Daily Scripture readings for July, set #5:
– Exodus, chapters 13-15
– Psalm, chapter 28
– Matthew 12:22-37
– Acts 17:16-34
I’ll take the opportunity afforded by today’s Exodus reading to make a personal comment. My Father, Steve Sr., routinely cites Exodus 14:14 as one of his favorite verses in all the Bible: “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” I have seen the man live this verse out in real life, and I have seen the faithfulness of the Lord in it.
“Because they do not regard the works of the Lord, or the work of his hands, he will tear them down and build them up no more” (Ps 28:5). I’m noticing today a possible connection between the beginning and end of this verse. “He will build them up NO MORE” implies that he was once building them up. So “they” were being built up, and this building was by God. But God will not be building them up anymore, and the reason is their disregard for his works… of which his building them up is one, presumably. God is building them up, but they don’t give him the credit, so he ceases to build them up.
Jesus’ statement in Matthew 12:36 is very sobering: “I tell you, one the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.” Wow. For additional sobering, replace “speak” with “post on Facebook.”
In order to catch myself up with the off-track Acts notes confusion, I’ll comment here on all of chapter 17, instead of just the second half like today’s reading would indicate. Today I’m noticing two things in this chapter:
1) The Jews in Berea listen to Paul and Silas’ preaching “with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so” (vs 11). The next verse says that “many of them THEREFORE believed…” and I’m feeling like the “therefore” is connected to the fact that the Bereans “searched the Scriptures daily.” They study the Scriptures, and consequently they believe.
2) Paul, in his sermon to the Athenians, says this about God: “He himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything” (vs 25). As if life and breath aren’t enough, Paul makes his point even clearer by saying that “everything” about mankind has been given to them by God. The next verse even goes on to say that God “determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.”