Psalm 23—Shepherd. •Person: portrait of Christ. •Prudence: knows where to lead sheep (green pastures, still waters). •Purity: paths of righteousness. •Peace: “I will fear no evil” and “comfort me.” •Provisions: “preparest a table … cup runneth over.” •Prospects: dwell in God’s house forever. –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading
John 6—Bread. This is the great bread chapter in the Bible. •Multiplying of bread: this miracle of feeding 5,000 is the only miracle recorded in all four Gospels. Involved in the miracle was a challenge (Christ tested Philip about supplying bread); contribution (a lad gave five loaves and two fish); creating (Christ multiplied the bread from the few loaves and fish); cleanup (twelve baskets); consequences (people honored Christ). •Movement after bread: the trip across the sea at night during a storm. The purpose of the movement (to go to Capernaum); the problem in the movement (storm at sea); the phenomena in the movement (Christ walked on the sea to the boat and the boat came to shore as soon as Christ got in it). •Message about bread: in this major discourse, Christ spoke about spiritual bread (He is the Bread of Life). The learning from Christ (about the work, wonders, will, and Wheat of God [Jesus the Bread of Life]); the loathing of Christ (the people loathed the person and power of Christ); the leaving of Christ (the message caused all the people to leave Christ except the twelve). –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading
Due to a computer transition, Scripture Sunday is being posted on a Wednesday this week.
“So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.”
God’s mercy is a side that many non-Christians don’t see. They only see a God who judges. They see the God who commanded the Israelites to completely exterminate all other nations living in Canaan. They see the God who demands perfection. But God is also merciful. He extended forgiveness and an opportunity for us to be with Him, despite not being perfect. What makes it mercy is that He had no obligation or reason to do so, other than love for us. Never forget God’s mercy.
John 1—Word. •Prologue of the Word: the first five verses of John are the greatest introduction of Christ found in Scripture. They tell of the relationship of Christ (the Word) to God (He is God), to the galaxies (He created them), and to the Gospel (He is the Savior). •Proclamation of the Word: the work of John the Baptist which included his calling (“sent to bear witness of that light”); his clarification (he was not the Christ but was inferior to Him); his communication (Christ is the Lamb of God). •Pursuit of the Word: by early disciples. It involved the inspiring of the pursuit (the preaching of John the Baptist), inquiry in the pursuit (Christ was asked where He lived), instructing of the pursuers (Christ showed them where He lived and convinced them He was the Messiah), and increase in pursuers (first disciples win others to Christ). -Butler’s Daily Bible Reading
Great devotional today from Adrian Rogers from Love Worth Finding. I wanted to take a moment to share it with readers:
“…yield yourselves unto God…” Romans 6:13
I heard about a man who entered an interstate out of a side road and did not even slow down. A big eighteen-wheeler pulled over, almost wrecking him. The truck driver leaned out of the window and yelled, “Hey, didn’t you see that sign?” The man said, “What sign?” The trucker said, “That sign that said Y–I–E–L–D.” “Oh,” he said, “I opened the window and yield as loud as I could.”
In the matter of victory, it is not your ability or your responsibility that counts. It is not even your response to His ability. You must choose to yield to Christ. You are to yield with all of your heart to the power, the presence, and the provision of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Look up the definition of “yield.” What does it say about the right of way? Who has the “right of way” in your life? Come before the Lord and surrender all of you to all of Him today.
Malachi 3—Communique. The prophet has three messages in this chapters. •Coming: the first and second coming of Christ are both in view here. The messenger in the return (prophecy of John the Baptist); the moment of the return (will come suddenly); the might of the return (great judgment upon the sinners). •Corruption: the people were defrauding offerings and despising obedience. •Consecrated: their fear (holy fear of God), their fellowship (those who feared God spoke one to another), their favor (they were God’s jewels). –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading
Galatians 5:13–6:18—Conduct. The last third of the epistle emphasizes sanctified conduct of the believer. •Cause of the conduct: the Spirit not the law. The works of the flesh are cited and the fruit of the Spirit is given as a contrast. •Character of conduct: a number of areas of conduct are cited here. They include dealing with the sinning brother, humility, validating your calling/work, sharing with those who help you spiritually, sowing and reaping, and preference in giving favor (favor believers over unbelievers). Paul then closes the epistle with a parting shot at the legalists who insist on circumcision, but he glories in the cross of Christ. –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading
Matthew 18—Galilee. •Pride: the inquiry of pride (the disciples want to know who is the greatest in the kingdom); the illustration for pride (Christ uses a child to illustrate the need of humility regarding heavenly matters); instruction for pride (Christ warns of mistreatment of the little ones who represent humility). •Polity: Christ instructs about dealing with the belligerent and the process of disciplining such an one in the church. •Pardon: this subject takes up over half the chapter. It involves the inquiry by Peter about forgiveness and the illustration by a parable of forgiveness. –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading
“And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables.”
The disciples were not the 12 leading minds on religious scene of their day. They were not theologians, or master thinkers. They were folks like you and I. A tax collector, some fisherman, even a radical political protestor. These men were not anything special. Jesus’s parables confused them as much as they confused the crowd. What set the disciples apart was their willingness to give everything else up for Jesus. That allowed them to spend the time that they needed with Jesus to understand Him. Are you willing to make that commitment?