Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The Daily Bible Readings for Wednesday, March 17, 2021

 

The Daily Bible Readings
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Psalm 107:1-16; Isaiah 60:15-22; John 8:12-20
The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®

Today’s Verse-of-the-Day:
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
As a shepherd, David understood the loving care sheep required. He also understood that none carried out the duties of protecting, providing for, and leading the flock better than God. With the Lord, you have everything you will ever need. Is He your shepherd? Is Jesus your Savior?

Today’s Readings:
Psalm 107:1-16
God gives food and light


1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
     his love endures forever.

2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—
     those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
3 those he gathered from the lands,
     from east and west, from north and south.

4 Some wandered in desert wastelands,
     finding no way to a city where they could settle.
5 They were hungry and thirsty,
     and their lives ebbed away.
6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
     and he delivered them from their distress.
7 He led them by a straight way
     to a city where they could settle.
8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
     and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
9 for he satisfies the thirsty
     and fills the hungry with good things.

10 Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness,
      prisoners suffering in iron chains,
11 because they rebelled against God’s commands
      and despised the plans of the Most High.
12 So he subjected them to bitter labor;
      they stumbled, and there was no one to help.
13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
      and he saved them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness,
      and broke away their chains.
15 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
      and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
16 for he breaks down gates of bronze
      and cuts through bars of iron.


Commentary
Verses 1-9 — In these verses there is reference to the deliverance from Egypt, and perhaps that from Babylon: but the circumstances of travelers in those countries are also noted. It is scarcely possible to conceive the horrors suffered by the hapless traveler, when crossing the trackless sands, exposed to the burning rays of the sum. The words describe their case whom the Lord has redeemed from the bondage of Satan; who pass through the world as a dangerous and dreary wilderness, often ready to faint through troubles, fears, and temptations. Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, after God, and communion with him, shall be filled with the goodness of his house, both in grace and glory.

Verses 10-16 — This description of prisoners and captives intimates that they are desolate and sorrowful. In the eastern prisons the captives were and are treated with much severity. Afflicting providences must be improved as humbling providences; and we lose the benefit, if our hearts are unhumbled and unbroken under them. This is a shadow of the sinner's deliverance from a far worse confinement. The awakened sinner discovers his guilt and misery. Having struggled in vain for deliverance, he finds there is no help for him but in the mercy and grace of God. His sin is forgiven by a merciful God, and his pardon is accompanied by deliverance from the power of sin and Satan, and by the sanctifying and comforting influences of God the Holy Spirit.


Isaiah 60:15-22
God is our light


60:15 “Although you have been forsaken and hated,
      with no one traveling through,
   I will make you the everlasting pride
      and the joy of all generations.
16 You will drink the milk of nations
      and be nursed at royal breasts.
   Then you will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior,
      your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
17 Instead of bronze I will bring you gold,
      and silver in place of iron.
   Instead of wood I will bring you bronze,
      and iron in place of stones.
   I will make peace your governor
      and well-being your ruler.
18 No longer will violence be heard in your land,
      nor ruin or destruction within your borders,
   but you will call your walls Salvation
      and your gates Praise.
19 The sun will no more be your light by day,
      nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,
   for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
      and your God will be your glory.
20 Your sun will never set again,
      and your moon will wane no more;
   the Lord will be your everlasting light,
      and your days of sorrow will end.
21 Then all your people will be righteous
      and they will possess the land forever.
   They are the shoot I have planted,
      the work of my hands,
      for the display of my splendor.
22 The least of you will become a thousand,
      the smallest a mighty nation.
   I am the Lord;
      in its time I will do this swiftly.”


Commentary
We must look for the full accomplishment in times and things, exceeding those of the Old Testament church. The nations and their kings shall lay themselves out for the good of the church. Such a salvation, such a redemption, shall be wrought out for thee, as discovers itself to be the work of the Lord. Every thing shall be changed for the better. In thy land shall no more be heard threats of those that do violence, nor complaints of those that suffer violence. Thy walls shall be means of safety, thy gates shall be written upon with praises to God. In the close of this chapter are images and expressions used in the description of the New Jerusalem, Revelation 21:23; Revelation 22:5. Nothing can answer to this but some future glorious state of the church on earth, or the state of the church triumphant in heaven. Those that make God their only light, shall have him their all-sufficient light. And the happiness shall know no change or alloy. No people on earth are all righteous; but there are no mixtures in heaven. They shall be wholly righteous. The spirits of just men shall there be made perfect. The glory of the church shall be to the honor of God. When it shall be finished, it will appear a work of wonder. It may seem too difficult to be brought about, but the God of almighty power has undertaken it. It may seem to be delayed and put off; but the Lord will hasten it in the time appointed by his wisdom, though not in the time prescribed by our folly. Let this hope cheer us under all difficulties, and stir us up to all diligence, that we may have an abundant entrance into this everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


John 8:12-20
Christ the light of the world

8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

13 The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.”

14 Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. 16 But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. 17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true. 18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.”

19 Then they asked him, “Where is your father?”

“You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”
20 He spoke these words while teaching in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.

Commentary
Verses 12-16 — Christ is the Light of the world. God is light, and Christ is the image of the invisible God. One sun enlightens the whole world; so does one Christ, and there needs no more. What a dark dungeon would the world be without the sun! So would it be without Jesus, by whom light came into the world. Those who follow Christ shall not walk in darkness. They shall not be left without the truths which are necessary to keep them from destroying error, and the directions in the way of duty, necessary to keep them from condemning sin.

Verses 17-20 — If we knew Christ better, we should know the Father better. Those become vain in their imaginations concerning God, who will not learn of Christ. Those who know not his glory and grace, know not the Father that sent him. The time of our departure out of the world, depends upon God. Our enemies cannot hasten it any sooner, nor can our friends delay it any longer, than the time appointed of the Father. Every true believer can look up and say with pleasure, My times are in thy hand, and better there than in my own. To all God's purposes there is a time.



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The Daily Bible Readings for Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Psalm 107:1-16; Isaiah 60:15-22; John 8:12-20 (NIV)
with commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

The Morning Prayer for Wednesday, March 17, 2021

 

The Morning Prayer
Wednesday, March 17, 2021


To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 8:31–32 (NIV)

Dear Father in heaven, grant that we may come to you in the Spirit. Through your Spirit gather us and many others on earth around our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Savior of humankind. May our hearts become truly free because you deliver us from all bondage to our own natures and to the world around us. As free people may we be led safely through distress, fear, and want, through need and death. May we become happy children whom Jesus Christ has called to life, children who are not discouraged by the struggle but who fight joyfully for your kingdom until it can be revealed to all the world. Amen.

Bible Verse of the Day for Wednesday, March 17, 2021

 

Bible Verse of the Day
Wednesday, March 17, 2021


Psalm 23:1-3
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
As a shepherd, David understood the loving care sheep required. He also understood that none carried out the duties of protecting, providing for, and leading the flock better than God. With the Lord, you have everything you will ever need. Is He your shepherd? Is Jesus your Savior?

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The Lenten Prayer for Wednesday, March 17, 2021

 

40 Days of Lenten Prayers
Day 25 — Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent


Loving and merciful God, I am so aware of my sins and weaknesses. But as painfully aware of my faults as I am, Let me also remember your tender love, your gentle and limitless forgiveness.

I come before you filled with pain and guilt but look into your eyes and see the forgiving love I so long for in my life. Help me to forgive the same way. Teach me to love as you love. Amen.