Friday, May 21, 2021

The Daily Bible Readings for Friday, May 21, 2021

 

The Daily Bible Readings
Friday, May 21, 2021

The Dead will be Raised
Psalm 33:12-22; Job 37:1-13; 1 Corinthians 15:50-57 (NIV)
with commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible


Today’s Verse-of-the-Day:
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.
Life Lessons:
Jesus prayed for the unity of His followers before His arrest and crucifixion, and Paul also made frequent appeals so that believers “may be one” (John 17:11, 22). The joyful unity of Christians is a powerful testimony to the world that the gospel of love we preach is real, unique, powerful, and welcoming to whomever will believe in the Lord.

Today’s Lectionary Readings:
From the Psalter
Psalm 33:12-22
Our Help and Our Shield


12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
      the people he chose for his inheritance.
13 From heaven the Lord looks down
      and sees all mankind;
14 from his dwelling place he watches
      all who live on earth—
15 he who forms the hearts of all,
      who considers everything they do.

16 No king is saved by the size of his army;
      no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
      despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
      on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death
      and keep them alive in famine.

20 We wait in hope for the Lord;
      he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
      for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
      even as we put our hope in you.


Commentary
All the motions and operations of the souls of men, which no mortals know but themselves, God knows better than they do. Their hearts, as well as their times, are all in his hand; he formed the spirit of each man within him. All the powers of the creature depend upon him, and are of no account, of no avail at all, without him. If we make God's favor sure towards us, then we need not fear whatever is against us. We are to give to him the glory of his special grace. All human devices for the salvation of our souls are vain; but the Lord's watchful eye is over those whose conscientious fear of his name proceeds from a believing hope in his mercy. In difficulties they shall be helped; in dangers they shall not receive any real damage. Those that fear God and his wrath, must hope in God and his mercy; for there is no flying from him, but by flying to him. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us; let us always have the comfort and benefit, not according to our merits, but according to the promise which thou hast in thy word given to us, and according to the faith thou hast by thy Spirit and grace wrought in us.


A Reading from the Books of Wisdom
Job 37:1-13
The Powerful Breath of God


1 “At this my heart pounds
     and leaps from its place.
2 Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice,
     to the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
3 He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven
     and sends it to the ends of the earth.
4 After that comes the sound of his roar;
     he thunders with his majestic voice.
  When his voice resounds,
     he holds nothing back.
5 God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways;
     he does great things beyond our understanding.
6 He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’
     and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’
7 So that everyone he has made may know his work,
     he stops all people from their labor.
8 The animals take cover;
     they remain in their dens.
9 The tempest comes out from its chamber,
     the cold from the driving winds.
10 The breath of God produces ice,
      and the broad waters become frozen.
11 He loads the clouds with moisture;
      he scatters his lightning through them.
12 At his direction they swirl around
      over the face of the whole earth
      to do whatever he commands them.
13 He brings the clouds to punish people,
      or to water his earth and show his love.


Commentary
The changes of the weather are the subject of a great deal of our thoughts and common talk; but how seldom do we think and speak of these things, as Elihu, with a regard to God, the director of them! We must notice the glory of God, not only in the thunder and lightning, but in the more common and less awful changes of the weather; as the snow and rain. Nature directs all creatures to shelter themselves from a storm; and shall man only be unprovided with a refuge? Oh that men would listen to the voice of God, who in many ways warns them to flee from the wrath to come; and invites them to accept his salvation, and to be happy. The ill opinion which men entertain of the Divine direction, peculiarly appears in their murmurs about the weather, though the whole result of the year proves the folly of their complaints. Believers should avoid this; no days are bad as God makes them, though we make many bad by our sins.


A Reading from Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians
1 Corinthians 15:50-57
The Dead will be Raised


15:50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
      Where, O death, is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Commentary
All the saints should not die, but all would be changed. In the gospel, many truths, before hidden in mystery, are made known. Death never shall appear in the regions to which our Lord will bear his risen saints. Therefore let us seek the full assurance of faith and hope, that in the midst of pain, and in the prospect of death, we may think calmly on the horrors of the tomb; assured that our bodies will there sleep, and in the mean time our souls will be present with the Redeemer. Sin gives death all its hurtful power. The sting of death is sin; but Christ, by dying, has taken out this sting; he has made atonement for sin, he has obtained remission of it. The strength of sin is the law. None can answer its demands, endure its curse, or do away his own transgressions. Hence terror and anguish. And hence death is terrible to the unbelieving and the impenitent. Death may seize a believer, but it cannot hold him in its power. How many springs of joy to the saints, and of thanksgiving to God, are opened by the death and resurrection, the sufferings and conquests of the Redeemer! In 1 Corinthians 15:58, we have an exhortation, that believers should be steadfast, firm in the faith of that gospel which the apostle preached, and they received. Also, to be unmovable in their hope and expectation of this great privilege, of being raised incorruptible and immortal. And to abound in the work of the Lord, always doing the Lord's service, and obeying the Lord's commands. May Christ give us faith, and increase our faith, that we may not only be safe, but joyful and triumphant.



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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