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- Insight from Butler’s Daily Bible Reading: Isaiah 41—Speaking by God. Three main subjects comprise this message from God. •Conqueror for God: a prophecy of Cyrus (not mentioned by name till later chapters) several hundred years before Cyrus ruled Persia. •Calling from God: this speaks of the calling of Israel as a special people by God; it involved the serving of Israel (they are often mentioned as God’s servant—every calling from God is a calling to serve God); the security of Israel (God will protect them, “Fear not”); the strength for Israel (“I will strengthen thee”); the supplying for Israel (God not only protects them but provides for them). •Challenge from God: this is a challenge to idol worshippers about prophecy—can their idols predict accurately as God can? (a reference is again made to the prediction about Cyrus in this question).
- Insight from Butler’s Daily Bible Reading: Zechariah 14—Prospects. The future of Jerusalem and Israel is in view. •Conflict: the nations in the conflict (all nations to fight Jerusalem); the nature of the conflict (awful). •Conqueror: when the Lord conquers the nations, it will involve the region (earthquake will change it); the replacement (He will replace light); the river (a river will flow from Jerusalem, cp. Ezekiel 47); the ruler (the Lord will be king). •Changes: there will be a fertile land, a filled land (with people), and a free land (free of danger). •Curse: upon warriors (who warred against Israel); upon worshippers (who did not come to Jerusalem to worship). •Character: holy everywhere.
- Insight from Butler’s Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 91—Protection. •Person doing it: God. •Prerequisite for it: given throughout the Psalm—we must abide in the Lord. •Passion for it: God loves us (v. 14). •Promises for it: many promises of protection are given throughout the Psalm.
- Insight from Butler’s Daily Bible Reading: Joshua 1—Commands for Journeying. The book of Joshua begins with a flurry of commands from God for Joshua and from Joshua for the Israelites regarding their journey into the promised land. •Commands for Joshua: God gave Joshua an edict to get moving; an encouragement about the promised land; and an exhortation to be strong in spirit and in the Scriptures. •Commands from Joshua: they were for the executive officers to get the people ready, and for the eastern tribes to be faithful to their agreement.
- Insight from Butler’s Daily Bible Reading: Proverbs 16—Repetition in the contrasts in this chapter is in three main areas. •Articulation (vv. 1, 10, 13, 21, 23, 24, 27, 28, 30): the lips of man are again emphasized; speech reflects character. •Accumulation (vv. 8, 16): more perspective on riches. •Attitude (vv. 5, 18, 19): pride is condemned and humility honored; no self-esteem teaching is found in the Bible.
- Insight from Butler’s Daily Bible Reading: Proverbs 3—This chapter is divided into five sections. •Profit of wisdom (vv. 1–18): this and section three and five all speak of the great profit of obeying wisdom. •Power of wisdom (vv. 19, 20): God by wisdom created the universe. The most conspicuous characteristic of the evolution theory is its total lack of wisdom—evolution thinking is utterly ludicrous. •Profit of wisdom (vv. 21–26): the second section on the profit of wisdom cites more rewards for obeying it. •Practice of wisdom (vv. 27–31): this section speaks specifically about the treatment of others. •Profit of wisdom (vv. 32–35): the third section on the profit of wisdom given here is in both the negative and positive—the negative predicts a curse upon and shame for those who do not honor wisdom, while glory is predicted for those who honor wisdom in their lives.
- 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.