Friday, May 28, 2021

The Daily Bible Readings for Friday, May 28, 2021

 

The Daily Bible Readings
Friday, May 28, 2021

The Spirit of God Dwells in You
Psalm 29; Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 8:9-11 (NIV)
with commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible


Today’s Verse-of-the-Day:
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
Life Lessons:
Both rejoicing and mourning imply genuine, heartfelt emotion. This kind of keenly felt connection happens only when we choose to invest ourselves deeply in the lives of other believers.

Today’s Lectionary Readings:
From the Psalter
Psalm 29
Worship God in Holiness


1 Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings,
     ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
     worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
     the God of glory thunders,
     the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
     the voice of the Lord is majestic.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
     the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
     Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord strikes
     with flashes of lightning.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
     the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord twists the oaks
     and strips the forests bare.
  And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
     the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
11 The Lord gives strength to his people;
     the Lord blesses his people with peace.


Commentary
Praise to God for deliverance. (1-5) Others encouraged by his example. (6-12) #1-5. The great things the Lord has done for us, both by his providence and by his grace, bind us in gratitude to do all we can to advance his kingdom among men, though the most we can do is but little. God's saints in heaven sing to him; why should not those on earth do the same? Not one of all God's perfections carries in it more terror to the wicked, or more comfort to the godly, than his holiness. It is a good sign that we are in some measure partakers of his holiness, if we can heartily rejoice at the remembrance of it. Our happiness is bound up in the Divine favor; if we have that, we have enough, whatever else we want; but as long as God's anger continues, so long the saints' weeping continues.


A Reading from the Prophetic Books
Isaiah 2:1-5
A Vision Concerning God’s People


2:1 This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:

2 In the last days

  the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
     as the highest of the mountains;
  it will be exalted above the hills,
     and all nations will stream to it.

3 Many peoples will come and say,

  “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
     to the temple of the God of Jacob.
  He will teach us his ways,
     so that we may walk in his paths.”
  The law will go out from Zion,
     the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 He will judge between the nations
     and will settle disputes for many peoples.
  They will beat their swords into plowshares
     and their spears into pruning hooks.
  Nation will not take up sword against nation,
     nor will they train for war anymore.

5 Come, descendants of Jacob,
     let us walk in the light of the Lord.


Commentary
The calling of the Gentiles, the spread of the gospel, and that far more extensive preaching of it yet to come, are foretold. Let Christians strengthen one another, and support one another. It is God who teaches his people, by his word and Spirit. Christ promotes peace, as well as holiness. If all men were real Christians, there could be no war; but nothing answering to these expressions has yet taken place on the earth. Whatever others do, let us walk in the light of this peace. Let us remember that when true religion flourishes, men delight in going up to the house of the Lord, and in urging others to accompany them.


A Reading from Paul's Epistle to the Romans
Romans 8:9-11
The Spirit Dwells in You


8:9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

Commentary
We may know our real state and character by inquiring whether we have the Spirit of God and Christ, or not, ver. 9. Ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit. Having the Spirit of Christ, means having a turn of mind in some degree like the mind that was in Christ Jesus, and is to be shown by a life and conversation suitable to his precepts and example. If the Spirit be in us, Christ is in us. He dwells in the heart by faith. Grace in the soul is its new nature; the soul is alive to God, and has begun its holy happiness which shall endure for ever. The righteousness of Christ imputed, secures the soul, the better part, from death.



Today’s Lectionary Readings are selected from the Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, a three-year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year B. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2021, we will be in Year C. The year which ended at Advent 2020 was Year A. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts. www.commontexts.org. The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel lessons are from The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. Commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible.

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