Bible Readings for 2/22/2022

Deuteronomy 30:11-20

Psalms 49:10-20

Proverbs 14:20-35

Acts 16:1-24

1 Samuel 23:1-14

Mike’s Notes

Deuteronomy 30:11-20 – The Choice of Life and Death. You will notice that the Lord never makes demands of us nor does He give you one recourse, He lays out His commands like a fork in the road. When it comes to His commands, we can say “Yes” or “No” but beware we are held accountable either way. The commands He gives are not hard but man’s adaptations make it hard and drive people from following the Lord (11-14). He sets before us life or death, blessing or curse. If the people wanted to stay in the land for a lengthy peaceful time, then they needed to adhere to the laws and commands – that’s as simple as it gets (15-18). As the nation will find out centuries later, following the pathways of the wicked kingdoms and peoples caused the nation to compromise its values (19-20).

Psalms 49:10-20 – Pompous Mankind. Death is a reality for both mankind and animals without exception (10). In life, we gather things like wealth and property but when we leave this earth, none of that matters (11-12). When we boast about our future, we do so without understanding the tides of time and situations sort of like the present-day stock market (13). Like death, wickedness is also an ever-present reality but how we view it and how we allow it to impact us or steel us against its effects is up to us (14-15). So when people get rich through wicked paths, we are not to be afraid of it or think “the world is going to end”. When we chose to follow the narrow pathway, the Lord will help us to navigate the way through the mirky darkness (16-20).

Proverbs 14:20-35 – Righteousness Exalts a Nation (34-35). There are two ends of the financial spectrum: the rich and the poor. When a community favors the rich but looks down on the poor, it is said to be a “sin” (20-21). Devising and acting on evil plans leads people and communities astray (22-24). Telling the truth is not popular because you will not find it in this world where everybody sees it the same way (25, John 18:37-38 i.e.). By respecting the Lord’s commands, one learns to avoid the things that displease Him (26-27). The king does not make the country any more than the teacher makes the class. People can make or break the kingdom just like the students can make or break the class (28). The ability to exercise restraint in the face of opposition is invaluable (29-30). Wherever we live, whether in our home country or not, we are to treat others like we would like to be treated (31-33).

Acts 16:1-24 – Timothy, Paul, and Silas. In Lystra, Paul is introduced to young Pastor Timothy whose father is a Greek and mother is a Jew (1). Paul wanted to bring Timothy along with Silas and himself. Out of respect for Jewish customs and to alleviate concerns about “inappropriate conduct”, Paul had Timothy circumcised (2-3). Having Timothy along helped Paul to reach the Greeks. Add to this, Paul had have known his time was short and so it was important to train in a replacement while he was alive (4-5, ). Paul received a prophetic vision of a man from Macedonia calling for him to come and help them (6-10). Macedonia is located NE of Greece bordering Bulgaria. In Thyatira, Paul baptized Lydia a seller of purples (11-15). “Selling Purples” meant that Lydia sold dies for the royals so she was well off financially (). While in Thyatira, Paul set a young girl free from demonic oppression. The girl provided her handers with a steady stream of income which was why they brought the heinous charge and riled the community (16-24).

1 Samuel 23:1-14 – David Saves the City of Keilah. The reason David helped defend the lowland city of Keilah was that it belonged to David’s ancestral tribe – Judah (). When the Philistines attacked Keilah, David checked with the Lord to see if it was in His will to do so (1-2). Because the men were afraid to attack with so few in number, David reconfirmed with the Lord and then left to help Keilah (3-5). Abiathar, the last living relative of Eli, joined David and the army in Keilah and brought with him the ephod which is used to make decisions (6). If David had stayed too long in Keilah, it would have put him in a precarious place and possibly be captured by Saul. Fortunately, David was listening for the Lord’s direction and would know when it was time to leave (7-14).

 

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