“To them [the Israelites] belong the patriarchs, and from them, by human descent, came the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever! Amen.”
Listing the advantages of the Israelites, Paul mentions the greatest of all: Jesus was born of them. They had the best position to appreciate and follow him.
The Jews rejected Jesus. Some today seem to forget he was a Jew. They also forget he is God in the flesh. They make him out to be what they want. Do I do the same?
#votd #Romans #Jesus
“‘Do you really think anyone can hide himself where I cannot see him?’ the Lord asks. ‘Do you not know that I am everywhere?’ the Lord asks.”
Can God see me? If he sees, does he care? If he cares, will he do anything about it? Won’t he forgive any wrong? Man thinks all sorts of wrong things about God.
What wrong things do I think about God? What Bible truths do I neglect, forget, or twist? How do I justify my sin?
#votd #God #Jeremiah #sin
“At three times in the year all your males will appear before the Sovereign Lord.”
For the three great feasts established by God the Israelites were to gather in Jerusalem, where the temple was located as the center of worship. There were “pilgrim feasts” v. 14.
Today, in the covenant of Christ, the church of God gathers for 52 great feasts around the table of the Lord. We have no authorization for an annual calendar, but a weekly schedule of meetings.
#votd #Exodus #covenants
“Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God.”
Revelation 3.2 NLT
Many in the Sardis church did not live up to God’s standards. He has requirements that must be met. If they are not, judgment draws near, v. 3.
The whole Bible makes clear that God requires certain things. These things are not hard to understand. Nor are they difficult to obey. Are you up to his requirements?
#votd #Revelation #requirements
“For there is more to life than food, and more to the body than clothing.”
If only man would look beyond his bodily needs and desires! There is a soul to think of. There is eternity to prepare for.
A man told me he goes to the gym in order to lose weight so that he can drink every night at the bar. What a miserable life! But does the way I live have a higher goal?
#votd #Luke #more
“I am delighted to tell you about the signs and wonders that the most high God has done for me.”
Daniel was a special servant of God for a special time in Israel’s history. God used him in a special way, with visions and revelations. He was delighted to serve God and show him to be the only God.
Daniel’s delight before King Nebuchadnezzar ought to be ours as well before people of the world. How do you feel about evangelism? Are you excited to tell others about what God has done in Christ?
#votd #Daniel #joy #evangelism
“For there is no partiality with God.”
For mercy or judgment, God is the same toward all people. He acts according to his holiness. He has no preferred people. He offers no one special privileges.
People tend to prefer some above others. Even some parents are guilty of having favorite children. But to please God, we must believe in Christ and obey the Lord.
#votd #Romans #equality
“Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.”
Humility before the Lord is a demonstration of fearing God. It is that attitude befitting of man’s position as creature before the Creator and, hence, enjoined upon us in every age.
Do I trust God to exalt me at the right season? Am I aware of God’s glory and position as Creator and Lord? Is my opinion of myself one that permits humility?
#votd #James #humility
“And in this regard we pray for you always, that our God will make you worthy of his calling and fulfill by his power your every desire for goodness and every work of faith, that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 1.11-12
God works in his people. He makes his power accomplish his will in them. Their work depends upon him. God does this to glorify his Son and to glorify his people in him. This was Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians.
What are my desires for goodness? What work of faith have I begun? What prayer have I offered for others like Paul’s?
#votd #2-Thessalonians #prayer #power
“For out of great distress and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears, not to make you sad, but to let you know the love that I have especially for you.”
2 Corinthians 2.4
Motives were misread and maligned. Paul insisted on making them clear. He did not give up. He was committed to engaging the Corinthians to make his reasons clear.
Distress is not a reason for inaction or for surrender. Does it motivate me to make new attempts to show love?
#votd #2-Corinthians #love
“After the disturbance had ended, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging them and saying farewell, he left to go to Macedonia.”
After surviving a mob in Ephesus, Paul moves on. His last act is to encourage the disciples and say goodbye. It is a deliberate act. Greetings and farewells were important acts in first-century faith.
Greetings and farewells (in Greek, the same word) are not perfunctory functions, but moment to “spend time in warm exchange” (BGAD). How are your skills in this area?
#votd #Acts #greetings #farewells
“Elijah approached all the people and said, ‘How long are you going to be paralyzed by indecision? If the Lord is the true God, then follow him, but if Baal is, follow him!’ But the people did not say a word.”
1 Kings 18.21
The people of Israel desired to have both God and Baal. Elijah brought them to a point of decision. They must choose. The Lord would not allow them not to choose.
Do I want both God and some desire of mine which has become my idol? Am I suspended wanting both to serve God and to serve sin? No one can serve two masters.
#votd #1-Kings #decision
“The men of Tekoa worked on the section adjacent to them, but their town leaders would not assist with the work of their master.”
The nobles of the small town of Tekoa considered themselves superior and too good for manual labor, even in a critical situation, rebuilding the walls of the capital.
What a contrast with Christ, who humbled himself to the point of dying on a cross! Whose example will I follow?
#votd #Nehemiah #humility
“One of them, named Agabus, got up and predicted by the Spirit that a severe famine was about to come over the whole inhabited world. (This took place during the reign of Claudius.)”
Prophecy was inspired teaching and sometimes, as here, included revelation of future events. Even the latter served as a call to action. The Christians decided to send help, v. 29, and then did so, v. 30.
Barnabas was from Jerusalem. Perhaps through him it was revealed that the saints in Judeia would be especially affected. Prompt action was taken, before the famine hit, to benefit a specific set of people, and carried out according to a specific plan.
#votd #Acts #prophecy
“Dominion and awe belong to God; he establishes order in the heights of heaven.”
Bildad was right. He and his friends said many correct things, but they had some bad applications to their friend Job. Here, he is spot on.
Does God occupy my vision of existence? Does he establish order in my life, as he does in the heights of heaven? Do I regard him with awe?
#votd #Job #God