10/29/18 Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 21-23, Hebrews 12, Proverbs 28
Make sure you see who God is after in this passage. It is the priests, not the people. As we wrap up Pastor appreciation month, I say this as a warning to those in the ministry for their own profit.
Jeremiah 23:1-5 (NKJV)
“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!” says the LORD.
Therefore, thus says the LORD God of Israel against the shepherds who feed My people: “You have scattered My flock, driven them away, and not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your doings,” says the LORD. “But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the LORD. “Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (KJV)
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (CSBBible)
Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
10/27/18 Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 18-20, Hebrews 11, Proverbs 17
Jeremiah 20:13 (NKJV)
Sing to the LORD! Praise the LORD! For He has delivered the life of the poor from the hand of evildoers.
Carman calls Hebrews 11 “The hall of Faith”
Hebrews 11:1-3 (NKJV)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
Hebrews 11:39-40 (NKJV)
And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.
10/26/18 Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 15-17, Hebrews 10, Proverbs 26
Jeremiah 17:14-15 (NKJV)
Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, For You are my praise. Indeed they say to me, “Where is the word of the LORD? Let it come now!”
Hebrews 10:1 (NKJV)
For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.
GOD LOVES YOU
God loved You so much, that He sent his Son to die in your place. You didn’t deserve it, I didn’t deserve it, nobody ever earns this salvation, but John 3:16-20 says you need to believe. That is an action by the way, believing. Keep reading. God has a mission for you. Yes you, while you are deep in your sin, Christ reaches out to you and says “Come”. It requires the simple act of believing and acting on that belief.
John 3:16-21 (KJV)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Romans 5:6-8 (KJV)
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
1 Peter 2:23-25 (KJV)
Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
10/25/18 Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 12-14, Hebrews 9, Proverbs 25
Jeremiah 12:1-2 (NKJV)
Righteous are You, O LORD, when I plead with You; Yet let me talk with You about Your judgments. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are those happy who deal so treacherously? You have planted them, yes, they have taken root; They grow, yes, they bear fruit. You are near in their mouth But far from their mind.
Hebrews 9:1 (NKJV)
Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary.
Hebrews 9:11 (NKJV)
But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.
10/24/18 Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 9-11, Hebrews 8, Proverbs 24
Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NKJV)
Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD.
Hebrews 8:6 (NKJV)
But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.
10/23/18 Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 6-8, Proverbs 23
Jeremiah 8:4-6 (NKJV)
“Moreover you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Will they fall and not rise? Will one turn away and not return? Why has this people slidden back, Jerusalem, in a perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit, They refuse to return. I listened and heard, But they do not speak aright. No man repented of his wickedness, Saying, ‘What have I done?’ Everyone turned to his own course, As the horse rushes into the battle.
10/22/18 Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 3-5, Hebrews 7, Proverbs 22
Jeremiah 3:15 (NKJV)
And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.
Hebrews 7:1-4 (NKJV)
For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace,” without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually. Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils.