Daily Scripture readings for March, set #17:
“How can it be quiet when the Lord has given it a charge?” (Jer 47:7). The “it” in this verse is the “sword of the Lord,” which has been decreed for punishment against the Philistines. Implication: How can what the Lord commands not be done?
“With great delight I sat in his shadow, and his fruit was sweet to my taste” (Song 2:3). Working from the “Christ and the Church” interpretation, being the bride of Christ means being lesser than him… in his shadow. But this is a delight, and what he has for us in that relationship is blessing and not harsh subordination.
“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life” (Jn 5:39-40). God’s word as found in the Bible speaks of Jesus, but does not in itself offer salvation. Salvation is found in the Savior himself. Diligently reading the Bible while holding Jesus at arm’s length will bear no ultimate fruit.
There is so much challenge and exhortation and wisdom and genius in today’s 2 Peter reading. I don’t even know where to start. Just soak in these verses for a while and take them seriously. So applicable, so relevant, so culture-shaping and permeating. “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor” (vs 13-17).
Daily Scripture readings for March, set #18:
“For thus says the Lord: ‘If those who did not deserve to drink the cup must drink it, will you go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished, but you must drink'” (Jer 49:12). The Lord is decreeing punishment against Edom in this text, and the statement is made that the wives and young will bear the punishment, but they are evidently not deserving of punishment. Or something like that? Am I reading that correctly?
The wording of Songs 3:6-11 (it’s a little too long to post), if taken as Christ coming for his bride the Church, reminds me of 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.
“He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do” (Jn 6:6). This verse has huge ramifications, it seems to me at least. It means that Jesus’ statement was not a statement in itself (a seemingly concerned question or worry), but rather only a test. In other words, Jesus spoke, not because of a need to communicate something, but because he wanted to see how his hearer received his words. What other words of Jesus in the Gospels are like this? We are afforded an inside look at Jesus’ intentions through John the author, but did Jesus speak this way only on this occasion?
“For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God” (1Pet 2:20). Not all suffering is unjust. Some is deserved.