Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The Daily Bible Readings for Tuesday, September 21, 2021

A Warning to those who Trust in Riches (James 5:1-6)

The Daily Bible Readings
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Psalm 128; Ecclesiastes 4:9-16; James 5:1-6
with commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

In today’s lectionary readings, the psalm teaches us that the only way to obtain blessings that will make our families comfortable is to live in the fear of God and in obedience to him. Our readings in Ecclesiastes teach us that companionship and fellowship are certainly advantageous in life. Our reading in James is a warning to those who trust in riches. Our verse of the day is a simple but beautiful benediction.

Today’s Verse of the Day:
2 Corinthians 13:14

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
In this simple but beautiful benediction, Paul calls attention to all three Persons of the Trinity. As the Godhead, He works together for our spiritual growth and joy in the Christian life.

Today’s Lectionary Readings:
From the Psalter

Psalm 128
Your Wife like a Fruitful Vine

1 Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
     who walk in obedience to him.
2 You will eat the fruit of your labor;
     blessings and prosperity will be yours.
3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
     within your house;
  your children will be like olive shoots
     around your table.
4 Yes, this will be the blessing
     for the man who fears the Lord.

5 May the Lord bless you from Zion;
     may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
     all the days of your life.
6 May you live to see your children’s children—
     peace be on Israel.

Psalm 128, as the former, is a psalm for families. In that we were taught that the prosperity of our families depends upon the blessing of God; in this we are taught that the only way to obtain that blessing which will make our families comfortable is to live in the fear of God and in obedience to him. Those that do so, in general, shall be blessed (Psalms 128:1; Psalms 128:2; Psalms 128:4), In particular, I. They shall be prosperous and successful in their employments, Psalms 128:2. II. Their relations shall be agreeable, Psalms 128:3. III. They shall live to see their families brought up, Psalms 128:6. IV. They shall have the satisfaction of seeing the church of God in a flourishing condition, Psalms 128:5; Psalms 128:6. We must sing this psalm in the firm belief of this truth, That religion and piety are the best friends to outward prosperity, giving God the praise that it is so and that we have found it so, and encouraging ourselves and others with it.

From the Books of Wisdom
Ecclesiastes 4:9-16
It is Better to have a Friend

9 Two are better than one,
     because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
      one can help the other up.
   But pity anyone who falls
      and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
      But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
      two can defend themselves.
   A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

13 Better a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows how to heed a warning. 14 The youth may have come from prison to the kingship, or he may have been born in poverty within his kingdom. 15 I saw that all who lived and walked under the sun followed the youth, the king’s successor. 16 There was no end to all the people who were before them. But those who came later were not pleased with the successor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Verses 9-12: Surely he has more satisfaction in life, who labors hard to maintain those he loves, than the miser has in his toil. In all things union tends to success and safety, but above all, the union of Christians. They assist each other by encouragement, or friendly reproof. They warm each other's hearts while they converse together of the love of Christ, or join in singing his praises. Then let us improve our opportunities of Christian fellowship. In these things all is not vanity, though there will be some alloy as long as we are under the sun. Where two are closely joined in holy love and fellowship, Christ will by his Spirit come to them; then there is a threefold cord.

Verses 13-16: People are never long easy and satisfied; they are fond of changes. This is no new thing. Princes see themselves slighted by those they have studied to oblige; this is vanity and vexation of spirit. But the willing servants of the Lord Jesus, our King, rejoice in him alone, and they will love Him more and more to all eternity.

From the Epistles
James 5:1-6
A Warning to those who Trust in Riches

1 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.

Public troubles are most grievous to those who live in pleasure, and are secure and sensual, though all ranks suffer deeply at such times. All idolized treasures will soon perish, except as they will rise up in judgment against their possessors. Take heed of defrauding and oppressing; and avoid the very appearance of it. God does not forbid us to use lawful pleasures; but to live in pleasure, especially sinful pleasure, is a provoking sin. Is it no harm for people to unfit themselves for minding the concerns of their souls, by indulging bodily appetites? The just may be condemned and killed; but when such suffer by oppressors, this is marked by God. Above all their other crimes, the Jews had condemned and crucified that Just One who had come among them, even Jesus Christ the righteous.

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 Tuesday, September 21, 2021


The Morning Prayer
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

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. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them" (John 7:37–38, NIV).

Dear Father in heaven, we thank you for sending down powers from on high into our earthly life. We thank you for sending us a higher nature in which we can live for others because we are living by what we receive from you. May we be simple, childlike, and trusting. When anyone despairs of himself, show him the way to the Savior so that he can find trust. Show to us the way of trust, trust for ourselves and for all people, because it is your will for all to receive help. Amen.

Verse of the Day for Tuesday, September 21, 2021


Verse of the Day
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
In this simple but beautiful benediction, Paul calls attention to all three Persons of the Trinity. As the Godhead, He works together for our spiritual growth and joy in the Christian life.