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Jesus taught that all scripture testifies about him so that in him we might have life (John 5v39-40). King David taught that it is only by living according to God's word that we're kept on the right path (Psalm 119v9). What then could be better than reading the entire Bible? Subscribe to daily emails above. Click the menu button to read about the program or find passages as they are uploaded. The first week is already posted as an example of what the posts will look like.
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(388) 24 January : Proverbs 20v13 / Habakkuk / Psalm 86v1-4

BEGIN WITH PRAYER "Lord open my eyes and my heart."

Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.

Wisdom to chew on Proverbs 20:13

Understanding to grow in Even prophets stuggle to understand God's ways. Habakkuk cries out to God over the destruction and violence he sees amongst God's people, only for the LORD to reveal that he is raising up the Babylonian empire to destroy the Assyrians and bring down his justice upon Judah. In short, God is going to use evil to judge evil. This raises another question: Habakkuk asks how God can tolerate such a thing, when the wicked swallow up those more righteous. The LORD now responds that he will in turn judge Babylon for the very actions from them that he has used. And he affirms that in all this "the righteous will live by faith (or faithfulness)" (2v4). The point is that God's …

(387) 23 January : Proverbs 20v12 / Nahum / Psalm 85v10-13

BEGIN WITH PRAYER "Lord open my eyes and my heart."

Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.

Wisdom to chew on Proverbs 20:12

Understanding to grow in When nations or peoples continue to act in a brutal manner, it does not mean that God is unconcerned, nor that he will not act. Nahum's prophecy is of judgment and destruction for the violent and oppressive Assyrian Empire - an end that came at the hand of the Babylonians in 612BC, over a hundred years after the Assyrians destroyed the northern kingdom of Israel. The LORD is "slow to anger" but he ensures justice is eventually done. And when we see nations or peoples acting brutally today, we should take comfort in that. In his perfect and wise timing, God will bring them down in history, and will judge each individual on the last day. There is comfort too, for those suffer…

(386) 22 January : Proverbs 20v11 / Micah 6-7 / Psalm 85v8-9

BEGIN WITH PRAYER "Lord open my eyes and my heart."

Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.

Wisdom to chew on Proverbs 20:11

Understanding to grow in Because of our sin, hope lies only in the LORD. He alone can guarantee our future. In today's reading he makes his case against the people, reminding them that he delivered them from Egypt, but they have still sinned against him. And he cares about this, having no pleasure in mere offerings where there is no justice, mercy or humility. It's a rebuke to all who attend worship whilst showing no real repentance. This was why Israel faced judgment in the form of exile by Assyria. However, beyond this, God's promises to Abraham and Jacob still stood. So Micah proclaimed that a remnant from Israel would be restored, some from Assyria and Egypt would come and share in that, whilst t…

(385) 21 January : Proverbs 20v10 / Micah 3-5 / Psalm 85v4-7

BEGIN WITH PRAYER "Lord open my eyes and my heart."

Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.

Wisdom to chew on Proverbs 20:10

Understanding to grow in Now the leaders are condemned. Rulers, priests and prophets do not act according to what is right and true, but according to what benefits them materially (3v9-11). It's a firm word that applies today to those who lead in society, the workplace or the church. And for Israel it meant judgment. But the declaration of judgment is immediately followed by hope: The last days will bring a time of restoration, when God himself will rule according to what is right and true, so that those of the nations will come seeking these things from him, and experience peace and prosperity with Israelites. This context implies that the king from Bethlehem predicted in chapter 5v2-4 will be the LORD hims…

(382) 18 January : Proverbs 20v9 / Micah 1-2 / Psalm 85v1-3

BEGIN WITH PRAYER "Lord open my eyes and my heart."

Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.

Wisdom to chew on Proverbs 20:9

Understanding to grow in In the latter half of the eight century BC, Micah prophesies about both the northern and southern kingdoms. Through him, God warns of judgment for the way the people have prospered through oppressing the poor (2v1-2). It's a word to consider in our own prosperous day, when it's all too easy to benefit at the expense of those forced to work in the most appalling conditions. The LORD declares that the land will be lost, as it was for the north in 722BC and the south in 586BC (and almost in 701BC). But there is promise too: The LORD himself will be a shepherd-king, gathering a remnant of survivors and leading them out of the gate of their sheepfold to find good pasture (2v12-13). Pre…