Monday, March 7, 2022

The Daily Bible Readings for Monday, March 7, 2022

Christ the Advocate

The Daily Bible Readings
Monday, March 7, 2022
Psalm 17; 1 Chronicles 21:1-17; 1 John 2:1-6
with commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

Introduction & Summary

Prayer for Protection from Evil Ones (Psalm 17)
Satan Tempts David (1 Chronicles 21:1-17)
Obey God’s Commandments (1 John 2:1-6)

In today’s lectionary readings, our psalm is entitled “A Prayer of David.” By whom the title was prefixed to it is not known, but there can be no doubt of its appropriateness. It is, throughout, a prayer—fervent, earnest, believing. It was uttered in the view of danger arising from the number and designs of his enemies. There were many occasions in the life of David for the utterance of such a prayer, and there can be no doubt that in the dangers which so frequently beset him, he often poured out such warm and earnest appeals to God for help.

Our reading in First Chronicles was about the census in Israel and Judah. Satan provoked David to count the people of Israel because he thought that strength was found in numbers and not of God. David told Joab to number all of Israel and bring him the results to know it. However, Joab felt that the Lord made His people a hundred more times than they really were in numbers.

In our reading in First John, Christians are called to live like Christ. John does not want believers to sin. However, he wants them to know there is an advocate: Jesus Christ if and when they do. Christ covered the sins of all the world. Those who keep His commandments are demonstrating that they truly know Christ. Those who do not keep His commands, but say they have fellowship with Him, are liars. Those who walk in Christ, as Christ walked, give evidence that they are “in” Him.

Our verse of the day is a “Dangerous” Prayer! “Dangerous” in the sense that we humans ask from a Holy God to search our hearts and our thoughts… and even though we would like to think that that’s a pleasant path to go down, the reality of the matter is that it is not; because whether we’d like to admit it or not, none of us can even compare to the purity and the holiness of God Almighty.

Today’s Verse of the Day:
Psalm 139:23-24

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
When we cannot understand ourselves or comprehend our feelings, God invites us to take our internal struggles to Him and ask Him for insight. He understands what we do not and knows what to do when we don’t.

Today’s Lectionary Readings:
From the Psalter
Psalm 17
Prayer for Protection from Evil Ones

1 Hear me, Lord, my plea is just;
     listen to my cry.
  Hear my prayer—
     it does not rise from deceitful lips.
2 Let my vindication come from you;
     may your eyes see what is right.

3 Though you probe my heart,
     though you examine me at night and test me,
  you will find that I have planned no evil;
     my mouth has not transgressed.
4 Though people tried to bribe me,
     I have kept myself from the ways of the violent
     through what your lips have commanded.
5 My steps have held to your paths;
     my feet have not stumbled.

6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;
     turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
7 Show me the wonders of your great love,
     you who save by your right hand
     those who take refuge in you from their foes.
8 Keep me as the apple of your eye;
     hide me in the shadow of your wings
9 from the wicked who are out to destroy me,
     from my mortal enemies who surround me.

10 They close up their callous hearts,
      and their mouths speak with arrogance.
11 They have tracked me down, they now surround me,
      with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like a lion hungry for prey,
      like a fierce lion crouching in cover.

13 Rise up, Lord, confront them, bring them down;
      with your sword rescue me from the wicked.
14 By your hand save me from such people, Lord,
      from those of this world whose reward is in this life.
   May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies;
      may their children gorge themselves on it,
      and may there be leftovers for their little ones.

15 As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face;
      when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.


David's integrity (vv. 1-7). The character of his enemies. His hope of happiness (vv. 8-15).

Verses 1-7: This psalm is a prayer. Feigned prayers are fruitless; but if our hearts lead our prayers, God will meet them with his favor. The psalmist had been used to pray, so that it was not his distress and danger that now first brought him to his duty. And he was encouraged by his faith to expect God would notice his prayers. Constant resolution and watchfulness against sins of the tongue, will be a good evidence of our integrity. Aware of man's propensity to wicked works, and of his own peculiar temptations, David had made God's word his preservative from the paths of Satan, which lead to destruction. If we carefully avoid the paths of sin, it will be very lead to destruction. If we carefully avoid the paths of sin, it will be very comfortable in the reflection, when we are in trouble. Those that are, through grace, going in God's paths, should pray that their goings may be held up in those paths. David prays, Lord, still hold me up. Those who would proceed and persevere in the ways of God, must, by faith prayer, get daily fresh supplies of grace and strength from him. Show thy marvelous loving-kindness, distinguishing favors, not common mercies, but be gracious to me; do as you used to do to those who love your name.

Verses 8-15: Being compassed with enemies, David prays to God to keep him in safety. This prayer is a prediction that Christ would be preserved, through all the hardships and difficulties of his humiliation, to the glories and joys of his exalted state, and is a pattern to Christians to commit the keeping of their souls to God, trusting him to preserve them to his heavenly kingdom. Those are our worst enemies, that are enemies to our souls. They are God's sword, which cannot move without him, and which he will sheathe when he has done his work with it. They are his hand, by which he chastises his people. There is no fleeing from God's hand, but by fleeing to it. It is very comfortable, when we are in fear of the power of man, to see it dependent upon, and in subjection to the power of God. Most men look on the things of this world as the best things; and they look no further, nor show any care to provide for another life. The things of this world are called treasures, they are so accounted; but to the soul, and when compared with eternal blessings, they are trash. The most afflicted Christian need not envy the most prosperous men of the world, who have their portion in this life. Clothed with Christ's righteousness, having through his grace a good heart and a good life, may we by faith behold God's face, and set him always before us. When we awake every morning, may we be satisfied with his likeness set before us in his word, and with his likeness stamped upon us by his renewing grace. Happiness in the other world is prepared only for those that are justified and sanctified: they shall be put in possession of it when the soul awakes, at death, out of its slumber in the body, and when the body awakes, at the resurrection, out of its slumber in the grave. There is no satisfaction for a soul but in God, and in his good will towards us, and his good work in us; yet that satisfaction will not be perfect till we come to heaven.

From the Historical Books
1 Chronicles 21:1-17
Satan Tempts David

21:1 Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel. 2 So David said to Joab and the commanders of the troops, “Go and count the Israelites from Beersheba to Dan. Then report back to me so that I may know how many there are.”

3 But Joab replied, “May the Lord multiply his troops a hundred times over. My lord the king, are they not all my lord’s subjects? Why does my lord want to do this? Why should he bring guilt on Israel?”

4 The king’s word, however, overruled Joab; so Joab left and went throughout Israel and then came back to Jerusalem. 5 Joab reported the number of the fighting men to David: In all Israel there were one million one hundred thousand men who could handle a sword, including four hundred and seventy thousand in Judah.

6 But Joab did not include Levi and Benjamin in the numbering, because the king’s command was repulsive to him. 7 This command was also evil in the sight of God; so he punished Israel.

8 Then David said to God, “I have sinned greatly by doing this. Now, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.”

9 The Lord said to Gad, David’s seer, 10 “Go and tell David, ‘This is what the Lord says: I am giving you three options. Choose one of them for me to carry out against you.’”

11 So Gad went to David and said to him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Take your choice: 12 three years of famine, three months of being swept away before your enemies, with their swords overtaking you, or three days of the sword of the Lord—days of plague in the land, with the angel of the Lord ravaging every part of Israel.’ Now then, decide how I should answer the one who sent me.”

13 David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let me fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is very great; but do not let me fall into human hands.”

14 So the Lord sent a plague on Israel, and seventy thousand men of Israel fell dead. 15 And God sent an angel to destroy Jerusalem. But as the angel was doing so, the Lord saw it and relented concerning the disaster and said to the angel who was destroying the people, “Enough! Withdraw your hand.” The angel of the Lord was then standing at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.

16 David looked up and saw the angel of the Lord standing between heaven and earth, with a drawn sword in his hand extended over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell facedown.

17 David said to God, “Was it not I who ordered the fighting men to be counted? I, the shepherd, have sinned and done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? Lord my God, let your hand fall on me and my family, but do not let this plague remain on your people.”


David's numbering the people.

No mention is made in this book of David's sin in the matter of Uriah, neither of the troubles that followed it: they had no needful connection with the subjects here noted. But David's sin, in numbering the people, is related: in the atonement made for that sin, there was notice of the place on which the temple should be built. The command to David to build an altar, was a blessed token of reconciliation. God testified his acceptance of David's offerings on this altar. Thus Christ was made sin, and a curse for us; it pleased the Lord to bruise him, that through him, God might be to us, not a consuming Fire, but a reconciled God. It is good to continue attendance on those ordinances in which we have experienced the tokens of God's presence, and have found that he is with us of a truth. Here God graciously met me, therefore I will still expect to meet him.

From the Epistles
1 John 2:1-6
Obey God’s Commandments

2:1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

3 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. 4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.


The apostle directs to the atonement of Christ for help against sinful infirmities (vv. 1,2). The effects of saving knowledge in producing obedience, and love to the brethren (vv. 3-6).

Verses 1,2: When have an Advocate with the Father; one who has undertaken, and is fully able, to plead in behalf of every one who applies for pardon and salvation in his name, depending on his pleading for them. He is "Jesus," the Savior, and "Christ," the Messiah, the Anointed. He alone is "the Righteous One," who received his nature pure from sin, and as our Surety perfectly obeyed the law of God, and so fulfilled all righteousness. All men, in every land, and through successive generations, are invited to come to God through this all-sufficient atonement, and by this new and living way. The gospel, when rightly understood and received, sets the heart against all sin, and stops the allowed practice of it; at the same time it gives blessed relief to the wounded consciences of those who have sinned.

Verses 3-6: What knowledge of Christ can that be, which sees not that he is most worthy of our entire obedience? And a disobedient life shows there is neither religion nor honesty in the professor. The love of God is perfected in him that keeps his commandments. God's grace in him attains its true mark, and produces its sovereign effect as far as may be in this world, and this is man's regeneration; though never absolutely perfect here. Yet this observing Christ's commands, has holiness and excellency which, if universal, would make the earth resemble heaven itself.

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.

The Lenten Prayer for Monday, March 7, 2022


40 Days of Lenten Prayers
Day 5 — Monday of the First Week of Lent

Loving God, you call us back to you with all of our hearts. I feel your call for me deep in my heart and I know you want me back as much as I want to return.

Please, Lord, give me the wisdom to know how to return. Make my journey back to you this Lent one of grace, forgiveness and gentle love. Amen.

The Morning Prayer for Monday, March 7, 2022


The Morning Prayer
Monday, March 7, 2022

The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”
Psalm 118:14-16, NIV

Dear Father in heaven, we are your children, and we look to you and to your help at every turn of our lives. Remember us, especially when we want to serve you. Stay with us with your Spirit so that everything may work out to further your kingdom and the victory of Jesus Christ, which is to be proclaimed on earth. Through his victory all people shall find in him their Savior and look to you, our Father in heaven. Yes, Father in heaven, have mercy on the world, on the many who are unfortunate and who suffer from the widespread evil around them. Remember them. Have mercy on us through the strong and mighty Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Verse of the Day for Monday, Monday, March 7, 2022


Verse of the Day
Monday, March 7, 2022

Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
When we cannot understand ourselves or comprehend our feelings, God invites us to take our internal struggles to Him and ask Him for insight. He understands what we do not and knows what to do when we don’t.

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Our Daily Bread — Willing to Wait


Willing to Wait

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. James 5:7

READ James 5:7–12

Waiting can be a culprit in stealing our peace. According to computer scientist Ramesh Sitaraman, few things “inspire universal frustration and ire” in internet users as waiting for a sluggish web browser to load. His research says that we’re willing to wait an average of two seconds for an online video to load. After five seconds, the abandonment rate is about twenty-five percent, and after ten seconds, half of the users desert their efforts. We’re certainly an impatient bunch!

James encouraged believers in Jesus to not abandon Him while they were waiting for His second coming. Christ’s return would motivate them to stand firm in the face of suffering and to love and honor one another (James 5:7–10). James used the example of the farmer to make his point. Like the farmer, who waited patiently for “autumn and spring rains” (v. 7) and for the land to yield its valuable crop, James encouraged believers to be patient under oppression until Jesus returned. And when He returned, He would right every wrong and bring shalom, peace.

Sometimes, we’re tempted to forsake Jesus while we wait for Him. But as we wait, let’s “keep watch” (Matthew 24:42), remain faithful (25:14–30), and live out His character and ways (Colossians 3:12). Though we don’t know when Jesus will return, let’s wait patiently for Him, as long as it takes.

By Marvin Williams

What’s hardest about waiting for Jesus’ return? How’s His return an incentive for living out His character and ways?

Jesus, I’ll wait for You. Though the world is dark and filled with pain, suffering, injustice, and uncertainty, I’ll wait for You. Though I don’t know the day or the time, I’ll wait for You.


Because James’ readers lived in agricultural communities, many understood the patience required to wait for a harvest. They may not have given enough thought, however, to waiting for more lasting and profitable returns. So James paints a picture of contrast. First, he describes the impatience of wealthy landowners who aren’t willing to wait for the payoff of a life well lived (James 5:1–6). With eyes set on getting rich quickly, they built wealth off the backs of underpaid and mistreated harvesters. Then James makes a turn. He urges brothers and sisters in Jesus to consider whether by grumbling against one another they’re showing similar lack of concern for others. He urges them to weigh the value of a harvest of wisdom and peace rather than conflict (1:5; 3:13–18)—a harvest assured by a loving God and a Judge “full of compassion and mercy” (5:11) who’s promised to return (v. 8).