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Promises Made to David

Promises Made to DavidIsaiah 55:1–5 Excerpt The “sure mercies of David” (KJV) or promises made to David would culminate in one who would be (1) witness, (2) leader, and (3) commander of the peoples. Once this one had been glorified, he would attract other peoples to his cause (55:4f.). More Smith, James E. The Major Prophets. Joplin, MO: College Press, 1992. Print. Old Testament Survey Series.

God Justifies

God JustifiesRomans 8:33–34 Excerpt The next two questions Paul raised and answered are forensic or legal in nature. Who will bring any charge(enkalesei, “make a formal accusation in court; press charges”; cf. Acts 19:4023:2926:2) against those whom God has chosen? Satan is identified as “the accuser” of God’s people (Rev. 12:10; cf. Zech. 3:1). His accusations are valid because they are based on the believer’s sinfulness and defilement. But Satan’s accusations will be thrown out of court because it is God who justifies. The Judge Himself declares the accused person righteous on the basis of his faith in Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:245:1). As a result, all accusations are dismissed and no one can bring an accusation that will stand. The related question is, Who is He that condemns? The Greek participle ho katakrinōn can have a future sense, “will condemn,” which seems preferable here. (Cf. katakrima“condemnation, punishment” in 8:1.) Jesus Christ is God’s appointed Judge (John 5:2227;…

David’s fame

David’s fameExcerpt As Goliath moves in to silence his brash opponent, David slings one of the stones with unerring accuracy. It strikes the Philistine on the forehead, perhaps killing him instantly (v. 49). David then removes Goliath’s sword from the scabbard and cuts off his head. Stunned by this turn of events, the Philistines flee back to their coastal cities with the Israelites in hot pursuit. As David had predicted in verse 46, many of the Philistines are killed along the way. David puts Goliath’s weapons in his own tent and later dedicates the sword to the Lord, taking it to the tabernacle (21:9) as a way of acknowledging that God gave him the victory. According to verse 54, David took Goliath’s head to Jerusalem. This may refer to a later time after David conquered Jerusalem (Sam. 5:1–9) or it may mean that a number of Israelites already lived in Jerusalem. Since Jerusalem was a major city, it would have been a logical place to display a trophy of victory. More Wolf, Herbert M…

The Divine Name

The Divine NameExcerpt Inform, the divine name Yahweh is, either a simple indicative or a causative indicative of the verb ‘to be’. Meaning ‘he is (alive, present, active)’ or ‘he brings into being’, and the formula in which the name is disclosed (Ex. 3:14. I am who I am) means either ‘I reveal my active presence as and when I will’ or ‘I bring to pass what I choose to bring to pass’. In the setting of Ex. 3-20this refers both to the events of the Exodus as those in which Yahweh is actively present (and which indeed he has deliberately brought to pass) and also to the preceding theological interpretation (Ex. 3:1-4:175:22-6:8) of those events vouchsafed to Moses. Yahweh is thus the God of revelation and history and in particular reveals himself as the God who saves his people (according to covenant promise) and overthrows those who oppose his word. More Motyer, J. A. “Name.” Ed. D. R. W. Wood et al. New Bible dictionary1996 : 801. Print.

Catholic Daily Readings

Monday, May 15, 2017, | Easter Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter Years 1 & 2 | Roman Missal | Lectionary

On the same date: Saint Isidore  First Reading Acts 14:5–18 ResponsePsalm 115:1ab Psalm Psalm 115:1–4, 15–16 Gospel Acclamation John 14:26 GospelJohn 14:21–26

Catholic Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2009. Print.

Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1928) Daily Office Lectionary

Monday, May 15, 2017, | Eastertide Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter Morning Prayer

On the same date: Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter, Evening Prayer Psalm Psalm 110, 114 First Reading Numbers 10:29 Second Reading Hebrews 11:32

 Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1928) Daily Office Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2016. Print.

Connect the Testaments

May 15: Small Starts 1 Chronicles 2:1–55; 1 Timothy 3:1–7; Psalm 75:1–76:12 In Paul’s qualifications for overseers, he mentions a necessary trait for anyone who wants to lead in a community: “He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?” (1 Tim 3:4–5). Though Paul speaks to overseers, his words tell us something about our own witness. Living like Christ, showing grace, and acting with wisdom toward the people who are closest to us are often more difficult than serving on a larger scale. It’s more challenging to serve those who know our failings than it is to serve anyone else. By learning to be faithful in these relationships—by serving unselfishly and with dignity—we prove ourselves capable of serving others. Paul understands that humility and love must be practiced at home before they can be adequately practiced in community. By extension, allowing…

Morning and Evening

Morning, May 15Go To Evening Reading
“All that believe are justified.” —Acts 13:39
The believer in Christ receives a present justification. Faith does not produce this fruit by-and-by, but now. So far as justification is the result of faith, it is given to the soul in the moment when it closes with Christ and accepts him as its all in all. Are they who stand before the throne of God justified now?—so are we, as truly and as clearly justified as they who walk in white and sing melodious praises to celestial harps. The thief upon the cross was justified the moment that he turned the eye of faith to Jesus; and Paul, the aged, after years of service, was not more justified than was the thief with no service at all. We are to-day accepted in the Beloved, to-day absolved from sin, to-day acquitted at the bar of God. Oh! soul-transporting thought! There are some clusters of Eshcol’s vine which we shall not be able to gather till we enter heaven; but this is a bough which runneth over the wall. …

My Utmost for His Highest

May 15th The habit of rising to the occasion That ye may know what is the hope of His calling …Eph. 1:18. Remember what you are saved for—that the Son of God might be manifested in your mortal flesh. Bend the whole energy of your powers to realize your election as a child of God; rise to the occasion every time. You cannot do anything for your salvation, but you must do something to manifest it, you must work out what God has worked in. Are you working it out with your tongue, and your brain and your nerves? If you are still the same miserable crosspatch, set in your own way, then it is a lie to say that God has saved and sanctified you. God is the Master Engineer, He allows the difficulties to come to see if you can vault over them properly—“By my God have I leaped over a wall.” God will never shield you from any of the requirements of a son or daughter of His. Peter says—“Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you.” Rise to the occasion; do the thing. It does not…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

May 15 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city Prov. 16:32 More dear in the sight of God and His angels than any other conquest is the conquest of self, which each man, with the help of Heaven, can secure for himself. Dean Stanley

 Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.