Bible Reading for 2/19/2022

Deuteronomy 29:1-15

Psalms 47

Proverbs 13:14-25

Acts 14

1 Samuel 20

Mike’s Notes

Deuteronomy 29:1-1 – The Covenant Renewed in Moab. Moab was named after Lot’s son, means “From the Father” (Moab Meaning), and is in present-day Jordan. For over 40 years the nation had walked in circles after their journey from Rameses in Egypt to Herob (1-3). The people were not able to understand why the Lord was making them work so hard nor why the laws were necessary (4-9). The Lord’s purpose for all that the nation went through was that these people would become the people that belonged to G-d (10-15).

Psalms 47 – G-d Is King over All the Earth. In every gathering, there will be those who encourage and those who discourage. The easy thing is to follow the nay-sayers and ridicule the people who are encouraged by the Lord’s report. The Lord didn’t say, “jump on the band-wagon”, He said, “follow me” that is, “His example” (1-4, Matthew 4:19). Whether or not the learned accept the Lord’s testimony or not, is immaterial. No matter what happens in life, we can either choose to raise our voices in triumph or be the ground the world walks on (5-7). G-d owns this world and can give his land to “whosoever” whether it is the man in the vat crushing the little he has or the evil King who is bent on conquest (8-9, Judges 6).

Proverbs 13:14-25 – Listen to the Wise. A teacher’s job is to convey valuable information to the student. It is the student’s responsibility to accept or deny the information (14). As the student, how we see, hear, and do is on us (14-16). When we conduct the affairs of our life inappropriately, we reap the results (17-18, Galatians 6:7-9). When we work to achieve our goals through positive action, it is sweet to the soul and encourages us to take on greater challenges; of course, there will be those who see us reject wickedness as being “foolishness”. The defining line will always be in the outcome (19-20). When we sow the seeds of righteousness, we will reap the reward despite the cries of wickedness. No matter where we find ourselves in our walk with the Lord, we will succeed and leave an inheritance for our offspring. When we sow wickedness, everything we gain will be lost (21-23). Wisdom needs to be passed down to our children whether or not they receive it and put it to use in their life (24-25).

Acts 14 – The Divided Cities. At Iconium, Saul and Barnabus spoke to the gentiles and greeks (1-3). In every city, these two went, and Iconium was no different, some accepted the message, some opposed it, and some were troublemakers. Not wanting to start a civil war, the two left the city (4-7). At Lystra, a lame man was healed (8-10). When the people caught sight of the man who was now healed they thought, “My Lord the G-ds have come to town” (11-13). Paul and Barnabus could have accepted the adulation, the foods of the G-ds, and the undying praise of the city but that’s all they would have received (Matthew 6:2). So, Paul and Barnabus confronted the people and let them know that they were not the incarnate G-ds as they had been led to believe. The problem was not everybody believed Paul’s report and continued to offer sacrifices (14-18). When troublemakers came from Antioch and Iconium to rile up the crowd, they stoned Paul. Believing their work was done, the troublemakers left town. When the disciples gathered around Paul, he got up from the ground and after encouraging them they left for Derbe (19-23). Paul spoke to the disciples about the events in the cities they had visited (24-28).

1 Samuel 20 – Jonathan Warns David. When David reported to Jonathan what Saul had in mind for David, it came across as a surprise (1-3). Jonathan wanted to hear from his father’s mouth the truth of the matter before taking any action which, is wise (4-7). Remember at this point, Jonathan had only heard David’s side of the argument. An agreement was put in place for Jonathan to give his report (8-11). The proviso was that David was to never forget what Jonathan had done for him and when David became the King, he would provide for Jonathan and/or his family (12-17). The New Moon feast was the first day following the sighting of the new moon and it lasted three days (Hebrew Encyclopedia). David followed the plan to the letter and would be faithful to the covenant (18-23).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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