Daily Scripture readings for March, set #13:
More New Covenant awesomeness: “I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me” (Jer 32:40). Note that God promises to never leave Israel, but he also promises to not let Israel leave him.
“Even in your thoughts, do not curse the king, nor in your bedroom curse the rich, for a bird of the air will carry your voice, or some winged creature tell the matter” (Eccl 10:20). Don’t curse those individuals that you have a bone to pick with… EVEN IN YOUR THOUGHTS.
“It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world” (Jn 4:42). My personal story of coming to faith in Christ has this element. I “prayed the prayer” in my youth because of the righteous influence of my parents and church leaders, but not until I was much older did I “hear for myself” from the Lord in a way that brought true rebirth.
Springboarding from the New Covenant description in the above-referenced Jeremiah 32… “According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1Pet 1:3). Who caused it? God. Why? Because he is merciful. How? Through the resurrection of Christ. The New Covenant is by God and about God and through God.
Daily Scripture readings for March, set #14:
“Take a scroll and write on it all the words that I have spoken to you against Israel and Judah and all the nations, from the day I spoke to you, from the days of Josiah until today” (Jer 36:2). When we say that “The Bible” is the “Word of God,” we mean by this phrase different things for different texts. For example, the Lord prompted and inspired Paul to write what he wrote, and likewise with King David, but here in Jeremiah we find that God literally spoke to Jeremiah and the words were recorded verbatim. The Old Testament Book of Jeremiah comes from Jeremiah’s dictation of God’s direct words to him (though we see later in chapter 36 that the first draft was destroyed by the king).
Science has certainly played a role in the formation of modern society’s ethic of life, not least in the issue of abortion and life in the womb. Ecclesiastes 11:5 seems especially relevant to those who claim to “know” when life begins (like this guy). “As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.”
“So Jesus said to him, ‘Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe'” (Jn 4:48). It’s hard for me to tell if this is a slam from Jesus, or just an observation.
Continuing on the theme of divine inspiration for God’s Word, Peter gives an interesting glimpse at the role of Christ himself in the authorship of OT prophets. “Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories” (1Pet 10:11).