the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he will fill you with splendor.”
Bible.org’s commentary on today’s readings in Isaiah titled “The Spirit-filled Servant and the Kingdom of God” is at this link.
New Testament – Our readings in Philippians chapter 2 today have some powerful verses on imitating Jesus’ humility. In verses 3 & 4 we read: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Bible.org’s commentary on today’s readings in Philippians titled “The Ultimate in Humility – Leaving the Comfort Zone” is at this link.
Psalms – I’ll admit. I pay attention every single time the Bible talks about serving the poor. And it is a lot. And I think it is for a reason. Here it is again in Psalm 72 verses 12 & 13, speaking about Israel’s king – “He will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them. He feels pity for the weak and the needy, and he will rescue them.”
Verse 20 tells us – “This ends the prayers of David son of Jesse.” And below is a painting of an older King David… perhaps playing a Psalm he wrote…?
Proverbs – Today in Proverbs chapter 24 verse 12 we read – “If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?” This reminds me of the old adage that we are “either part of the problem or we are part of the solution”.
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on two verses of Scripture today: “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.” Philippians 2:14-15 (NIV)
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