Daily Bible Reading 7/30/2021

Reading #1 – Leviticus 24

Reading #2 – Psalms 94

Reading #3 – SSong 3

Reading #4 – Zechariah 6

Reading #5 – 1 Thessalonians 3

 

Notes

Leviticus 24 – The Lamp and the Bread of the Presence. The covenant between the Lord and the nation was to be eternal. The lamp provided light for the priests so that they could carry out their duties. For this reason, they had to be kept burning all night which meant harvesting and processing olives (1-4). The bread of the presence or “showbread” was to be a constant reminder of the covenant with the nation and G_d’s provision. The bread was to be eaten in a holy place and new bread was to be replaced daily. The bread was to be set on the golden table in two rows of six (5-9). To blaspheme the Lord, was to insult G_d the end result would be the “death” of the perpetrator, and this law is applied equally   (11-16). Killing someone or harming them physically meant putting the perpetrator to death and it didn’t matter what your nationality was (17-23).

Psalms 94 – The Lord Implored to Avenge His People. The people the world around have many gods and many idols. For this reason when we mention the Lord G_d or, “the king of kings and the Lord of lords”, they lump Him into the group and think nothing of it. The writer is imploring G_d’s help because he is going through a terrible time. The reason the wicked are not immediately dispatched, I believe anyway, is that they have to see the end result of their plans and actions (1-3). While the party is rolling, people see nothing wrong about the way they live, who they harm, and/or who they offend (4-7); the Lord sees what is going on and He knows what the issue(s) is (8-11). Despite the onslaught of the enemy, the Lord counsels His people to always walk in the path of righteousness despite the clamoring of the world (12-13). The Lord will never abandon His people although it may look like it and the Devil will always try to convince us to surrender. At the end of the struggle, we see the outcome and understand why G_d did not interfere (14-17). The writer understood these things because he had gone through the battle and had won. Apparently, the battle had not happened without a few hiccups in the form of “doubt” and disparity something every one of us can attest to if we are honest with ourselves (17-19). No throne in heaven or on earth can stand against the Lord G_d as the Devil found out. For this reason, the writer attests to the Lord’s protection and the defeat of the world’s plans (20-23).

Song of Solomon 3 – The Bride’s Troubled Dream. The bride had a troubling dream in which she could not find the one she loved. When she could not find him in the house, she went looking in the streets (1-4).

Zechariah 6 – The Four Chariots. The four chariots, just like the four horsemen, are the four spirits of Heaven. The red horses resembled war and bloodshed, the black horses resembled death and famine, the white resembled victory, and the fourth dappled resembled death through judgment. At that time, the Chaldeans were being defeated and the rise of the Persian and Medes were occurring. The problem with the battle is that there is always a famine that ravages the land. Babylon won the last contest and stole everything of value and enslaved the people. In this contest, Babylon would be the defeated foe and a remnant would return to rebuild its homeland. The crown that was constructed and placed on Joshua the High Priest’s head would be passed down to the rightful king Jesus. Joshua would build a temple that would eventually be destroyed but the soon coming King would build an eternal Temple something that was promised to David (10-15, 1 Chronicle 17).

1 Thessalonians 3 – Overseers and Deacons. The encouragement to the leadership of the church at Thessalonica was, “develop a cadre of trusted advisors”. These advisors were entrusted with the daily operation of the church and for this reason, they had to have certain qualifications. Being a father of a household, you understand the inherent troubles of the home, the responsibility for the bills, and/or inter-family relationships.  Being a new convert, as we’ll find out with Nicholas Procantor, is problematic because we do not have a solid background in Christianity and would lead to mistakes in doctrine.

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