Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The Daily Bible Readings for Tuesday, May 4, 2021


The Daily Bible Readings
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Psalm 80; Isaiah 32:9-20; James 3:17-18 (NIV)
with commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

Today’s Verse-of-the-Day:
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
When the construction of the temple and the days of dedication were completed, the Lord taught Solomon a very important principle. Whenever the people were disobedient, He would punish their sin. He also made it clear that when they sought His forgiveness, He would surely restore them. He does the same for us (1 John 1:9).

Today’s Readings:
A Reading from the Book of Psalms
Psalm 80
Israel the Vine

1 Hear us, Shepherd of Israel,
    you who lead Joseph like a flock.
  You who sit enthroned between the cherubim,
     shine forth
2 before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.
  Awaken your might;
     come and save us.

3 Restore us, O God;
     make your face shine on us,
     that we may be saved.

4 How long, Lord God Almighty,
     will your anger smolder
     against the prayers of your people?
5 You have fed them with the bread of tears;
     you have made them drink tears by the bowlful.
6 You have made us an object of derision to our neighbors,
     and our enemies mock us.

7 Restore us, God Almighty;
     make your face shine on us,
     that we may be saved.

8 You transplanted a vine from Egypt;
     you drove out the nations and planted it.
9 You cleared the ground for it,
     and it took root and filled the land.
10 The mountains were covered with its shade,
      the mighty cedars with its branches.
11 Its branches reached as far as the Sea,
      its shoots as far as the River.

12 Why have you broken down its walls
      so that all who pass by pick its grapes?
13 Boars from the forest ravage it,
      and insects from the fields feed on it.
14 Return to us, God Almighty!
      Look down from heaven and see!
   Watch over this vine,
15    the root your right hand has planted,
      the son you have raised up for yourself.

16 Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire;
      at your rebuke your people perish.
17 Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand,
      the son of man you have raised up for yourself.
18 Then we will not turn away from you;
      revive us, and we will call on your name.

19 Restore us, Lord God Almighty;
      make your face shine on us,
      that we may be saved.

Verses 1-7 — He that dwells upon the mercy-seat, is the good Shepherd of his people. But we can neither expect the comfort of his love, nor the protection of his arm, unless we partake of his converting grace. If he is really angry at the prayers of his people, it is because, although they pray, their ends are not right, or there is some secret sin indulged in them, or he will try their patience and perseverance in prayer. When God is displeased with his people, we must expect to see them in tears, and their enemies in triumph. There is no salvation but from God's favor; there is no conversion to God but by his own grace.

Verses 8-16 — The church is represented as a vine and a vineyard. The root of this vine is Christ, the branches are believers. The church is like a vine, needing support, but spreading and fruitful. If a vine do not bring forth fruit, no tree is so worthless. And are not we planted as in a well-cultivated garden, with every means of being fruitful in works of righteousness? But the useless leaves of profession, and the empty boughs of notions and forms, abound far more than real piety. It was wasted and ruined. There was a good reason for this change in God's way toward them. And it is well or ill with us, according as we are under God's smiles or frowns. When we consider the state of the purest part of the visible church, we cannot wonder that it is visited with sharp corrections. They request that God would help the vine. Lord, it is formed by thyself, and for thyself, therefore it may, with humble confidence, be committed to thyself.

Verses 17-19 — The Messiah, the Protector and Savior of the church, is the Man of God's right hand; he is the Arm of the Lord, for all power is given to him. In him is our strength, by which we are enabled to persevere to the end. The vine, therefore, cannot be ruined, nor can any fruitful branch perish; but the unfruitful will be cut off and cast into the fire. The end of our redemption is, that we should serve Him who hath redeemed us, and not go back to our old sins.

A Reading from the Old Testament
Isaiah 32:9-20
A Fruitful Field

9 You women who are so complacent,
     rise up and listen to me;
  you daughters who feel secure,
     hear what I have to say!
10 In little more than a year
      you who feel secure will tremble;
   the grape harvest will fail,
      and the harvest of fruit will not come.
11 Tremble, you complacent women;
      shudder, you daughters who feel secure!
   Strip off your fine clothes
      and wrap yourselves in rags.
12 Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields,
      for the fruitful vines
13 and for the land of my people,
      a land overgrown with thorns and briers—
   yes, mourn for all houses of merriment
      and for this city of revelry.
14 The fortress will be abandoned,
      the noisy city deserted;
   citadel and watchtower will become a wasteland forever,
      the delight of donkeys, a pasture for flocks,
15 till the Spirit is poured on us from on high,
      and the desert becomes a fertile field,
      and the fertile field seems like a forest.
16 The Lord’s justice will dwell in the desert,
      his righteousness live in the fertile field.
17 The fruit of that righteousness will be peace;
      its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.
18 My people will live in peaceful dwelling places,
      in secure homes,
      in undisturbed places of rest.
19 Though hail flattens the forest
      and the city is leveled completely,
20 how blessed you will be,
      sowing your seed by every stream,
      and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.

When there was so much provocation given to the holy God, bad times might be expected. Alas! how many careless ones there are, who support self-indulgence by shameful niggardliness! We deserve to be deprived of the supports of life, when we make them the food of lusts. Let such tremble and be troubled. Blessed times shall be brought in by the pouring out of the Spirit from on high; then, and not till then, there will be good times. The present state of the Jews shall continue until a more abundant pouring out of the Spirit from on high. Peace and quietness shall be found in the way and work of righteousness. True satisfaction is to be had only in true religion. And real holiness is real happiness now, and shall be perfect happiness, that is, perfect holiness for ever. The good seed of the word shall be sown in all places, and be watered by Divine grace; and laborious, patient laborers shall be sent forth into God's husbandry.

A Reading from the New Testament
James 3:17-18
Wisdom is Full of Good Fruits

3:17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

These verses show the difference between men's pretending to be wise, and their being really so. He who thinks well, or he who talks well, is not wise in the sense of the Scripture, if he does not live and act well. True wisdom may be know by the meekness of the spirit and temper. Those who live in malice, envy, and contention, live in confusion; and are liable to be provoked and hurried to any evil work. Such wisdom comes not down from above, but springs up from earthly principles, acts on earthly motives, and is intent on serving earthly purposes. Those who are lifted up with such wisdom, described by the apostle James, is near to the Christian love, described by the apostle Paul; and both are so described that every man may fully prove the reality of his attainments in them. It has no disguise or deceit. It cannot fall in with those managements the world counts wise, which are crafty and guileful; but it is sincere, and open, and steady, and uniform, and consistent with itself. May the purity, peace, gentleness, teachableness, and mercy shown in all our actions, and the fruits of righteousness abounding in our lives, prove that God has bestowed upon us this excellent gift.

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. The Daily Bible 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

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