Wednesday, April 6, 2022

The Daily Bible Readings for Wednesday, April 6, 2022


The Daily Bible Readings
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Psalm 20; Habakkuk 3:2-15; Luke 18:31-34
with commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

Introduction & Summary
Victory for God’s Anointed (Psalm 20)
God Will Save the Anointed (Habakkuk 3:2-15)
Jesus Foretells His Death (Luke 18:31-34)

Our psalm can be viewed with Jesus in mind in today’s lectionary readings! It is a prayer for the kings of Israel, but with relation to Christ.

Our reading in the book of Habakkuk is the historical remembrances of God in His majestic glory and sovereign power--combines the outpouring of God’s wrath with the repeated deliverance of His people.

Our reading in Like’s gospel is Jesus’ final prediction of his death and resurrection.

Our verse of the day recalls John’s Gospel and that great text where Jesus sets the command to love one another in the even greater context of his own revelatory love: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (John 13:34). Here the communal love for brother and sister is placed in the context of the redemptive love that Christ shows for all of humankind on the cross.

Today’s Verse of the Day:
1 John 3:16

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
An intimate relationship with God is about far more than merely enjoying warm feelings toward the Creator of the universe. Any genuine love for the Lord will move a person to perform real acts of love toward others. It also stirs people’s hearts toward salvation, commitment, and obedience.

Today’s Lectionary Readings:
From the Psalter
Psalm 20
Victory for God’s Anointed

1 May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
     may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary
     and grant you support from Zion.
3 May he remember all your sacrifices
     and accept your burnt offerings.
4 May he give you the desire of your heart
     and make all your plans succeed.
5 May we shout for joy over your victory
     and lift up our banners in the name of our God.

  May the Lord grant all your requests.

6 Now this I know:
     The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
  He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
     with the victorious power of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
     but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
8 They are brought to their knees and fall,
     but we rise up and stand firm.
9 Lord, give victory to the king!
     Answer us when we call!


This psalm is a prayer for the kings of Israel, but with relation to Christ.

Even the greatest of men may be much in trouble. Neither the crown on the king's head, nor the grace in his heart, would make him free from trouble. Even the greatest of men must be much in prayer. Let none expect benefit by the prayers of the church, or their friends, who are capable of praying for themselves, yet neglect it. Pray that God would protect his person, and preserve his life. That God would enable him to go on in his undertakings for the public good. We may know that God accepts our spiritual sacrifices, if by his Spirit he kindles in our souls a holy fire of piety and love to God. Also, that the Lord would crown his enterprises with success. Our first step to victory in spiritual warfare is to trust only in the mercy and grace of God; all who trust in themselves will soon be cast down. Believers triumph in God, and his revelation of himself to them, by which they distinguish themselves from those that live without God in the world. Those who make God and his name their praise, may make God and his name their trust. This was the case when the pride and power of Jewish unbelief, and pagan idolatry, fell before the sermons and lives of the humble believers in Jesus. This is the case in every conflict with our spiritual enemies, when we engage them in the name, the spirit, and the power of Christ; and this will be the case at the last day, when the world, with the prince of it, shall be brought down and fall; but believers, risen-from the dead, through the resurrection of the Lord, shall stand, and sing his praises in heaven. In Christ's salvation let us rejoice; and set up our banners in the name of the Lord our God, assured that by the saving strength of his right hand we shall be conquerors over every enemy.

From the Prophetic Books of Minor Prophets
Habakkuk 3:2-15
God Will Save the Anointed

2 Lord, I have heard of your fame;
     I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.
  Repeat them in our day,
     in our time make them known;
     in wrath remember mercy.

3 God came from Teman,
     the Holy One from Mount Paran.
  His glory covered the heavens
     and his praise filled the earth.
4 His splendor was like the sunrise;
     rays flashed from his hand,
     where his power was hidden.
5 Plague went before him;
     pestilence followed his steps.
6 He stood, and shook the earth;
     he looked, and made the nations tremble.
  The ancient mountains crumbled
     and the age-old hills collapsed—
     but he marches on forever.
7 I saw the tents of Cushan in distress,
     the dwellings of Midian in anguish.

8 Were you angry with the rivers, Lord?
     Was your wrath against the streams?
  Did you rage against the sea
     when you rode your horses
     and your chariots to victory?
9 You uncovered your bow,
     you called for many arrows.
  You split the earth with rivers;
10    the mountains saw you and writhed.
   Torrents of water swept by;
      the deep roared
      and lifted its waves on high.

11 Sun and moon stood still in the heavens
      at the glint of your flying arrows,
      at the lightning of your flashing spear.
12 In wrath you strode through the earth
      and in anger you threshed the nations.
13 You came out to deliver your people,
      to save your anointed one.
   You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness,
      you stripped him from head to foot.
14 With his own spear you pierced his head
      when his warriors stormed out to scatter us,
   gloating as though about to devour
      the wretched who were in hiding.
15 You trampled the sea with your horses,
      churning the great waters.


He calls to mind former deliverances.

God's people, when in distress, and ready to despair, seek help by considering the days of old, and the years of ancient times, and by pleading them with God in prayer. The resemblance between the Babylonish and Egyptian captivities, naturally presents itself to the mind, as well as the possibility of a like deliverance through the power of Jehovah. God appeared in his glory. All the powers of nature are shaken, and the course of nature changed, but all is for the salvation of God's own people. Even what seems least likely, shall be made to work for their salvation. Hereby is given a type and figure of the redemption of the world by Jesus Christ. It is for salvation with thine anointed. Joshua who led the armies of Israel, was a figure of Him whose name he bare, even Jesus, our Joshua. In all the salvations wrought for them, God looked upon Christ the Anointed, and brought deliverances to pass by him. All the wonders done for Israel of old, were nothing to that which was done when the Son of God suffered on the cross for the sins of his people. How glorious his resurrection and ascension! And how much more glorious will be his second coming, to put an end to all that opposes him, and all that causes suffering to his people!

From the Gospels
Luke 18:31-34
Jesus Foretells His Death

18:31 Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. 32 He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him and spit on him; 33 they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.”

34 The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.


Christ foreshows his death.

The Spirit of Christ, in the Old Testament prophets, testified beforehand his sufferings, and the glory that should follow, 1 Peter 1:11. The disciples' prejudices were so strong, that they would not understand these things literally. They were so intent upon the prophecies which spake of Christ's glory, that they overlooked those which spake of his sufferings. People run into mistakes, because they read their Bibles by halves, and are only for the smooth things. We are as backward to learn the proper lessons from the sufferings, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ, as the disciples were to what he told them as to those events; and for the same reason; self-love, and a desire of worldly objects, close our understandings.

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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