Daily Scripture readings for December, set #9:
Much of 1 Chronicles parallels 2 Samuel. 1 Chron 21:1 is significant for this reason, because of the variant between that and 2 Sam 24:1. Notice where the tempting comes from in each verse… who it is that “incites” David.
“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes!” (Ps 133:1-2). Obviously unity is a great thing to be strived for, but I’m not sure I understand this metaphor.
The empty pursuit of the what the world offers is equated with losing one’s self: “For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?” (Lk 9:25). Implication: the pursuit of Christ and the Kingdom is equated with gaining one’s very self.
“And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea” (Col 4:16). Paul knew that his letter would be read to multiple churches and communities of faith. He wrote with this intention.
Daily Scripture readings for December, set #10:
“And they were to stand every morning, thanking and praising the Lord, and likewise at evening” (1Chron 23:30). David, in arranging workers for the temple, appointed men whose only other job besides mixing the bread was to stand and give thanks to the Lord, both day and night.
Is the description of God’s sovereignty in Psalm 135:6 merely a reference to the absence of anyone who could oppose the Lord or stop him from doing what he pleases? Could it not also be a reverse definition of righteousness? In other words, compare Psalm 135:6 to Psalm 119:68.
“And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah’—not knowing what he said” (Lk 9:33). The phrase “not knowing what he said,” describing Peter’s tents comment, is curious to me. Was he unaware of the implications or consequences of what he said, or was he in zombie mode? What is the purpose of this phrase?
“For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction” (1Thess 1:4-5). The Thessalonians being convinced by Paul’s gospel was not the reason or merit for their having been chosen, but rather the EVIDENCE for their having been chosen.