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- Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Romans 8:28–39—Son of God. Four things are said here about the Son of God. •Image of the Son: believers are made to be like Christ. •Infliction of the Son: God did not spare His Son but gave Him to die. •Interceding of the Son: He intercedes for men. •Inseparableness from the Son: the saved cannot be separated from the love of God which is in Christ.
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- Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Exodus 33—Repairing the Damage. Some damage repair work needed to be done after the sin. This chapter records four distinct incidents which helped to repair the damage from the sin of the people regarding the golden calf. •First, stating of God’s orders: God tells Moses to lead Israel to Canaan; but an angel, not God, will go before them. •Second, seeking of God’s forgiveness: Moses set up a tent where those who wanted to seek God could go to meet Him. •Third, supplicating for God’s presence: Moses wanted more than an angel to go with them, he wanted God to go with them. •Fourth, seeing of God’s glory: Moses got a very special vision of God’s glory in the mount.
- Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Colossians 3:1–4:6—Conduct. This passage especially deals with the conduct of the saints. •Regulations: a number of regulations are given to guide the saints—they concern such things as affections, anger, speech, humility, forgiveness, giving attention to the Word and prayer. •Relationships: three relationships are addressed (Ephesians noted the same three relationships). They are husband/wife relationship (submission by wife, love by husband); parent /children relationship (children are to obey the parents in all things, and fathers are not to provoke their children to anger), and master / servants relationship (servants are to serve faithfully; masters are to treat the servants properly).
- Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Isaiah 1—Rebellion. •Ruin from the rebellion: Israel was in terrible condition because of rebellion against God, their cities were burned; their country was desolate; their character was like Sodom and Gomorrah. •Religion in the rebellion: the corruption of their religious practices is detailed, and this corruption helped bring the ruin. •Reasoning about the rebellion: God reasoned with Israel to change their ways so they could again enjoy the good of the land. •Retribution for the rebellion: more judgment promised if they persisted in their rebellion. •Restoration after the rebellion: the gracious promise of Israel’s restoration ends the chapter.
- "Let us reason together..." Not "let us have warm fuzzies together while we rap about Jesus"? Hmmmm.
- Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: James 1—Wisdom. The whole book can be said to be wisdom. But this chapter is entitled wisdom because of the exhortation to pray for wisdom in verse 4 which especially applies to the whole chapter. •Wisdom about trials: the believer’s trials are put in encouraging perspective. •Wisdom about trusting: faith must not waver. •Wisdom about temptation: do not blame God for sinful temptations. •Wisdom about true religion: hypocrisy is especially condemned. True religion is more than talk—it is also walk.
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- Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Romans 12, 13—Conduct. Five areas of personal conduct are addressed by Paul in these two chapters. •Conduct for God: particularly conduct regarding service for God. The dedication for service (serving God acceptably requires great dedication); the differences in service (everyone does not have the same gifts from God). •Conduct for good: some behavior guidelines are given for various areas of life (some of the things covered are hypocrisy, love, slothfulness, patience, prayer, benevolence, persecution reaction, sympathy for others, humble attitude) •Conduct for the government: the right attitude of the Christian towards human government (submission to the laws, respect for authority). •Conduct of grace: love is to motivate one’s relationship with others in every area (such as in paying one’s bills and in treating your neighbor properly). •Conduct for glory: how to behave in view of the times—“our salvation (glory) is nearer than when we believed.” Do not be groggy (“it is high time to awake out of sleep”); do not be guileful (“cast off the works of darkness”); do be godly (“put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts”).
- Here's this Week's Scripture passage!
- Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 12—Credentials. Paul’s ministry and authority were constantly being challenged and especially by some in the Corinthian church. •Revelation: Paul’s vision from God which resulted in a physical thorn but gave proof of his apostleship. •Recognition: Paul says the proof in signs and wonders and mighty deeds (miracles) justify recognition of him as an apostle. •Remonstration: chiding the Corinthians about their lack of love. •Reminder: of his noble conduct when visiting them which also evidenced his apostleship.