Saturday, May 29, 2021

The Daily Bible Readings for Saturday, May 29, 2021

 

The Daily Bible Readings
Saturday, May 29, 2021

Concerning God’s People
Psalm 29; Isaiah 5:15-24; John 15:18-20, 26-27 (NIV)
with commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible


Today’s Verse-of-the-Day:
But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
Life Lessons:
As David drew close to death, he passed on the most important principle of his life to his son, Solomon—obey God. There is nothing more important for us to teach our children and encourage those around us to do than to submit to the Lord, walk in His ways, and trust His mighty hand (Heb. 3:13). It is through obedience that we know Him and enjoy His marvelous blessings (Ps. 103).

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 5:15-24
A Vision Concerning God’s People


15 So people will be brought low
      and everyone humbled,
      the eyes of the arrogant humbled.
16 But the Lord Almighty will be exalted by his justice,
      and the holy God will be proved holy by his righteous acts.
17 Then sheep will graze as in their own pasture;
      lambs will feed among the ruins of the rich.

18 Woe to those who draw sin along with cords of deceit,
      and wickedness as with cart ropes,
19 to those who say, “Let God hurry;
      let him hasten his work
      so we may see it.
   The plan of the Holy One of Israel—
      let it approach, let it come into view,
      so we may know it.”

20 Woe to those who call evil good
      and good evil,
   who put darkness for light
      and light for darkness,
   who put bitter for sweet
      and sweet for bitter.

21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
      and clever in their own sight.

22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine
      and champions at mixing drinks,
23 who acquit the guilty for a bribe,
      but deny justice to the innocent.
24 Therefore, as tongues of fire lick up straw
      and as dry grass sinks down in the flames,
   so their roots will decay
      and their flowers blow away like dust;
   for they have rejected the law of the Lord Almighty
      and spurned the word of the Holy One of Israel.


Commentary
Let a man be ever so high, death will bring him low; ever so mean, death will bring him lower. The fruit of these judgments shall be, that God will be glorified as a God of power. Also, as a God that is holy; he shall be owned and declared to be so, in the righteous punishment of proud men. Those are in a woeful condition who set up sin, and who exert themselves to gratify their base lusts. They are daring in sin, and walk after their own lusts; it is in scorn that they call God the Holy One of Israel. They confound and overthrow distinctions between good and evil. They prefer their own reasonings to Divine revelations; their own devices to the counsels and commands of God. They deem it prudent and politic to continue profitable sins, and to neglect self-denying duties. Also, how light soever men make of drunkenness, it is a sin which lays open to the wrath and curse of God. Their judges perverted justice. Every sin needs some other to conceal it. Let not any expect to live easily who live wickedly. Sin weakens the strength, the root of a people; it defaces the beauty, the blossoms of a people.


A Reading from the Gospels
John 15:18-20, 26-27
Testify in the Face of Persecution


15:18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.

26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.


Commentary
How little do many persons think, that in opposing the doctrine of Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, they prove themselves ignorant of the one living and true God, whom they profess to worship! The name into which Christ's disciples were baptized, is that which they will live and die by. It is a comfort to the greatest sufferers, if they suffer for Christ's name's sake. The world's ignorance is the true cause of its hatred to the disciples of Jesus. The clearer and fuller the discoveries of the grace and truth of Christ, the greater is our sin if we do not love him and believe in him. The blessed Spirit will maintain the cause of Christ in the world, notwithstanding the opposition it meets with. Believers taught and encouraged by his influences, would bear testimony to Christ and his salvation.



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.

The Morning Prayer for Saturday, May 29, 2021

 

The Morning Prayer
Saturday, May 29, 2021


But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, even though we were dead in offenses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you are saved!—and he raised us up together with him and seated us together with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.

Lord our God, we thank you for allowing us to experience your power. We thank you that we need not be occupied with material things only. We thank you that your Spirit comes to our aid again and again. Grant that we may continue to have your help, and let many hearts find what a grace it is that in spirit we may walk in heaven even during this transitory life with all its foolish ways. We may say with complete assurance that everything tormenting and burdening will pass by. It passes by, and we go joyfully and confidently toward your kingdom, which continually gains in power. Amen.

Verse of the Day for Saturday, May 29, 2021

 

Verse of the Day
Saturday, May 29, 2021


Psalm 103:17-18
But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
Life Lessons:
As David drew close to death, he passed on the most important principle of his life to his son, Solomon—obey God. There is nothing more important for us to teach our children and encourage those around us to do than to submit to the Lord, walk in His ways, and trust His mighty hand (Heb. 3:13). It is through obedience that we know Him and enjoy His marvelous blessings (Ps. 103).

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Scripture from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Life Lessons from Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible Notes.