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- Insight from Butler’s Daily Bible Reading: Exodus 19—Meeting With God. When Israel arrived at Mount Horeb, God had a meeting with Moses to ready Israel for the revealing of the Divine statutes. •Preliminaries to the meeting: this included the report from Moses and the resolve of the people. •Preparation for the meeting: the cleansing of the people’s clothes; the curtailing of the people from the mount; the conduct of the people (“come not at your wives”); and the congregating of the people at a set time. •Particulars of the meeting: the trauma (fire, smoke, quaking of the mount, trumpet sound, and thick cloud); and the trepidation (this fear was caused by the trauma of the occasion—the fire, smoke, and quaking, etc.).
- Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Genesis 12—Summons of Abraham. God called Abraham out of Ur of the Chaldees. It can be said that this began the history of the Jewish race. •Specifics of the summons: it included the leaving (of his kinfolk); the lineage (prophecy about his seed); and the land (place of his new home). •Submission to the summons: is seen in his arrival in Canaan and in his altar in Canaan. •Straying from the summons: this was Abraham’s failure in famine that resulted in Abraham leaving for Egypt and lying in Egypt (about Sarah his wife).
- Here’s a verse for Church History majors celebrating Reformation Day on the 31st.
- Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Romans 1:17–3:21—Condemnation. The longest section in today’s reading is on the subject of condemnation. •Cause of condemnation: wicked living in willful rejection of God. •Consequences of condemnation: in summary they are abandoned by God (1:24, 25, 28), and they are sentenced to “tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that doeth evil” (2:9). •Court in condemnation: the fidelity of the court (“according to truth” [2:2]); the fairness of the court (“render to every man according to his deeds” [2:6] and “there is no respect [prejudice] of persons with God” [2:11]). •Crowd for condemnation: all persons are condemned, both Jews and Gentiles, for “there is none righteous, no, not one” (3:11).
- Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Isaiah 54—Singing in Restoration. Israel is exhorted to sing because of its restoration. •Children for the song: the Jews who had multiplied greatly. •Comfort for the song: they shall forget their miseries. •Covenant for the song: God will not forget His covenant with Israel. •Cosmetics for the song: precious stones shall decorate Jerusalem. •Caring for the song: God will protect Israel.
- Insight from Butler’s Daily Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 12—The various stages of life are given. •Youth (v. 1): do not wait until old before you seek God. •Old age (vv. 2–5): is pictured as a coming storm (v. 2), an old house (vv. 3, 4), and physical infirmities of old people (v. 5). •Death (vv. 6, 7): is pictured by one “loosed” thing (silver cord) and four “broken” things (silver cord, golden bowl, pitcher, wheel). •Conclusions (vv. 9–14): teaching (many proverbs), tongue (words of wisdom), and tribunal (every work judged).
- 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: Psalm 23—Shepherd. •Person: portrait of Christ. •Prudence: knows where to lead sheep (green pastures, still waters). •Purity: paths of righteousness. •Peace: “I will fear no evil” and “comfort me.” •Provisions: “preparest a table … cup runneth over.” •Prospects: dwell in God’s house forever.
- Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Isaiah 26—Praise. This chapter is a song of praise to God which is prophetic, for it is a song of the future when Israel has been restored. Listed are five items for praise. •Peace: God will bring peace to the nation of Israel. •Power: God has power over the enemies of Israel. •Preeminence: God is better than other gods. •Purity: the government of God in regards to Israel’s future kingdom is one of righteousness and justice. •Protection: God is Israel’s great Protector.
- 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.