The Biblical Mandate for Excellence

Daily Scripture readings for December, set #7:

1 Chronicles, chapters 15-16
Psalm, chapters 130-131
Luke 8:40-56
Colossians 3:18-25

So, I’m a drummer. I have cymbals. They are made of bronze. I forget how OLD that instrument is! “The singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were to sound bronze cymbals” (1Chron 15:19). I wonder if anybody complained to Heman/Asaph/Ethan that their cymbals were too loud for worship.

Again, the theme of “fearing” the Lord, and it’s many variations: “But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared” (Ps 130:4). One who offers forgiveness is not “feared” in the same sense that one fears a predator or enemy, yet this verse directly links the forgiveness and the fearing.

“Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well” (Lk 8:50). Is this an if-then statement from Jesus?

Striving for excellence in everything: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” (Col 3:23). WHATEVER you do…

Daily Scripture readings for December, set #8:

1 Chronicles, chapters 17-19
Psalm 132
Luke 9:1-17
Colossians 4:1-9

“When your days are fulfilled to walk with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever” (1Chron 17:11-12). These verses are clearly about Solomon, but are they also Messianic?

There is a direct link between verses 10 and 11 in Psalm 132. “For the sake of your servant David, do not turn away the face of your anointed one. The Lord swore to David a sure oath from which he will not turn back: ‘One of the sons of your body I will set on your throne.'” The Psalmist asks God to not turn his face away, and reminds him of his oath to David. It is Biblical to hold God to his oaths.

“And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal” (Lk 9:1-2). Jesus freely gives the power/authority to heal, but not to everyone. Only to the Twelve. And one of the Twelve was a devil.

“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (Col 4:5-6). People of God who are reading this, please listen to me right now. I have one word in commentary on these verses: FACEBOOK.

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