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.
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
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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Good morning Daily Audio Bible family. This is Sandy in New Hampshire. Father, today, we come to You and we thank You for this family, all across the world, Lord God, that no one is alone. We give You thanks. We give You praise. Father, in the name of Jesus, we lift up the Hardin family. We lift up those that help this podcast to be what it is everyday - a community where no one is alone. So, God, we lift them up and we ask, in the name of Jesus, that You will guide them and protect them, Father, that You will grant them wisdom. Lord, we thank You for that. We thank You that You are God. There is no other. Father we ask that You would provide for them. And Lord, we pray for a family who is fighting. God, we ask You to fight in the heavenly realms because You are the Lord of heaven’s army. God we ask You to fight on the behalf of those that struggle with depression, that struggle with addiction, that struggle with discouragement, Lord God, that are struggling right now. In the name of Jesus, we lift them up. God, we form a circle around them. And Father, You said in Your word that those who are strong should bear the burdens of the week. So, Lord, right now, in Jesus name, God we come because we’re all week at one time and we ask You in Jesus name to meet us. Lord, rise up strong for Your defense, there is no one that can stand against it. My God, I ask that You would fight for those who need to know Your presence Lord God. Holy Spirit, I ask that You move on hearts to change people’s mind. I ask, Lord God, that You would cause Your presence to be so real to them that it draws them, Your love draws them. I’m asking this in Jesus’ name for each one struggling right now…
Hi family. My name is Tom. I’m from northern New Jersey. I’m a longtime listener, probably about 8 or 9 years. Thank you, Brian and Jill for this great program. I have a prayer request for my son. He’s battling addiction and after years he’s finally decided to get help and now he’s in a 30-day program but the health insurance is fighting it. So, I’d really appreciate all your prayers going towards this situation to try to help him and also specifically to help him with this situation. He’s not a believer. I am trying to push him in that direction but you know how that goes sometimes. So, any prayers and especially for the insurance company to come through would really be appreciated. Thank you very much. Take care.
Hello DAB family. This is Joyful Noise from Southern California. Let’s pray. Heavenly Father, I lift up Grady to You God and I’m so thankful for his heart for others, his heart for his generation, his heart for his circle of friends, God. I heard the grieving in his voice and I know You hear it too. And You know it. You know his heart is for You God. And I just pray a blessing over him. I pray encouragement. I pray just a sense of peace that what he is doing is making a difference God, no matter what he sees with his eyes God and I just thank You so much for him and all the Grady’s on all campuses across this world and in our nation God. It is such a dark time to be young in this nation and there are so many distractions and so much deception and so much discouragement. We know where it comes from. It comes from the enemy but these children do not belong to the enemy God. They belong to You. So, I just pray that You raise up a generation of Grady’s, God. I already see them on the campuses all over our nation reaching out to seek and save the lost, God. And You promised us that You will leave the ninety-nine to find the one. And, God, I just pray that You’ll remind Grady and just continue to encourage him. And, again, all the Grady’s out there that are doing this in silence and are perhaps struggling with - is this even making a difference. God, I just pray that You give them a sense of peace and You go before Grady and all of the Grady’s as a pillar of fire, removing all the deception and discouragement and distraction that is facing them so that they may ultimately shine a bright light in this dark old world and draw so many back to you, God. In Your precious son’s name and for Your name sake, I pray all of this in Jesus holy and righteous name. Amen. Grady, thank you so much for who you are. I just want to share with you, as a mom of a college student, that I was lifting up my daughter in prayer when I heard your call and I was just really crying out to God because I can’t say with impunity…
Hi DAB family. This is Mom Who Prays from California. I’m calling to share with a sister who works in Corrections and stated that she was assaulted at work. I’ve worked in corrections for over 24 years and I know the environment very well. I would be happy to connect with you via email for prayer and encouragement. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can find me Facebook under Christina _____. I’ll be happy to pray for you sister. I also wanted to call to lift up some of my sisters in Christ before the Lord - Jill, Victoria S., Salvation is Mine, Lisa the Encourager, Annette A., Candice from Oregon, Walta, Asia, Pastor Gene, Cherry C., Lisa from Alabama, our sweet little sister Gigi, and Christi from Kentucky. Also, Viola, my sister, prayers for you regarding your master’s program. You guys are all such a big blessing to me. Also, lifting up Aleah, David from Kansas, Phil B., and Joe the Protector. We hope you’ll check in real soon. We miss you all. Tom and Molly, I’m still keeping your family in prayer. And our sister from Canada who shared about the mud pies, that was such a wonderful message of encouragement. Thank you my sister. It brought tears to my eyes as I was on my one hour commute to work. Duane from Wisconsin, thanks for being such a faithful prayer warrior. Lee from New Jersey, thanks for keeping it real and speaking from the heart. God bless you my brother and your family. Slave of Jesus, thanks for sharing so many words of wisdom and encouraging us to prepare for battle by memorizing God’s word. And Blind Tony, I’m still keeping you in prayer. May God continue to heal you and give you power to stay strong in the Lord, regardless of your circumstances. You’re an inspiration to us all. Not only what you share but how you live. God bless you brother. And Brian and Jill, words just are not enough. Just continued prayers over you and the entire Hardin family as always. And DAB family, let’s be Sneezing Jesus everywhere we go, okay. God bless you all. Bye-bye.