Saturday, May 22, 2021

The Daily Bible Readings for Saturday, May 22, 2021

 

The Daily Bible Readings
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Living Water
Psalm 33:12-22; Exodus 15:6-11; John 7:37-39 (NIV)
with commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible


Today’s Verse-of-the-Day:
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
Life Lessons:
We are free in Christ, but we do not have license to sin because it no longer fits who we are as the children of God. Rather, we have been set free from every encumbrance to become who He created us to be—those who build up and encourage others through creative, Spirit-led ministries. Why would anyone who truly loves Jesus want to use his or her Cross-bought freedom to do anything that disgraces His name?

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 Pentateuch
Exodus 15:6-11
The Breath of God Rescues Israel


6 Your right hand, Lord,
     was majestic in power.
  Your right hand, Lord,
     shattered the enemy.

7 “In the greatness of your majesty
     you threw down those who opposed you.
  You unleashed your burning anger;
     it consumed them like stubble.
8 By the blast of your nostrils
     the waters piled up.
  The surging waters stood up like a wall;
     the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.
9 The enemy boasted,
     ‘I will pursue, I will overtake them.
  I will divide the spoils;
     I will gorge myself on them.
  I will draw my sword
     and my hand will destroy them.’
10 But you blew with your breath,
      and the sea covered them.
   They sank like lead
      in the mighty waters.
11 Who among the gods
      is like you, Lord?
   Who is like you—
      majestic in holiness,
   awesome in glory,
      working wonders?


Commentary
This song is the most ancient we know of. It is a holy song, to the honor of God, to exalt his name, and celebrate his praise, and his only, not in the least to magnify any man. Holiness to the Lord is in every part of it. It may be considered as typical, and prophetical of the final destruction of the enemies of the church. Happy the people whose God is the Lord. They have work to do, temptations to grapple with, and afflictions to bear, and are weak in themselves; but his grace is their strength. They are often in sorrow, but in him they have comfort; he is their song. Sin, and death, and hell threaten them, but he is, and will be their salvation. The Lord is a God of almighty power, and woe to those that strive with their Maker! He is a God of matchless perfection; he is glorious in holiness; his holiness is his glory. His holiness appears in the hatred of sin, and his wrath against obstinate sinners. It appears in the deliverance of Israel, and his faithfulness to his own promise. He is fearful in praises; that which is matter of praise to the servants of God, is very dreadful to his enemies. He is doing wonders, things out of the common course of nature; wondrous to those in whose favor they are wrought, who are so unworthy, that they had no reason to expect them. There were wonders of power and wonders of grace; in both, God was to be humbly adored.


A Reading from the Gospel of John
John 7:37-39
The Living Water of the Spirit


7:37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

Commentary
On the last day of the feast of tabernacles, the Jews drew water and poured it out before the Lord. It is supposed that Christ alluded to this. If any man desires to be truly and for ever happy, let him apply to Christ, and be ruled by him. This thirst means strong desires after spiritual blessings, which nothing else can satisfy; so the sanctifying and comforting influences of the Holy Spirit, were intended by the waters which Jesus called on them to come to Him and drink. The comfort flows plentifully and constantly as a river; strong as a stream to bear down the opposition of doubts and fears. There is a fullness in Christ, of grace for grace. The Spirit dwelling and working in believers, is as a fountain of living, running water, out of which plentiful streams flow, cooling and cleansing as water. The miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit we do not expect, but for his more common and more valuable influences we may apply. These streams have flowed from our glorified Redeemer, down to this age, and to the remote corners of the earth. May we be anxious to make them known to others.



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.

3 comments:

  1. Whatever your ministry pursue it knowing that it is of God and that God is with you. Be encouraged !

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  2. Whatever your ministry pursue it knowing that it is of God and that God is with you. Be encouraged !

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