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- 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.
- Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Zephaniah—Day of the Lord. Zephaniah was a great-great grandson of King Hezekiah. His theme was the “Day of the Lord”—a time of judgment and fulfillment of Divine rule. His messages here speak of the things that will occur in the “Day of the Lord.” •Retribution (1:2–18): the calamity of the retribution (great destruction and distress); the cleansing from the retribution (the land of Israel is cleansed of idolatry); the cause of retribution (sin); the certainty of retribution (sinners will be searched out in Jerusalem and money cannot deliver from the wrath of God). •Revenge (2:1–15): judgment is forecast for nations around Judah such as Philistia (cities of Philistia to be destroyed); Moab and Ammon (desolation of their land like Sodom and Gomorrah); Ethiopia (slain with the sword); Nineveh (land to be made desolate). •Rebuke (3:1–7): the people, princes, prophets, and priests are all rebuked for their sinfulness. •Restoration (3:8–20): Israel will be restored, this includes indignation (wrath of God upon the enemies of Israel); purification (Israel will be purified in restoration); jubilation (great joy will come in the restoration); reputation (Israel will be respected by the world).
- Insight from Butler’s Daily Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles 28, 29—Goal of David. David’s great interest was the Temple. Not permitted to do the building, he did everything else he could in preparation for the building. This chapter shows his great interest in the Temple. •Speeches about the Temple: David spoke to the assembly (leaders) and to the anointed (Solomon) about building the Temple. •Supplying for the Temple: the blueprints of the Temple (David gave them to Solomon); the bureaucracy for the Temple (the organization plans for the Levites); and the building materials for the Temple. •Support for the Temple: David took an offering from the people for the support of the Temple. The example in giving (David); the exhortation to give (“who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the Lord” [v. 5]); the extent of giving (the people gave liberally); the excellence in giving (they gave with a great attitude [v. 9]). •Supplication about the Temple: it involved praise for God (for His blessings); and a petition to God (for the dedication of the people and Solomon). •Sacrificing at the service about the Temple: a thousand oxen, rams, and lambs were sacrificed at this gathering regarding the Temple. •Sovereigns involved with the Temple: the chapter ends with the people anointing Solomon again as king and the passing of David.
- 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: Proverbs 17—In this chapter of contrasts between righteousness and wickedness there are three repeated subjects. •Conversation (vv. 4, 7, 20, 27, 28): wicked people have wicked tongues, but a person who knows how to keep his mouth shut will be counted wise even if he is a fool (v. 28). Restraining the tongue’s movement is a mark of wisdom. •Children (vv. 6, 21, 25): a foolish child grieves his parents and grandchildren are the delight of grandparents. •Courts (vv. 8, 13, 15, 12, 26): righteousness emphasizes justice, but wickedness is not interested in justice and readily receives bribes (“gifts”) to pervert justice. Those who justify evil and condemn righteousness (which many of our courts do today) are an abomination to the Lord.
- My Internet is intermittent, so Scripture Sunday will resume next Sunday. In the meantime, feel free to share your favorite Scriptures!
- Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 6:1–21—Separation of Nazarite. Rules of the Nazarite vow are given here. Separation, mentioned over 15 times in this section, characterized the Nazarite’s life. Samson was the most famous Nazarite. •Restrictions: prohibited eating or drinking any grape products, cutting of hair, or touching a dead body. •Requirements: if any regulations were broken, the Nazarite must offer the prescribed sacrifices. 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: Micah 7—Attitude in Judgment: •Guile of man: good men have perished; evil men do evil earnestly; no one can be trusted; judgment is needed. •Greatness of God: greatness in goodness (He will deliver though He disciplines); greatness in grace (He pardons as no other god).
- Here's this week's Scripture passage! Due to this week’s issue with my Internet, I can only provide the text: Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
- Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 48—Residence. A Psalm on Jerusalem (Zion). •Habitation: city of our God. •Location: beautiful for situation. •Preservation: from enemy who assembled to attack. •Meditation: in its Temple of God’s loving-kindness. •Observation: of the towers and bulwarks and palaces.