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- Insight from Butler’s Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 6:22–27—Specifying a Benediction. This well-known benediction was given to Aaron to pronounce upon the people. The benediction is still used in churches and on special occasions in our day.
- Insight from Butler’s Daily Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 6—Teaching the Law. •Why to teach: the objective of teaching was to get people to “do” (v. 1) the law. Practical application to conduct should be the object of all spiritual teaching and preaching. •Who to teach: children were the special objects of the teaching. •When to teach: at all times (such as when you get up, when you are sitting in the house, when walking, when going to bed, etc.) and in all ways (by words and also by deeds such as posting the word on the walls of your house and other places). •What to teach: all the law, the submission to the laws, and the blessings from the law.
- Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Job 19—Abused (Job speaking). The abuse of Job is the theme here. •Accursed by his friends (vv. 1–6): his three friends are vexing him with their continuous accusations. •Afflicted by God (vv. 7–12): Job keeps blaming God for his troubles. •Abandoned by others (vv. 13–24): his kinfolk, wife, friends, servants, and children have all forsaken him in his troubles. •Abiding in God (vv. 25–27): faulty as his faith is at times, here it remains steadfast in trouble. •Admonition for persecutors (vv. 28, 29): a warning to his three friends.
- Insight from Butler’s Daily Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 31—Readying. Moses gave some messages to ready the people for the future, and God gave Moses a message to also ready him for the future. •Message to Israel: Moses told Israel his age and that he would no longer be their leader. Then he exhorted and encouraged them in taking the land of Canaan telling them that God was with them and would give them the victory. •Message to Moses: Moses was told to prepare for the change of command from Moses to Joshua. Then the Lord told Moses what would eventually happen to the Israelites—they would turn away from God and go after idols, and many troubles would come upon them as a result. •Message to Joshua: Moses exhorted Joshua to “be strong and of good courage” (31:23) in bringing the Israelites into Canaan. •Message to the Levites: they were instructed by Moses to put the copy of the law (which Moses had written) in the ark (the ark held three important articles—a jar of manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and now a copy of the law). •Message to the elders and officers: this message told the leaders of Israel what Moses had just told the Levities, namely, that Israel would eventually turn from God. This message was intended to discourage disobedience.
- Insight from Butler’s Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 1—Paths. There are just two paths in life. •Path of good: it involves separation from evil, the Scriptures in the heart, and success on the journey. •Path of guile: its value is chaff; its verdict is condemnation.
- Insight from Butler’s Daily Bible Reading: Isaiah 40—Soothing by God. •Comfort from God: the change from condemnation to consolation is evident right at the beginning in this chapter. •Calling for God: this prophecy speaks of John the Baptist calling men to Christ. •Communication from God: it especially tells about the brevity of life and the eternality of the Word of God. •City of God: some encouraging words about Zion (Jerusalem). •Care of God: the care by the Great Shepherd, a reference to Christ. •Character of God: two truths are emphasized about His character—His creating powers and His contrast to idols. •Capability from God: especially for those who wait upon Him.
- Greetings Everyone!!! I just wanted to get a general feel for the over eschatology within the group. Im trying to do a comparative study the book of revelation and would like some real-time input!!!
- Here's this week's Scripture passage as we get closer to the New Year!
- Insight from Butler’s Daily Bible Reading: Isaiah 43—Redemption. Israel’s return to the land is spoken of as redemption. •Reassurance of redemption: Israel is not to fear; God will redeem and preserve them. •Reason for redemption: Israel is precious to and loved by God. •Ransom for redemption: Egypt, Ethiopia, etc. are made a ransom for Israel—they died (in judgment) so Israel could return to the land. •Regathering in redemption: Israel will be regathered from around the world and taken back to Palestine. •Reporting of the redemption: Israel will be witnesses of Jehovah’s redemptive work (the true Jehovah witnesses are the Jews not the cult that claims this name). •Revenge in the redemption: God will take vengeance on Israel’s enemies. •Rebuke for the redeemed: for their lack of devotion to God—“thou has been weary of me, O Israel.” •Removal in redemption: God will blot out their sins and not remember their sins.
- Here’s this week’s Scripture passage! Have a blessed Christmas!
- Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Isaiah 7—Villains. •Suppression by the villains: Samaria (northern Israel led by their king Remaliah) and Syria (led by their king Rezin) united to attack Judah whose king at that time was Ahaz. •Sign about the villains: the virgin birth (v. 14) was the sign that the villains would not succeed against Judah—this sign was a prophesy of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ as referred to in Matthew 1:22, 23. •Siege after the villains: Judah would be attacked by Assyria because of Judah’s wickedness.
- Due to Internet going down tomorrow with the flooring replacement, posting this early.
- Insight from Butler’s Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 104—Creating by God. The creation Psalm. It is like early chapters of the book of Genesis. •Power for creating (vv. 1–5): “laid the foundations of the earth.” •Partitioning in creating (vv. 6–9): dividing the land from the water. •Provisions in creation (vv. 10–18): providing of water, vegetation, and food for animals and man. •Periods in creating (vv. 19–23): sun and moon for day and night periods. •Ponds of creation (vv. 24–26): the seas and its traffic and inhabitants. •Philanthropy of creation (vv. 27–30): creation is dependent upon the Creator for sustaining of life. •Praise for the Creator (vv. 31–35): praise for God’s perpetuity (He is eternal); power (He looks and the earth trembles; He touches and the earth smokes); preciousness (meditating on Him is sweet); and purity (He consumes the wicked).