Friday, February 11, 2022

The Daily Bible Readings for Friday, February 11, 2022

 

The Daily Bible Readings
Friday, February 11, 2022
Psalm 1; Jeremiah 13:20-27; 1 Peter 1:17—2:1
with commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

Introduction & Summary

In today’s lectionary readings, our psalm is written to teach people what is right and what is wrong. The writer described the things that are pleasing to the Lord and how to do these things. It explains that there are consequences for not following the path of the Lord. In contrast, there are rewards for being a faithful and obedient worshiper.

In our reading in Jeremiah, the Lord turns to address Jerusalem, though the royal family he just spoke of is probably not far from his mind. God warned Judah that their iniquity was so great that the judgment coming against them would be a severe violation with strong images. God says that doing evil is as fundamental to Judah’s nature as the skin color or the markings on an animal’s coat. Because of their sins, Judah would not be conquered and exiled but scattered across the Babylonian Empire and succeeding empires.

In our reading in First Peter, Peter reminds Christians that the God whom they address as Father is also their judge—a judge “who judges each person’s work impartially.” Therefore, they can be sure that the holiness Peter calls them to will prove important in the end. Peter makes it clear that the ransom paid for the redemption of Christians was the precious blood of Christ, “a lamb without blemish or defect.”

Our verse of the day is much loved the world over. Even unbelievers are attracted to Paul’s eloquent description of love in these verses.

Today’s Verse of the Day:
1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love is not merely a feeling—it is Jesus living in and through us (John 13:34, 35; 15:9–17; 1 John 4:7–21). If we say we believe in God and are maturing in our relationship with Him, but we are not growing in our unconditional love for others, something is wrong with our walk (1 Cor. 13). This is because as Jesus increases in us and we decrease, His loving nature should intensify within us as the evidence of His lordship in our life (Gal. 5:22, 23; 2 Pet. 1:3–8).

Today’s Lectionary Readings:
From the Psalter
Psalm 1
Trees Planted by Streams of Water

1 Blessed is the one
     who does not walk in step with the wicked
  or stand in the way that sinners take
     or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
     and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
     which yields its fruit in season
  and whose leaf does not wither—
     whatever they do prospers.

4 Not so the wicked!
     They are like chaff
     that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
     nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
     but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.


Commentary

The holiness and happiness of a godly man (vv. 1-3). The sinfulness and misery of a wicked man, The ground and reason of both (vv. 4-6).

Verses 1-3: To meditate in God's word, is to discourse with ourselves concerning the great things contained in it, with close application of mind and fixedness of thought. We must have constant regard to the word of God, as the rule of our actions, and the spring of our comforts; and have it in our thoughts night and day. For this purpose no time is amiss.

Verses 4-6: The ungodly are the reverse of the righteous, both in character and condition. The ungodly are not so, ver. 4; they are led by the counsel of the wicked, in the way of sinners, to the seat of the scornful; they have no delight in the law of God; they bring forth no fruit but what is evil. The righteous are like useful, fruitful trees: the ungodly are like the chaff which the wind drives away: the dust which the owner of the floor desires to have driven away, as not being of any use. They are of no worth in God's account, how highly soever they may value themselves. They are easily driven to and fro by every wind of temptation. The chaff may be, for a while, among the wheat, but He is coming, whose fan is in his hand, and who will thoroughly purge his floor. Those that, by their own sin and folly, make themselves as chaff, will be found so before the whirlwind and fire of Divine wrath. The doom of the ungodly is fixed, but whenever the sinner becomes sensible of this guilt and misery, he may be admitted into the company of the righteous by Christ the living way, and become in Christ a new creature. He has new desires, new pleasures, hopes, fears, sorrows, companions, and employments. His thoughts, words, and actions are changed. He enters on a new state, and bears a new character. Behold, all things are become new by Divine grace, which changes his soul into the image of the Redeemer. How different the character and end of the ungodly.


From the Prophetic Books of Major Prophets
Jeremiah 13:20-27
Can Leopards Change Their Spots?

20 Look up and see
      those who are coming from the north.
   Where is the flock that was entrusted to you,
      the sheep of which you boasted?
21 What will you say when the Lord sets over you
      those you cultivated as your special allies?
   Will not pain grip you
      like that of a woman in labor?
22 And if you ask yourself,
      “Why has this happened to me?”—
   it is because of your many sins
      that your skirts have been torn off
      and your body mistreated.
23 Can an Ethiopian change his skin
      or a leopard its spots?
   Neither can you do good
      who are accustomed to doing evil.

24 “I will scatter you like chaff
      driven by the desert wind.
25 This is your lot,
      the portion I have decreed for you,”
   declares the Lord,
   “because you have forgotten me
      and trusted in false gods.
26 I will pull up your skirts over your face
      that your shame may be seen—
27 your adulteries and lustful neighings,
      your shameless prostitution!
   I have seen your detestable acts
      on the hills and in the fields.
   Woe to you, Jerusalem!
      How long will you be unclean?”


Commentary

An awful message to Jerusalem and its king.

Here is a message sent to king Jehoiakim, and his queen. Their sorrows would be great indeed. Do they ask, Wherefore come these things upon us? Let them know, it is for their obstinacy in sin. We cannot alter the natural color of the skin; and so is it morally impossible to reclaim and reform these people. Sin is the blackness of the soul; it is the discoloring of it; we were shaped in it, so that we cannot get clear of it by any power of our own. But Almighty grace is able to change the Ethiopian's skin. Neither natural depravity, nor strong habits of sin, form an obstacle to the working of God, the new-creating Spirit. The Lord asks of Jerusalem, whether she is determined not be made clean. If any poor slave of sin feels that he could as soon change his nature as master his headstrong lusts, let him not despair; for things impossible to men are possible with God. Let us then seek help from Him who is mighty to save.


From the Epistles
1 Peter 1:17—2:1
Born Anew

1:17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,

   “All people are like grass,
      and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
   the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25    but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

And this is the word that was preached to you.

2:1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.

Commentary

Such as is suitable to their principles, privileges, and obligations.

Holy confidence in God as a Father, and awful fear of him as a Judge, agree together; and to regard God always as a Judge, makes him dear to us as a Father. If believers do evil, God will visit them with corrections. Then, let Christians not doubt God's faithfulness to his promises, nor give way to enslaving dread of his wrath, but let them reverence his holiness. The fearless professor is defenseless, and Satan takes him captive at his will; the desponding professor has no heart to avail himself of his advantages, and is easily brought to surrender. The price paid for man's redemption was the precious blood of Christ. Not only openly wicked, but unprofitable conversation is highly dangerous, though it may plead custom. It is folly to resolve, I will live and die in such a way, because my forefathers did so. God had purposes of special favor toward his people, long before he made manifest such grace unto them. But the clearness of light, the supports of faith, the power of ordinances, are all much greater since Christ came upon earth, than they were before. The comfort is, that being by faith made one with Christ, his present glory is an assurance that where he is we shall be also, John 14:3. The soul must be purified, before it can give up its own desires and indulgences. And the word of God planted in the heart by the Holy Ghost, is a means of spiritual life, stirring up to our duty, working a total change in the dispositions and affections of the soul, till it brings to eternal life. In contrast with the excellence of the renewed spiritual man, as born again, observe the vanity of the natural man. In his life, and in his fall, he is like grass, the flower of grass, which soon withers and dies away. We should hear, and thus receive and love, the holy, living word, and rather hazard all than lose it; and we must banish all other things from the place due to it. We should lodge it in our hearts as our only treasures here, and the certain pledge of the treasure of glory laid up for believers in heaven.



Today’s Lectionary Readings are selected from the Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, a three-year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year C. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2022, we will be in Year A. The year which ended at Advent 2021 was Year B. 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.

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