Monday, March 14, 2022

The Daily Bible Readings for Monday, March 14, 2022

The Faith of Abraham

The Daily Bible Readings
Monday, March 14, 2022
Psalm 105:1-15 [16-41] 42; Exodus 33:1-6; Romans 4:1-12
with commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

Introduction & Summary

God’s Covenant with Abraham (Psalm 105:1-15 [16-41] 42 )
Abraham’s Descendants Lament (Exodus 33:1-6)
The Faith of Abraham (Romans 4:1-12)

In today’s lectionary readings, our psalm recounts God’s work among His people from the time of Abraham through His delivery of His children into the Promised Land. It is a beautiful reminder of God’s faithfulness to the Children of Israel and His faithfulness to us today. We are encouraged in the first verse to thank the Lord, call on His name, and tell others about Him. Think about this psalm and pray today that you will be encouraged by such a faithful God who holds this world in His hands and yet still cares about even the little things in your life.

In our reading in Exodus, the Lord orders Moses to lead the people out of Sinai; it’s time to go to the land God promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the land flowing with milk and honey. However, God will not accompany them because they are “a stiff-necked people.” The people grieve because of this.

In our reading in Romans, Paul uses Abraham to illustrate the gift of righteousness, this gift of worth and standing and acceptance and significance before God. Paul builds the case that Abraham’s standing with God is a consequence of Abraham’s faith [he “believed God”], rather than his participation in the activity of circumcision.

Our verse of the day urges Christians to understand that they are, right now, fully equipped to lead the life to which God has called them. Since they are equipped, they must use those tolls through personal effort. This all begins with the goodness—or virtue or “moral excellence”—of Jesus. These qualities also include knowledge, self–control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. If we have these Christlike qualities and continue to abound (or grow) in them, we are leading the life God calls us to. Specifically, we are being effective and productive in the knowledge of Jesus we have been given.

Today’s Verse of the Day:
2 Peter 1:5-8

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Do you ever wonder if you are maturing in your walk with the Lord? Peter offers a surefire way to know if your relationship is growing deeper and becoming more fruitful. It is not by the works you do or the sacrifices you make, but by the quality of your character and whether or not you reflect God’s glory in increasing measure (Rom. 8:29).

Today’s Lectionary Readings:
From the Psalter
Psalm 105:1-15 [16-41] 42
God’s Covenant with Abraham

1 Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
     make known among the nations what he has done.
2 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
     tell of all his wonderful acts.
3 Glory in his holy name;
     let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Look to the Lord and his strength;
     seek his face always.

5 Remember the wonders he has done,
     his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
6 you his servants, the descendants of Abraham,
     his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.
7 He is the Lord our God;
     his judgments are in all the earth.

8 He remembers his covenant forever,
     the promise he made, for a thousand generations,
9 the covenant he made with Abraham,
     the oath he swore to Isaac.
10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,
      to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
11 “To you I will give the land of Canaan
      as the portion you will inherit.”

12 When they were but few in number,
      few indeed, and strangers in it,
13 they wandered from nation to nation,
      from one kingdom to another.
14 He allowed no one to oppress them;
      for their sake he rebuked kings:
15 “Do not touch my anointed ones;
      do my prophets no harm.”

16 He called down famine on the land
       and destroyed all their supplies of food;
17 and he sent a man before them—
      Joseph, sold as a slave.
18 They bruised his feet with shackles,
      his neck was put in irons,
19 till what he foretold came to pass,
      till the word of the Lord proved him true.
20 The king sent and released him,
      the ruler of peoples set him free.
21 He made him master of his household,
      ruler over all he possessed,
22 to instruct his princes as he pleased
      and teach his elders wisdom.

23 Then Israel entered Egypt;
      Jacob resided as a foreigner in the land of Ham.
24 The Lord made his people very fruitful;
      he made them too numerous for their foes,
25 whose hearts he turned to hate his people,
      to conspire against his servants.
26 He sent Moses his servant,
      and Aaron, whom he had chosen.
27 They performed his signs among them,
      his wonders in the land of Ham.
28 He sent darkness and made the land dark—
      for had they not rebelled against his words?
29 He turned their waters into blood,
      causing their fish to die.
30 Their land teemed with frogs,
      which went up into the bedrooms of their rulers.
31 He spoke, and there came swarms of flies,
      and gnats throughout their country.
32 He turned their rain into hail,
      with lightning throughout their land;
33 he struck down their vines and fig trees
      and shattered the trees of their country.
34 He spoke, and the locusts came,
      grasshoppers without number;
35 they ate up every green thing in their land,
      ate up the produce of their soil.
36 Then he struck down all the firstborn in their land,
      the firstfruits of all their manhood.
37 He brought out Israel, laden with silver and gold,
      and from among their tribes no one faltered.
38 Egypt was glad when they left,
      because dread of Israel had fallen on them.

39 He spread out a cloud as a covering,
      and a fire to give light at night.
40 They asked, and he brought them quail;
      he fed them well with the bread of heaven.
41 He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
      it flowed like a river in the desert.]

42 For he remembered his holy promise
      given to his servant Abraham.


A solemn call to praise and serve the Lord (vv. 1-7); His gracious dealings with Israel (vv. 8-23); Their deliverance from Egypt, and their settlement in Canaan (vv. 24-42).

Verses 1-7: Our devotion is here stirred up, that we may stir up ourselves to praise God. Seek his strength; that is, his grace; the strength of his Spirit to work in us that which is good, which we cannot do but by strength derived from him, for which he will be sought. Seek to have his favor to eternity, therefore continue seeking it while living in this world; for he will not only be found, but he will reward those that diligently seek him.

Verses 8-23: Let us remember the Redeemer's marvelous works, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth. Though true Christians are few number, strangers and pilgrims upon earth, yet a far better inheritance than Canaan is made sure to them by the covenant of God; and if we have the anointing of the Holy Spirit, none can do us any harm. Afflictions are among our mercies. They prove our faith and love, they humble our pride, they wean us from the world, and quicken our prayers. Bread is the staff which supports life; when that staff is broken, the body fails and sinks to the earth. The word of God is the staff of spiritual life, the food and support of the soul: the sorest judgment is a famine of hearing the word of the Lord. Such a famine was sore in all lands when Christ appeared in the flesh; whose coming, and the blessed effect of it, are shadowed forth in the history of Joseph. At the appointed time Christ was exalted as Mediator; all the treasures of grace and salvation are at his disposal, perishing sinners come to him, and are relieved by him.

Verses 24-42: As the believer commonly thrives best in his soul when under the cross; so the church also flourishes most in true holiness, and increases in number, while under persecution. Yet instruments shall be raised up for their deliverance, and plagues may be expected by persecutors. And see the special care God took of his people in the wilderness. All the benefits bestowed on Israel as a nation, were shadows of spiritual blessings with which we are blessed in Christ Jesus. Having redeemed us with his blood, restored our souls to holiness, and set us at liberty from Satan's bondage, he guides and guards us all the way. He satisfies our souls with the bread of heaven, and the water of life from the Rock of salvation, and will bring us safely to heaven. He redeems his servants from all iniquity, and purifies them unto himself, to be a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

From the Pentateuch
Exodus 33:1-6
Abraham’s Descendants Lament

33:1 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of Egypt, and go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ 2 I will send an angel before you and drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 3 Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way.”

4 When the people heard these distressing words, they began to mourn and no one put on any ornaments. 5 For the Lord had said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. If I were to go with you even for a moment, I might destroy you. Now take off your ornaments and I will decide what to do with you.’” 6 So the Israelites stripped off their ornaments at Mount Horeb.


The Lord refuses to go with Israel.

Those whom God pardons, must be made to know what their sin deserved. "Let them go forward as they are;" this was very expressive of God's displeasure. Though he promises to make good his covenant with Abraham, in giving them Canaan, yet he denies them the tokens of his presence they had been blessed with. The people mourned for their sin. Of all the bitter fruits and consequences of sin, true penitents most lament, and dread most, God's departure from them. Canaan itself would be no pleasant land without the Lord's presence. Those who parted with ornaments to maintain sin, could do no less than lay aside ornaments, in token of sorrow and shame for it.

From the Epistles
Romans 4:1-12
The Faith of Abraham

4:1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. 3 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

4 Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. 6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

7 “Blessed are those
     whose transgressions are forgiven,
     whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the one
     whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”

9 Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! 11 And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 12 And he is then also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.


The doctrine of justification by faith is shown by the case of Abraham.

To meet the views of the Jews, the apostle first refers to the example of Abraham, in whom the Jews gloried as their most renowned forefather. However exalted in various respects, he had nothing to boast in the presence of God, being saved by grace, through faith, even as others. Without noticing the years which passed before his call, and the failures at times in his obedience, and even in his faith, it was expressly stated in Scripture that "he believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness," Genesis 15:6. From this example it is observed, that if any man could work the full measure required by the law, the reward must be reckoned as a debt, which evidently was not the case even of Abraham, seeing faith was reckoned to him for righteousness. When believers are justified by faith, "their faith being counted for righteousness," their faith does not justify them as a part, small or great, of their righteousness; but as the appointed means of uniting them to Him who has chosen as the name whereby he shall be called, "the Lord our Righteousness." Pardoned people are the only blessed people. It clearly appears from the Scripture, that Abraham was justified several years before his circumcision. It is, therefore, plain that this rite was not necessary in order to justification. It was a sign of the original corruption of human nature. And it was such a sign as was also an outward seal, appointed not only to confirm God's promises to him and to his seed, and their obligation to be the Lord's, but likewise to assure him of his being already a real partaker of the righteousness of faith. Thus Abraham was the spiritual forefather of all believers, who walked after the example of his obedient faith. The seal of the Holy Spirit in our sanctification, making us new creatures, is the inward evidence of the righteousness of faith.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in [square brackets].

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 14, 2022


40 Days of Lenten Prayers
Day 11 — Monday of the Second Week of Lent

Lord, your commandment of love is so simple and so challenging. Help me to let go of my pride, to be humble in my penance. I want only to live the way you ask me to love, to love the way you ask me to live. I ask this through your son, Jesus, who stands at my side today and always. Amen.

The Morning Prayer for Monday, March 14, 2022


The Morning Prayer
Monday, March 14, 2022

Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory will be a canopy. It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.
Isaiah 4:5-6, NIV

Dear Father in heaven, our refuge for this day and for each day to come, touch us with the finger of your power. Be our protection and strong defense against all attacks of darkness. Where people look to you out of the darkness, let their eyes grow shining bright with the light from your eyes. Let your light shine within us and around us. Let your light bring your cause to victory, to the final great day of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Verse of the Day for Monday, March 14, 2022


Verse of the Day
Monday, March 14, 2022

2 Peter 1:5-8
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Do you ever wonder if you are maturing in your walk with the Lord? Peter offers a surefire way to know if your relationship is growing deeper and becoming more fruitful. It is not by the works you do or the sacrifices you make, but by the quality of your character and whether or not you reflect God’s glory in increasing measure (Rom. 8:29).

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Our Daily Bread — Justice and Jesus


Justice and Jesus

What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

READ Micah 6:1–8

Caesar Augustus (63 bc–ad 14), the first emperor of Rome, wanted to be known as a law-and-order ruler. Even though he built his empire on the back of slave labor, military conquest, and financial bribery, he restored a measure of legal due process and gave his citizens Iustitia, a goddess our justice system today refers to as Lady Justice. He also called for a census that brought Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem for the birth of a long-awaited ruler whose greatness would reach to the ends of the earth (Micah 5:2–4).

What neither Augustus nor the rest of the world could have anticipated is how a far greater King would live and die to show what real justice looks like. Centuries earlier, in the prophet Micah’s day, the people of God had once again lapsed into a culture of lies, violence, and “ill-gotten treasures” (6:10–12). God’s dearly loved nation had lost sight of Him. He longed for them to show their world what it meant to do right by each other and walk humbly with Him (v. 8).

It took a Servant King to personify the kind of justice that hurting, forgotten, and helpless people long for. It took the fulfillment of Micah’s prophecy in Jesus to see right relationships established between God and people, and person-to-person. This would come not in the outward enforcement of Caesar-like law-and-order, but in the freedom of the mercy, goodness, and spirit of our servant King Jesus.

By Mart DeHaan

What does it mean to you to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God? How do you see this lived out in the life of Jesus?

Father, in the name of Jesus, please help me do right by others and everyone You bring into my life.


God used Micah to challenge those who were robust in their religious expressions but deficient in righteousness and justice in day-to-day life. Jesus also rebuked the proponents of hollow religion in His day. His rebuke of the religious leaders just days before He was crucified included the words found in Matthew 23:23. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” Christ’s words echoed those of Micah 6:8 and Micah’s contemporary Isaiah found in Isaiah 1:12–17. Justice matters to Jesus.

Arthur Jackson