Monday, October 11, 2021

The Daily Bible Readings for Monday, October 11, 2021

 

The Daily Bible Readings
Monday, October 11, 2021
Psalm 39; Job 26:1-14; Revelation 7:9-17
with commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

Introduction
In today’s lectionary readings, our psalm is a Psalm of David, though it cannot be connected to any specific point in his life. It is possible that it was from his last few years of life. David began this psalm by recounting his prayer—asking God’s help in not speaking foolishly or sinfully when the wicked are before him. Our reading in Job begins a long discourse of Job, which first answered the brief speech of Bildad (Job 25) and then became a speech on wisdom and a final defense. In our reading in the Book of Revelation, John saw another awesome sight—an innumerable multitude. Not only will men be saved, but their number will be beyond human computation. In our verse of the day, like so many of David’s psalms, the clarion call of this canticle is that God alone is the source and sphere of David’s need.

Today’s Verse of the Day:
Psalm 62:1

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.
We experience peace and contentedness when we recognize that God is our strong tower. We must secure our undivided confidence in the Lord our God, for He alone is the foundation upon which our hope is established, our source of supply, our fountain of grace and from Him alone flow rivers of living water. God alone is the only One in Whom our trust must be continuously founded—for He alone is worthy.

Today’s Lectionary Readings:
From the Psalter

Psalm 39
Worn Down by the Blows of Your Hands


1 I said, “I will watch my ways
     and keep my tongue from sin;
  I will put a muzzle on my mouth
     while in the presence of the wicked.”
2 So I remained utterly silent,
     not even saying anything good.
  But my anguish increased;
3    my heart grew hot within me.
  While I meditated, the fire burned;
     then I spoke with my tongue:

4 “Show me, Lord, my life’s end
     and the number of my days;
     let me know how fleeting my life is.
5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
     the span of my years is as nothing before you.
  Everyone is but a breath,
     even those who seem secure.

6 “Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
     in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
     without knowing whose it will finally be.

7 “But now, Lord, what do I look for?
     My hope is in you.
8 Save me from all my transgressions;
     do not make me the scorn of fools.
9 I was silent; I would not open my mouth,
     for you are the one who has done this.
10 Remove your scourge from me;
      I am overcome by the blow of your hand.
11 When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin,
      you consume their wealth like a moth—
      surely everyone is but a breath.

12 “Hear my prayer, Lord,
      listen to my cry for help;
      do not be deaf to my weeping.
   I dwell with you as a foreigner,
      a stranger, as all my ancestors were.
13 Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again
      before I depart and am no more.”


Commentary
Verses 1-6: If an evil thought should arise in the mind, suppress it. Watchfulness in the habit, is the bridle upon the head; watchfulness in acts, is the hand upon the bridle. When not able to separate from wicked men, we should remember they will watch our words, and turn them, if they can, to our disadvantage. Sometimes it may be necessary to keep silence, even from good words; but in general we are wrong when backward to engage in edifying discourse. Impatience is a sin that has its cause within ourselves, and that is, musing; and its ill effects upon ourselves, and that is no less than burning. In our greatest health and prosperity, every man is altogether vanity, he cannot live long; he may die soon. This is an undoubted truth, but we are very unwilling to believe it. Therefore let us pray that God would enlighten our minds by his Holy Spirit, and fill our hearts with his grace, that we may be ready for death every day and hour.

Verses 7-13: There is no solid satisfaction to be had in the creature; but it is to be found in the Lord, and in communion with him; to him we should be driven by our disappointments. If the world be nothing but vanity, may God deliver us from having or seeking our portion in it. When creature-confidences fail, it is our comfort that we have a God to go to, a God to trust in. We may see a good God doing all, and ordering all events concerning us; and a good man, for that reason, says nothing against it. He desires the pardoning of his sin, and the preventing of his shame. We must both watch and pray against sin. When under the correcting hand of the Lord, we must look to God himself for relief, not to any other. Our ways and our doings bring us into trouble, and we are beaten with a rod of our own making. What a poor thing is beauty! and what fools are those that are proud of it, when it will certainly, and may quickly, be consumed! The body of man is as a garment to the soul. In this garment sin has lodged a moth, which wears away, first the beauty, then the strength, and finally the substance of its parts. Whoever has watched the progress of a lingering distemper, or the work of time alone, in the human frame, will feel at once the force of this comparison, and that, surely every man is vanity. Afflictions are sent to stir up prayer. If they have that effect, we may hope that God will hear our prayer. The believer expects weariness and ill treatment on his way to heaven; but he shall not stay here long : walking with God by faith, he goes forward on his journey, not diverted from his course, nor cast down by the difficulties he meets. How blessed it is to sit loose from things here below, that while going home to our Father's house, we may use the world as not abusing it! May we always look for that city, whose Builder and Maker is God.


From the Books of Wisdom
Job 26:1-14
Who Can Understand God’s Power?


1 Then Job replied:

2 “How you have helped the powerless!
     How you have saved the arm that is feeble!
3 What advice you have offered to one without wisdom!
     And what great insight you have displayed!
4 Who has helped you utter these words?
     And whose spirit spoke from your mouth?

5 “The dead are in deep anguish,
     those beneath the waters and all that live in them.
6 The realm of the dead is naked before God;
     Destruction lies uncovered.
7 He spreads out the northern skies over empty space;
     he suspends the earth over nothing.
8 He wraps up the waters in his clouds,
     yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.
9 He covers the face of the full moon,
     spreading his clouds over it.
10 He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters
      for a boundary between light and darkness.
11 The pillars of the heavens quake,
      aghast at his rebuke.
12 By his power he churned up the sea;
      by his wisdom he cut Rahab to pieces.
13 By his breath the skies became fair;
      his hand pierced the gliding serpent.
14 And these are but the outer fringe of his works;
      how faint the whisper we hear of him!
      Who then can understand the thunder of his power?”


Commentary
Verses 1-4: Job derided Bildad's answer; his words were a mixture of peevishness and self-preference. Bildad ought to have laid before Job the consolations, rather than the terrors of the Almighty. Christ knows how to speak what is proper for the weary, Isaiah 50:4; and his ministers should not grieve those whom God would not have made sad. We are often disappointed in our expectations from our friends who should comfort us; but the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, never mistakes, nor fails of his end.

Verses 5-14: Many striking instances are here given of the wisdom and power of God, in the creation and preservation of the world. If we look about us, to the earth and waters here below, we see his almighty power. If we consider hell beneath, though out of our sight, yet we may conceive the discoveries of God's power there. If we look up to heaven above, we see displays of God's almighty power. By his Spirit, the eternal Spirit that moved upon the face of the waters, the breath of his mouth, Psalms 33:6, he has not only made the heavens, but beautified them. By redemption, all the other wonderful works of the Lord are eclipsed; and we may draw near, and taste his grace, learn to love him, and walk with delight in his ways. The ground of the controversy between Job and the other disputants was, that they unjustly thought from his afflictions that he must have been guilty of heinous crimes. They appear not to have duly considered the evil and just desert of original sin; nor did they take into account the gracious designs of God in purifying his people. Job also darkened counsel by words without knowledge. But his views were more distinct. He does not appear to have alleged his personal righteousness as the ground of his hope towards God. Yet what he admitted in a general view of his case, he in effect denied, while he complained of his sufferings as unmerited and severe; that very complaint proving the necessity for their being sent, in order to his being further humbled in the sight of God.


From the Apocalypse of John
Revelation 7:9-17
The Nations Stand before God’s Throne


7:9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:

   “Salvation belongs to our God,
   who sits on the throne,
   and to the Lamb.”

11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:

   “Amen!
   Praise and glory
   and wisdom and thanks and honor
   and power and strength
   be to our God for ever and ever.
   Amen!”

13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”

14 I answered, “Sir, you know.”

And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 Therefore,

   “they are before the throne of God
      and serve him day and night in his temple;
   and he who sits on the throne
      will shelter them with his presence.
16 ‘Never again will they hunger;
      never again will they thirst.
   The sun will not beat down on them,’
      nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne
      will be their shepherd;
   ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’
      ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”


Commentary
Verses 9-12: The first fruits of Christ having led the way, the Gentiles converted later follow, and ascribe their salvation to God and the Redeemer, with triumph. In acts of religious worship we come nigh to God, and must come by Christ; the throne of God could not be approached by sinners, were it not for a Mediator. They were clothed with the robes of justification, holiness, and victory; and they had palms in their hands, as conquerors used to appear in their triumphs. Such a glorious appearance will the faithful servants of God make at last, when they have fought the good fight of faith, and finished their course. With a loud voice they gave to God and the Lamb the praise of the great salvation. Those who enjoy eternal happiness must and will bless both the Father and the Son; they will do it publicly, and with fervor. We see what is the work of heaven, and we ought to begin it now, to have our hearts much in it, and to long for that world where our praises, as well as our happiness, will be made perfect.

Verses 13-17: Faithful Christians deserve our notice and respect; we should mark the upright. Those who would gain knowledge, must not be ashamed to seek instruction from any who can give it. The way to heaven is through many tribulations; but tribulation, how great soever, shall not separate us from the love of God. Tribulation makes heaven more welcome and more glorious. It is not the blood of the martyrs, but the blood of the Lamb, that can wash away sin, and make the soul pure and clean in the sight of God; other blood stains, this is the only blood that makes the robes of the saints white and clean. They are happy in their employment; heaven is a state of service, though not of suffering; it is a state of rest, but not of sloth; it is a praising, delightful rest. They have had sorrows, and shed many tears on account of sin and affliction; but God himself, with his own gracious hand, will wipe those tears away. He deals with them as a tender father. This should support the Christian under all his troubles. As all the redeemed owe their happiness wholly to sovereign mercy; so the work and worship of God their Savior is their element; his presence and favor complete their happiness, nor can they conceive of any other joy. To Him may all his people come; from him they receive every needed grace; and to him let them offer all praise and glory.



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 Monday, October 11, 2021

 

The Morning Prayer
Monday, October 11, 2021

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:3–4, NIV


Dear Father in heaven, we love and honor your ways even when they are bitter ways. We long for courage and strength. Lord, help us to believe. Grant faith to the millions surrounded by death, faith that overcomes everything through utmost self-denial. Let your light shine out to bring life to the nations in the midst of all that is happening. Your light shall lead and guide us, and peace will come, a deeper peace than we have ever known. Remember each of us in all our concerns, and grant that the struggles of life may lead us to peace. If hard and bitter ways should be our lot, help us to remain steadfast, never complaining about our burdens even in the most difficult days, for through grief and trouble the way leads to you. Amen.

Verse of the Day for Monday, October 11, 2021

 

Verse of the Day
Monday, October 11, 2021


Psalm 62:1
Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.
We experience peace and contentedness when we recognize that God is our strong tower. We must secure our undivided confidence in the Lord our God, for He alone is the foundation upon which our hope is established, our source of supply, our fountain of grace and from Him alone flow rivers of living water. God alone is the only One in Whom our trust must be continuously founded—for He alone is worthy.

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