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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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(320) 16 November : Proverbs 18v14 / 1 Kings 2v13-3v28 / Psalm 74v13-18

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 18:14

Understanding to grow in Two things to rejoice in with Christ. First, is his justice. It is foreshadowed here by Solomon. Justice that had been delayed is finally delivered, enabling the kingdom to be established without those who might undermine it (2v46). Likewise, Christ will reign until all his enemies are put "under his feet." With them removed, his kingdom will be secured for our enjoyment (1 Cor 15v22-28). But there is warning too. In the end, justice will come to the unrepentant for every act of evil. The delay is not a sign of God forgetting it, but of his patience (Rom 2v4-5). Here we must recognize that Adonijah's request was an attempt as older brother to be aligned with David's com…

(319) 15 November : Proverbs 18v13 / 1 Kings 1v1-2v12 / Psalm 74v4-12

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 18:13

Understanding to grow in There is always the temptation to consider ourselves kings rather than the Lord's anointed. 1v6 hints that Adonijah's rebellion flowed from a failure to parent him properly, the arrogance that can go with good looks, and the self-importance of station in life. Still these things can make someone more likely to reject Christ. What follows clarifies that Solomon was the chosen successor to David, who like Christ is ready to show mercy to the repentant rebel. This lineage to Jesus needs comment. He is not only descended from Rahab the canaanite prosititute and Ruth the moabitess, but from Bathsheba - a woman taken through adultery, deception and murder (Mat 1v5-6). By identifying Ch…

(318) 14 November : Proverbs 18v12 / 2 Samuel 23v8-24v25 / Psalm 74v1-3

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 18:12

Understanding to grow in Reading of David's mighty warriors causes us to consider what legacy we will leave for Christ. Their readiness to engage in great exploits for their king and do his will without question are a model. No doubt Jesus will have smaller things for most of us, but surely our devotion to him should be no less. The book ends, however, with more of David's failure. It is pride that leads him to count his men, showing a lack of acknowledment that it is God who had given him all he had. And in case we might think it unjust for God to send a plague on Israel because if it, 24v1 tells us the whole event was shaped to bring judgment on the nation for its own sins. God stops the plague just ou…

(317) 13 November : Proverbs 18v10-11 / 2 Samuel 22v1-23v7 / Psalm 73v25-28

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 18:10-11

Understanding to grow in The right and natural response to salvation is praise - praise to God, and praise of God to others. This is what connsumes David in seeing all the Lord has done for him. He praises God for keeping his promise to establish David as king. And although David fell hugely, because of his repentance he can acknowledge that God has established him because he feared the Lord and so lived righteously. How much more God's action for Jesus. He was utterly righteous. Obeying his Father even to death, he was therefore delivered in resurrection and given the highest place at which every knee will bow (Phil 2v5-11). But because we are in him, the foreshadowing of Christ in David's prayer is …

(316) 12 November : Proverbs 18v9 / 2 Samuel 20-21 / Psalm 73v21-24

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 18:9

Understanding to grow in This section recounts a sort of mopping up of what remained undone before David's rule was properly established. The turning away of all but Judah to follow Sheba shows how fickle people can be. It's not sufficient to confess faith in God's king, only to turn away when things get hard or something entices. That's false faith. What God looks for is an allegiance to Christ that never wavers, come what may. As before, we should remember the deaths come in judgment, but are not necessarily carried out in the right manner. The need for atonement because of Saul's sin towards the Gibeonites shows that God's justice for sin must be satisfied, even if it takes years. He ca…