Bible Reading For 1/8/2021

Reading #1 – Deuteronomy 14:22-29

Reading #2 – Psalms 28

Reading #3 – Lamentations 4:1-11

Reading #4 – John 12

Reading #5 – 1 Samuel 3

 

Mike’s Notes

Deuteronomy 14:22-29 – Tithes. The initial purpose of the tithe was to set aside a 10th of the produce of the field, produce from the orchard and the animal of the flock. When the family went to the “One place”, they would set out the items before the Lord and eat them as a reminder of what the Lord had done for them (22-23). Because not every tribe was living close to the “One Place”, those living further away were to sell their tithe, bring the money with them, and then buy wine, vegetables, grain, and animals with the requisite amount of money (24-26). Part of the tithe of the crops and animals would go to the town Levite so that he and his family could share in the bountiful crops (27). At the end of the third year, the people were to set out their tithe of the crops, orchard, and animals so that the person sojourning through Israel, the widow, and the Levite would be filled. By being obedient, the Lord G-d would bless the people (28-29).

Psalm 28 – The Lord is My Strength and My Shield. When we call out to the Lord, He will answer us, and provide for us providing we are obedient. Disobedience, just as obedience, is a seed that once planted produces fruit commensurate with the seed type (Mike Krier). IF the type of seed we sow is “violence”, we will reap the results of it and the Lord will not get us out of the hoosgow. When we are obedient to what we are told through His word, He will work on our behalf (1-2). The seeds we sow may not be easily recognized but the fruit is unmistakable even if we point at the good fruit but gloss over the bad fruit (3-5). Our primary goal in life should always be “holiness to the Lord” not because we want to be a prude but because living a secret or dual life causes an eventual conflict (6-9, Exodus 28:36, Malachi 3:6).

Lamentations 4:1-11 – The Holy Stones Lie Scattered. The Lord’s intention for the nation was that they would prosper in the new land opposite the river Jordan. The nation had referred to themselves as “the Lord’s chosen people”. These “chosen people” were now little more than street urchins unable to find food to eat, water to drink, and medication to heal their sickness (1). The sons of Zion or Jerusalem once rode as princes and kings now, they are shattered beyond healing (2). The onslaught of destruction over Jerusalem had hardened the people beyond caring about anyone including themselves (3-4). These people once ate the delicacies of kings, so they were once wealthy. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed instantaneously. The destruction of Jerusalem, on the other hand, was slow and excruciatingly painful (5-8). Those who died in battle would not see the decimation of their homeland (9). The only food left in the once vibrant kingdom was the deceased children. Sin and disobedience bring about destruction which consumes our resources, families, and self-dignity (10-11). Unfortunately, once we are destroyed by sin, the only hope we have is to rebuild from scratch and that is what the Lord did.

John 12:12-16 – The Triumphal Entry. When Jesus entered Jerusalem that fateful day, he rode on a donkey the sign of royalty (12-15, Zechariah 9:9). While the people were laying down palm branches and shouting “Hosannah to the King” they did not fully understand what was going on. For the disciples, they would not put “two and two together” until after Jesus’ resurrection (16). For the religious leaders, the events that day were tantamount to attempting to put out a fire in a windstorm (17-18).

1 Samuel 3 – The Lord Calls Samuel. From his youth, Samuel was placed under the care and leadership of Eli. Unfortunately, due to his and his son’s sinful ways, visions and words from the Lord were rare (1). The difference between the Lord’s ways and the world’s ways is that the Lord always prepares the replacement before it is needed (2-3). Samuel’s calling was unique in that the Lord spoke to him in the voice intonation of Eli. Each time the Lord called Samuel, Samuel got up and went to Eli to find out what he needed. On the third time, Eli told Samuel to say, “speak Lord for your servant is listening” (4-9). When the Lord called again, Samuel responded accordingly, and the Lord revealed what the Lord was about to do to the house of Eli (10-14). Samuel was told that he would be confronted the next morning by Eli who wanted to hear what the Lord said (15-18). Samuel grew up in the admonition of the Lord and was obedient to what the Lord asked of him and the fruit was the evidence (19-21).

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