The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday December 15, 2017 (NIV)

Micah 1-4

The word of the Lord that came(A) to Micah(B) the Moreshite(C)—what he saw regarding Samaria and Jerusalem in the days of Jotham,(D) Ahaz,(E) and Hezekiah,(F) kings of Judah.

Coming Judgment on Israel

Listen, all you peoples;(G)
pay attention, earth[a] and everyone in it!(H)
The Lord God will be a witness against you,(I)
the Lord, from His holy temple.(J)
Look, the Lord is leaving His place(K)
and coming down to trample
the heights[b] of the earth.(L)
The mountains will melt beneath Him,
and the valleys will split apart,
like wax near a fire,(M)
like water cascading down a mountainside.
All this will happen because of Jacob’s rebellion
and the sins of the house of Israel.
What is the rebellion of Jacob?
Isn’t it Samaria?(N)
And what is the high place of Judah?(O)
Isn’t it Jerusalem?
Therefore, I will make Samaria
a heap of ruins(P) in the countryside,
a planting area(Q) for a vineyard.
I will roll her stones(R) into the valley
and expose her foundations.(S)
All her carved images will be smashed(T) to pieces;
all her wages(U) will be burned in the fire,
and I will destroy all her idols.
Since she collected the wages of a prostitute,(V)
they will be used again for a prostitute.

Micah’s Lament

Because of this I will lament and wail;
I will walk barefoot and naked.(W)
I will howl like the jackals(X)
and mourn like ostriches.[c]
For her wound is incurable(Y)
and has reached even Judah;(Z)
it has approached the gate of my people,(AA)
as far as Jerusalem.

10 Don’t announce it in Gath,(AB)
don’t weep at all.
Roll in the dust in Beth-leaphrah.
11 Depart in shameful nakedness,(AC)
you residents of Shaphir;
the residents of Zaanan(AD) will not come out.
Beth-ezel is lamenting;
its support[d] is taken from you.
12 Though the residents of Maroth
anxiously wait for something good,(AE)
disaster has come from the Lord(AF)
to the gate of Jerusalem.
13 Harness the horses to the chariot,
you residents of Lachish.(AG)
This was the beginning of sin for Daughter Zion,
because Israel’s acts of rebellion(AH) can be traced to you.
14 Therefore, send farewell gifts(AI) to Moresheth-gath;
the houses of Achzib(AJ) are a deception(AK)
to the kings of Israel.
15 I will again bring a conqueror
against you who live in Mareshah.(AL)
The nobility[e] of Israel will come to Adullam.(AM)
16 Shave yourselves bald and cut off your hair(AN)
in sorrow for your precious children;
make yourselves as bald as an eagle,
for they have been taken from you into exile.(AO)

Oppressors Judged

Woe to those who dream up wickedness
and prepare evil plans(AP) on their beds!
At morning light(AQ) they accomplish it
because the power is in their hands.(AR)
They covet fields(AS) and seize them;(AT)
they also take houses.
They deprive a man of his home,(AU)
a person of his inheritance.(AV)

Therefore, the Lord says:

I am now planning(AW) a disaster
against this nation;(AX)
you cannot free your necks from it.(AY)
Then you will not walk so proudly(AZ)
because it will be an evil time.(BA)
In that day one will take up(BB) a taunt against you,
and lament mournfully,(BC) saying,
“We are totally ruined!(BD)
He measures out the allotted land of my people.
How He removes it from me!
He allots our fields(BE) to traitors.”
Therefore, there will be no one
in the assembly of the Lord
to divide the land by casting lots.[f](BF)

God’s Word Rejected

“Quit your preaching,”(BG) they[g] preach.
“They should not preach these things;(BH)
shame will not overtake us.”[h](BI)
House of Jacob, should it be asked,
“Is the Spirit of the Lord impatient?(BJ)
Are these the things He does?”
Don’t My words bring good(BK)
to the one who walks uprightly?(BL)
But recently My people have risen up
like an enemy:(BM)
You strip off the splendid robe(BN)
from those who are passing through confidently,(BO)
like those returning from war.
You force(BP) the women of My people
out of their comfortable homes,
and you take My blessing[i](BQ)
from their children forever.
10 Get up and leave,
for this is not your place of rest,(BR)
because defilement(BS) brings destruction—
a grievous destruction!(BT)
11 If a man of wind[j] comes
and invents lies:(BU)
“I will preach to you about wine and beer,”(BV)
he would be just the preacher for this people!(BW)

The Remnant Regathered

12 I will indeed gather(BX) all of you, Jacob;
I will collect the remnant of Israel.(BY)
I will bring them together like sheep in a pen,
like a flock in the middle of its fold.
It will be noisy with people.(BZ)
13 One who breaks open the way
will advance before them;
they will break out, pass through the gate,
and leave by it.
Their King will pass through before them,
the Lord as their leader.

Unjust Leaders Judged

Then I said, “Now listen,(CA) leaders of Jacob,
you rulers of the house of Israel.
Aren’t you supposed to know what is just?(CB)
You hate good and love evil.
You tear off people’s skin(CC)
and strip their flesh from their bones.
You eat the flesh(CD) of my people
after you strip their skin from them
and break their bones.
You chop them up(CE)
like flesh for the cooking pot,
like meat in a cauldron.”
Then they will cry out(CF) to the Lord,
but He will not answer them.
He will hide His face from them at that time(CG)
because of the crimes they have committed.

False Prophets Judged

This is what the Lord says
concerning the prophets
who lead my people astray,(CH)
who proclaim(CI) peace
when they have food to sink their teeth into
but declare war against the one
who puts nothing in their mouths.
Therefore, it will be night(CJ) for you—
without visions;
it will grow dark for you—
without divination.(CK)
The sun will set(CL) on these prophets,
and the daylight will turn black over them.
Then the seers will be ashamed(CM)
and the diviners disappointed.(CN)
They will all cover their mouths[k](CO)
because there will be no answer from God.(CP)

As for me, however, I am filled with power(CQ)
by the Spirit of the Lord,
with justice and courage,
to proclaim to Jacob his rebellion
and to Israel his sin.(CR)

Zion’s Destruction

Listen to this, leaders of the house of Jacob,(CS)
you rulers of the house of Israel,
who abhor justice(CT)
and pervert everything that is right,
10 who build Zion with bloodshed(CU)
and Jerusalem with injustice.
11 Her leaders issue rulings for a bribe,(CV)
her priests teach for payment,(CW)
and her prophets practice divination for money.
Yet they lean on the Lord, saying,
“Isn’t the Lord(CX) among us?
No disaster will overtake us.”
12 Therefore, because of you,
Zion will be plowed like a field,
Jerusalem will become ruins,(CY)
and the hill of the temple mount(CZ)
will be a thicket.(DA)

The Lord’s Rule from Restored Zion

In the last days(DB)
the mountain of the Lord’s house(DC)
will be established
at the top of the mountains
and will be raised above the hills.
Peoples will stream to it,(DD)
and many nations will come and say,(DE)
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,(DF)
to the house of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us about His ways(DG)
so we may walk in His paths.”
For instruction will go out of Zion(DH)
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He will settle disputes among many peoples(DI)
and provide arbitration for strong nations
that are far away.
They will beat their swords into plows,
and their spears into pruning knives.
Nation will not take up the sword against nation,
and they will never again train for war.
But each man will sit under his grapevine(DJ)
and under his fig tree
with no one to frighten him.(DK)
For the mouth of the Lord(DL) of Hosts
has promised this.
Though all the peoples each walk
in the name of their gods,(DM)
we will walk(DN) in the name of Yahweh our God
forever and ever.(DO)

On that day—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
I will assemble the lame
and gather the scattered,(DP)
those I have injured.
I will make the lame into a remnant,(DQ)
those far removed into a strong nation.
Then the Lord will rule over them(DR) in Mount Zion
from this time on and forever.
And you, watchtower for the flock,(DS)
fortified hill[l] of Daughter Zion,
the former rule(DT) will come to you,
sovereignty will come to Daughter Jerusalem.

From Exile to Victory

Now, why are you shouting loudly?(DU)
Is there no king with you?
Has your counselor perished(DV)
so that anguish grips you like a woman in labor?
10 Writhe and cry out,[m](DW) Daughter Zion,
like a woman in labor,
for now you will leave the city(DX)
and camp in the open fields.
You will go to Babylon;
there you will be rescued;(DY)
there the Lord will redeem you(DZ)
from the power of your enemies!
11 Many nations have now assembled against you;(EA)
they say, “Let her be defiled,
and let us feast our eyes on Zion.”
12 But they do not know the Lord’s intentions(EB)
or understand His plan,
that He has gathered them
like sheaves to the threshing floor.
13 Rise and thresh,(EC) Daughter Zion,
for I will make your horns iron
and your hooves bronze,
so you can crush many peoples.(ED)
Then you[n] will set apart their plunder(EE)
to the Lord for destruction,
their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.

Footnotes:

  1. Micah 1:2 Or land
  2. Micah 1:3 Or high places
  3. Micah 1:8 Or eagle owls; lit daughters of the desert
  4. Micah 1:11 Lit its standing place; Hb obscure
  5. Micah 1:15 Lit glory
  6. Micah 2:5 Lit Lord stretching the measuring line by lot
  7. Micah 2:6 = the prophets
  8. Micah 2:6 Text emended; MT reads things. Shame will not depart.
  9. Micah 2:9 Perhaps the land
  10. Micah 2:11 Or spirit
  11. Micah 3:7 Lit mustache
  12. Micah 4:8 Or flock, Ophel
  13. Micah 4:10 Hb obscure
  14. Micah 4:13 LXX, Syr, Tg; MT reads I

Cross references:

  1. 1:1 : Hs 1:1; Jl 1:1; Zph 1:1
  2. 1:1 : 2Ch 29:5-11; 32:24-26; Jr 26:18
  3. 1:1 : Mc 1:14
  4. 1:1 : 2Kg 15:5, 32-38; 2Ch 27:1-9; Is 1:1; Hs 1:1
  5. 1:1 : 2Kg 16:1-20; 2Ch 28:1-27; Is 7:1-12
  6. 1:1 : 2Kg 18:1-20; 2Ch 29:1-31
  7. 1:2 : 1Kg 22:28; 2Ch 18:27; Jr 6:19; 22:29
  8. 1:2 : Ps 24:1; Is 34:1; Jr 47:2
  9. 1:2 : 1Sm 12:5-6; Ps 50:7; Jr 42:5; Mal 3:5
  10. 1:2 : Ps 11:4; Hab 2:20
  11. 1:3 : Is 26:21
  12. 1:3 : Am 4:13
  13. 1:4 : Ps 97:5; Is 64:1-2; Nah 1:5
  14. 1:5 : Is 7:9; Am 8:14
  15. 1:5 : 2Ch 34:3-4
  16. 1:6 : Mc 3:12
  17. 1:6 : Jr 31:5; Am 5:11
  18. 1:6 : Lm 4:1
  19. 1:6 : Ezk 13:14
  20. 1:7 : Dt 9:21; 2Ch 34:7
  21. 1:7 : Dt 23:18
  22. 1:7 : Dt 23:18
  23. 1:8 : Is 20:2-4; 32:11
  24. 1:8 : Is 13:21-22
  25. 1:9 : Is 3:26; Jr 30:12, 15
  26. 1:9 : 2Kg 18:13-16; 19:31-37; Is 8:7-8
  27. 1:9 : Mc 1:12
  28. 1:10 : 2Sm 1:20
  29. 1:11 : Ezk 23:29
  30. 1:11 : Jos 15:37
  31. 1:12 : Is 59:9-11; Jr 14:19
  32. 1:12 : Jdg 2:15; 2Kg 17:7; 21:12; Is 45:7; Mc 2:3
  33. 1:13 : Jos 10:3; 2Kg 14:19; Is 36:2
  34. 1:13 : Mc 1:5
  35. 1:14 : 2Kg 16:8
  36. 1:14 : Jos 15:44
  37. 1:14 : Jr 15:18
  38. 1:15 : Jos 15:44
  39. 1:15 : Jos 12:15; 15:35; 1Sm 22:1; 2Sm 23:13
  40. 1:16 : Jb 1:20; Is 22:12; Jr 7:29
  41. 1:16 : 2Kg 17:6; Am 7:11, 17
  42. 2:1 : Ps 36:4; Is 32:7; Nah 1:11
  43. 2:1 : Hs 7:6-7
  44. 2:1 : Gn 31:29; Dt 28:32; Pr 3:27
  45. 2:2 : Jr 22:17; Am 8:4
  46. 2:2 : Is 5:8
  47. 2:2 : 1Kg 21:1-15
  48. 2:2 : Ex 20:17; Is 5:8
  49. 2:3 : Dt 28:48; Jr 18:11
  50. 2:3 : Jr 8:3; Am 3:1-2
  51. 2:3 : Lm 1:14; 5:5
  52. 2:3 : Is 2:11-12
  53. 2:3 : Am 5:13
  54. 2:4 : Hab 2:6
  55. 2:4 : Jr 9:10, 17-21; Mc 1:8
  56. 2:4 : Is 6:11; 24:3; Jr 4:13
  57. 2:4 : Jr 6:12; 8:10
  58. 2:5 : Nm 34:13, 16-29; Jos 18:4, 10
  59. 2:6 : Is 30:10; Am 2:12; 7:16
  60. 2:6 : Is 29:10; Mc 3:6
  61. 2:6 : Mc 6:16
  62. 2:7 : Is 50:2; 59:1
  63. 2:7 : Ps 119:65, 68, 116; Jr 15:16
  64. 2:7 : Ps 15:2; 84:11
  65. 2:8 : Jr 12:8
  66. 2:8 : Mc 3:2-3; 7:2-3
  67. 2:8 : Ps 120:6-7
  68. 2:9 : Jr 10:20
  69. 2:9 : Ezk 39:21; Hab 2:14
  70. 2:10 : Dt 3:19-20; 12:8-10
  71. 2:10 : Ps 106:38
  72. 2:10 : Lv 18:25-28
  73. 2:11 : Jr 5:13, 31
  74. 2:11 : Is 28:7
  75. 2:11 : Is 30:10-11
  76. 2:12 : Mc 4:6-7
  77. 2:12 : 2Kg 19:31; Mc 5:7-8; 7:18
  78. 2:12 : Jr 23:3; Ezk 36:35-38
  79. 3:1 : Is 1:10; Mc 3:9
  80. 3:1 : Ps 82:1-5; Jr 5:5
  81. 3:2 : Ps 53:4; Ezk 22:27; Mc 2:8; 7:2-3
  82. 3:3 : Ps 14:4; 27:2; Zph 3:3
  83. 3:3 : Ezk 11:3, 6-7
  84. 3:4 : Ps 18:41; Pr 1:28; Is 1:15; Jr 11:11
  85. 3:4 : Dt 31:17; Is 59:2
  86. 3:5 : Is 3:12; 9:15-16; Jr 14:14-15
  87. 3:5 : Jr 6:14
  88. 3:6 : Is 8:20-22; 29:10-12
  89. 3:6 : Dt 18:10; Jos 13:22
  90. 3:6 : Is 59:10
  91. 3:7 : Zch 13:4
  92. 3:7 : Is 44:25; 47:12-14
  93. 3:7 : Lv 13:45; Lm 4:13-15; Ezk 24:17, 22; Mc 7:16
  94. 3:7 : 1Sm 28:6; Is 29:9-12; Mc 3:4
  95. 3:8 : Is 61:1-2; Jr 1:18
  96. 3:8 : Is 58:1
  97. 3:9 : Mc 3:1
  98. 3:9 : Ps 58:1-2; Is 1:23
  99. 3:10 : Jr 22:13, 17; Hab 2:12
  100. 3:11 : Is 1:23; Mc 7:3
  101. 3:11 : Jr 6:13
  102. 3:11 : Is 48:2
  103. 3:12 : Jr 9:11
  104. 3:12 : Mc 4:1
  105. 3:12 : Jr 26:18
  106. 4:1-3 : Is 2:2-4; Dn 2:28; 10:14; Hs 3:5; Mc 5:10
  107. 4:1 : Ezk 43:12; Mc 3:12; Zch 8:3
  108. 4:1 : Ps 22:27; 86:9; Jr 3:17
  109. 4:2 : Zch 2:11; 14:16
  110. 4:2 : Is 56:6-7; Jr 31:6
  111. 4:2 : Ps 25:8-9, 12; Is 54:13
  112. 4:2 : Is 42:1-4; Zch 14:8-9
  113. 4:3 : Is 11:3-5
  114. 4:4 : 1Kg 4:25; Zch 3:10
  115. 4:4 : Lv 26:6; Jr 30:10
  116. 4:4 : Is 1:20; 40:5
  117. 4:5 : 2Kg 17:29
  118. 4:5 : Zch 10:12
  119. 4:5 : Jos 24:15; Is 26:8, 13
  120. 4:6 : Is 35:6; Jr 31:8; Mc 2:12; Zph 3:19
  121. 4:7 : Mc 5:7-8; 7:18; Mt 11:5; Lk 14:21
  122. 4:7 : Is 24:23
  123. 4:8 : Ps 48:3, 12; 61:3
  124. 4:8 : Is 1:26; Zch 9:10
  125. 4:9 : Jr 8:19
  126. 4:9 : Is 3:1-3
  127. 4:10 : Mc 5:3
  128. 4:10 : 2Kg 20:18; Hs 2:14
  129. 4:10 : Is 43:14; 45:13; Mc 7:8-12
  130. 4:10 : Is 48:20; 52:9-12
  131. 4:11 : Is 5:25-30; 17:12-14
  132. 4:12 : Ps 147:19-20
  133. 4:13 : Is 41:15
  134. 4:13 : Jr 51:20-23
  135. 4:13 : Is 60:9

Revelation 6

The First Seal on the Scroll

Then I saw[a] the Lamb open one of the seven[b] seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!”[c][d] I looked, and there was a white horse.(A) The horseman on it had a bow; a crown was given to him, and he went out as a victor to conquer.[e]

The Second Seal

When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!”[f][g] Then another horse went out, a fiery red one, and its horseman was empowered[h] to take peace from the earth, so that people would slaughter one another. And a large sword was given to him.(B)

The Third Seal

When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!”[i][j] And I looked, and there was a black horse. The horseman on it had a set of scales in his hand. Then I heard something like a voice among the four living creatures say, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius—but do not harm the olive oil and the wine.”

The Fourth Seal

When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!”[k][l] And I looked, and there was a pale green[m] horse. The horseman on it was named Death, and Hades was following after him. Authority was given to them[n](C) over a fourth of the earth, to kill by the sword, by famine, by plague, and by the wild animals of the earth.

The Fifth Seal

When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the people[o] slaughtered because of God’s word and the testimony they had.[p](D) 10 They cried out with a loud voice: “Lord,[q] the One who is holy and true, how long until You judge and avenge our blood from those who live on the earth?” 11 So a white robe was given to each of them, and they were told to rest a little while longer until the number would be completed of their fellow slaves and their brothers, who were going to be killed just as they had been.

The Sixth Seal

12 Then I saw Him open[r] the sixth seal. A violent earthquake occurred; the sun turned black like sackcloth(E) made of goat hair; the entire moon[s] became like blood; 13 the stars[t] of heaven fell to the earth as a fig tree drops its unripe figs when shaken by a high wind; 14 the sky separated like a scroll being rolled up; and every mountain and island was moved from its place.

15 Then the kings of the earth, the nobles, the military commanders, the rich, the powerful, and every slave and free person hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains.(F) 16 And they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us(G) from the face of the One seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17 because the great day of Their[u] wrath has come! And who is able to stand?”(H)

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 6:1 Lit saw when
  2. Revelation 6:1 Other mss omit seven
  3. Revelation 6:1 Other mss add and see
  4. Revelation 6:1 Or Go!
  5. Revelation 6:2 Lit went out conquering and in order to conquer
  6. Revelation 6:3 Other mss add and see
  7. Revelation 6:3 Or Go!
  8. Revelation 6:4 Or was granted; lit was given
  9. Revelation 6:5 Other mss add and see
  10. Revelation 6:5 Or Go!
  11. Revelation 6:7 Other mss add and see
  12. Revelation 6:7 Or Go!
  13. Revelation 6:8 Or a greenish gray
  14. Revelation 6:8 Other mss read him
  15. Revelation 6:9 Lit souls
  16. Revelation 6:9 Other mss add about the Lamb
  17. Revelation 6:10 Or Master
  18. Revelation 6:12 Lit I saw when He opened
  19. Revelation 6:12 Or the full moon
  20. Revelation 6:13 Perhaps meteors
  21. Revelation 6:17 Other mss read His

Psalm 134

Psalm 134

Call to Evening Worship

A song of ascents.

Now praise the Lord,
all you servants of the Lord
who stand in the Lord’s house at night!(A)
Lift up your hands in the holy place
and praise the Lord!(B)

May the Lord,
Maker of heaven and earth,
bless you from Zion.(C)

Proverbs 30:1-4

The Words of Agur

30 The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The oracle.[a](A)

The man’s oration to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal:[b]

I am more stupid than any other man,[c]
and I lack man’s ability to understand.(B)
I have not gained wisdom,
and I have no knowledge of the Holy One.(C)
Who has gone up to heaven and come down?(D)
Who has gathered the wind in His hands?
Who has bound up the waters in a cloak?(E)
Who has established all the ends of the earth?(F)
What is His name,
and what is the name of His Son—
if you know?(G)

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 30:1 Or son of Jakeh from Massa; Pr 31:1
  2. Proverbs 30:1 Hb uncertain. Sometimes read with different word division as oration: I am weary, God, I am weary, God, and I am exhausted, or oration: I am not God, I am not God, that I should prevail. LXX reads My son, fear my words and when you have received them repent. The man says these things to the believers in God, and I pause.
  3. Proverbs 30:2 Lit I am more stupid than a man

12/14/2017 DAB Transcript

Jonah 1:1-4:11, Revelations 5:1-14, Psalms 133:1-3, Proverbs 29:26-27

Today is December 14th. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian, like I’ve been every day, every day as longs I can remember. And, I guess I’m just reminding myself every day, as if you hadn’t figured it out by now. Here’s the thing though, there’s new people, new friends every single day. So, I’m Brian. I’m introducing myself. It’s good to be here with you today and I’m excited for where we’re headed into the Scriptures today. We will read the entire book of Jonah today before moving into the New Testament book of Revelation.

Jonah:

So, let’s talk about Jonah because Jonah is one of the books of prophecy in the Scriptures, but it’s got a twist. Jonah was a man who lived around the eighth century BC. So, many centuries before the New Testament times. And he lived just north of Nazareth, which at the time, would’ve put them in the northern kingdom. Right? So, this is the time where the kingdoms have split. You’ve got the southern kingdom of Judah in the northern kingdom of Israel. And, so, he’s living in the northern kingdom during the reign of Jeroboam. And, although he was a prophet, his mission wasn’t to call Israel back to repentance or to remind them of their covenant or anything like that. It wasn’t to forecast the destruction of Israel’s enemies either. His mission is to leave his homeland, go into the land of Nineveh, people who were enemies of Israel enemies of God, and to call them to repentance. So, Jonah’s not happy about this, and his pride and fear of his fellow countrymen have them on a ship, sailing in the other direction, quickly. And, obviously, the story of Jonah and the whale is a famous story. Jonah ends up in the belly of a great fish. And after three days of repentance he’s then spit out on the shore alive. And, so, there’s obviously a foreshadowing here. And many see it as a foreshadowing of Christ in this story. And there are also obvious parallels in our own lives. When we allow fear and pride to lead us into disobedience, which is similar to the proverb we were talking about yesterday. Right? The fear of man is a snare, is a trap, but those who trust in the Lord will be protected. So, when we allow fear and pride, anxiety to lead us into disobedience, we find ourselves quickly on the run, but running away from God is a pretty difficult thing to do because He has decided not to surrender us, which is the story we have been reading all year long. God loves us enough to never stop pursuing us. And, although Jonah found himself in the belly of a great fish, it became his salvation. He would’ve drowned in the open sea. And, although the journey must have been unspeakably uncomfortable, God used the great fish to deliver him alive and well on the shore. And we may find that our journeys look similar. And it’s important to consider the fact that maybe God isn’t punishing us. Maybe we’re in a really uncomfortable situation because we’ve been running, but maybe what’s happening right now is that we’re being rescued. And, so, we begin. Jonah chapter 1 verse 1 through 4:11. And we’re reading from the Holman Christian Standard Bible this week.

Commentary:

Okay. We read the entire book of Jonah and we need to talk about Jonah, just a little bit, since we have only this one day in the book of Jonah because it’s a story that’s meant to hit us on a number of levels and to cause us to examine our thoughts and words and deeds. So, when we are talking about Jonah at the beginning, before we read it, we gave a little bit of the backdrop, that Jonah is a prophet in the northern kingdom of Israel, but he’s being sent to prophesy to his enemies. And Jonah knows God’s reputation as a merciful, compassionate God. So, we have Jonah’s personal struggle inside himself, he does not want to go to the people that he considers his enemies and see anything but God’s judgment descend upon Nineveh and destroy it. But he also knows how compassionate and long-suffering God can be and that he’s being sent to prophesy repentance to them. And what if they actually listen? Then God will be merciful. And he doesn’t want Nineveh to receive God’s mercy. He wants them to be destroyed because of their history. Nineveh was a very, very powerful, influential city. The prophet Nahum prophesies against the city of Nineveh. So, here is Jonah being sent there. He’s got to go on a 500 mile journey and he doesn’t want to do this, not only because of his own feelings, but what’s he going to tell everybody? Hey, my fellow prophets, hey, my fellow Israelites, I know I’ve been prophesying around here, but I’m going to head to Nineveh and deliver the word of the Lord to our enemies. Hopefully they don’t listen any better than we do, and that they receive judgment, but who knows. I mean, if Jonah goes to Nineveh and Nineveh repents and turns toward God, then how can he go home? So, instead he gets on a ship and he’s heading for Tarshish. So, he’s like going 2500 miles in the other direction, if he can succeed. He doesn’t want the reputation of being the prophet that went to Nineveh. And, so, he runs in the other direction, which gives us ample opportunity to look at how were running right now, and why, and what patterns this brings up, and how we’ve been running for so long. So, as the story goes, Jonah’s not successful in running from God. He finds himself in the stormy seas to drown and he’s swallowed up by a fish and you can only imagine…I mean…you can only imagine that experience because there aren’t very many fish we would sign up to be swallowed by to find out what this is really like. This cannot be anything but terrifying. And, so, Jonah is praying, as you would expect a person who’s been swallowed by a great fish to be doing, because Jonah realizes at some point, he’s not dead. He may have been in the belly of the fish thinking, okay, I’m dead, like, I don’t what…this is the afterlife. But, at some point, he begins to call out to God saying, like, in my distress You answered me, in the belly of death of Sheol You heard my voice. I know that everything is happening is happening because You had a mission and I didn’t listen. But if I return to the daylight, like, if I return to the land of living then I will. And that’s how it happens. Jonah is spit on dry land and one can only imagine what a person would look like after they’ve been in the belly of a great fish for three days. He probably looks similar to what Hollywood would depict as a zombie, come back from the dead. Like, he doesn’t look right, and the word probably begins to spread. And Jonah’s got to finish his journey and go to Nineveh, which is a very big city. And he walks in a day and he gets somewhere, you know, in the thick of the city, and gives the message and the people respond. And they respond in a way that Jonah, still, after all that he’s been through, still does not want to see. He does not want their repentance. He wants their destruction. And he’s obeyed God and he’s seeing God at work in the city of Nineveh, and he doesn’t want to see this. And he’s outside the city, kind of waiting to find out what the final verdict is - will God spare this city or will God destroy this city? And he’s just like, I knew this was going happen, like, I knew this is how it was going to go down. This is why I didn’t want to come here in the first place. And God asks him a simple question, a simple question that we should hear in our own head, a lot of times. ‘Is it right for you to be angry?’ Because Jonah’s just sitting out there going, I want to die. It would be better for me…like…I can’t deal with Your mercy for these people. I knew you were going to do this. Just take my life. And God’s like…’is it right for you to be angry?’ Of course, then, you know, this plant comes and shelters him and then the plant goes away the next day. And he’s so mad, Jonah’s so mad, because it looks like Nineveh is going to be spared and his shade is gone. And God asks him, ‘is it right, Jonah, that you should be angry about the plant?’ And Jonah’s like, it’s absolutely right, I should be angry about the plant. I’m so mad I want to die. And it’s here that God speaks the final words in the book of Jonah on the lesson that we all need to pay attention to. God tells Jonah, you didn’t do anything to make the plant grown give you shade. I did that. You don’t have any right to be angry that it went away. You didn’t have anything to do with it in the first place. And as for these people in the city, they don’t know what they’re doing. They don’t their right hand from their left. And basically, who are you to tell me who I should care about. You don’t have a voice in this judgment. You don’t have anything to do with it. You didn’t make this city. And this should give us pause because we judge all the time. And it finds its way into nearly every aspect of our lives. And as we do it, we can’t imagine that that God doesn’t feel the same way that we do. And then we run into brick walls, like the book of Jonah, realizing that were sitting in judgment of things that we don’t have anything to do with. Or walling ourselves off from people that we don’t agree with and with that we can’t imagine that God feels any different. We even do this inside the Christian faith, who understand things differently than we do. The book of Jonah is showing us in a very, very dramatic story what we do all the time in all kinds of ways in all kinds of contexts. And when we find ourselves going to these places, we need to remember God’s question. Is it right for you to be angry? Jonah thinks he has every right to be angry. His culture and his history are telling him to be angry. The problem is, he’s angry about what God is doing in a redemptive way. And as God points out, he has no right to be angry. He’s looking at the Ninevites through the lens of his culture, but God wants to give them a chance to repent. And they do for a while and they are spared. So, we have to wonder how many times we have judged something or been angry about something that, ultimately, God was in and doing. And this invites us to be a little bit more patient and a little bit more observant and a little less judgmental about things we don’t have anything to do with. Thank God that He is merciful and that He is long-suffering and that He is patient or we would all be toast. And if God wants to be merciful and long-suffering and patient in situations that we would rather that He just, you know, send fire from heaven and consume in judgment, then is it right for us to be angry, which is the ultimate question God poses to Jonah.

Prayer:

Father, we invite Your Holy Spirit into that because the truth is, if we could just step outside of ourselves and observe ourselves for a day, we would see they were judging a lot of things, wanting a lot of things that happen, so that they will happen in our favor. And it brings us to anger when it’s not like that. And so often we find ourselves in anger without even asking the question, are You in this, are You doing something that I cannot see. So, we invite Your Holy Spirit into that. We need You in those places within us. Come, Holy Spirit. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday December 14, 2017 (NIV)

Jonah 1-4

Jonah’s Flight

The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai:(A) “Get up!(B) Go to the great city(C) of Nineveh(D) and preach against it,(E) because their wickedness(F) has confronted[a] Me.”(G) However, Jonah got up to flee to Tarshish(H) from the Lord’s presence.(I) He went down(J) to Joppa(K) and found a ship going to Tarshish. He paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish, from the Lord’s presence.

Then the Lord hurled(L) a violent wind on the sea,(M) and such a violent storm arose on the sea that the ship threatened to break apart. The sailors were afraid, and each cried out to his god.(N) They threw the ship’s cargo into the sea to lighten the load.(O) Meanwhile, Jonah had gone down to the lowest part of the vessel and had stretched out and fallen into a deep sleep.(P)

The captain approached him and said, “What are you doing sound asleep? Get up! Call to your god.[b](Q) Maybe this god will consider us,(R) and we won’t perish.”

“Come on!” the sailors said to each other. “Let’s cast lots.(S) Then we’ll know who is to blame for this trouble we’re in.” So they cast lots, and the lot singled out Jonah.(T) Then they said to him, “Tell us who is to blame for this trouble we’re in.(U) What is your business(V) and where are you from? What is your country and what people are you from?”

He answered them, “I’m a Hebrew.(W) I worship[c] Yahweh,(X) the God of the heavens,(Y) who made the sea(Z) and the dry land.”

10 Then the men were even more afraid and said to him, “What is this you’ve done?” The men knew he was fleeing from the Lord’s presence,(AA) because he had told them. 11 So they said to him, “What should we do to you to calm this sea that’s against us?” For the sea was getting worse and worse.

12 He answered them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea[d] so it may quiet down for you, for I know that I’m to blame(AB) for this violent storm that is against you.” 13 Nevertheless, the men rowed hard to get back to dry land, but they couldn’t because the sea was raging against them more and more.

14 So they called out to the Lord:(AC) “Please, Yahweh, don’t let us perish because of this man’s life, and don’t charge us with innocent blood! For You, Yahweh, have done just as You pleased.”(AD) 15 Then they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea stopped its raging.(AE) 16 The men feared the Lord(AF) even more, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.(AG)

17 [e]Now the Lord had appointed a huge fish(AH) to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in[f] the fish three days and three nights.(AI)

Jonah’s Prayer

Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside[g] the fish:(AJ)

I called to the Lord in my distress,(AK)
and He answered me.
I cried out for help in the belly of Sheol;(AL)
You heard my voice.(AM)
You threw me into the depths,(AN)
into the heart of the seas,(AO)
and the current[h] overcame me.
All Your breakers and Your billows swept over me.(AP)
But I said: I have been banished(AQ)
from Your sight,(AR)
yet I will look once more[i]
toward Your holy temple.(AS)
The waters engulfed me up to the neck;[j](AT)
the watery depths overcame me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.(AU)
I sank to the foundations of the mountains;(AV)
the earth with its prison bars closed behind me forever!(AW)
But You raised my life(AX) from the Pit, Lord my God!(AY)
As my life was fading away,(AZ)
I remembered Yahweh.(BA)
My prayer came to You,(BB)
to Your holy temple.(BC)
Those who cling to worthless idols(BD)
forsake faithful love,(BE)
but as for me, I will sacrifice(BF) to You
with a voice of thanksgiving.(BG)
I will fulfill(BH) what I have vowed.
Salvation[k] is from the Lord!(BI)

10 Then the Lord commanded the fish,(BJ) and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

Jonah’s Preaching

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time:(BK) “Get up! Go to the great city of Nineveh(BL) and preach(BM) the message that I tell you.” So Jonah got up and went to Nineveh according to the Lord’s command.

Now Nineveh was an extremely large city,[l](BN) a three-day walk.[m] Jonah set out on the first day of his walk in the city and proclaimed,(BO) “In 40 days Nineveh will be demolished!” The men of Nineveh believed in God.[n] They proclaimed a fast(BP) and dressed in sackcloth—from the greatest of them to the least.

When word reached the king of Nineveh, he got up from his throne, took off his royal robe, put on sackcloth,(BQ) and sat in ashes. Then he issued a decree(BR) in Nineveh:

By order of the king and his nobles: No man or beast, herd or flock, is to taste anything at all. They must not eat or drink water. Furthermore, both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth, and everyone must call out earnestly to God.(BS) Each must turn from his evil ways(BT) and from the violence[o] he is doing.[p] Who knows?(BU) God may turn and relent; He may turn from His burning anger so that we will not perish.(BV)

10 Then God saw their actions—that they had turned from their evil ways(BW)—so God relented from the disaster(BX) He had threatened to do to them. And He did not do it.

Jonah’s Anger

But Jonah was greatly displeased and became furious.(BY) He prayed to the Lord:(BZ) “Please, Lord, isn’t this what I said while I was still in my own country? That’s why I fled toward Tarshish in the first place.(CA) I knew that You are a merciful and compassionate God,(CB) slow to become angry, rich in faithful love, and One who relents from sending disaster.(CC) And now, Lord, please take my life from me,(CD) for it is better for me to die than to live.”(CE)

The Lord asked, “Is it right for you to be angry?”

Jonah left the city and sat down east of it.(CF) He made himself a shelter there and sat in its shade to see what would happen to the city. Then the Lord God appointed a plant,[q] and it grew up to provide shade over Jonah’s head to ease his discomfort.[r] Jonah was greatly pleased with the plant. When dawn came the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, and it withered.(CG)

As the sun was rising, God appointed a scorching east wind.(CH) The sun beat down so much on Jonah’s head(CI) that he almost fainted, and he wanted to die. He said, “It’s better for me to die than to live.”(CJ)

Then God asked Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”

“Yes,” he replied. “It is right. I’m angry enough to die!”

10 So the Lord said, “You cared about the plant, which you did not labor over and did not grow. It appeared in a night and perished in a night. 11 Should I not care about the great city of Nineveh,(CK) which has more than 120,000 people[s] who cannot distinguish between their right and their left,(CL) as well as many animals?”(CM)

Footnotes:

  1. Jonah 1:2 Or has come up to
  2. Jonah 1:6 Or God
  3. Jonah 1:9 Or fear
  4. Jonah 1:12 Lit sea that’s against you
  5. Jonah 1:17 Jnh 2:1 in Hb
  6. Jonah 1:17 Lit in the belly of
  7. Jonah 2:1 Lit from the belly of
  8. Jonah 2:3 Lit river
  9. Jonah 2:4 LXX reads said: Indeed, will I look . . . ?
  10. Jonah 2:5 Or me, threatening my life
  11. Jonah 2:9 Or Deliverance
  12. Jonah 3:3 Or was a great city to God
  13. Jonah 3:3 Probably the time required to cover the city on foot
  14. Jonah 3:5 Or believed God
  15. Jonah 3:8 Or injustice
  16. Jonah 3:8 Lit violence in their hands
  17. Jonah 4:6 A castor-oil plant or a climbing gourd
  18. Jonah 4:6 Lit to deliver him from his evil
  19. Jonah 4:11 Or men

Cross references:

  1. 1:1 : 2Kg 14:25; Jnh 3:1; Mt 12:39-41; 16:4; Lk 11:29-30, 32
  2. 1:2 : Nm 22:20; Dt 10:11; Jos 7:10
  3. 1:2 : Jnh 3:2-3; 4:11
  4. 1:2 : Gn 10:11; 2Kg 19:36; Is 37:37; Nah 1:1; Zph 2:13
  5. 1:2 : Dt 15:9; 24:15; 2Kg 23:17; Is 58:1
  6. 1:2 : Jnh 3:8
  7. 1:2 : Gn 18:20; Hs 7:2
  8. 1:3 : Is 23:1, 6, 10; Jr 10:9
  9. 1:3 : Gn 4:16; Ps 139:7, 9-10
  10. 1:3 : Jnh 2:6
  11. 1:3 : 2Ch 2:16; Ezr 3:7; Ac 9:36, 43
  12. 1:4 : 1Sm 18:11; 20:33; Is 22:17; Jr 22:26-28
  13. 1:4 : Ps 107:25-28; 135:7
  14. 1:5 : 1Kg 18:26
  15. 1:5 : Ac 27:18-19, 38
  16. 1:5 : Gn 2:21; 15:12; Jdg 4:21; Dn 8:18; 10:9; 1Th 5:6
  17. 1:6 : Ps 107:28
  18. 1:6 : 2Sm 12:22; Am 5:15; Jnh 3:9
  19. 1:7 : Jos 7:14-18; 1Sm 10:20-21; 14:41-42; Pr 16:33; Ac 1:23-26
  20. 1:7 : Nm 32:23; Pr 16:33
  21. 1:8 : Jos 7:19; 1Sm 14:43
  22. 1:8 : Gn 47:3; 1Sm 30:13
  23. 1:9 : Gn 14:13; 39:14; Ex 1:15; 2:13; 1Sm 4:6
  24. 1:9 : 2Kg 17:25, 28, 32-33
  25. 1:9 : Gn 24:3, 7; Ezr 1:2; Neh 1:4; Ps 136:26; Dn 2:18
  26. 1:9 : Neh 9:6; Ps 95:5; 146:6
  27. 1:10 : Jb 27:22; Jnh 1:3
  28. 1:12 : 2Sm 24:17; 1Ch 21:17
  29. 1:14 : Ps 107:28
  30. 1:14 : Ps 51:18; 115:3; 135:6; Pr 21:1; Is 55:11; Lm 3:37-39; Dn 4:34-35; Mt 11:25
  31. 1:15 : Ps 65:7; 93:3-4; 107:29
  32. 1:16 : Is 59:19; Mc 7:17; Zph 2:11; Mal 1:14; Lk 8:22-25
  33. 1:16 : Ps 50:14; 66:13-14; 76:11; 116:17-18
  34. 1:17 : Gn 9:2; Nm 11:22; 1Kg 4:33; Ps 8:8
  35. 1:17 : Mt 12:40; 16:4; Lk 11:29-30; Jn 11:6, 14
  36. 2:1 : Jb 13:15; Ps 130:1-2; Lm 3:53-56
  37. 2:2 : 1Sm 30:6; Ps 18:4-6; 22:24; 120:1
  38. 2:2 : Ps 18:5-6; 86:13; 88:1-7; Is 28:15; 38:18
  39. 2:2 : Ps 34:7
  40. 2:3 : Ps 69:1-2, 14-15; Lm 3:54
  41. 2:3 : Neh 9:11
  42. 2:3 : Ps 42:7
  43. 2:4 : Lv 21:7
  44. 2:4 : Ps 31:22-23; Jr 7:15
  45. 2:4 : 1Kg 8:38; 2Ch 6:38; Ps 5:7; 138:2
  46. 2:5 : Ps 69:1-2; 105:18; Pr 23:2; Lm 3:54
  47. 2:5 : Ps 18:4-5
  48. 2:6 : Ps 116:3
  49. 2:6 : Jb 38:10; Ps 9:13; Is 38:10; Mt 16:18
  50. 2:6 : Jb 33:28; Ps 16:10; 30:3; Is 38:17
  51. 2:6 : Ps 30:3; 86:13
  52. 2:7 : Ps 142:3
  53. 2:7 : 2Sm 14:11; Ps 77:10-11; 143:5
  54. 2:7 : 2Ch 30:27; Ps 18:6
  55. 2:7 : Ps 11:4; 65:4; 88:2; Mc 1:2; Hab 2:20
  56. 2:8 : 2Kg 17:15; Ps 31:6; Jr 16:18
  57. 2:8 : Ps 31:6
  58. 2:9 : Ps 50:14, 23; Jr 33:11; Hs 14:2
  59. 2:9 : Ps 26:7
  60. 2:9 : Jb 22:27; Ps 22:25; 116:14, 18; Ec 5:4-5
  61. 2:9 : Ps 3:8; Is 12:2; 45:17; Rv 7:10
  62. 2:10 : Jnh 1:17
  63. 3:1 : Jnh 1:1
  64. 3:2 : Zph 2:13-15
  65. 3:2 : Jr 1:17; Ezk 2:7
  66. 3:3 : Gn 10:11-12; Jnh 1:2; 4:11
  67. 3:4 : 2Kg 18:26-28; Mt 12:41; Lk 11:32
  68. 3:5 : Dn 9:3; Jl 1:14
  69. 3:6 : 1Kg 21:27; Est 4:1-4; Jr 6:26; Ezk 27:30-31
  70. 3:7 : 2Ch 20:3; Ezr 8:21
  71. 3:8 : Ps 130:1; Jnh 1:6, 14
  72. 3:8 : Is 1:16-19; 55:6-7; Jr 18:11
  73. 3:9 : 2Sm 12:22; Jl 2:14
  74. 3:9 : Jr 18:7-8
  75. 3:10 : 1Kg 21:27-29; 2Kg 17:13; 2Ch 7:14; Jr 18:11; 31:18
  76. 3:10 : Ex 32:14; Am 7:3, 6
  77. 4:1 : Jnh 4:9; Mt 20:15; Lk 15:28
  78. 4:2 : Jr 20:7
  79. 4:2 : Jnh 1:3
  80. 4:2 : Ex 34:6; Nm 14:18; Ps 86:5, 15; Jl 2:13
  81. 4:2 : Neh 9:17
  82. 4:3 : 1Kg 19:4; Jb 6:8-9
  83. 4:3 : Jb 7:15-16; Ec 7:1
  84. 4:5 : 1Kg 19:9, 13
  85. 4:7 : Jl 1:12
  86. 4:8 : Ezk 19:12; Hs 13:15
  87. 4:8 : Ps 121:6; Is 49:10
  88. 4:8 : Jnh 4:3
  89. 4:11 : Jnh 3:10
  90. 4:11 : Dt 1:39; Is 7:16
  91. 4:11 : Ps 36:6

Revelation 5

The Lamb Takes the Scroll

Then I saw in the right hand of the One seated on the throne a scroll with writing on the inside and on the back,(A) sealed with seven seals. I also saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or even to look in it. And I cried and cried because no one was found worthy to open[a] the scroll or even to look in it.

Then one of the elders said to me, “Stop crying. Look! The Lion from the tribe of Judah,(B) the Root of David,(C) has been victorious(D) so that He may open the scroll and[b] its seven seals.” Then I saw One like a slaughtered lamb standing between[c] the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God(E) sent into all the earth. He came and took the scroll[d] out of the right hand of the One seated on the throne.

The Lamb Is Worthy

When He took the scroll, the four living creatures and the 24 elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song:(F)

You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because You were slaughtered,
and You redeemed[e] people[f]
for God by Your blood
from every tribe and language
and people and nation.(G)
10 You made them a kingdom[g]
and priests to our God,(H)
and they will reign on the earth.

11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels around the throne, and also of the living creatures and of the elders. Their number was countless thousands, plus thousands of thousands. 12 They said with a loud voice:

The Lamb who was slaughtered is worthy
to receive power and riches
and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and blessing!

13 I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, on the sea, and everything in them say:

Blessing and honor and glory and dominion
to the One seated on the throne,
and to the Lamb, forever and ever!

14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 5:4 Other mss add and read
  2. Revelation 5:5 Other mss add loose
  3. Revelation 5:6 Or standing in the middle of
  4. Revelation 5:7 Other mss include the scroll
  5. Revelation 5:9 Or purchased
  6. Revelation 5:9 Other mss read us
  7. Revelation 5:10 Other mss read them kings

Psalm 133

Psalm 133

Living in Harmony

A Davidic song of ascents.

How good and pleasant it is
when brothers live together in harmony!(A)
It is like fine oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down Aaron’s beard
onto his robes.(B)
It is like the dew of Hermon[a]
falling on the mountains of Zion.(C)
For there the Lord has appointed the blessing—
life forevermore.(D)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 133:3 The tallest mountain in the region, noted for its abundant precipitation

Proverbs 29:26-27

26 Many seek a ruler’s favor,(A)
but a man receives justice from the Lord.(B)

27 An unjust man is detestable to the righteous,
and one whose way is upright
is detestable to the wicked.(C)

12/13/2017 DAB Transcript

Obadiah 1-21, Revelations 4:1-11, Psalms 132:1-18, Proverbs 29:24-25

Today is the 13th day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s good to be here with you today. And that from the Old Testament today, we will read in its entirety, the book of Obadiah before moving onto the next step forward in the book of Revelation.

Obadiah:

The book of Obadiah has but 21 versus, making it the shortest book in the Old Testament. And, yet, it deals with a very long-running family issue. Contained in this one chapter is a prophecy of the complete destruction and doom of the Edomites. And if we look back on the beginning of our adventure through the Bible, we’ll remember the story of Jacob and Esau. And Jacob’s descendants became the children of Israel. Right? Jacob’s name was changed to Israel. He had kids. They were children. The children of Israel. Esau’s descendants became the Edomites. And they were often in conflict. When God delivered the children of Israel from slavery and bondage in Egypt, the Edomites wouldn’t allow them to pass through their land on the way to their promise land. And at other points in history, when Israel was being attacked and overrun, the Edomites stood by silent just watching it all go down. And God reached the end of his patience. And, through the prophet Obadiah, predicts destruction. We have good application for this today too, for although we’ve been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, and have been made children of God, therefore making us all family, all too often we see brothers and sisters at war with one another. We’re standing by silently as brothers and sisters are destroyed before our eyes, often on the Internet. And perhaps they’re getting what they deserve in our judgment. The book of Obadiah shows us a very clear picture of how God feels about this. And, so, we begin Obadiah chapter 1 verses 1 through 21.

Commentary:

Okay. So, we need to talk about this proverb for a second because Proverbs 29:25 is worth committing to memory, is worth carrying around with you, is worth having at your fingertips. Because heeding it can change the path that your life is on. It can change the trajectory of where you’re going. It can shift your orientation to what you think is going on around you, inside of you. Because, for the most part, as a culture, as a people, even as believers in Jesus, we don’t heed this proverb’s wisdom. And when we look starkly at what not paying attention to what this proverb is saying is doing to us, it becomes pretty clear how profoundly this is affecting us. And the proverb says, ‘the fear of man is a snare, but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected.’ Now this word fear, as it’s translated into English here, is a word that means trembling, anxiety, care, dread, as well as fear. And we all seem to carry that as sort of like a base layer of a motion somewhere down inside of us, this anxiety that’s just always on the alert. And its deep within us. It touches our identity. Our fears can speak that deeply. And then to gauge how anxious we should be in a situation, we begin the comparison game. How I am I doing compared to him or her or them? And then it feeds into all of this anxiety. And because it’s uncomfortable or painful, it feels true, and it shifts our identity and value of ourselves, and it becomes for us exactly what the Scriptures say, a snare, a trap. And all we have to do is kind of look back over the last 24 hours. Look at our interactions and find the point at which anxiety was rising up in us, fear was coming up inside of us, and for the most part we’ll find that there attached to a fear of man, fear of others in some way. And so, we’re being counseled from thousands of years ago that this is a trap. It’s exposing where our trust truly lies. And as the proverb goes on, ‘the one who trusts in the Lord is protected.’ So, when our identity is rooted in the trust of the Lord, that’s a totally different outcome than when our identity is rooted in the fear of man. And if we’ll just go through the next 24 hours, watching ourselves when we were feeling anxious, when fear seems to be overwhelming us, we can detach from that for a second just to observe - where did this come from, why is this happening, how can I follow the trail back - and we’ll find where our fears lie, and we’ll find that we’re not trusting the Lord in it.

Prayer:

Father, we take this counsel, we heed it, it’s true, and it certainly can change things. So, we begin to observe ourselves and invite Your Holy Spirit to show us how so many of our fears are connected and are trapping us, are snaring us, because we’re ultimately afraid of each other or in competition with one another, rather than resting in the fact that we are Your children and You’re protecting us, and that we can, should, must trust You. Come Holy Spirit. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Community Prayer Requests and Praise Reports:

Good morning Daily Audio Bible community. This is Diane O. B. in Newburg Indiana calling. And this is a prayer call and a praise report. And first of all, I want to say I am praying for this lady in California that is studying for her board exams, that had some really tragic things happen to her because her parents wanted a boy rather than a girl. I’ve been praying for you honey, every single day, and the Lord has been giving me a heart to pray for you and I believe you have the mind of Christ and you do think the thoughts of Christ. And when you take these board exams, I believe you are doing them at the end of December, you are going to pass with flying colors. And I thank You Lord for granting this wish and desire and prayer of mine. I’m going to be praying for you every day, that you have peace and no anxiety. And I’m praying for all of the others in the community. I thank you for hearing my prayer requests and lightening my load. And I just want to say do not be discouraged do not be disheartened. God loves you and He’s with you. He made you and He will take you back to heaven with Him if you have invited Him into your heart. So, God bless everybody and that’s what I wanted to say. Amen. 

Hi DAB family. This is Marked as His. I’m calling from Balsam Lake Wisconsin. I haven’t called in probably over 4 months now but I hope you all are doing well. Two praise reports. My mom, who was diagnosed with breast cancer around Easter time just successfully finished up both chemo and radiation and her prognosis looks great. So, that’s awesome, and thanks. We did get all off our corn harvest in on time and our soy bean harvest. So, thank you again for that. Right now, I am struggling with feeling very overwhelmed and attacked by anxiety and self-doubt. My cousin, who abused me as a child is getting married. And I feel very betrayed because getting married is something that I’ve always wanted and I feel like God is playing a huge joke on me, giving that gift to my cousin first. And I know I’m supposed to trust in God’s wisdom and His sense of timing but right now it is really hard. It seems like I’m getting the raw end of the deal again. So, I hope all is well with you. And thank you so much for being a family to me too. I’m so glad I turned here than other really bad coping mechanisms, that they soon pass. So, anyhow. Thank you all. Bye.

Good morning my DAB friends. It’s Margo from Australia. We have this morning had a bit of a miracle and I thought I would love to share it with you guys and you could share our joy and excitement. I’ll have to talk quick though. Some of you may remember, my husband and I are applying to join the mission aviation fellowship and as part of that my husband had to pass a class on medical for his pilot’s license. And he’s been having a bit of trouble with his blood pressure. His diastolic blood pressure needs to be under 90 and he’s been up to the doctor multiple times getting it checked and just can’t seem to get that number below 90 despite the fact that he’s quite slim and quite fit and healthy. It’s just some unfortunate reason. And he’s also been getting quite bad headaches. So, this morning he woke up with a really bad headache and we thought perhaps it might be associated with the blood pressure. So, we went up to our local pharmacy to get it checked and the diastolic blood pressure was 97, which is upsetting. But, just after that the doctor phoned and said, you have to come up today and get that blood pressure checked. It’s the last day we can do it for your pilot medical. So, we thought, oh no, we already know it’s really bad, this does not look good. So, we just straight away prayed, asking the Lord for a miracle and he went off to the doctor and guess what the number was? It was 85 and he even checked it twice. And we just praise in God because He is a God who works miracles. I can’t actually remember the last time his diastolic blood pressure was that low. It truly is a miracle and He is a God who answers prayer. And just Glory to God. He loves us. I hope that encourages you as it’s encouraged us. Bye for now.

Hi Joyce in California. Hey, this is mom Annette in Oklahoma City. And little sister, little girl, I wanted to wish you the most happiest of birthdays on December 20th and I wanted to call you and sing [singing] Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Our beautiful DAB daughter, Happy birthday to you. [singing stops]. You know, we can’t always pick the families that we’re born with but we can pick the families that we surround ourselves with. And, I’ll tell you, I know around my job, I’ve made many daughters and sons and I would wish nothing more than to have you be my honorary daughter. And I wish you the best. I wish you the success that you are looking for. I pray that your studies go well and your examinations are exemplary, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Joyce, I love you and I’m giving you a great big hug, all the way from Oklahoma City. Have a beautiful birthday December 20th, a day we will honor from now on.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday December 13, 2017 (NIV)

Obadiah

The vision of Obadiah.

Edom’s Certain Judgment

This is what the Lord God has said about Edom:(A)

We have heard a message from the Lord;(B)
a messenger has been sent(C) among the nations:
“Rise up,(D) and let us go to war against her.”[a]
Look, I will make you insignificant(E)
among the nations;
you will be deeply despised.
Your presumptuous heart has deceived you,(F)
you who live in clefts of the rock[b][c](G)
in your home on the heights,
who say to yourself,
“Who can bring me down to the ground?”(H)
Though you seem to soar[d] like an eagle(I)
and make your nest among the stars,(J)
even from there I will bring you down.
This is the Lord’s declaration.

If thieves came to you,(K)
if marauders by night—
how ravaged you would be!—
wouldn’t they steal only what they wanted?
If grape pickers came to you,
wouldn’t they leave some grapes?(L)
How Esau will be pillaged,(M)
his hidden treasures searched out!(N)
Everyone who has a treaty with you(O)
will drive you to the border;
everyone at peace with you
will deceive and conquer you.
Those who eat your bread(P)
will set[e] a trap for you.
He will be unaware of it.(Q)
In that day—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
will I not eliminate the wise ones of Edom(R)
and those who understand
from the hill country of Esau?
Teman,[f](S) your warriors(T) will be terrified
so that everyone from the hill country of Esau
will be destroyed by slaughter.(U)

Edom’s Sins against Judah

10 You will be covered with shame
and destroyed forever
because of violence done to your brother Jacob.(V)
11 On the day you stood aloof,(W)
on the day strangers captured his wealth,[g]
while foreigners entered his gate
and cast lots for Jerusalem,(X)
you were just like one of them.(Y)
12 Do not[h] gloat over your brother(Z)
in the day of his calamity;
do not rejoice over the people of Judah(AA)
in the day of their destruction;
do not boastfully mock[i](AB)
in the day of distress.(AC)
13 Do not enter the gate of My people
in the day of their disaster.(AD)
Yes, you—do not gloat over their misery
in the day of their disaster
and do not appropriate their possessions(AE)
in the day of their disaster.
14 Do not stand at the crossroads[j](AF)
to cut off their fugitives,
and do not hand over their survivors
in the day of distress.

Judgment of the Nations

15 For the Day of the Lord(AG) is near,
against all the nations.(AH)
As you have done,(AI) so it will be done to you;
what you deserve will return on your own head.(AJ)
16 As you have drunk on My holy mountain,(AK)
so all the nations will drink continually.(AL)
They will drink and gulp down
and be as though they had never been.
17 But there will be a deliverance on Mount Zion,(AM)
and it will be holy;(AN)
the house of Jacob will dispossess(AO)
those who dispossessed them.[k](AP)
18 Then the house of Jacob will be a blazing fire,(AQ)
and the house of Joseph, a burning flame,
but the house of Esau will be stubble;
Jacob[l] will set them on fire and consume Edom.[m]
Therefore no survivor will remain(AR)
of the house of Esau,
for the Lord has spoken.

Future Blessing for Israel

19 People from the Negev will possess(AS)
the hill country of Esau;(AT)
those from the Judean foothills will possess
the land of the Philistines.(AU)
They[n] will possess
the territories of Ephraim and Samaria,(AV)
while Benjamin will possess Gilead.
20 The exiles of the Israelites who are in Halah[o]
and who are among the Canaanites as far as Zarephath(AW)
as well as the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad
will possess the cities of the Negev.(AX)
21 Saviors[p] will ascend Mount Zion(AY)
to rule over the hill country of Esau,
but the kingdom will be the Lord’s.(AZ)

Footnotes:

  1. Obadiah 1:1 = Edom
  2. Obadiah 1:3 Or in Sela; probably = Petra
  3. Obadiah 1:3 Probably Petra
  4. Obadiah 1:4 Or to build high
  5. Obadiah 1:7 Some LXX mss, Sym, Tg, Vg; MT reads They will set your bread as
  6. Obadiah 1:9 = a region or city in Edom
  7. Obadiah 1:11 Or forces
  8. Obadiah 1:12 Or You should not throughout vv. 12-14
  9. Obadiah 1:12 Lit not make your mouth big
  10. Obadiah 1:14 Hb obscure
  11. Obadiah 1:17 DSS, LXX, Syr, Vg, Tg; MT reads Jacob will possess its inheritance
  12. Obadiah 1:18 Lit they
  13. Obadiah 1:18 Lit them
  14. Obadiah 1:19 = The house of Jacob
  15. Obadiah 1:20 Or of this host of the Israelites; Hb obscure
  16. Obadiah 1:21 Or Those who have been delivered

Revelation 4

The Throne Room of Heaven

After this I looked, and there in heaven was an open door. The first voice that I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”

Immediately I was in the Spirit,[a](A) and a throne was set there in heaven.(B) One was seated on the throne, and the One seated[b] looked like jasper[c] and carnelian[d] stone. A rainbow that looked like an emerald surrounded the throne. Around that throne were 24 thrones, and on the thrones sat 24 elders dressed in white clothes, with gold crowns on their heads. Flashes of lightning and rumblings of thunder came from the throne. Seven fiery torches were burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God.(C) Something like a sea of glass, similar to crystal, was also before the throne. Four living creatures(D) covered with eyes in front and in back were in the middle[e] and around the throne. The first living creature was like a lion; the second living creature was like a calf; the third living creature had a face like a man; and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings;(E) they were covered with eyes around and inside. Day and night they never stop,[f] saying:

Holy, holy, holy,[g]
Lord God, the Almighty,
who was, who is, and who is coming.

Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the One seated on the throne, the One who lives forever and ever, 10 the 24 elders fall down before the One seated on the throne, worship the One who lives forever and ever, cast their crowns before the throne, and say:

11 Our Lord and God,[h]
You are worthy to receive
glory and honor and power,
because You have created all things,
and because of Your will
they exist and were created.

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 4:2 Or in spirit; lit I became in the Spirit
  2. Revelation 4:3 Other mss omit and the One seated
  3. Revelation 4:3 A precious stone
  4. Revelation 4:3 A translucent red gem
  5. Revelation 4:6 Lit In the middle of the throne
  6. Revelation 4:8 Or they never rest
  7. Revelation 4:8 Other mss read holy 9 times
  8. Revelation 4:11 Other mss add the Holy One; other mss read Lord

Psalm 132

Psalm 132

David and Zion Chosen

A song of ascents.

Lord, remember David
and all the hardships he endured,(A)
and how he swore an oath to the Lord,
making a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:(B)
“I will not enter my house[a]
or get into my bed,[b]
I will not allow my eyes to sleep
or my eyelids to slumber(C)
until I find a place for the Lord,
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”(D)

We heard of the ark in Ephrathah;[c](E)
we found it in the fields of Jaar.[d](F)
Let us go to His dwelling place;
let us worship at His footstool.(G)
Rise up, Lord, come to Your resting place,
You and Your powerful ark.(H)
May Your priests be clothed with righteousness,
and may Your godly people shout for joy.(I)
10 Because of Your servant David,
do not reject Your anointed one.[e](J)

11 The Lord swore an oath to David,
a promise He will not abandon:
“I will set one of your descendants[f]
on your throne.(K)
12 If your sons keep My covenant
and My decrees that I will teach them,
their sons will also sit on your throne forever.”(L)

13 For the Lord has chosen Zion;
He has desired it for His home:(M)
14 “This is My resting place forever;
I will make My home here
because I have desired it.(N)
15 I will abundantly bless its food;
I will satisfy its needy with bread.(O)
16 I will clothe its priests with salvation,
and its godly people will shout for joy.(P)
17 There I will make a horn grow for David;(Q)
I have prepared a lamp for My anointed one.(R)
18 I will clothe his enemies with shame,(S)
but the crown he wears[g] will be glorious.”(T)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 132:3 Lit enter the tent of my house
  2. Psalm 132:3 Lit into the couch of my bed
  3. Psalm 132:6 = Bethlehem
  4. Psalm 132:6 = Kiriath-jearim
  5. Psalm 132:10 = the king
  6. Psalm 132:11 Lit set the fruit of your womb
  7. Psalm 132:18 Lit but on him his crown

Proverbs 29:24-25

24 To be a thief’s partner is to hate oneself;
he hears the curse but will not testify.[a](A)

25 The fear of man is a snare,(B)
but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected.[b](C)

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 29:24 When a call for witnesses was made public, anyone with information who did not submit his testimony was under a curse.
  2. Proverbs 29:25 Lit raised high

12/12/2017 DAB Transcript

Amos 7:1-9:15, Revelations 3:7-22, Psalms 131:1-3, Proverbs 29:23

Today is the 12th day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it is, indeed, a joy to be here with you today in the heart of the Christmas season. And we’re working our way through the book of Amos in the Old Testament. We will conclude the book of Amos today. And, of course, in the New Testament, we’re working our way to the book of Revelation. So, we’re reading from the Holman Christian Standard Bible this week. Amos chapter 7 verse 1 through 9:15.

Commentary:

Okay. So, we are several days into the book of Revelation and we’ve been just kind of looking at its layout because it begins with seven small letters to seven distinct and individual churches. And we’ve moved through five of those. And we read the two remaining ones, the letter to the church in Philadelphia and the letter to the church in Laodicea today. So, with the previous five little letters that we’ve read, Jesus affirms the different churches for things that they are doing well and then corrects them on some other things. Some churches are holding true to the faith but have basically gone underground while others have been very engaging in the culture but have been shaped more by culture than the other way around, them shaping the environment they’re in. So, with his letter to the church in Philadelphia, it’s a little bit different. Jesus starts out saying the holy one, the true one, the one who has the key of David, who opens and no one will close and closes and no one opens. So, that’s how he’s describing himself. So, this language, the one who has the key of David, we talked about that one when we were reading the book of Hebrews. This servant, King David, who also was a priest in the order of Melchizedek, even though he was not from the tribe of Levi. This kind of understanding, when applied to Jesus, pretty much in the entire New Testament, is messianic language. And we see that show up for the first time here in the book of Revelation, in this letter to the church in Philadelphia. So, Jesus is saying He’s holy, He’s true, He possesses the key of David, He opens and no one can close and closes and no one can open. And then He tells them, I know your works, which is what He tells the other churches. Because you have limited strength, have kept my word, and have not denied my name, I have opened a door and no one is going to be able to close it. It’s open to you. And He tells them to take note. So, pay attention. Those who are claiming to be Jews but are not, they’re lying. They’re from the synagogue of Satan and I will make them come bow down at your feet. And they’re going to know for sure that I have loved you, which would be very, very encouraging words to this church at Philadelphia. But it also harkens and it causes us to remember some of the things that we were reading and for second, third, John, and first, second Peter and Jude. But this forces us to acknowledge and see the debate that was going on. Who were the real and true Jews? On the one hand, you have a people who were born this way. So, they could say, I’m Jewish by ethnicity. The majority of those Jews, who were practicing Judaism, did not recognize Jesus as Messiah or anything else but a rabbi, and many wouldn’t even acknowledge that. So, you have Jewish people, who were born Jewish, who had been practicing Judaism in one way or another, rejecting God to his face, basically, as they reject Jesus. And you have other writers of the New Testament basically saying, those people aren’t true Jews, they’ve rejected God to his face. And on the other side of that coin, you have practicing Jews who are doing all that they can to distance themselves from these people who follow Jesus. Because in the wider culture, the Christians are just, they’re looked at as, people who have come out of Judaism, who are part of the Jewish community, even though in most cases there were more Gentiles in a family of faith than the Jewish people. The religion itself is looked to be an offshoot of Judaism, as part of Judaism. And the Jewish people are trying to say no that’s how it is, they have nothing to do with us. And this language that we find in that little letter to the church of Philadelphia seems to affirm that idea. And it’s a big idea. Because what we see taking shape here is that God is forming a new family, a new people. And you come into this family, this door that can’t be shut, through Jesus, and are welcomed into this new thing that God is doing. And it doesn’t matter your ethnicity. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Jew or a Gentile. So, we can see some of the conflicts that we’ve been looking at throughout most of the New Testament finding their way here into the book of Revelation. And Jesus is affirming the church of Philadelphia, in spite of all the marginalization and conflict that they been enduring both from the Jewish community and from the culture at large. They are staying true. They are staying engaged. They are bearing witness to the gospel of Christ, and they can walk through this door that no one can close. And then He encourages them further – ‘because you have kept my command to endure, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is going to come over the whole world to test those who live on the earth. I am coming quickly. Hold on to what you have so that no one takes her crown.’ What we can’t say for certain about this is, is it planet Earth? That’s what it seems to be written as. Or is it the world as they understand it? Is this a planet earth tribulation or will this testing take place in the Roman empire or simply the known world? Scholars continue to debate that. And what kind of tribulation are we talking about - a spiritual one, a physical one? And how will the church of Philadelphia be spared? On the one side, you have those who are like, Jesus will come back and they will be spared. He tells them He’s coming quickly. So, He will come. And this has been called the rapture, which is a word that is not used in the New Testament. Which is not to say that the concept can’t be formed. It’s just to say that word is used in the New Testament. Or were they going to be spared spiritually, protected spiritually, but perhaps would have to endure physical hardship? Because so much of the New Testament deals with endurance, and suffering, and staying true in spite of it. So, like, even John, in John’s Gospel, when we have the high priestly prayer of Jesus. Jesus says to the Father, I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, I’m asking you to protect them from the evil one. And, so, this leads others to believe that this is about spiritual protection that takes place in our union with Christ. But no matter what this looks like, Jesus tells them if you’re victorious, if they will hold on, if they will endure, they will be made pillars in the sanctuary of God and they’ll never go out again. The name of God will be written on them in the name of the city, the new Jerusalem, that will come down out of heaven. And we’ll hear more about that later. And then we get to the final of these seven little letters, the letter to the church at Laodicea. And Jesus introduces himself by saying, ‘the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the originator of God’s creation says.’ So, this faithful and true witness language has been a theme to all the churches. What are they doing with the light that’s on the lampstand? What is their witness to Christ saying? And then He says that He’s the originator of God’s creation. That has been debated. Was He saying that He was the originator of the creation of the world as we know it? Or is see He originator of a new creation, this new family of God, where all are welcome through faith and not because of the origin of their birth? There are commentators and scholars on both sides of that. But getting into the letter, we see that the note to the church in Laodicea is more pointed than any of the other letters. As Jesus said to other churches, He tells them, I know your works. But what their works are is that they are neither cold nor hot and he wishes that they were cold or hot, but because their lukewarm and neither cold or hot, he’s going to spit them out of his mouth, which probably under any circumstances isn’t a good thing to be hearing from Jesus. So, it’s not a good thing. The metaphor of hot or cold or lukewarm has also been a point of debate. So, traditionally, you know, if you’re on fire, if your hot. Right? Then that’s a good thing and if you’re cold then that’s not so much a good thing. And if you’re lukewarm you’re a mixture of the two, that’s even the worst thing. And I basically grew up here hearing it like that. But there are scholars who would say, no, this is rooted to the place of Laodicea itself, the situation of the city itself. It was a good place for a city, in terms of geography, but they didn’t have a good freshwater supply. So, they had to a pipe it in. So, on the one hand they were getting some of their water supply from places that had hot springs and then maybe they were getting their water from other places that had, you know, fresh, cold, clean, life-giving water. But by the time it piped its way to another city it wasn’t cold anymore, it was it was lukewarm. And, so, it wasn’t a palatable. The hot water coming in had become lukewarm. The cold water coming in had become lukewarm. In other words, it had gone from its original state to this kind of lukewarm, less palatable, less usable form, which would more accurately describe the state of the church at Laodicea that Jesus is speaking of. And Jesus assessment of the church at Laodicea contrasts, pretty sharply, with their own view of themselves. Jesus says, ‘because you say; – so, like, this is their assessment of their condition – ‘I’m rich, I have become wealthy and need nothing.’ So, they think they’re doing pretty good. And Jesus is telling them, you don’t know that your wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. So, they seem to be about as blind to their situation as we often find ourselves to be. They found a way to be economically prosperous, assimilating into the culture, and probably reaping the benefits of that and they think they’re doing pretty good. And Jesus is advising them that they need to get their gold. Right? So, they need to get their wealth from a different source. Him. They should buy gold from Him because it’s a different kind of riches. They may think that they have material wealth and that they’re doing pretty well, but they’re actually blind and poor spiritually and they need to come to Jesus where they can get true wealth. So, Jesus is being pretty pointed toward the church in Laodicea, but He does have a kindness. He tells them, look, I rebuke and discipline those that I love. So, He’s telling them,  even though we’ve got some pretty serious problems here, and you’ve put yourself in pretty grave danger,  I wouldn’t be telling you this if I didn’t love you. So, He tells them, listen, you’ve got to be committed and you’ve got a repent. Which brings us to one of the famous passages in the book of Revelation. ‘Listen, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him and he with Me. And if you’re victorious I will give you the right to sit with Me on my throne, just as I also won the victory and sat down with My Father on his throne.’ I kind of always grew up thinking, behold, I stand at the door knock, this was language used to describe a person coming to Christ. But we can see that this is more language to the people who had kind of lost the plot. They had heard the good news but had become lukewarm. So, they started out one way and then had become another. But Jesus was saying that He still loves them and they can come back, they can repent, they can recommit themselves. He’s been standing at the door and knocking and if they’ll hear His voice that will be opening the door and He’ll come, and they can be victorious. So, that that gives us a little bit of a look at these seven letters to seven churches that give us our introduction into the book of Revelation. And I have to tell you, every word of this book has been looked at from an academic and scholarship and theological perspective for so long that we could spend a good portion of our lives trying to unravel all of the nuances. Even in what we just talked about today, there are many cross-references to many places in the Bible, many places in the Old Testament, like the book of Ezekiel or the book of Daniel or the book of Isaiah, that provide the backdrop for all of this. So, there’s no way to touch on everything. What I’m trying to do is just keep us on track because most biblical scholars would agree the book of Revelation is one of the more challenging books to follow. So, I’m trying to keep us moving forward and pointing out some things that you can dive in as deep as you want to go in your personal walk. Because a lot of people think a lot of things about this book and we would do well to pay attention to what it is actually saying and what it is actually bringing up in us and inviting the Holy Spirit into that and following where the Holy Spirit leads us in that.

Prayer:

So, that’s our prayer Father, that Your Holy Spirit would come as we continue to move forward day by day toward the end of the year. And as we watch those days dwindle down to where we only have a few weeks left, we invite You to speak as strongly to us now as You have since the beginning of the year as we’ve gone through the entire Bible and lead us into all truth as You have promised. Come, Holy Spirit. We pray in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

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Hi this is Bonnie from Virginia. This message is for Joyce in California. I heard your story, which is similar, somewhat, of mine. As my dad also left me near the temple to die but somebody found me and started taking care of me. It’s a long story, so, I do not want to share, but I wanted to encourage you not to give up on your test. As you mentioned, you failed twice, and you are attempting to do the test on December the 29th and 30th. If you don’t get through that time also, I would ask you not to get discouraged and be strong and pray to God. Maybe God may have some other plans for you. And I would encourage you to read Jeramiah 29:11. That verse has really helped me because I am also doing the job which I was not even thinking or didn’t even like before when I started. But God has plans for everyone and now I enjoy doing this job. I do the ___ job, which is very difficult but God is helping me. So, I would encourage you to pursue what God has planned for you. Love you sister. Bye.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday December 12, 2017 (NIV)

Amos 7-9

First Vision: Locusts

The Lord God showed me this: He was forming a swarm of locusts(A) at the time the spring crop first began to sprout—after the cutting of the king’s hay. When the locusts finished eating the vegetation of the land,(B) I said, “Lord God, please forgive!(C) How will Jacob survive since he is so small?”(D)

The Lord relented concerning this.(E) “It will not happen,” He said.

Second Vision: Fire

The Lord God showed me this: The Lord God was calling for a judgment by fire.(F) It consumed the great deep and devoured the land. Then I said, “Lord God, please stop!(G) How will Jacob survive since he is so small?”

The Lord relented concerning this.(H) “This will not happen either,” said the Lord God.

Third Vision: A Plumb Line

He showed me this: The Lord was standing there by a vertical wall with a plumb line in His hand. The Lord asked me, “What do you see, Amos?”(I)

I replied, “A plumb line.”

Then the Lord said, “I am setting a plumb line among My people Israel;(J) I will no longer spare them:(K)

Isaac’s high places(L) will be deserted,
and Israel’s sanctuaries will be in ruins;(M)
I will rise up against the house of Jeroboam
with a sword.”

Amaziah’s Opposition

10 Amaziah the priest(N) of Bethel sent word to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you(O) right here in the house of Israel. The land cannot endure all his words, 11 for Amos has said this: ‘Jeroboam will die by the sword, and Israel will certainly go into exile from its homeland.’”(P)

12 Then Amaziah said to Amos, “Go away, you seer!(Q) Flee to the land of Judah. Earn your living[a] and give your prophecies there, 13 but don’t ever prophesy(R) at Bethel again, for it is the king’s sanctuary(S) and a royal temple.”

14 So Amos answered Amaziah, “I was[b] not a prophet or the son of a prophet;[c](T) rather, I was[d] a herdsman,(U) and I took care of sycamore figs. 15 But the Lord took me from following the flock(V) and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to My people Israel.’”(W)

16 Now hear the word of the Lord. You say:

Do not prophesy(X) against Israel;
do not preach(Y) against the house of Isaac.

17 Therefore, this is what the Lord says:

Your wife will be a prostitute in the city,(Z)
your sons and daughters will fall by the sword,(AA)
and your land will be divided up
with a measuring line.
You yourself will die on pagan[e] soil,(AB)
and Israel will certainly go into exile(AC)
from its homeland.

Fourth Vision: A Basket of Summer Fruit

The Lord God showed me this: A basket of summer fruit. He asked me, “What do you see, Amos?”(AD)

I replied, “A basket of summer fruit.”(AE)

The Lord said to me, “The end has come for My people Israel;(AF) I will no longer spare them.(AG) In that day the temple[f] songs(AH) will become wailing”(AI)—this is the Lord God’s declaration. “Many dead bodies, thrown everywhere!(AJ) Silence!”(AK)

Hear this, you who trample on the needy(AL)
and do away with the poor of the land,(AM)
asking, “When will the New Moon be over
so we may sell grain,(AN)
and the Sabbath,
so we may market wheat?(AO)
We can reduce the measure
while increasing the price[g]
and cheat with dishonest scales.(AP)
We can buy the poor with silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals(AQ)
and even sell the chaff!”

The Lord has sworn(AR) by the Pride of Jacob:[h](AS)

I will never forget all their deeds.(AT)
Because of this, won’t the land quake(AU)
and all who dwell in it mourn?(AV)
All of it will rise like the Nile;(AW)
it will surge and then subside
like the Nile in Egypt.(AX)

And in that day—
this is the declaration of the Lord God
I will make the sun go down at noon;(AY)
I will darken the land in the daytime.(AZ)
10 I will turn your feasts into mourning(BA)
and all your songs into lamentation;(BB)
I will cause everyone[i] to wear sackcloth(BC)
and every head to be shaved.(BD)
I will make that grief
like mourning for an only son(BE)
and its outcome like a bitter day.

11 Hear this! The days are coming—
this is the declaration of the Lord God
when I will send a famine through the land:
not a famine of bread or a thirst for water,
but of hearing the words of the Lord.(BF)
12 People will stagger from sea to sea
and roam from north to east,
seeking the word of the Lord,(BG)
but they will not find it.
13 In that day the beautiful young women,(BH)
the young men also, will faint from thirst.(BI)
14 Those who swear by the guilt of Samaria(BJ)
and say, “As your god lives, Dan,”(BK)
or “As the way[j][k] of Beer-sheba lives”(BL)
they will fall, never to rise again.(BM)

Fifth Vision: The Lord beside the Altar

I saw the Lord standing beside the altar,(BN) and He said:

Strike the capitals of the pillars(BO)
so that the thresholds shake;
knock them down on the heads of all the people.
Then I will kill the rest of them with the sword.(BP)
None of those who flee will get away;(BQ)
none of the fugitives will escape.
If they dig down to Sheol,(BR)
from there My hand will take them;
if they climb up to heaven,(BS)
from there I will bring them down.
If they hide themselves
on the top of Carmel,
from there I will track them down(BT)
and seize them;
if they conceal themselves
from My sight on the sea floor,(BU)
from there I will command
the sea serpent to bite them.(BV)
And if they are driven
by their enemies into captivity,(BW)
from there I will command
the sword to kill them.(BX)
I will fix My eyes on them
for harm and not for good.(BY)

The Lord, the God of Hosts—
He touches the earth;(BZ)
it melts, and all who dwell in it mourn;
all of it rises like the Nile
and subsides like the Nile of Egypt.(CA)
He builds His upper chambers
in the heavens(CB)
and lays the foundation of His vault
on the earth.(CC)
He summons the waters of the sea
and pours them out on the face of the earth.(CD)
Yahweh is His name.(CE)

Announcement of Judgment

Israelites, are you not like the Cushites to Me?(CF)
This is the Lord’s declaration.
Didn’t I bring Israel from the land of Egypt,
the Philistines from Caphtor,[l](CG)
and the Arameans from Kir?(CH)
Look, the eyes of the Lord God
are on the sinful kingdom,(CI)
and I will destroy it
from the face of the earth.(CJ)
However, I will not totally destroy
the house of Jacob(CK)
this is the Lord’s declaration—
for I am about to give the command,
and I will shake the house of Israel(CL)
among all the nations,
as one shakes a sieve,
but not a pebble will fall to the ground.
10 All the sinners among My people(CM)
who say: “Disaster will never overtake[m]
or confront us,”(CN)
will die by the sword.

Announcement of Restoration

11 In that day
I will restore the fallen booth(CO) of David:(CP)
I will repair its gaps,
restore its ruins,(CQ)
and rebuild it as in the days of old,(CR)
12 so that they may possess
the remnant of Edom(CS)
and all the nations
that are called by My name[n](CT)
this is the Lord’s declaration—

He will do this.

13 Hear this! The days are coming—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
when the plowman will overtake the reaper(CU)
and the one who treads grapes,
the sower of seed.
The mountains will drip with sweet wine,
and all the hills will flow with it.(CV)
14 I will restore the fortunes of My people Israel.[o](CW)
They will rebuild and occupy ruined cities,(CX)
plant vineyards and drink their wine,
make gardens and eat their produce.(CY)
15 I will plant them on their land,
and they will never again be uprooted
from the land I have given them.(CZ)
Yahweh your God has spoken.

Footnotes:

  1. Amos 7:12 Lit Eat bread
  2. Amos 7:14 Or am
  3. Amos 7:14 = a prophet’s disciple or a member of a prophetic guild
  4. Amos 7:14 Or am
  5. Amos 7:17 Lit unclean
  6. Amos 8:3 Or palace
  7. Amos 8:5 Lit reduce the ephah and make the shekel great
  8. Amos 8:7 = the Lord or the promised land
  9. Amos 8:10 Lit every loin
  10. Amos 8:14 LXX reads god
  11. Amos 8:14 Or power
  12. Amos 9:7 Probably Crete
  13. Amos 9:10 Or You will not let disaster come near
  14. Amos 9:12 LXX reads so that the remnant of man and all the nations . . . may seek [Me]; Ac 15:17
  15. Amos 9:14 Or restore My people Israel from captivity

Cross references:

  1. 7:1 : Ex 10:12-15; Dt 28:38, 42; Jl 1:4
  2. 7:2 : Ex 10:15
  3. 7:2 : Jr 14:7, 20-21; Ezk 9:8; 11:13
  4. 7:2 : Is 37:4; Jr 42:2
  5. 7:3 : Jr 26:19; Hs 11:8
  6. 7:4 : Am 1:3–2:5
  7. 7:5 : Ps 85:4; Jl 2:17
  8. 7:6 : Ps 106:45; Jnh 3:10
  9. 7:8 : Jr 1:11; Am 8:2
  10. 7:8 : Is 28:17; 34:11; Lm 2:8
  11. 7:8 : Am 8:2
  12. 7:9 : 2Kg 17:9-13; Hs 10:8
  13. 7:9 : Lv 26:31; Is 63:18; Jr 51:51
  14. 7:10 : 1Kg 12:31-32; 13:33
  15. 7:10 : Jr 26:8-11; 38:4
  16. 7:11 : Am 5:27
  17. 7:12 : Mt 8:34
  18. 7:13 : Am 2:12; Ac 4:18
  19. 7:13 : 1Kg 12:29; Am 7:9
  20. 7:14 : 2Kg 2:3; 4:38; 2Ch 19:2
  21. 7:14 : Am 1:1
  22. 7:15 : 2Sm 7:8
  23. 7:15 : Jr 1:7; Ezk 2:3-4
  24. 7:16 : Am 2:12
  25. 7:16 : Mc 2:6
  26. 7:17 : Hs 4:13-14
  27. 7:17 : Jr 14:16
  28. 7:17 : 2Kg 17:6; Ezk 4:13; Hs 9:3
  29. 7:17 : Jr 36:29-31
  30. 8:2 : Am 7:8
  31. 8:2 : Jr 24:3
  32. 8:2 : Ezk 7:2-3, 6
  33. 8:2 : Am 7:8
  34. 8:3 : Am 5:23; 6:4-5
  35. 8:3 : Am 5:16
  36. 8:3 : Is 34:3; Jr 33:5; Nah 3:3
  37. 8:3 : Am 6:10
  38. 8:4 : Am 2:7; 5:11-12
  39. 8:4 : Is 10:2
  40. 8:5 : Nm 28:11; 2Kg 4:23
  41. 8:5 : Ex 31:13-17
  42. 8:5 : Dt 25:13-15; Pr 20:23; Hs 12:7
  43. 8:6 : Am 2:6
  44. 8:7 : Am 4:2; 6:8
  45. 8:7 : Dt 33:26, 29; Ps 47:4
  46. 8:7 : Ps 10:11; Hs 7:2; 8:13
  47. 8:8 : Ps 18:7; 60:2; Is 5:25; Am 1:1
  48. 8:8 : Hs 4:3
  49. 8:8 : Jr 46:7-8
  50. 8:8 : Am 9:5
  51. 8:9 : Is 13:10; Ezk 32:7; Jl 2:10, 31
  52. 8:9 : Is 59:9-10; Am 4:13; 5:8; Mt 27:45
  53. 8:10 : Jb 20:23; Am 5:21
  54. 8:10 : Lm 5:15; Hs 2:11; Jms 4:9
  55. 8:10 : Ezk 7:18
  56. 8:10 : Is 22:12; Jr 48:37; Ezk 7:18
  57. 8:10 : Zch 12:10-14
  58. 8:9-11 : Mc 3:6-7
  59. 8:12 : Ezk 20:3, 31
  60. 8:13 : Lm 1:18; 2:21
  61. 8:13 : Is 41:17; Hs 2:3
  62. 8:14 : Hs 8:5
  63. 8:14 : 1Kg 12:28-29
  64. 8:14 : Am 5:5
  65. 8:14 : Am 5:2; Jr 25:27
  66. 9:1 : Am 3:14
  67. 9:1 : Zph 2:14
  68. 9:1 : Jos 5:13-15; Am 7:9, 17
  69. 9:1 : Jr 11:11
  70. 9:2 : Ps 139:8
  71. 9:2 : Jr 51:53; Ob 4
  72. 9:3 : Jb 34:22; Ps 139:9-10
  73. 9:3 : Jnh 2:2-6
  74. 9:3 : Is 27:1
  75. 9:4 : Lv 26:33
  76. 9:2-4 : Jb 34:21-22; Ps 139:7-12; Jr 23:24
  77. 9:4 : Jr 21:10; 44:27
  78. 9:5 : Ps 104:32; 144:5; Is 64:1
  79. 9:5 : Am 8:8
  80. 9:6 : Ps 104:3, 13
  81. 9:6 : Ps 102:25; Is 48:13; 51:13
  82. 9:6 : Ps 104:6
  83. 9:6 : Am 4:13; 5:8-9
  84. 9:7 : 2Ch 14:9, 12; Is 20:4; 43:3
  85. 9:7 : Dt 2:23; Jr 47:4
  86. 9:7 : 2Kg 16:9; Is 22:6
  87. 9:8 : Am 9:4
  88. 9:8 : Am 3:12
  89. 9:8 : Jr 5:10; 30:11; 31:35-36; Jl 2:32
  90. 9:9 : Is 30:28; Lk 22:31
  91. 9:10 : Is 33:14; Zch 13:8
  92. 9:10 : Jr 5:12; 23:17; Am 6:3
  93. 9:11 : Lv 23:42-43; 2Sm 11:11; 1Kg 20:12; Is 4:6
  94. 9:11 : 2Sm 7:11-16; Jr 23:5; Ezk 34:23-24; Zch 9:9-10; Lk 1:32; Rv 5:5
  95. 9:11 : Is 44:26
  96. 9:11 : Is 63:11; Jr 46:26
  97. 9:12 : Ezk 36:5; Ob 21
  98. 9:11-12 : Is 43:6-7; Mal 1:11; Ac 15:15-18
  99. 9:13 : Lv 26:5
  100. 9:13 : Jl 2:24; 3:18
  101. 9:14 : Dt 30:3; Jr 31:23; 32:42-44
  102. 9:14 : Jr 30:18; 33:10-11
  103. 9:14 : Is 65:21; Jr 31:5
  104. 9:15 : 2Sm 7:10; Jr 24:6

Revelation 3:7-22

The Letter to Philadelphia

“Write to the angel of the church in Philadelphia:

“The Holy One, the True One, the One who has the key of David, who opens and no one will close, and closes and no one opens(A) says: I know your works. Because you have limited strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name, look, I have placed before you an open door that no one is able to close. Take note! I will make those from the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews and are not, but are lying—note this—I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and they will know that I have loved you.(B) 10 Because you have kept My command to endure,[a] I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is going to come over the whole world to test those who live on the earth. 11 I am coming quickly. Hold on to what you have,(C) so that no one takes your crown. 12 The victor: I will make him a pillar in the sanctuary of My God, and he will never go out again. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God—the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God—and My new name.(D)

13 “Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.

The Letter to Laodicea

14 “Write to the angel of the church in Laodicea:

“The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Originator[b](E) of God’s creation says: 15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit[c] you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I’m rich; I have become wealthy and need nothing,’ and you don’t know that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked, 18 I advise you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire so that you may be rich, white clothes so that you may be dressed and your shameful nakedness not be exposed, and ointment to spread on your eyes so that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be committed[d] and repent. 20 Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me. 21 The victor: I will give him the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I also won the victory and sat down with My Father on His throne.

22 “Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 3:10 Lit My word of endurance
  2. Revelation 3:14 Or Ruler, or Source, or Beginning
  3. Revelation 3:16 Or spit
  4. Revelation 3:19 Or be zealous

Psalm 131

Psalm 131

A Childlike Spirit

A Davidic song of ascents.

Lord, my heart is not proud;
my eyes are not haughty.(A)
I do not get involved with things
too great or too difficult for me.(B)
Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself
like a little weaned child with its mother;
I am like a little child.(C)

Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
both now and forever.(D)

Proverbs 29:23

23 A person’s pride will humble him,(A)
but a humble spirit will gain honor.(B)