Wednesday, February 9, 2022

The Daily Bible Readings for Wednesday, February 9, 2022


The Daily Bible Readings
Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Psalm 115; Isaiah 8:1-15; Luke 5:27-32

with commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

Introduction & Summary

In today’s lectionary readings, our psalm addresses a question that concerns all religious people. Who will God honor to live in his presence? This psalm was, and still is among the Jews, the first of those traditionally read or sung following the Passover meal. It is a song expressing communal confidence in God to help and bless His people.

In our reading in Isaiah, God instructed Isaiah to use a pen to write the name Maher-shalal-hash-baz on a large scroll. The compound name Maher-shalal-hash-baz can signify, “Hurrying to the plunder; booty hastens,” pointing out that the Assyrian army should come with speed and make great spoil. Soon the riches of Damascus and Samaria shall be taken away by the king of Assyria.

In our gospel reading, Jesus goes against cultural stigmas and invites a man to follow Him who, although he was rich, was viewed as a traitor. The request by Jesus for Levi to follow is a request for Levi to leave everything behind and break all other ties. Jesus doesn’t care that Levi is a wretched sinner. He just wants Levi to follow Him. Levi then invites Jesus to a great feast in his house. As a result of Jesus eating a meal with tax collectors, the scribes and Pharisees complained.

Paul owes God a debt of thanks for the Thessalonians in our verse of the day. He views thanks as a duty because he prayed that the Thessalonians might “increase and abound in love.”

Today’s Verse of the Day:
2 Thessalonians 1:3

We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.
The increasing persecution the Thessalonians were facing could have torn their fellowship apart. But because they were maturing in their relationship with the Lord and had submitted themselves to His leadership, the church remained unified. Likewise, a good way to tell if you are growing in your faith is to examine how you react toward your brothers and sisters in Christ. Does your love abound toward them? Do you feel a greater urgency to pray for them? Your love for God should inspire unity within the church.

Today’s Lectionary Readings:
From the Psalter
Psalm 115
God Blesses the Chosen People

1 Not to us, Lord, not to us
     but to your name be the glory,
     because of your love and faithfulness.

2 Why do the nations say,
     “Where is their God?”
3 Our God is in heaven;
     he does whatever pleases him.
4 But their idols are silver and gold,
     made by human hands.
5 They have mouths, but cannot speak,
     eyes, but cannot see.
6 They have ears, but cannot hear,
     noses, but cannot smell.
7 They have hands, but cannot feel,
     feet, but cannot walk,
     nor can they utter a sound with their throats.
8 Those who make them will be like them,
     and so will all who trust in them.

9 All you Israelites, trust in the Lord—
     he is their help and shield.
10 House of Aaron, trust in the Lord—
      he is their help and shield.
11 You who fear him, trust in the Lord—
      he is their help and shield.

12 The Lord remembers us and will bless us:
      He will bless his people Israel,
      he will bless the house of Aaron,
13 he will bless those who fear the Lord—
      small and great alike.

14 May the Lord cause you to flourish,
      both you and your children.
15 May you be blessed by the Lord,
      the Maker of heaven and earth.

16 The highest heavens belong to the Lord,
      but the earth he has given to mankind.
17 It is not the dead who praise the Lord,
      those who go down to the place of silence;
18 it is we who extol the Lord,
      both now and forevermore.

   Praise the Lord.


Glory to be ascribed to God (vv. 1-8) by trusting in him and praising him (vv. 9-18).

Verses 1-8: Let no opinion of our own merits have any place in our prayers or in our praises. All the good we do, is done by the power of his grace; and all the good we have, is the gift of his mere mercy, and he must have all the praise. Are we in pursuit of any mercy, and wrestling with God for it, we must take encouragement in prayer from God only. Lord, do so for us; not that we may have the credit and comfort of it, but that they mercy and truth may have the glory of it. The heathen gods are senseless things. They are the works of men's hands: the painter, the carver, the statuary, can put no life into them, therefore no sense. The psalmist hence shows the folly of the worshipers of idols.

Verses 9-18: It is folly to trust in dead images, but it is wisdom to trust in the living God, for he is a help and a shield to those that trust in him. Wherever there is right fear of God, there may be cheerful faith in him; those who reverence his word, may rely upon it. He is ever found faithful. The greatest need his blessing, and it shall not be denied to the meanest that fear him. God's blessing gives an increase, especially in spiritual blessings. And the Lord is to be praised: his goodness is large, for he has given the earth to the children of men for their use. The souls of the faithful, after they are delivered from the burdens of the flesh, are still praising him; but the dead body cannot praise God: death puts an end to our glorifying him in this world of trial and conflict. Others are dead, and an end is thereby put to their service, therefore we will seek to do the more for God. We will not only do it ourselves, but will engage others to do it; to praise him when we are gone. Lord, thou art the only object for faith and love. Help us to praise thee while living and when dying, that thy name may be the first and last upon our lips: and let the sweet savor of thy name refresh our souls for ever.

From the Prophetic Books of Major Prophets
Isaiah 8:1-15
Resisting the Call

8:1 The Lord said to me, “Take a large scroll and write on it with an ordinary pen: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.” 2 So I called in Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah as reliable witnesses for me. 3 Then I made love to the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. And the Lord said to me, “Name him Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz. 4 For before the boy knows how to say ‘My father’ or ‘My mother,’ the wealth of Damascus and the plunder of Samaria will be carried off by the king of Assyria.”

5 The Lord spoke to me again:

6 “Because this people has rejected
     the gently flowing waters of Shiloah
  and rejoices over Rezin
     and the son of Remaliah,
7 therefore the Lord is about to bring against them
     the mighty floodwaters of the Euphrates—
     the king of Assyria with all his pomp.
  It will overflow all its channels,
     run over all its banks
8 and sweep on into Judah, swirling over it,
     passing through it and reaching up to the neck.
  Its outspread wings will cover the breadth of your land,

9 Raise the war cry, you nations, and be shattered!
     Listen, all you distant lands.
  Prepare for battle, and be shattered!
     Prepare for battle, and be shattered!
10 Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted;
      propose your plan, but it will not stand,
      for God is with us.

11 This is what the Lord says to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people:

12 “Do not call conspiracy
      everything this people calls a conspiracy;
   do not fear what they fear,
      and do not dread it.
13 The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,
      he is the one you are to fear,
      he is the one you are to dread.
14 He will be a holy place;
      for both Israel and Judah he will be
   a stone that causes people to stumble
      and a rock that makes them fall.
   And for the people of Jerusalem he will be
      a trap and a snare.
15 Many of them will stumble;
      they will fall and be broken,
      they will be snared and captured.”


Exhortations and warnings (vv. 1-8). Comfort for those who fear God (vv. 9-15).

Verses 1-8: The prophet is to write on a large roll, or on a metal tablet, words which meant, "Make speed to spoil, hasten to the prey:" pointing out that the Assyrian army should come with speed, and make great spoil. Very soon the riches of Damascus and of Samaria, cities then secure and formidable, shall be taken away by the king of Assyria. The prophet pleads with the promised Messiah, who should appear in that land in the fullness of time, and, therefore, as God, would preserve it in the mean time. As a gentle brook is an apt emblem of a mild government, so an overflowing torrent represents a conqueror and tyrant. The invader's success was also described by a bird of prey, stretching its wings over the whole land. Those who reject Christ, will find that what they call liberty is the basest slavery. But no enemy shall pluck the believer out of Emmanuel's hand, or deprive him of his heavenly inheritance.

Verses 9-15: The prophet challenges the enemies of the Jews. Their efforts would be vain, and themselves broken to pieces. It concerns us, in time of trouble, to watch against all such fears as put us upon crooked courses for our own security. The believing fear of God preserves against the disquieting fear of man. If we thought rightly of the greatness and glory of God, we should see all the power of our enemies restrained. The Lord, who will be a Sanctuary to those who trust in him, will be a Stone of stumbling, and a Rock of offense, to those who make the creature their fear and their hope. If the things of God be an offense to us, they will undo us. The apostle quotes this as to all who persisted in unbelief of the gospel of Christ, 1 Peter 2:8. The crucified Emmanuel, who was and is a Stumbling-stone and Rock of offense to unbelieving Jews, is no less so to thousands who are called Christians. The preaching of the cross is foolishness in their esteem; his doctrines and precepts offend them.

From the Gospels
Luke 5:27-32
The Call of Levi

5:27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, 28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.

29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”


Levi called, Christ's answer to the Pharisees.

It was a wonder of Christ's grace, that he would call a publican to be his disciple and follower. It was a wonder of his grace, that the call was made so effectual. It was a wonder of his grace, that he came to call sinners to repentance, and to assure them of pardon. It was a wonder of his grace, that he so patiently bore the contradiction of sinners against himself and his disciples. It was a wonder of his grace, that he fixed the services of his disciples according to their strength and standing. The Lord trains up his people gradually for the trials allotted them; we should copy his example in dealing with the weak in faith, or the tempted believer.

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. 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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