Saturday, March 5, 2022

he Daily Bible Readings for Saturday, March 5, 2022

 

The Daily Bible Readings
Saturday, March 5, 2022
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; John 12:27-36
with commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

Introduction & Summary

In today’s lectionary readings, the psalmist may have hoped to convey something about how the life of faith works. Regarding the Lord as your personal refuge is a decision to place your habitation—your life itself—in a place that cannot be broken by the stresses and strains of life. Yet the psalmist’s poetic flourish after the midway point of the reading seems a bit off.

Our reading in Ecclesiastes is one of the top ten famous passages in the Bible. It was popularized by the rock group The Byrds in the ’60s. The poetry of this list—describing the different seasons and facets of life—is beautiful. Yet it also casts a dark shadow because it reminds us of the inevitability of trouble and evil and the relentless monotony of life. Solomon is not necessarily putting value or judgment on the list of human activities. He is simply describing life as it is.

Our gospel reading represents the end of Jesus’ public ministry in the gospel of John. After being approached by non-Jewish people who believed in God, Jesus seems agitated as He anticipates His impending death. A voice from heaven affirms His mission, but it simply sounds like noise or thunder to most people. What Jesus means as a reference to crucifixion is misinterpreted by many as a prediction that He’ll be exalted: to be “lifted up.” The people struggle to understand His message, and Jesus will leave them after warning that their time is short.

The command in our verse of the day must first be in our hearts. Then it must be communicated to our children, the topic of our conversation, and should always be in front of us—as near as our hand or our forehead, as ever before us as our doorposts and gates.

Today’s Verse of the Day:
Deuteronomy 6:6-7

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
We have been given His written Word, which contains His sovereign will for all His blood-bought children, and we should make sure that His Word is written in our hearts and stored in our minds. We should recognize that the way we live our lives, the words we speak with our lips, the thoughts we imagine in our hearts, the acts we carry out in our lives, and the motive behind our actions will reflect our relationship with Him—which either honors His name or dishonors His word.

Today’s Lectionary Readings:
From the Psalter
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
God Shall Keep You

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
     will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
     my God, in whom I trust.”

9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
     and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
      no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
      to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
      so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
      you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
      I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
      I will be with him in trouble,
      I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
      and show him my salvation.”


Commentary

The protection, comfort, and care of God (1-2). Their favor with Him (9-16).

Verses 1-2: He that by faith chooses God for his protector, shall find all in him that he needs or can desire. And those who have found the comfort of making the Lord their refuge, cannot but desire that others may do so.

Verses 9-16: Whatever happens, nothing shall hurt the believer; though trouble and affliction befall, it shall come, not for his hurt, but for good, though for the present it be not joyous but grievous. Those who rightly know God, will set their love upon him. They by prayer constantly call upon him. His promise is, that he will in due time deliver the believer out of trouble, and in the mean time be with him in trouble. The Lord will manage all his worldly concerns, and preserve his life on earth, so long as it shall be good for him. For encouragement in this he looks unto Jesus. He shall live long enough; till he has done the work he was sent into this world for, and is ready for heaven. Who would wish to live a day longer than God has some work to do, either by him or upon him? A man may die young, yet be satisfied with living. But a wicked man is not satisfied even with long life. At length the believer's conflict ends; he has done for ever with trouble, sin, and temptation.


From the Books of Wisdom
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
For Everything a Season

1 There is a time for everything,
     and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2    a time to be born and a time to die,
     a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3    a time to kill and a time to heal,
     a time to tear down and a time to build,
4    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
     a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
     a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6    a time to search and a time to give up,
     a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7    a time to tear and a time to mend,
     a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8    a time to love and a time to hate,
     a time for war and a time for peace.


Commentary

A time for every purpose—the changes of human affairs.

To expect unchanging happiness in a changing world, must end in disappointment. To bring ourselves to our state in life, is our duty and wisdom in this world. God's whole plan for the government of the world will be found altogether wise, just, and good. Then let us seize the favorable opportunity for every good purpose and work. The time to die is fast approaching. Thus labor and sorrow fill the world. This is given us, that we may always have something to do; none were sent into the world to be idle.


From the Gospels
John 12:27-36
Jesus Announces His Passion

12:27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!”

Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.

30 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.

34 The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”

35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.

Commentary

A voice from heaven bears testimony to Christ (vv. 27-33). His discourse with the people (vv. 34-36).

Verses 27-33: The sin of our souls was the troubled of Christ's soul, when he undertook to redeem and save us, and to make his soul an offering for our sin. Christ was willing to suffer, yet prayed to be saved from suffering. Prayer against trouble may well agree with patience under it, and submission to the will of God in it. Our Lord Jesus undertook to satisfy God's injured honor, and he did it by humbling himself. The voice of the Father from heaven, which had declared him to be his beloved Son, at his baptism, and when he was transfigured, was heard proclaiming that He had both glorified his name, and would glorify it. Christ, reconciling the world to God by the merit of his death, broke the power of death, and cast out Satan as a destroyer. Christ, bringing the world to God by the doctrine of his cross, broke the power of sin, and cast out Satan as a deceiver. The soul that was at a distance from Christ, is brought to love him and trust him. Jesus was now going to heaven, and he would draw men's hearts to him thither. There is power in the death of Christ to draw souls to him. We have heard from the gospel that which exalts free grace, and we have heard also that which enjoins duty; we must from the heart embrace both, and not separate them.

Verses 34-36: The people drew false notions from the Scriptures, because they overlooked the prophecies that spoke of Christ's sufferings and death. Our Lord warned them that the light would not long continue with them, and exhorted them to walk in it, before the darkness overtook them. Those who would walk in the light must believe in it, and follow Christ's directions. But those who have not faith, cannot behold what is set forth in Jesus, lifted up on the cross, and must be strangers to its influence as made known by the Holy Spirit; they find a thousand objections to excuse their unbelief.



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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