The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday July 28, 2017 (NIV)

2 Chronicles 21-23

King Jehoram of Judah(A)

21 Jehoshaphat lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried with them in the City of David. His son Jehoram succeeded him as king. He had the following brothers, sons of Jehoshaphat: Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azariahu, Michael, and Shephatiah. All were the sons of King Jehoshaphat of Israel. Their father gave them many gifts: silver, gold, and other expensive things, along with fortified cities in Judah. But Jehoshaphat gave the kingdom to Jehoram, who was the firstborn.

After Jehoram had taken over his father’s kingdom, he strengthened his position and then executed all his brothers and some of the officials of Israel. Jehoram was 32 years old when he became king, and he ruled for 8 years in Jerusalem. He followed the ways of the kings of Israel, as Ahab’s family had done, because his wife was Ahab’s daughter. So he did what the Lord considered evil. But the Lord, recalling the promise[a] he had made to David, didn’t want to destroy David’s family. The Lord had told David that he would always give him and his descendants a shining lamp.

Edom Wins Independence from Judah(B)

During Jehoram’s time Edom rebelled against Judah and chose its own king. Jehoram took all his chariot commanders to attack. The Edomites and their chariot commanders surrounded him, but he got up at night and broke through their lines. 10 So Edom rebelled against Judah’s rule and is still independent today. At the same time Edom rebelled, Libnah rebelled because Jehoram had abandoned the Lord God of his ancestors. 11 Jehoram made illegal places of worship in the hills of Judah. This caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to chase after foreign gods as if they were prostitutes. So he led Judah astray.

12 Then a letter came to him from the prophet Elijah. It read, “This is what the Lord God of your ancestor David says: You haven’t followed the ways of your father Jehoshaphat or the ways of King Asa of Judah. 13 Instead, you have followed the ways of the kings of Israel. You, like Ahab’s family, have caused Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to chase after foreign gods as if they were prostitutes. You have killed your brothers, your father’s family. Your brothers were better than you. 14 The Lord will strike a great blow to your people, your sons, your wives, and all your property because you did this. 15 You will suffer from a chronic intestinal disease until your intestines come out.”

16 The Lord prompted the Philistines and the Arabs who lived near the people of Sudan to attack Jehoram. 17 They fought against Judah, broke into the country, and took away everything that could be found in the royal palace. They even took Jehoram’s sons and wives. The only son left was Ahaziah,[b] Jehoram’s youngest son. 18 After this, the Lord struck Jehoram with an incurable intestinal disease. 19 Two years later, as his life was coming to an end, his intestines fell out because of his sickness. He died a painful death.

His people did not make a bonfire in his honor as they had done for his ancestors. 20 He was 32 years old when he became king, and he ruled for 8 years in Jerusalem. No one was sorry to see him die. He was buried in the City of David but not in the tombs of the kings.

King Ahaziah of Judah(C)

22 The people of Jerusalem made Jehoram’s youngest son Ahaziah king in his place, because the raiders who came to the camp with the Arabs had killed all the older sons. So Jehoram’s son Ahaziah became king of Judah. Ahaziah[c] was 42 years old when he began to rule, and he ruled for one year in Jerusalem. His mother was Athaliah, the granddaughter of Omri. Ahaziah also followed the ways of Ahab’s family, because his mother gave him advice that led him to sin. He did what the Lord considered evil, as Ahab’s family had done. After his father died, they advised him to do what Ahab’s family had done. They did this to destroy him.

Ahaziah followed their advice and went with Ahab’s son King Joram[d] of Israel to fight against King Hazael of Aram at Ramoth Gilead. There the Arameans wounded Joram. Joram returned to Jezreel to let his wounds heal. (He had been wounded by the Arameans at Ramah when he fought against King Hazael of Aram.) Then Jehoram’s son Ahaziah[e] went to Jezreel to see Ahab’s son Joram, who was sick.

God brought about Ahaziah’s downfall when he went to Joram. He went with Joram to meet Jehu, grandson of Nimshi. (The Lord had anointed Jehu to destroy Ahab’s family.) When Jehu was executing judgment on Ahab’s family, he found Judah’s leaders (Ahaziah’s nephews) who were serving Ahaziah, and he killed them. He searched for Ahaziah, and Jehu’s men captured him while he was hiding in Samaria. They brought him to Jehu and killed him. Then they buried him. They explained, “Ahaziah is Jehoshaphat’s grandson. Jehoshaphat dedicated his life to serving the Lord with all his heart.” But no one in Ahaziah’s family was able to rule as king.

The Priest Jehoiada Opposes Queen Athaliah(D)

10 When Ahaziah’s mother, Athaliah, saw that her son was dead, she began to destroy the entire royal family of the house of Judah. 11 But Jehoshebath, daughter of the king and sister of Ahaziah, took Ahaziah’s son Joash. She saved him from being killed with the king’s other sons, and she put him and his nurse in a bedroom. Jehoshebath was the daughter of King Jehoram and wife of Jehoiada the priest. Because she was also Ahaziah’s sister, she hid Joash from Athaliah. So he wasn’t killed. 12 Joash was with the priests. He was hidden in God’s temple for six years while Athaliah ruled the country.

23 In the seventh year of Athaliah’s reign, Jehoiada strengthened his position by making an agreement with the company commanders: Azariah, son of Jeroham, Ishmael, son of Jehohanan, Azariah, son of Obed, Maaseiah, son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat, son of Zichri. They went around Judah, gathered the Levites from all the cities of Judah and the leaders of the families of Israel, and came to Jerusalem. The whole assembly made an agreement with the king in God’s temple.

Then Jehoiada said to them, “Here is the king’s son. He should be king, as the Lord said about David’s descendants. This is what you must do: One third of you, the priests and Levites who are on duty on the day of rest—a holy day, must guard the gates. Another third must be at the royal palace. And another third must be at Foundation Gate. All the people must be in the courtyards of the Lord’s temple. No one should come into the Lord’s temple except the priests and the Levites who are on duty with them. They may enter because they are holy, but all other people should follow the Lord’s regulations. The Levites should surround the king. Each man should have his weapon in his hand. Kill anyone who tries to come into the temple. Stay with the king wherever he goes.”

So the Levites and all the Judeans did what the priest Jehoiada had ordered them. Each took his men who were coming on duty on the day of rest—a holy day, as well as those who were about to go off duty. Jehoiada had not dismissed the priestly divisions.

Jehoiada gave the commanders the spears and the small and large shields that had belonged to King David but were now in God’s temple. 10 All the troops stood with their weapons drawn. They were stationed around the king and around the altar and the temple (from the south side to the north side of the temple). 11 Then they brought out the king’s son, gave him the crown and the religious instructions, and Jehoiada and his sons made him king by anointing him. They said, “Long live the king!”

12 When Athaliah heard the people running and praising the king, she went into the Lord’s temple, where the people were. 13 She looked, and the king was standing by the pillar at the entrance. The commanders and the trumpeters were by his side. All the people of the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets. The singers were leading the celebration with songs accompanied by musical instruments. As Athaliah tore her clothes in distress, she said, “Treason, treason!”

14 Then the priest Jehoiada brought the company commanders who were in charge of the army out of the temple. He said to them, “Take her out of the temple. Use your sword to kill anyone who follows her.” (The priest had said, “Don’t kill her in the Lord’s temple.”) 15 So they arrested her as she entered Horse Gate of the royal palace, and they killed her there.

16 Jehoiada made a promise to the Lord on behalf of the king and his people that they would be the Lord’s people. 17 Then all the people went to the temple of Baal and tore it down. They smashed Baal’s altars and his statues and killed Mattan, the priest of Baal, in front of the altars.

18 Next, Jehoiada appointed officials to be in charge of the Lord’s temple under the direction of the priests and Levites.[f] (David had arranged them in divisions for the Lord’s temple. They were appointed to sacrifice burnt offerings to the Lord as it is written in Moses’ Teachings. They made these offerings with joy and singing as David had directed.) 19 Jehoiada appointed gatekeepers for the gates of the Lord’s temple so that no one who was unclean[g] for any reason could enter.

20 He took the company commanders, the nobles, the people’s governors, and all the people of the land, and they brought the king from the Lord’s temple. They went through Upper Gate to the royal palace and seated the king on the royal throne. The nobles, the governors of the people, and 21 all the people of the land were celebrating. But the city was quiet because they had killed Athaliah with a sword.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Chronicles 21:7 Or “covenant.”
  2. 2 Chronicles 21:17 In the Masoretic Text this king of Judah is also called Jehoahaz, an alternate form of Ahaziah.
  3. 2 Chronicles 22:2 In the Masoretic Text this king of Judah is also called Jehoahaz, an alternate form of Ahaziah.
  4. 2 Chronicles 22:5 In the Masoretic Text this king of Israel is also called Jehoram, a longer form of Joram.
  5. 2 Chronicles 22:6 Some Hebrew manuscripts, 2 Kings 8:29, Greek, Syriac, Latin; other Hebrew manuscripts “Azariah.”
  6. 2 Chronicles 23:18 A few Hebrew manuscripts, Greek, Syriac, Latin; most Hebrew manuscripts “Levitical priests.”
  7. 2 Chronicles 23:19 “Unclean” refers to anything that Moses’ Teachings say is not presentable to God.
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Romans 11:13-36

13 Now, I speak to you who are not Jewish. As long as I am an apostle sent to people who are not Jewish, I bring honor to my ministry. 14 Perhaps I can make my people jealous and save some of them. 15 If Israel’s rejection means that the world has been brought back to God, what does Israel’s acceptance mean? It means that Israel has come back to life.

16 If the first handful of dough is holy, the whole batch of dough is holy. If the root is holy, the branches are holy. 17 But some of the olive branches have been broken off, and you, a wild olive branch, have been grafted in their place. You get your nourishment from the roots of the olive tree. 18 So don’t brag about being better than the other branches. If you brag, remember that you don’t support the root, the root supports you. 19 “Well,” you say, “Branches were cut off so that I could be grafted onto the tree.” 20 That’s right! They were broken off because they didn’t believe, but you remain on the tree because you do believe. Don’t feel arrogant, but be afraid. 21 If God didn’t spare the natural branches, he won’t spare you, either. 22 Look at how kind and how severe God can be. He is severe to those who fell, but kind to you if you continue to hold on to his kindness. Otherwise, you, too, will be cut off from the tree.

23 If Jewish people do not continue in their unbelief, they will be grafted onto the tree again, because God is able to do that. 24 In spite of the fact that you have been cut from a wild olive tree, you have been grafted onto a cultivated one. So wouldn’t it be easier for these natural branches to be grafted onto the olive tree they belong to?

25 Brothers and sisters, I want you to understand this mystery so that you won’t become arrogant. The minds of some Israelites have become closed until all of God’s non-Jewish people are included. 26 In this way Israel as a whole will be saved, as Scripture says,

“The Savior will come from Zion.
He will remove godlessness from Jacob.
27 My promise[a] to them will be fulfilled
when I take away their sins.”

28 The Good News made the Jewish people enemies because of you. But by God’s choice they are loved because of their ancestors. 29 God never changes his mind when he gives gifts or when he calls someone. 30 In the past, you disobeyed God. But now God has been merciful to you because of the disobedience of the Jewish people. 31 In the same way, the Jewish people have also disobeyed so that God may be merciful to them as he was to you. 32 God has placed all people into the prison of their own disobedience so that he could be merciful to all people.

33 God’s riches, wisdom, and knowledge are so deep
that it is impossible to explain his decisions
or to understand his ways.
34 “Who knows how the Lord thinks?
Who can become his adviser?”
35 Who gave the Lord something
which the Lord must pay back?
36 Everything is from him and by him and for him.
Glory belongs to him forever! Amen!

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 11:27 Or “covenant.”
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Psalm 22:1-18

Psalm 22

For the choir director; according to ayyeleth hashachar;[a] a psalm by David.

My God, my God,
why have you abandoned me?
Why are you so far away from helping me,
so far away from the words of my groaning?
My God,
I cry out by day, but you do not answer—
also at night, but I find no rest.

Yet, you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
Our ancestors trusted you.
They trusted, and you rescued them.
They cried to you and were saved.
They trusted you and were never disappointed.

Yet, I am a worm and not a man.
I am scorned by humanity and despised by people.
All who see me make fun of me.
Insults pour from their mouths.
They shake their heads and say,
“Put yourself in the Lord’s hands.
Let the Lord save him!
Let God rescue him since he is pleased with him!”
Indeed, you are the one who brought me out of the womb,
the one who made me feel safe at my mother’s breasts.
10 I was placed in your care from birth.
From my mother’s womb you have been my God.

11 Do not be so far away from me.
Trouble is near, and there is no one to help.
12 Many bulls have surrounded me.
Strong bulls from Bashan have encircled me.
13 They have opened their mouths to attack me
like ferocious, roaring lions.
14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart is like wax.
It has melted within me.
15 My strength is dried up like pieces of broken pottery.
My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.
You lay me down in the dust of death.
16 Dogs have surrounded me.
A mob has encircled me.
They have pierced my hands and feet.
17 I can count all my bones.
People stare.
They gloat over me.
18 They divide my clothes among themselves.
They throw dice for my clothing.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 22:1 Unknown musical term.
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Proverbs 20:7

A righteous person lives on the basis of his integrity.
Blessed are his children after he is gone.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday July 27, 2017 (NIV)

2 Chronicles 19-20

King Jehoshaphat’s Religious Reforms

19 King Jehoshaphat of Judah returned safely to his home in Jerusalem. Jehu, son of the seer[a] Hanani, asked King Jehoshaphat, “Why do you help wicked people and love those who hate the Lord? The Lord’s anger is directed toward you because you have done this. However, you’ve done some good things: You’ve burned the Asherah poles in this country, and you’ve wholeheartedly dedicated your life to serving God.”

While Jehoshaphat was living in Jerusalem, he regularly went to the people between Beersheba and the mountains of Ephraim. He brought the people back to the Lord God of their ancestors. He appointed judges in the country, in each fortified city of Judah. He told the judges, “Pay attention to what you’re doing. When you judge, you aren’t doing it for a human but for the Lord. He will be with you when you hear a case. May you have the fear of the Lord in you. Be careful about what you do. The Lord our God is never unjust. He is impartial and never takes bribes.”

In Jerusalem Jehoshaphat also appointed some Levites, priests, and family heads from Israel to administer the Lord’s laws and decide cases. They lived in Jerusalem. He ordered them, “Do this wholeheartedly—with the fear of the Lord and with faithfulness. 10 Warn your relatives living in other cities about every case they bring to you, even if the case involves bloodshed or commands, rules, or regulations derived from Moses’ Teachings. Then your relatives will not become guilty in front of the Lord. Otherwise, he will become angry with you and your relatives. Do this, and you won’t be guilty of anything. 11 Now, the chief priest Amariah will be in charge of you in every matter involving the Lord. Zebadiah, who is the son of Ishmael and the leader of the tribe of Judah, will be in charge of every matter involving the king. The Levites will serve as officers of the court. Be strong, and do your job. May the Lord be with those who do right.”

King Jehoshaphat Defeats Judah’s Enemies

20 Later the Moabites, Ammonites, and some of the Meunites[b] came to wage war against Jehoshaphat. Some men reported to Jehoshaphat, “A large crowd is coming against you from the other side of the Dead Sea, from Edom.[c] The crowd is already in Hazazon Tamar” (also called En Gedi).

Frightened, Jehoshaphat decided to ask for the Lord’s help. He announced a fast throughout Judah. The people of Judah gathered to seek the Lord’s help. They came from every city in Judah.

In the new courtyard at the Lord’s temple, Jehoshaphat stood in front of the people. He said, “Lord God of our ancestors, aren’t you the God in heaven? You rule all the kingdoms of the nations. You possess power and might, and no one can oppose you. Didn’t you, our God, force those who were living in this country out of Israel’s way? Didn’t you give this country to the descendants of your friend Abraham to have permanently? His descendants have lived in it and built a holy temple for your name in it. They said, ‘If evil comes in the form of war, flood,[d] plague, or famine, we will stand in front of this temple and in front of you because your name is in this temple. We will cry out to you in our troubles, and you will hear us and save us.’

10 “The Ammonites, Moabites, and the people of Mount Seir have come here. However, you didn’t let Israel invade them when they came out of Egypt. The Israelites turned away from them and didn’t destroy them. 11 They are now paying us back by coming to force us out of your land that you gave to us. 12 You’re our God. Won’t you judge them? We don’t have the strength to face this large crowd that is attacking us. We don’t know what to do, so we’re looking to you.”

13 All the people from Judah, their infants, wives, and children were standing in front of the Lord. 14 Then the Lord’s Spirit came to Jahaziel. (He was the son of Zechariah, grandson of Benaiah, great-grandson of Jeiel, whose father was Mattaniah, a Levite descended from Asaph.) 15 Jahaziel said, “Pay attention to me, everyone from Judah, everyone living in Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat. This is what the Lord says to you: Don’t be frightened or terrified by this large crowd. The battle isn’t yours. It’s God’s. 16 Tomorrow go into battle against them. They will be coming up the Ziz Pass. You will find them at the end of the valley in front of the Jeruel Desert. 17 You won’t fight this battle. Instead, take your position, stand still, and see the victory of the Lord for you, Judah and Jerusalem. Don’t be frightened or terrified. Tomorrow go out to face them. The Lord is with you.”

18 Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face touching the ground. Everyone from Judah and the people who lived in Jerusalem immediately bowed down in front of the Lord. 19 The Levites, descendants of Kohath and Korah, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with very loud songs.

20 They got up early in the morning and went to the desert of Tekoa. As they were leaving, Jehoshaphat stopped and said, “Listen to me, people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem. Trust the Lord your God, and believe. Believe his prophets, and you will succeed.”

21 After he had advised the people, he appointed people to sing to the Lord and praise him for the beauty of his holiness. As they went in front of the troops, they sang, “Thank the Lord because his mercy endures forever!” 22 As they started to sing praises, the Lord set ambushes against the Ammonites, Moabites, and the people of Mount Seir who had come into Judah. They were defeated. 23 Then the Ammonites and Moabites attacked the people from Mount Seir and annihilated them. After they had finished off the people of Seir, they helped destroy one another.

24 The people of Judah went to the watchtower in the desert and looked for the crowd. Corpses were lying on the ground. No one had escaped. 25 When Jehoshaphat and his troops came to take the loot, they found among them a lot of goods, clothes,[e] and valuables. They found more than they could carry. They spent three days collecting the loot. 26 On the fourth day they gathered in the valley of Beracah. Because they thanked the Lord there, that place is still called the valley of Beracah [Thanks] today.

27 All the men of Judah and Jerusalem returned to Jerusalem. They rejoiced while Jehoshaphat led them. The Lord gave them a reason to rejoice about what had happened to their enemies. 28 So they brought harps, lyres, and trumpets to the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem.

29 The fear of the Lord came over the kingdoms in that area when they heard how the Lord waged war against Israel’s enemies. 30 Jehoshaphat’s kingdom was peaceful, since his God surrounded him with peace.

Summary of Jehoshaphat’s Reign(A)

31 Jehoshaphat ruled as king of Judah. He was 35 years old when he began to rule, and he ruled for 25 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Azubah, daughter of Shilhi. 32 Jehoshaphat carefully followed the example his father Asa had set and did what the Lord considered right. 33 But the illegal worship sites on the hills were not torn down. The people still didn’t have their hearts set on the God of their ancestors.

34 Everything else about Jehoshaphat from first to last is written in the records of Jehu, son of Hanani, which is included in the Book of the Kings of Israel.

35 After this, King Jehoshaphat of Judah allied himself with King Ahaziah of Israel, who led him to do evil. 36 Jehoshaphat joined him in making ships to go to Tarshish. They made the ships in Ezion Geber. 37 Then Eliezer, son of Dodavahu from Mareshah, prophesied against Jehoshaphat. He said, “The Lord will destroy your work because you have allied yourself with Ahaziah.” So the ships were wrecked and couldn’t go to Tarshish.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Chronicles 19:2 A seer is a prophet.
  2. 2 Chronicles 20:1 Greek; Masoretic Text “and some of the Ammonites.”
  3. 2 Chronicles 20:2 One Hebrew manuscript, Latin; other Hebrew manuscripts “Aram.”
  4. 2 Chronicles 20:9 Greek; Masoretic Text “judgment.”
  5. 2 Chronicles 20:25 Latin; Masoretic Text “corpses.”
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Romans 10:14-11:12

14 But how can people call on him if they have not believed in him? How can they believe in him if they have not heard his message? How can they hear if no one tells the Good News? 15 How can people tell the Good News if no one sends them? As Scripture says, “How beautiful are the feet of the messengers who announce the Good News.” 16 But not everyone has believed the Good News.

Isaiah asks, “Lord, who has believed our message?” 17 So faith comes from hearing the message, and the message that is heard is what Christ spoke.

18 But I ask, “Didn’t they hear that message?” Certainly they did! “The voice of the messengers has gone out into the whole world and their words to the ends of the earth.”

19 Again I ask, “Didn’t Israel understand that message?” Moses was the first to say, “I will make you jealous of people who are not a nation. I will make you angry about a nation that doesn’t understand.” 20 Isaiah said very boldly, “I was found by those who weren’t looking for me. I was revealed to those who weren’t asking for me.” 21 Then Isaiah said about Israel, “All day long I have stretched out my hands to disobedient and rebellious people.”

God’s Continuing Love for Jewish People

11 So I ask, “Has God rejected his people Israel?” That’s unthinkable! Consider this. I’m an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham from the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he knew long ago. Don’t you know what Elijah says in the Scripture passage when he complains to God about Israel? He says, “Lord, they’ve killed your prophets and torn down your altars. I’m the only one left, and they’re trying to take my life.” But what was God’s reply? God said, “I’ve kept 7,000 people for myself who have not knelt to worship Baal.” So, as there were then, there are now a few left that God has chosen by his kindness. [a] If they were chosen by God’s kindness, they weren’t chosen because of anything they did. Otherwise, God’s kindness wouldn’t be kindness.

So what does all this mean? It means that Israel has never achieved what it has been striving for. However, those whom God has chosen have achieved it. The minds of the rest of Israel were closed, as Scripture says,

“To this day God has given them a spirit of deep sleep.
Their eyes don’t see,
and their ears don’t hear!”

And David says,

“Let the table set for them become a trap and a net,
a snare and a punishment for them.
10 Let their vision become clouded so that they cannot see.
Let them carry back-breaking burdens forever.”

11 So I ask, “Has Israel stumbled so badly that it can’t get up again?” That’s unthinkable! By Israel’s failure, salvation has come to people who are not Jewish to make the Jewish people jealous. 12 The fall of the Jewish people made the world spiritually rich. Their failure made people who are not Jewish spiritually rich. So the inclusion of Jewish people will make the world even richer.

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 11:6 Or “grace.”
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Psalm 21

Psalm 21

For the choir director; a psalm by David.

The king finds joy in your strength, O Lord.
What great joy he has in your victory!
You gave him his heart’s desire.
You did not refuse the prayer from his lips. Selah
You welcomed him with the blessings of good things
and set a crown of fine gold on his head.
He asked you for life.
You gave him a long life, forever and ever.
Because of your victory his glory is great.
You place splendor and majesty on him.
Yes, you made him a blessing forever.
You made him glad with the joy of your presence.
Indeed, the king trusts the Lord,
and through the mercy of the Most High, he will not be moved.

Your hand will discover all your enemies.
Your powerful hand will find all who hate you.
When you appear, you will make them burn like a blazing furnace.
The Lord will swallow them up in his anger.
Fire will devour them.
10 You will destroy their children from the earth
and their offspring from among Adam’s descendants.
11 Although they scheme and plan evil against you,
they will not succeed.
12 They turn their backs and flee
because you aim your bow at their faces.[a]

13 Arise, O Lord, in your strength.
We will sing and make music to praise your power.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 21:12 Hebrew meaning of this verse uncertain.
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Proverbs 20:4-6

A lazy person does not plow in the fall.[a]
He looks for something in the harvest but finds nothing.
A motive in the human heart is like deep water,
and a person who has understanding draws it out.
Many people declare themselves loyal,
but who can find someone who is really trustworthy?

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 20:4 Fall was the start of the planting season in Palestine.
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7/21/2017 DAB Transcript

2 Chronicles 4:1-6:11 ~ Romans 7:1-13 ~ Psalm 17:1-15 ~ Proverbs 19:22-23

Today is the 21st day of July. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today as we take the next step forward. And we began the book of second Chronicles yesterday and the life of Solomon and of course, this is a revisiting of the territory that we covered in the books of the Kings. So, we’re in Solomon’s reign and we’ll read second Chronicles chapter 4 verse 1 through 6 verse 11 today. And we’ve been reading from the Holman Christian Standard Bible this week.

Commentary:

Okay, so, Paul is continuing on. So, we started with Abraham several days ago, worked our way through circumcision, and Abraham’s belief being seen as righteousness to God. And then we began to understand the mercy and kindness and grace of God that was extended through Jesus. So, what Paul is doing is saying Jesus is the continuation of this story and now that we have this piece of the story, now that Jesus is come and done his work in this world, this changes the dynamics of everything. So, what Paul’s talking about today is the law, because this is the de facto thing that the Jewish people believe in and try to observe even though they know that they cannot live up to it. It is the perfect thing. If they could perfectly obey it then they could be righteous before God but they can’t. No one can live up to it perfectly all of the time and so they fall short. But if they could live perfectly in the law that could be perfect before God. Paul is saying, no one has ever been able to do that but Jesus. And Jesus came and offered His life to welcome us into righteousness before God through mercy and grace. And so, Paul started at the beginning with Abraham but now he’s kind of focused in on this law and he’s saying, the law is the thing that gives sin a reality and then he gives an example that we can still understand. If a woman is married and she gives herself to another man she has broken her covenant with her husband and her vow before God. So, she’s broken this law and, so, she will be known as a person who’s committed adultery, an adulterous. But if her husband had died, she can give herself to that same man at the same time then. But if her husband has died then she hasn’t broken any law. It’s this law that lets her know what is right and what is wrong. And, so, Paul is saying, so, does that make the law a bad thing? Since were free from this, does that make the law a bad thing? Absolutely not. Paul says, the law is a benign thing. It’s when you rub up against it that what’s really going on is exposed. This is how you find out what sin is. So, let’s use a real world example. Here in the United States, out on the interstates the speed limit pretty much is 70. Right? I mean, I know that it’s 75 in certain places and 55 in certain places but, like, in general, 70.  And it’s posted. It’s posted every few miles. If you’re going 90, you’re going over the speed limit, you’re breaking the speed law, and you might get busted, you might get a ticket. You’re breaking the law. If there were no signs and those laws had not been passed about speed limits, you can go as fast as you wanted because you wouldn’t know there was anything governing your speed. But because you know it and then you willingly break it, then you’re breaking that law. So, Paul’s just simply saying, the law reveals the sin and sin being exposed then, you know, we can decide, okay well then I’m not going to sin, only to realize our powerlessness and hopelessness in achieving that goal. Actually finding perfection, actually never sinning on our own, in our own strength, that’s not possible. However, when we die to sin, we die to who we were and are resurrected as new creatures in Christ, then all the sudden grace and mercy hovers over us in everything. We are being sanctified. We are being perfected, day-by-day, closer and closer to the Savior.

Prayer:

So, Father, that really is our desire, that we are sanctified, that we are holy and acceptable to You, that we totally understand that we cannot achieve this on our own, that we can’t earn our way, that we can’t be so perfect that You have to see us as righteous because we simply are righteous. We understand fully that this can’t happen without an intertwining, without You within us. That it is no longer us. That we have died to the person that we once were without You and that we have been joined in union with You. We understand that it is all about You. That this is the only way that this is possible.  And yet, because it is possible, it gives us a passion to be righteous and more righteous tomorrow than today, to be upstanding and good before You. That the outflow of our lives is a reaction to Your goodness and mercy and kindness and grace for us. So, come Holy Spirit and fill us anew with Your grace. Thank You so much, that Your mercies are new every morning because we need that. But everyday is a step forward and we invite Your Holy Spirit to pull us forward, forward, forward into sanctification so that every day we are more and more like You. Come, Holy Spirit. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday July 26, 2017 (NIV)

2 Chronicles 17-18

King Jehoshaphat of Judah

17 Asa’s son Jehoshaphat succeeded him as king. Jehoshaphat strengthened himself to wage war against Israel. He put troops in all the fortified cities of Judah and placed military posts in Judah and in the cities of Ephraim that his father Asa had captured.

The Lord was with Jehoshaphat, who lived in the old way like his ancestor David. Jehoshaphat didn’t dedicate his life to serving other gods—the Baals. Instead, he dedicated his life to his ancestor’s God and lived by God’s commands. Jehoshaphat did not do what Israel was doing. So the Lord established Jehoshaphat’s power over the kingdom. All the people of Judah gave gifts to Jehoshaphat, and he had a lot of riches and honor. He had the confidence to live the way the Lord wanted him to live. He also got rid of the illegal places of worship and poles dedicated to the goddess Asherah in Judah.

In the third year of his reign, he sent his officers Ben Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah to teach in the cities of Judah. With them were the Levites Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, Tob Adonijah, and the priests Elishama and Jehoram. They taught in Judah. They had the Book of the Lord’s Teachings with them when they taught the people in all the cities of Judah.

10 Fear of the Lord came to all the kingdoms around Judah. As a result, they didn’t wage war against Jehoshaphat. 11 Some of the Philistines brought gifts and silver as taxes. The Arabs also brought him flocks: 7,700 rams and 7,700 male goats. 12 So Jehoshaphat became more and more powerful. He built fortresses and cities where supplies were stored in Judah. 13 He had large supplies of food in the cities of Judah and an army of professional soldiers with him in Jerusalem. 14 The following is a breakdown of these soldiers. They are listed by families. Judah’s regimental commanders were Commander Adnah (with 300,000 fighting men), 15 next to him Commander Jehohanan (with 280,000), 16 and next to him Amasiah, Zichri’s son, who volunteered to serve the Lord (with 200,000 fighting men). 17 From Benjamin there was the fighting man Eliada (with 200,000 armed men with bows and shields), 18 and next to him was Jehozabad (with him was an army of 180,000 armed men). 19 These were the men who served the king in addition to those whom the king put in the fortified cities throughout Judah.

Micaiah Prophesies against King Ahab(A)

18 Jehoshaphat was wealthy and honorable and became Ahab’s in-law. A few years later he went to visit Ahab in Samaria. Ahab slaughtered many sheep and cattle for a banquet in honor of Jehoshaphat and the people who were with him. And Ahab persuaded Jehoshaphat to attack Ramoth in Gilead with him.

King Ahab of Israel asked King Jehoshaphat of Judah, “Will you go with me to Ramoth in Gilead?”

Jehoshaphat told the king of Israel, “I will do what you do. My troops will do what your troops do. We will join your troops in battle.” Then Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “But first, find out what the Lord’s word is in this matter.”

So the king of Israel called 400 prophets together. He asked them, “Should we go to war against Ramoth in Gilead or not?”

“Go,” they said. “God will hand over Ramoth to you.”

But Jehoshaphat asked, “Isn’t there a prophet of the Lord whom we could ask?”

The king of Israel told Jehoshaphat, “We can ask the Lord through Micaiah, son of Imla, but I hate him. Nothing he prophesies about me is good; it’s always evil.”

Jehoshaphat answered, “The king must not say that.”

The king of Israel called for an officer and said, “Quick! Get Micaiah, son of Imla!”

The king of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah were dressed in royal robes and seated on thrones. They were sitting on the threshing floor[a] at the entrance to the gate of Samaria. All the prophets were prophesying in front of them. 10 Zedekiah, son of Chenaanah, made iron horns and said, “This is what the Lord says: With these horns you will push the Arameans to their destruction.” 11 All the other prophets made the same prophecy. They said, “Attack Ramoth in Gilead, and you will win. The Lord will hand it over to you.”

12 The messenger who went to call Micaiah told him, “The prophets have all told the king the same good message. Make your message agree with their message. Say something good.”

13 Micaiah answered, “I solemnly swear, as the Lord lives, I will tell him whatever my God says to me.”

14 When he came to the king, the king asked him, “Micaiah,[b] should we go to war against Ramoth in Gilead or not?”

Micaiah said, “Attack and you will win. They will be handed over to you.”

15 The king asked him, “How many times must I make you take an oath in the Lord’s name to tell me nothing but the truth?”

16 So Micaiah said, “I saw Israel’s troops scattered in the hills like sheep without a shepherd. The Lord said, ‘These sheep have no master. Let each one go home in peace.’”

17 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Didn’t I tell you he wouldn’t prophesy anything good about me?”

18 Micaiah added, “Then hear the Lord’s word. I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and the entire army of heaven was standing on his right and his left. 19 The Lord asked, ‘Who will deceive King Ahab of Israel so that he will attack and be killed at Ramoth in Gilead?’ Some answered one way, while others were saying something else.

20 “Then the Spirit stepped forward, stood in front of the Lord, and said, ‘I will deceive him.’

“‘How?’ the Lord asked.

21 “The Spirit answered, ‘I will go out and be a spirit that tells lies through the mouths of all of Ahab’s prophets.’

“The Lord said, ‘You will succeed in deceiving him. Go and do it.’

22 “So the Lord has put into the mouths of these prophets of yours a spirit that makes them tell lies. The Lord has spoken evil about you.”

23 Zedekiah, son of Chenaanah, went to Micaiah and struck him on the cheek. “Which way did the Spirit go when he left me to talk to you?” he asked.

24 Micaiah answered, “You will find out on the day you go into an inner room to hide.”

25 The king of Israel then said, “Send Micaiah back to Amon, the governor of the city, and to Joash, the prince. 26 Say, ‘This is what the king says: Put this man in prison, and feed him nothing but bread and water until I return home safely.’”

27 Micaiah said, “If you really do come back safely, then the Lord wasn’t speaking through me. Pay attention to this, everyone!”

28 So the king of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah went to Ramoth in Gilead. 29 The king of Israel told Jehoshaphat, “I will disguise myself and go into battle, but you should wear your royal robes.” So the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle.

30 The king of Aram had given orders to the chariot commanders. He said, “Don’t fight anyone except the king of Israel.”

31 When the chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat, they said, “He must be the king of Israel.” So they surrounded him in order to fight him. But when Jehoshaphat cried out, the Lord helped him. God drew them away from him, 32 and the chariot commanders realized that Jehoshaphat wasn’t the king of Israel. Then they turned away from him.

33 One man aimed his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between his scale armor and his breastplate. Ahab told the chariot driver, “Turn around, and get me away from these troops. I’m badly wounded.” 34 But the battle got worse that day, and the king propped himself up in his chariot facing the Arameans until evening. At sundown he died.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Chronicles 18:9 A threshing floor is an outdoor area where grain is separated from its husks.
  2. 2 Chronicles 18:14 1 Kings 22:15; Masoretic Text “Micah.”

Cross references:

  1. 2 Chronicles 18:1 : 1 Kings 22:1–40
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Romans 9:25-10:13

God Chose People Who Are Not Jewish

25 As God says in Hosea:

“Those who are not my people
I will call my people.
Those who are not loved
I will call my loved ones.
26 Wherever they were told,
‘You are not my people,’
they will be called children of the living God.”

27 Isaiah also says about Israel:

“Although the descendants of Israel are
as numerous as the grains of sand on the seashore,
only a few will be saved.
28 The Lord will carry out his sentence on the land,
completely and decisively.”

29 This is what Isaiah predicted:

“If the Lord of Armies hadn’t left us some descendants,
we would have been like Sodom and Gomorrah.”

30 So what can we say? We can say that non-Jewish people who were not trying to gain God’s approval won his approval, an approval based on faith. 31 The people of Israel tried to gain God’s approval by obeying the laws in Moses’ Teachings, but they did not reach their goal. 32 Why? They didn’t rely on faith to gain God’s approval, but they relied on their own efforts. They stumbled over the rock that trips people. 33 As Scripture says,

“I am placing a rock in Zion that people trip over,
a large rock that people find offensive.
Whoever believes in him will not be ashamed.”

If You Believe You Will Be Saved

10 Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God on behalf of the Jewish people is that they would be saved. I can assure you that they are deeply devoted to God, but they are misguided. They don’t understand how to receive God’s approval. So they try to set up their own way to get it, and they have not accepted God’s way for receiving his approval. Christ is the fulfillment of Moses’ Teachings so that everyone who has faith may receive God’s approval.

Moses writes about receiving God’s approval by following his laws. He says, “The person who obeys these laws will live because he obeys them.” However, Scripture says about God’s approval which is based on faith, “Don’t ask yourself who will go up to heaven,” (that is, to bring Christ down). “Don’t ask who will go down into the depths,” (that is, to bring Christ back from the dead). However, what else does it say? “This message is near you. It’s in your mouth and in your heart.” This is the message of faith that we spread. If you declare that Jesus is Lord, and believe that God brought him back to life, you will be saved. 10 By believing you receive God’s approval, and by declaring your faith you are saved. 11 Scripture says, “Whoever believes in him will not be ashamed.”

12 There is no difference between Jews and Greeks. They all have the same Lord, who gives his riches to everyone who calls on him. 13 So then, “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

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Psalm 20

Psalm 20

For the choir director; a psalm by David.

The Lord will answer you in times of trouble.
The name of the God of Jacob will protect you.
He will send you help from his holy place
and support you from Zion.
He will remember all your grain offerings
and look with favor on your burnt offerings. Selah
He will give you your heart’s desire
and carry out all your plans.

We will joyfully sing about your victory.
We will wave our flags in the name of our God.
The Lord will fulfill all your requests.

Now I know that the Lord will give victory to his anointed king.
He will answer him from his holy heaven
with mighty deeds of his powerful hand.
Some rely on chariots and others on horses,
but we will boast in the name of the Lord our God.
They will sink to their knees and fall,
but we will rise and stand firm.

Give victory to the king, O Lord.
Answer us when we call.

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Proverbs 20:2-3

The rage of a king is like the roar of a lion.
Whoever makes him angry forfeits his life.
Avoiding a quarrel is honorable.
After all, any stubborn fool can start a fight.

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07/20/2017 DAB Transcript

2 Chronicles 1:1-3:17 ~ Romans 6:1-23 ~ Psalm 16:1-11 ~ Proverbs 19:20-21

Today is the 20th day of July. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today as we take the next step forward in this week in the scriptures and in our lives. In the Old Testament we’re beginning the book of second Chronicles today and there isn’t really an overview to give about second chronicles that isn’t the same as when we talked about first Chronicles. We’re just kind of moving forward. First and second Chronicles were all one text and they we’re just broken apart for the ease of locating things at a time where we didn’t have word processors and search engines and stuff like that when we needed to go to the right scroll to locate what we were looking for. But, generally speaking, first Chronicles ends with the end of David’s reign and second Chronicles begins with the beginning of Solomon’s reign. We saw this same kind of pattern in the books of the Kings and so we begin. Second Chronicles chapter 1 verse 1 through 3 verse 17 today.

Commentary:

Okay, so, Paul is laying out his argument and his argument is reframing their understanding of their faith as they’ve traditionally known it. Paul is bringing Jesus into the mix and saying, look, this revelation, what Jesus did, that God came here in the flesh and dwelt among us, this is a big deal. And, so, we have to reframe what we think we know because we know more now and here’s how this works. And that’s basically what Romans is doing. And it can get tedious. Paul is packing, like, every sentence with theological understandings and it’s like, wow, slow down a second. I need to process this. So, a few days ago, Paul begins with Abraham. He’s like, let’s go back to the beginning and work our way forward. And let’s remember, because this was his first reframe, let’s remember that it was Abraham’s belief that was counted as righteousness in God’s eyes, not his following of a recipe, because there was no recipe. It was his belief. Let’s start there. It was his belief in what God said that was counted as righteousness to him. All the other stuff that we’ve been kind of stuck in under this law came later.

And then, yesterday, he talks about the law and he talks about mercy. Right? He talks about Grace that overcomes the deficiencies that we find in the law because the law shows, it reveals, our hopelessness and powerlessness to achieve righteousness in our own strength. We cannot get there on our own but God is merciful. He is a Father. He has grace that He extends to us through Jesus and that changes everything.

And, so, what Paul is going into today, and you can sort of see this build. It’s the entire faith that we ascribe to. What he is saying today is, so, now that we know this that we have a merciful kind graceful God that would come and, while we were still enemies, while we were still sinners, He would die to offer freedom to us. Now that we know that he’s that kind and now that we know that that kind of Grace exists and is extended toward us, does that mean we can just do whatever we want? Because every time we do something wrong there is grace and it multiplies and multiplies. So, should we intentionally just do what we know isn’t right so that we can receive this grace even more and more? Absolutely not, he says. Because when you become a slave to something you are obeying it and you have died to who you were. The waters of baptism are a representation of this. You go into the water declaring that who you were without Christ is dead, is going to be left behind in those waters, and you will come back out a new creature.

But the whole thing that we’ve come to this far is beautifully summarized today at the end of our reading. And the very last verse that we read is one of the very famous verses in the Bible, right? For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Absolutely astounding, the truth in that verse. But it’s even more powerful when we just go back a couple verses and understand the entire paragraph, the narrative that he was saying that led to that statement, because it applies to us all. So, what fruit was produced from the things that you are now ashamed of? Right? So, you can look back over your life and go like, man, college was not so good of a season for me, or man, you know, some of those things that I did to and against my spouse, or some of those things that I did to against my parents and my friends, or the way I betrayed, the way I did those things that I knew were wrong, I’m ashamed of those things. So, Paul’s just simply saying, where was the fruit in that, did you get what you were looking for, was there a bunch of fruit produced from the things that you are now ashamed of? Right! Because the end of those things leads to death. But that’s not you anymore. You’ve been liberated from those things. You can let them go. That was an earlier version of you. That was the version of you separated from God. That’s not your story anymore. You are intertwined with God now. You are a new creation. Those things that you were enslaved to before that we’re leading you toward death. That’s gone. You’ve now changed yourself. You are now slaves to God and as you obey your master that will only lead to fruit, which will result in your sanctification. And the end of that story is eternal life because the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Prayer:

So, Father, we thank You for the book of Romans. We thank You for your word. We thank You for this truth washing into our lives. We thank You for this opportunity to remember what it was like without You. It’s nothing we really want to relish in but it’s good to remember that that old person is gone now and it was leading nowhere and You intervened and came and rescued us. And now every day, we march forward deeper into sanctification. Every day we are being made set apart and holy. Every day we are being transformed into Your likeness. We are looking more and more like You, Jesus, every day. And the end of this story is the beginning of forever and ever and ever and ever with You, Eternal Life. So, we thank You, God, for the gift of mercy and grace and, like Abraham, we believe. That’s what we bring to the table because that’s all we have to bring to the table. And You supply us with everything we need. You indwell us and fill us. It’s no longer us. The person that we were without You is gone. Now it’s a new creature intertwined with You. It’s a collaboration in life, moving us deeper into restoration and wholeness and sanctification and eternal life. What do we even say to that? Thank You…is…is…it’s flat…it’s not enough. This is the point where our vocabulary fails us. This is too good to articulate. And, so, we just simply worship You, walk with You, enjoy this life with You, and share the light and good news of it everywhere we can in every way we know how. So, come Holy Spirit, show us what that looks like as we walk with You today. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the web site. It’s home base. It’s where you find out what’s going on around here.

Couple things are going on around here.

Tonight at 7 p.m. we’re going to do a Facebook Live inside the Sneezing Jesus discussion group and I’m just going to share some thoughts. And it’s great forum for us to get together, like, to be together, all in one place at one time when we can kind of fellowship. Even though we are all over the place and maybe even spread out in all kinds of different time zones, we can be together in the same place at the same time, a little bit. So, that’s going to happen at 7 p.m. tonight. That’s Central Standard Time, which is the time zone for the rolling hills of Tennessee. And you’ll just have to, maybe, look up wherever you are in the world, the difference. I know what it’s like here in the United States. I know that that’s 8 p.m. on the east coast and I know that’s 5 p.m. on the west coast and I know that it’s 6 p.m. mountain time. But I don’t know where it is all over the world. So, you can just Google that. I hope to see you there. You’ll need to be in the Sneezing Jesus group, discussion group, to see that. So, you can find a pretty easily facebook.com/groups/sneezingjesus. So, we’ll see you there tonight.

Other thing that I’ve been telling you about this week is that all the formats of Sneezing Jesus have been released, including the audio addition, so, you can get it at Audible or iTunes or wherever else you get audiobooks. So, it’s out there. It’s out there in all kinds of formats. And if you haven’t had a chance, be we sure to check that out.

We’ll be doing the Sneezing Jesus tour beginning this autumn and into the new year. If you would like to see that come to your area, there’s a form you can fill out - small one, just a couple things, just a way to get in touch.  Go to sneezingjesus.com, scroll to the bottom of the page and you’ll find it. Boom! Piece of cake. You’ll find it in 1 minute. And we’ll see if that can happen.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, in the common mission that we share -  to bring the spoken word of God fresh every day to anyone who will listen to it, anywhere on this planet, anytime of day or night and to continue to build community around that rhythm that we share each day - so that we know, that no matter what, we’re not alone. There’s somebody, no matter what, we’re not alone. If that has brought light and life and good news into your life, then thank you for your partnership. There is a link on the homepage of dailyaudiobible.com. If you are using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the More button in the lower right-hand corner or if you prefer the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

And as always, if you have a prayer request for comment, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial.

And that’s it for today. I’m Brian, I love you, and I’ll certainly be waiting for you here tomorrow. But I’ll also be waiting for you here, tonight, at the Sneezing Jesus page. So, I’ll see you there or I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community Prayers and Praise Reports:

Hello. Good morning Daily Audio Bible family. This is Jay calling from New Jersey. It has been a little while since I’ve called in. Well, allot has happened this while that I haven’t called in. I am now married and I’m enjoying the honeymoon phase of life. So, let’s pray. Heavenly Father, we thank you so much God for life. We thank you for health. We thank you for strength to call in to the DAB and listen to our brothers and sisters and to pray with them. God, we love You so much, there’s no possible way that I could even begin to fathom. You’re awesome. So, we praise You now. We lift You up. We glorify Your mighty name. In that God, thank You for the many blessings that we’ve been able to experience the last month, getting married. Many people have had children, others are getting engaged, some are even having birthdays, and celebrating anniversaries, so, God, we thank You for that. Father, we thank You for the new jobs, and we thank You for the new cars, and we thank You for our homes. God, we thank You for being able to satisfied with what we have, because I know it’s so easy sometimes to get caught up in what others have and what we don’t have and where we want to be and how we want to get there and then we can forget to be satisfied with what we have. So, thank You Father. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible. This is Lauralee and I have received my 10 Sneezing Jesus books and that was Saturday, and its Monday and oh boy…I had…anyway…I’m just going to lift up the names of the people to our heavenly Father with this community. Thank you, Brian and Jill and the Hardin family for your faithfulness. Lord Jesus, your word says draw near to you and you will draw near to us. So, I pray for pastor Dwayne, Joanne, Robert, Cheryl, and Matthew, that those small little books will draw their eyes to you, draw them by your spirit to you, and open new days and new ways to live your life out in and through you. We come to you in Jesus’s name Lord, God, our Father and mention His righteousness only to call on Your obedience and Your sufferings. You magnify the law in its construction and its cost and made it faithful. May we be secured by your blood, saved by your light, joined by your spirit. Let us pick up your cross and follow you. May your grace prepare us for your appointment and make us willing that we should choose your inheritance for us and a point that we will keep or loose, suffer or enjoy. If blessed by prosperity, let us be free from its snares and use, not abuse, its advantages. And may we cheerfully and patiently submit to those afflictions, which are necessary…

Hello DAB family this is Marsha from Colorado. I’m a member of the Sneezing Jesus Facebook group and I feel so compelled to share a post I made this morning, July 17th, for those of you who are not on Facebook. So, here’s my post. Something very powerful is happening deep within me today. I have power read Brian Hardin’s new book, Sneezing Jesus, and now I am going back through, slowly listening on audio and taking notes. It is obvious to me that God has placed a powerful anointing on this book and I feel God’s presence as I listen and read. It’s deep, it’s wide and it’s having the effect the author desired and prayed for. Thank you, Brian. All the sudden I find myself navigating through some very troubled waters that God brought to my attention just yesterday. If I handle this through the knowledge of good and evil without God’s guidance, it has the potential for great destruction. Had I not received this book last week and devoured it, and made the decision to wake up and see what’s it’s like to be fully human, intertwined with God, I know I would not be sharing this post today. God’s timing is impeccable. I was literally on my knees in prayer last night about this and awake all night in turmoil, but today God specifically showed me how to proceed, which was opposite of how I was going to handle it. I am tremendously thankful for His intervention. I went from turmoil to peace in a short amount of time and I can’t wait to see the restoration God has in mind for this. I am almost giddy in anticipation. Now that’s powerful, and I think this is the stuff that sneezes are made of.

Hi, this is Nadene from Michigan and I want to say first of all, that I have never been much of a reader of the Bible or even very spiritual. And, so, I was trying to get rid of some fears that I have of death and a lot of…I have panic attacks. And I asked my dad and he suggested this. And on my breaks, at work, because I work at a factory, I’ve been listening to it. And now, for at least 2 weeks, they’re letting us listen to music at the factory and I’ve just been listening to this on my own personal speakers. And I’ve become quite addicted to listening and it’s changed my life a lot, in the fact that I actually feel like I want to learn more and I’m asking questions. And I wanted a prayer request because my husband is not a believer because of a church we went to. And I want to be firm in my faith so he can see what Christianity is supposed to look like. And I’m not feeling like I’m doing a very good job. With two young kids, two full-time jobs, and college split between the both of us, it’s pretty hectic to even get out the door to go to church. But I wanted to thank you all for being such a wonderful community. Thank you very much. Bye.

07/19/2017 DAB Transcript

1 Chronicles 28:1-29:30 ~ Romans 5:6-21 ~ Psalm 15:1-5 ~ Proverbs 19:18-19

Today is the 19th of July. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. Man, didn’t it, wasn’t it just July 1st? Some days I sit down in front of this mic and say the date and it’s like, really, were did the last week go? So it’s going to be here with you on the 19th of July as we take the next step forward in the adventure through the bible this year. And this week or reading from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, working our way through 1st Chronicles, and will actually complete the book of 1st Chronicles today before diving deeper and drinking from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans. But first, first Chronicles chapter 28 verse 1 through 29:30 today.

Commentary:

Okay, so, obviously, we’re continuing in the book of Romans. And so, yesterday, we were talking about circumcision and the apostle Paul showing that it was Abraham’s belief, it was his faith in God, that was counted towards him as righteousness, not anything he did. So, Paul’s unpacking that further today by simply saying, look, the law shows us what sin is. Every one of us knows that we haven’t been able to achieve perfection in the law. None of us can actually live up to it a hundred percent of the time all the time. If we could do that then we could claim, in our own strength, we have been made righteous, we are righteous within ourselves by our own action. But no one’s been able to do that except for Jesus, who said he didn’t come abolish the law, he came to fulfill it. Right? So, He did that but nobody else has been able to do that and so we should acknowledge that we’re helpless. We can’t achieve it on our own. We can’t get there. So even while we’re in the state of helplessness, that we cannot achieve it. God came through Jesus and died for the ungodly and that’s rare because rarely will a person die for any other person. But God, even while we were estranged, even while we were helpless, even while we were hopeless, God did come. Even while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. It is God’s way of showing Mercy to the world, extending grace to the world. In the thick of our inhumane behavior and helplessness, he is merciful to us, rescuing us.

Prayer:

Father, that rescue of us has altered the world, has certainly changed our lives, and you have extended that grace and mercy to everyone. And you’ve invited us to be a part of that story by living into it, by the very weight of our lives, being an example of what that restoration looks like, and in inviting us to bring light and good news into this world just like the Savior did. So, we invite Your Holy Spirit into that. Come Holy Spirit and show us what that continues to look like, as it is an ever evolving process within us. We are continually being changed from within and You have continually invited us to change the world from within. So come, in every thought that we have today, in very word that we speak today, in every interaction that we have today, may we represent You and do it well, as an ambassador for Your kingdom in this world. Come Holy Spirit, we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the web site. It’s home base. It’s where you find out what’s going on around here.

So, the announcements for this week are that the Sneezing Jesus audiobook is available. So, you can get it at Audible, iTunes, or wherever else you get your downloadable audio books. Which means that all of the formats, whether that be physical book or like a digital book or audiobook, they’re all released and everywhere that you can get books.

The Sneezing Jesus discussion group is lively and good and amazing and encouraging and I just love seeing what everybody is saying. I’m going to do a little bit of a Facebook live discussion tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time. So, I guess you’ll have to Google…like…we’re all over the place…we’re in a lot of different time zones…so…you’ll just kind of, like, have to Google the difference. I know here the United States that would be like 8 p.m. on the east coast and 5 p.m. on the West Coast. And I’ll just share for a little bit and we’ll be able to discuss. So, make plans for that. You need to be in the Sneezing Jesus discussion group to be able to see that. So, jump over to facebook.com/groups/sneezingjesus and dive into the conversation.

The other thing is that we’ll be taking this message out on the road on a limited basis and if you would like to see that come near your area, there’s a form at sneezingjesus.com. If you just scroll all the way down to the bottom, there’s this little form. If you fill that out and send it in you’ll be responded to. We’ll see if that can happen.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There’s a link, it’s on the homepage of dailyaudiobible.com. Thank you. Thank you for your partnership here in the thick of the summer. I appreciate it more than I can say. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the More button in the lower right-hand corner or if you prefer the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

And as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial.

And that’s it for today. I’m Brian. I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community Prayers and Praise Reports:

Hey family, it’s Rich from Little Rock and I wanted say I thank you so much for your prayers. I love you Blind Tony and I love you Brian and it’s great to friend up with you on Facebook. Things have been kind of up and down but, you know, I’ve decided…I’ve decided that I wasn’t going to let this be my lord, you know.  I mean it’s not totally gone but I reprioritized things and I love my Lord Jesus. I remember, Brian, that my mom, the month before she died, she went through this exhaustive search in the Book of Ezekiel, especially. I can hardly handle chapter 1. It was wild. The way the bible describes the angels going up and down and around but I wanted to know things like that before I go. You know that Jesus is closer than any brother. And you guys…and now I’m going to get emotional…I love guys you very much. I’m back in Exodus still. Let’s roll man. I love you guys for loving me. Keep those prayers coming. I appreciate it.

Hello Daily Audio Bible. My name is Marco. I’m from California. I’m a first-time caller. I’m just calling to… I’m going through a rough time. I never do this. Just trying to have a prayer request. I lost my job and bills are piling up. I’m the provider for me and my wife and I don’t want her to start stressing.  I’m on my hands and knees and am reading my Bible and I’m praying every day. And Brian, you, you are amazing - what you do, how you do it. You brought me closer to Jesus. I know that all things are possible with God and I know that I’m going through this adversity to test my will. It’s really hard but I’m trying and I’m standing and I’m praying every day, more and more, and I’m listening. I’m listening every day to the Daily Audio Bible. And I love all the prayers that get sent in and all the prayer requests and I really want to be a part of this community. And I really want God to be a part of my life and remain to be a part of my life. I just want to pray for financial stability. If any of you can just pray for me, I’d appreciate it. I know that things are going to get better. It’s just, I’m at the point right now where it’s hard to see that but again I’m praying and I’m staying strong and I know that all things are possible with God. And once again thank you Daily Audio Bible family, friends, brothers and sisters. And Brian thank you for what you’re doing. You’re an amazing human being. God bless. Thank you.

Hi everyone this is Karen in Saint Louis. Hey, first off, I just want to say, Blind Tony, I just love your poems and I wish that you would put them all in a book. That would be, like, so awesome to have. Anyway, that was just a thought that I had. Another thing that has been on my heart and especially, through this week, something that God’s been putting on my heart, the whole idea of us and how we go through seasons. There is also a friend of mine that’s in Ministry that spoke about this on the praise show on TBN. And, so, I have friends that are going through tragedy, that are going through loss, that are going through struggles. I do the same. And the thing is is that, just like in Ecclesiastes 3, we go through these seasons - the low, the rocky, the rough spots. They’re just as important and good as the high tops – the mountaintop experiences that we go through. And in our humanness, it’s so easy for us to focus on the sadness, the pain, the hurt of the low spots. But may we turn our eyes upon Jesus during that time because Romans 8:28 is true and God is going to make it good, no matter how bad it seems, and it seems like there’s so many things that…we’re just…it’s hard…it’s hard. Nobody said it was going to be easy. But I think about how a diamond…how it is…it goes through so much to sparkle and shine. And, so, I just want to encourage us that go through these low valleys, sometimes for a very long time, that God loves us so, so much. He is for us. He is with us walking through it. And just like Brian had shown that tear bottle…

Hi Daily Audio Bible family, it’s James here from the UK. I haven’t called in for a while but been listening to the community prayer, 15th of July. Candice from Oregon, I just was so touched by your prayer and I just wanted you to know that you’ve been a real inspiration to me. I haven’t called in to mention this before but what you talked about and the love you have for your husband, your late husband. Candice, it is an absolute inspiration. And you need to know that you are inspiring many people that are listening to this podcast and sharing your grief and just sharing your openness to the Holy Spirit to take you to the next level, to transform you, to continue to be at work in your life without your life partner is something that has inspired me so much. So, thank you for reaching out Candice. I will continue to pray for you and…you know…please pray for me…that as a community it’s a beautiful thing that we can do this for each other. And Candice, I know that lots of people are thinking of you. Continue to inspire us and thank you for your heart for Jesus. Amen.

07/18/2017 DAB Transcript

1 Chronicles 26:12-27:34 ~ Romans 4:13-5:5 ~ Psalm 14:1-7 ~ Proverbs 19:17

Today is the 18th of July. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it is good to be here with you -  really good to be here with you today - as we take the next step forward in this journey that we are on together through the Bible and we’re working our way through the books of Chronicles in the Old Testament and Paul’s crowning jewel, the book of Romans, in the New Testament. We are reading from the Holman Christian Standard Bible this week. First Chronicles chapter 26 verse 12 through 27 verse 34 today.

Commentary:

Okay, so you see what Paul is doing here, right? I mean, we were talking about this yesterday with circumcision as Paul is deconstructing an understanding that everyone thinks is complete but, then as now, they don’t know all they think they know, just like we don’t know all we think we know.  And since Paul was a Pharisee right? So, like a devout, respected Pharisee. Since he met Jesus on the road to Damascus he has had to go into a season of complete deconstruction of what he thinks he knows and it’s being put back together, molded into the same faith but with an understanding of who Jesus is and what he did. So, it’s forcing Paul to go all the way back to the beginning, all the way back to Abraham, and kind of start there, which you can just…I mean…I imagine Paul. I cannot wait to shake that guy’s hand and, I don’t know, have some coffee or something at some point, just to go like, okay, so, you’re killing the believers, like you’re persecuting the believers and then you meet Jesus but you’re also an educated Pharisee. You’re studying this all the time, constantly, this is sort of your vocation. And so, once you meet Jesus all of the sudden everything you thought you knew starts to come apart like old wallpaper peeling off a wall. And so, where do you go? How did you do this? But we can see from his writings, he had to go back to the beginning of his faith, which originated in this person, Abraham, to whom the promise of this nation and this people was given. So, that’s what Paul is doing here in Romans, going back to the beginning and saying, look, we have done everything we can to perfect ourselves through the law but, would it be heresy, might we consider just a simple truth? Abraham, our father, the originator, the one who entered into covenant with God in the first place, that has brought us to this place, might we consider the fact that he didn’t have a law to obey? Might we understand that it didn’t exist yet and still God was in covenant with him? Still, God was with him, promising everything that would come next.  And there’s even controversy within this because, in some ways, this is diminishing Moses and his activities that brought the law to be because he came way after Abraham and they all have to have a continuity. And so, they are saying, if you are saying this kind of stuff then what about Moses? And Paul’s just like, let’s just go back to the beginning and work our way forward again with, maybe, some new eyes here. The promise to Abraham and his descendants that he would inherit the world didn’t come through the law. It came through righteousness that came through faith. And so, if those who are trying to follow the recipe of the law are heirs, then faith is empty and the promise is cancelled because Abraham didn’t have any of those things to put his faith and trust in. So, Paul is saying, Abraham didn’t have any of this. He simply had one thing - he believed - hoping against hope in the impossible in that what God was telling him, that he would become the father of many nations, even though he was a hundred years old and his wife was not far behind, that against all odds, he was going to become the father of many nations. And he did not waver in that belief. He did not waver in that faith. He looked at the realities. He looked at the circumstances. But he did not waver or, to quote the bible, he did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God because he was totally convinced that what had been promised, God was also able to perform. If God promised something, he believed he could do it.

Now, do you believe that? Do I? Do I believe what God promises he can do? I think we would all say yes,. I do believe he can do. I’m just not so sure he will. And there is the rub. There is the disconnect. Because within that is doubt, not faith. He could but I don’t know that he will. He said it but I’m not so sure he’s going to come through.

And yet this story, I mean the human story, would be radically different if Abraham did not believe in the impossible. Not because he’s simply believed in the impossible but that he believed in God’s declaration, that what Abraham saw as impossible was in fact possible. So Paul is effectively saying, God can speak a promise and we collaborate by simply believing in an unwavering way, not denying the realities around us, totally understanding that what’s being said is impossible, and hoping beyond hope, against all hope, and moving forward as if it’s going to happen. And in all of that we rejoice in our afflictions, in are realities, because we know that all of it has purpose. Affliction produces endurance, endurance produces character, character produces hope, and we need this hope. This is rocket fuel and it will not disappoint us because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who is given to us.  

Now, I don’t want to pull this out of context, because the context that Paul’s talking about is why we can have faith in Jesus, what this actually means - that Abraham had to have faith and that was what justified him before the Lord and he took God’s promise and he believed against all circumstances that it would be true. That he, I mean, we don’t know many 100-year-old fathers that are, like, having a brand new newborn baby, that that would actually happen and that because that happened nations would be born. But for us there’s all kinds of things that we have hope for and in that God has spoken to us and they will not happen if we decide they will not happen. If we decide we are not going to collaborate through faith and hope in an enduring way then they’re not, then they won’t. Many of us have had dreams that we’ve basically abandoned because we feel like it’s too late for us now.  But then we have to look at Abraham because it was most certainly too late for him. And none of this would be here if he had thought it’s too late, this is bogus, I don’t know what I’m hearing but it’s not the Almighty. Nope, he would have died and disappeared from history. We would have never known his name. Paul is saying it’s faith guys. It’s hope that we need.  It’s not recipes or traditions or rituals or laws. It’s faith and hope that we need. And in Paul’s context, he’s inviting hope and faith in Jesus and it’s no different for us.

Prayer:

So, Jesus, we put our faith and hope in you and you alone. And the thing is, we say those words but we’re going to have to do that in 5 minutes. And we’re going to have to do it again in another five minutes or we’re going to have to do it every minute, as long as it takes, until hope arises. And, so, we invite your Holy Spirit. Our hope is in you, in the face of the impossible. Our hope is in you. And we ask your Holy Spirit to give us eyes to see and ears to hear and that we are pulled away from the thing we are obsessing about even if it’s your promise, trying to figure out how it’s going to work and back away. I don’t know how it’s going to work. We don’t know how it’s going to work but our hope is in you and you alone. Our faith and trust is in you and you alone. It doesn’t matter how it’s going to work. Our hope is in you and we see how we’ve obsessed and how we’ve tried to make things happen only to be frustrated, which is simply an indicator that we lost hope.  So, come Holy Spirit, fill us with hope today we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is home base. It’s the website. It’s where you find out what’s going on around here. So, be sure to check in and check it out.  There’s a couple of other things going on around here.

The Sneezing Jesus Discussion Group, which is just…some of the things you guys are saying and doing are just incredible and there’s really good discussion happening there. So, if you haven’t had a chance to get into the group it’s at facebook.com/groups/sneezingjesus. And you’ll want to jump in. We’ll be doing a Facebook Live inside that group about Sneezing Jesus just a couple of days from now, on the 20th, which is Thursday at 7 p.m. Central Time. So, just maybe Google the difference between central standard time and wherever you are, so, that you have the right time.  And I’ll be sharing some thoughts and maybe taking some questions. So, I will look forward to seeing you there.

I mentioned yesterday the Sneezing Jesus tour. And so, we will be out on the road this fall into the winter and spring and if you would like to see that come to your area, go to sneezingjesus.com, scroll down to the bottom, and you see the just a little form there. And we’ll see if that can happen.

The other thing around Sneezing Jesus is that the audio edition of Sneezing Jesus is available. I read that. So, it’s my words in my own voice. And that is available, as I understand it, pretty much everywhere that you can get audio books in the downloadable formats. So, you may want to check that out. It’s on Audible. It’s on iTunes and a lot of other places around the world.  So, check that out.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, If what we are doing here, together, as a community around this global campfire, brings warmth and light and life and good news into your life, then thank you for your partnership, that it might continue to burn into the future. There’s a link on the homepage of dailyaudiobible.com. If you using the app you can press the More button in the lower right-hand corner or if you prefer the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill, Tennessee 37174.

And as always if you have a prayer request or comment 877-942-4253 is the number to dial.

And that’s it for today. I’m Brian I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community Prayers and Praise Reports:

Hi this is CenCal, as in central CA. First time caller long time listener since ‘08. Responding to Grady from PA. This is July 14th podcast. The college student that’s worried about his friends.  Man Grady, you can tell by just how emotional you’ve gotten talking about them, your heart’s for God, man.  That’s awesome.  Make sure that your friends don’t change you or influence you but rather change and influence them.  Be the light in their lives.  Let your light shine the way and I truly believe that you are there for a reason man. You are there to show them the way. God did put you there and put those people around you. So, make sure you are that positive influence in their life that they need.  Ya know, we need more people like, you know, like you, that have a heart for people. And you were bold enough to make that phone call today.  That’s awesome man.  Just keep on doing what you are doing. Keep your friends in constant prayer, that God protects them, that he guides them, as well as yourself. Basically, just keep doing what you’re doing and let God handle the rest man.  We’re praying for you. We love you man. Ya know, just keep on calling back whenever you feel God tugging on your heart that you need to reach out.  I just want to thank Brian, Jill, and the staff for doing what you do and have a blessed day DAB family.

Hello my DAB family this is Max _____ from Sydney AU. Today is the 15th of July and I am ringing for massive praise report.  I came back on Thursday last week from youth camp and the youth camp was amazing. It was really was. There was so much of Jesus’ love shared around to everybody and all the kids that I was looking after were absolutely a joy to have and be able to impart Jesus with them and spend some wonderful time together.  So, the whole camp was a success.  It was about 90 children and I think everyone experienced God’s love. And so, I do want to ring and say thank you. Thank you for all those who prayed for this camp, especially Candice who I heard call in but I know there was others as well, so, I thank you for everyone that called in. So, just looking forward to Sneezing Jesus. I’ve got my copy.  I’ve got my download copy for my iPad. But I’ve got 10 books coming.  But unfortunately, in Australia it will take until about the end of August for me to get the books but I am planning, nervously. I must say I am nervous about spreading the word but I know how that’s ____ coming against us too, so. And thank you Sarah from Nebraska for reaching out and praying for us too about sneezing. And I’m praying for everybody too, that we will have that courage, because I know that courage in me is feeling a bit weak at the moment. The Spirit is willing and I’m certainly going to get out there and start spreading the word.   So, I am praying for myself as well, that courage myself, that I will have the courage to spread the word. And I’m praying for everybody out there as well that we’ll all have the courage to spread the word of God. Thank you my DAB family and I am praying for all of you. Bye.

Morning on Daily Audio Bible.  This is a message for Hope. I call her Hope but you called yourself Hopeless. Anyway, you are dealing with depression and want to be freed in your mind and I’m sure many of us can agree we face this. So, I just want to help try to bring you out of it, not by my strength but by God’s.  You say you have generational family patterns. I pray and hope you’ll be the one that breaks the patterns with trust, faith, and with God to bless the rest, that He’s given us what we need. Through the word we find the scripture. I’ve found one for you.  It says, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is glistening, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy take that with you.  That’s Philippians 4:8. So, hold onto that. I needed it. And I pray and hope your day is blessed and empowered.

Hi this is Tony N. I’m calling from Germany. I want to start off by saying hello to Brian, to Jill, to your children, and I would like to ask our community to please pray for this family as a unit when they are so out there on behalf of the Lord. They are under attack, so, please pray the Lord, protect this unit. If you were to give me a name or, if the Lord would, it may be facilitator of healing, mind, body, and soul and you’ll see me post on DAB sometimes, DAB Friends, sometimes private messages just sharing what the Lord has blessed me with right where knowledge is concerned on health and healing. I want to especially call out Elaine from Victoria. I heard your cries, your ruinedness, your pain when you called and, it was very special. To hear that the Lord had reached out to you, specifically, and in a miracle, let you know you are His, yes, we are His. Most importantly He wanted you to know you are His and I’m very grateful for that blessing. Very happy to be connected with my DAB family. Bye-bye.

Hi family this is _____ from FL.  I haven’t called in a while and a lot has been going on but I can’t really say in 2 minutes but I just wanted to call and thank you and thank God for intertwining me with such a beautiful community. The forgiveness that you all show, devotion that you all have. The love that is so clear is something that I know touches God’s heart. So, I just wanted to express my gratitude to you and my praise to God, who is the source of all love. And, so, anytime you guys show your love, what you’re showing, and what you’re teaching is an aspect of God’s character. So, I just, I thank you all for being such beautiful ministers and I’m just grateful and I just love all of you guys. God bless.