Daily Bible Readings for 11/11/2022

Matthew 15:1-20

Psalms 120

Ecclesiastes 6

Jeremiah 12

2 Kings 11

Matthew 15:1-20 – Traditions and Commandments. Jesus was presented with a no-win situation. The Sanhedrin abided by the traditions of the elders. Because the elders made it a law “give your hands a ceremonial wash before eating”. Now, there’s nothing wrong with it except for when it came down to making it a commandment. Traditions have their roots in the law as well as what people perceived them to mean basically, it was someone else’s decision to stretch the meaning to fit one’s lifestyle. The only thing that defiles the body is the words and attitude that come out of a heart.

Psalms 120 – Deliver Me, O Lord. There are times in our life when we will be in a “no-win circumstance”. The writer of this Psalm is in such a circumstance. On one side was the deceitful tongue and down the other and we can place. Walking with the Lord doesn’t keep us out of such circumstances gives us the fuel we need to overcome whatever situation we face. “Woe to me, I sojourned in Meshech, that I dwell among the tents of Kedar! Too long I have made my dwelling among those who hate peace. I am for peace but when I speak, they are for war!” (Verses 5-7).

Ecclesiastes 6 – Vanity. Sadly we could have all the wealth of Solomon yet be as broke as a church mouse spiritually. If we work our entire life toiling for the wealth and products that are pleasing to the eyes of mankind. If we have no one to share with and enjoy, what use is it? We are commanded to enjoy everything we are given. After we leave this earth we will not be remembered for all that we did pass with us. For this reason, we are commanded to enjoy life.

Jeremiah 12 – Jeremiah’s Complaint and the Lord’s Answer. Jeremiah was up against a wall. The figurative wall was the people of Judah who are evil in their behavior. Just as anyone would complain given the same circumstances, it’s very hard not to agree with him. Unfortunately, the Lord saw differently in that if Jeremiah could not handle the circumstance in Jerusalem, how would he withstand the pressures in the place the Lord was leading him. In time the wicked people of Jerusalem would be dealt with.

2 Kings 11 – Athaliah Reigns in Judah. Athaliah the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel reigned six years after the death of her son Ahaziah. This woman was the spitting image of Jezebel in physical and character. After ascending to the throne, she killed the entire royal family to ensure there would be no revolts and if it had not been for Johosheba, there would be no one to take the throne from her. Jehoida the priest took his life in his hands by hiding the infant king. For six years he hid the infant king in the temple until the time was right. In the seventh year or the appointed time, he brought the king out and placed him next to the temple pillar with a crown on his head. When Athaliah was awoken to the shouts of “long live the king”, she yelled “treason!”. Athaliah was captured and put to death and then buried.

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