Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The Daily Bible Readings for Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The Day of the Lord Jesus

The Daily Bible Readings
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Psalm 120; Ezra 1:1-11; 2 Corinthians 1:12-19
with commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

Introduction & Summary

In today’s lectionary readings, our psalm is about praying in times of trouble. The psalmist is far from Jerusalem, distant from God in a faraway land. Nobody likes trouble, but God can use trouble to draw you closer to him. The starting point for our journey to God is always discontent with this world and what it offers. It teaches us how we should respond to God in times of trouble.

Our reading in Ezra is written much like a historical account of the rebuilding of Jerusalem from 536 to 436 BC. This chapter specifically deals with the first group of people to come back to Jerusalem and the official order to begin rebuilding Jerusalem.

In our reading in Second Corinthians, Paul uses questions about his own faithfulness to his word with the Corinthians as a springboard to proclaim the faithfulness of God and the fulfillment of all of God’s promises in Christ.

Our verse of the day shows us what love is and what it means. Love is not only defined by the sacrifice of Jesus; the giving of the Father also defines it. It was a sacrifice for the Father to send the Second Person of the Trinity and a sacrifice to pour out the judgment we deserved upon God the Son.

Today’s Verse of the Day:
1 John 4:10

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
It was there on the mercy seat, between the two angels, above the ark of the covenant, that God showed His shekinah—His glorious presence—by mercifully forgiving the sin of the people. One day a year, God met with the high priest and spoke with him, and the high priest had the privilege of worshiping God and finding guidance (Lev. 16). Now we have Jesus as our perfect High Priest, who ushers us into the presence of God—not once a year, but every moment of every day (John 20:12; Heb. 2:17; 4:14–16; 9:23–28; 10:19–23; 1 John 2:2; 4:10). Our intimacy with God is His highest priority for our lives.

Today’s Lectionary Readings:
From the Psalter
Psalm 120
Woe to Me

1 I call on the Lord in my distress,
     and he answers me.
2 Save me, Lord,
     from lying lips
     and from deceitful tongues.

3 What will he do to you,
     and what more besides,
     you deceitful tongue?
4 He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows,
     with burning coals of the broom bush.

5 Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek,
     that I live among the tents of Kedar!
6 Too long have I lived
     among those who hate peace.
7 I am for peace;
     but when I speak, they are for war.


The psalmist prays to God to deliver him from false and malicious tongues (vv. 1-4). He complains of wicked neighbors (vv. 5-7).

Verses 1-4: The psalmist was brought into great distress by a deceitful tongue. May every good man be delivered from lying lips. They forged false charges against him. In this distress, he sought God by fervent prayer. God can bridle their tongues. He obtained a gracious answer to this prayer. Surely sinners durst not act as they do, if they knew, and would be persuaded to think, what will be in the end thereof. The terrors of the Lord are his arrows; and his wrath is compared to burning coals of juniper, which have a fierce heat, and keep fire very long. This is the portion of the false tongue; for all that love and make a lie, shall have their portion in the lake that burns eternally.

Verses 5-7: It is very grievous to a good man, to be cast into, and kept in the company of the wicked, from whom he hopes to be for ever separated. See here the character of a good man; he is for living peaceably with all men. And let us follow David as he prefigured Christ; in our distress let us cry unto the Lord, and he will hear us. Let us follow after peace and holiness, striving to overcome evil with good.

From the Historical Books
Ezra 1:1-11
Blessings Return to Jerusalem

1:1 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:

2 “This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:

“‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.
3 Any of his people among you may go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem, and may their God be with them. 4 And in any locality where survivors may now be living, the people are to provide them with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem.’”

5 Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites—everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem. 6 All their neighbors assisted them with articles of silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with valuable gifts, in addition to all the freewill offerings.

7 Moreover, King Cyrus brought out the articles belonging to the temple of the Lord, which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and had placed in the temple of his god. 8 Cyrus king of Persia had them brought by Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah.

9 This was the inventory:
  gold dishes                       30
  silver dishes                     1,000
  silver pans                        29
10 gold bowls                       30
   matching silver bowls    410
   other articles                   1,000

11 In all, there were 5,400 articles of gold and of silver. Sheshbazzar brought all these along with the exiles when they came up from Babylon to Jerusalem.


The proclamation of Cyrus for the rebuilding of the temple (vv. 1-4). The people provide for their return (vv. 5-11).

Verses 1-4: The Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus. The hearts of kings are in the hand of the Lord. God governs the world by his influence on the spirits of men; whatever good they do, God stirs up their spirits to do it. It was during the captivity of the Jews, that God principally employed them as the means of calling the attention of the heathen to him. Cyrus took it for granted, that those among the Jews who were able, would offer free-will offerings for the house of God. He would also have them supplied out of his kingdom. Well-wishers to the temple should be well-doers for it.

Verses 5-11: The same God that raised up the spirit of Cyrus to proclaim liberty to the Jews, raised up their spirits to take the benefit. The temptation was to some to stay in Babylon; but some feared not to return, and they were those whose spirits God raised, by his Spirit and grace. Whatever good we do, is owing to the grace of God. Our spirits naturally bow down to this earth and the things of it; if they move upward in any good affections or good actions, it is God who raises them. The calls and offers of the gospel are like the proclamation of Cyrus. Those bound under the power of sin, may be made free by Jesus Christ. Whosoever will, by repentance and faith, return to God, Jesus Christ has opened the way for him, and raises him out of the slavery of sin into the glorious liberty of the children of God. Many that hear this joyful sound, choose to sit still in Babylon, are in love with their sins, and will not venture upon a holy life; but some break through all discouragements, whatever it cost them; they are those whose spirit God has raised above the world and the flesh, whom he has made willing. Thus will the heavenly Canaan be filled, though many perish in Babylon; and the gospel offer will not have been made in vain. The bringing back the Jews from captivity, represents the redemption of sinners by Jesus Christ.

From the Epistles
2 Corinthians 1:12-19
The Day of the Lord Jesus

1:12 Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace. 13 For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand. And I hope that, 14 as you have understood us in part, you will come to understand fully that you can boast of us just as we will boast of you in the day of the Lord Jesus.

15 Because I was confident of this, I wanted to visit you first so that you might benefit twice. 16 I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia and to come back to you from Macedonia, and then to have you send me on my way to Judea. 17 Was I fickle when I intended to do this? Or do I make my plans in a worldly manner so that in the same breath I say both “Yes, yes” and “No, no”?

18 But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.”


He professes his own and his fellow-laborers' integrity (vv. 12-14). Gives reasons for his not coming to them (vv. 15-24).

Verses 12-14: Though, as a sinner, the apostle could only rejoice and glory in Christ Jesus, yet, as a believer, he might rejoice and glory in being really what he professed. Conscience witnesses concerning the steady course and tenor of the life. Thereby we may judge ourselves, and not by this or by that single act. Our conversation will be well ordered, when we live and act under such a gracious principle in the heart. Having this, we may leave our characters in the Lord's hands, but using proper means to clear them, when the credit of the gospel, or our usefulness, calls for it.

Verses 15-19: The apostle clears himself from the charge of levity and inconstancy, in not coming to Corinth. Good men should be careful to keep the reputation of sincerity and constancy; they should not resolve, but on careful thought; and they will not change unless for weighty reasons. Nothing can render God's promises more certain: his giving them through Christ, assures us they are his promises; as the wonders God wrought in the life, resurrection, and ascension of his Son, confirm faith.

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.

The Morning Prayer for Tuesday, February 15, 2022


The Morning Prayer
Tuesday, February 15, 2022

For this is what the high and exalted One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
Isaiah 57:15, NIV

Dear Father in heaven, we thank you that even in need and misery we may feel and know that you are with the weak, for you are mighty in helping your children. You give the weak strength to serve you in spite of all their faults and weaknesses. Make us glad at heart for everything we are allowed to do and experience, because it serves you, your glory, and your kingdom until the day when others also are given eyes to see. Amen.

Verse of the Day for Tuesday, February 15, 2022


Verse of the Day
Tuesday, February 15, 2022

1 John 4:10
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
It was there on the mercy seat, between the two angels, above the ark of the covenant, that God showed His shekinah—His glorious presence—by mercifully forgiving the sin of the people. One day a year, God met with the high priest and spoke with him, and the high priest had the privilege of worshiping God and finding guidance (Lev. 16). Now we have Jesus as our perfect High Priest, who ushers us into the presence of God—not once a year, but every moment of every day (John 20:12; Heb. 2:17; 4:14–16; 9:23–28; 10:19–23; 1 John 2:2; 4:10). Our intimacy with God is His highest priority for our lives.

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Scripture from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.

Our Daily Bread — We Are One


We Are One

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2

READ Romans 12:1–5

In a small farming community, news travels fast. Several years after the bank sold the farm David’s family had owned for decades, he learned the property would be available for sale. After much sacrifice and saving, David arrived at the auction and joined a crowd of nearly two hundred local farmers. Would David’s meager bid be enough? He placed the first bid, taking deep breaths as the auctioneer called for higher bids. The crowd remained silent until they heard the slam of the gavel. The fellow farmers placed the needs of David and his family above their own financial advancement.

This story about the farmers’ sacrificial act of kindness demonstrates the way the apostle Paul urges followers of Christ to live. Paul warns us not to conform to the “pattern of this world” (Romans 12:2), by placing our selfish desires before the needs of others and scrambling for self-preservation. Instead, we can trust God to meet our needs as we serve others. As the Holy Spirit renews our minds, we can respond to situations with God-honoring love and motives. Placing others first can help us avoid thinking too highly of ourselves as God reminds us that we’re a part of something bigger—the church (vv. 3–4).

The Holy Spirit helps believers understand and obey the Scriptures. He empowers us to give selflessly and love generously, so we can thrive together as one.

By Xochitl Dixon

How can you place someone else’s needs before your own? How has your faith been impacted by someone placing your needs before their own?

Father God, please rid me of my selfishness so I can love selflessly and stand as one with my brothers and sisters in Christ.


Romans 12 marks a turning point in Paul’s letter. Previously the apostle had been explaining the work of God in salvation, describing Jesus as the second Adam who came to redeem what had been lost through our first parents’ disobedience in Eden. Now he turns his attention to the way this salvation is to be lived out by those bought by Christ’s sacrifice. It starts with the redeemed becoming a “living sacrifice” (v. 1), whose focus is on being useful to God in the lives of others. This is followed by a list of spiritual gifts to equip God’s children in service to others (vv. 3–8). Another group of spiritual gifts appears in 1 Corinthians 12:7–11, and a list of leadership roles (gifts to the church) is found in Ephesians 4:11. Through the provision of these gifts and roles, the Spirit enables us to be useful in our spiritual service.

Bill Crowder