1 Kings 14:1-15:24, Acts 10:1-23, Psalms 133:1-3, Proverbs 17:7-8
Today is the 15th day of June. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. Welcome to the middle of the month. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today as we wind down another work week and take the next step forward in the Scriptures. We’re reading from the Good News translation this week. First Kings chapter 14 verse one through 15, verse 24 today.
Okay. So, when we began 1 Kings, we began and traveled the story of Solomon, which was laid out before us in detail just as we had in the books of Samuel, following Saul’s life and then the intertwining of David’s life and then following David’s life and then we followed Solomon’s life. Now that Solomon has died, the united monarchy of Israel has divided into two separate nations, right? The northern tribes of Israel and the southern of Judah. So, the books of Kings now represent themselves as the books of Kings. Like, we don’t have all of the detail for every single one of the kings like we did for Saul and David and Solomon. So, we kind of get a synopsis of generation after generation after generation in both of these two countries. And, so, it’s easy enough to get lost. But what’s not easy to miss is that generations are going by and they’re moving in the wrong direction. So, we see now, clearly, that after Solomon’s reign things began to slip downward just as Solomon kind of fell away and turned away from God at the end of his life, that began to slide downward that continues. And we will certainly have the breath of fresh air when a new king comes to the throne who fears God and turns the people back to God, but we’ll see that that is a that is the exception and not the rule, which leads that Israel in the North and Judah in the south on a perilous journey. And we will continue to follow that story.
In the book of acts something incredibly pivotal happens today. So, with the story of Cornelius, the Roman military leader in Joppa, which is near modern-day Tel Aviv, he has a vision and he’s told to send for Peter. Simon Peter was up in Caesarea. So, that would be up the coast to the north. Meanwhile, Peter has this vision of a sheet coming down from heaven with animals that he was not supposed to eat under Mosaic law but he was being told to eat them. So, what we have brewing here is a fundamental shift in the way that the church is going to go. And now that we have arrived here we need talk about it so we understand what we’re heading into. Cornelius, the Roman, is a Gentile. Jewish religious people did not interact with Gentiles in any kind of personal way for lots of reasons that we’ll get to over time. So, Cornelius sends for Peter who has a vision that essentially sets aside for him the dietary requirements of the Mosaic law. One of the reasons that the Jews and the Gentiles, only one of many reasons that the Jews and Gentiles, were not associating with each other was over this, over what they ate. The Gentiles eight unclean things. And here’s Peter being told to do that. So, Peter doesn’t know exactly what to do. And these men who were sent to get him show up. And we’ll have to follow that story tomorrow. But what is happening here is something very, very pivotal in the trajectory of how the early church will go. And we will see that unfold and talk about it more tomorrow.
Father, we thank You for Your word, another day to allow it to wash into our minds and cleanse us, another day for it to be planted in our hearts, yielding fruit of the spirit, another day to be counseled and comforted by it. And we invite Your Holy Spirit to do just that. Come Holy Spirit, lead us into all truth we ask. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Community Prayer and Praise:
Good morning Daily Audio Bible family. This is Lee from New Jersey. Today is June 11th. It is Monday. On my way to work. Mobile headquarters. And, so, today is day 33 of prayer against anger. And today is actually a confession of prayer because yesterday, yes, I gave into anger. My wife, my daughter, man, they’re killing each other. Man, so, getting involved in that, trying to separate them from their arguments and then both of them getting at me, forget it. I just lost it. But none in a way like the past, nothing like that. Nothing crazy. But it’s true. I gave into anger. So, today is time for confession. Father God, we love You. I am here, one of Your children, confessing to You and in front of my brothers and sisters Lord that I have given into anger Lord. Among other sins that I have given into Lord, anger is the one that I’m focused on. And anger is the most destructive, at least in my life. I have given into anger Lord, where I have sinned against my daughter and I have sinned against my wife Lord. And I have sinned against You. God, I ask You for to give me oh Lord, which I thank You for forgiving me for You’ve always forgiven me Lord. Help me to continue to learn and to continue to grow and not allow the enemy to step in and try to make me feel more ashamed than I should Lord. You give us enough shame Lord that we can acknowledge what we did that was wrong, so we can see what we did that was wrong Lord and not repeat it. Thank You, Father for giving that wisdom to us Lord, that godly wisdom Lord, to know to give us just the amount of everything that we need - the good, the bad, the pain - and of course everything else that comes with all of the blessings and all of your wisdom Lord. We ask this in Jesus name.
Hi. This is Melody from Canada. And I’ve been impacted lately by death. In the last few weeks three of my friend’s relatives have died, two from cancer, another one from a sudden-death. And, of course, there’s the celebrity __ . And I’ve been in the place before of wanting to commit suicide and it’s a very dark place to be. And I really feel for those who are in that situation and wanting to do that and not having the ability to reach out. So, I pray life over them and over all the nations represented in this community. Jesus said, I am the light of the world and he who follows me will not live in darkness but will have the light of life – John 8:12. And, I just pray that Jesus, the light of the world, will shine His light on us all for the joy of life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Thank you so much, Daily Audio Bible listeners for this opportunity to share our prayer requests and that you would join me in praying for my husband Benjamin who’s going through a lot of transitions and downsizing at his work. And today he’s just having a really tough day, feeling very discontented even though we feel very blessed and thankful for the life that the Lord’s given us. But he reached out asking for prayer and was kind of being snarky today and yesterday as well and I was kinda angry with him. So, just him reaching out in prayer today really softened my heart towards him and changed my attitude and perspective. So, I just lift him up to the Lord and just ask that would pray with me that the Lord will give him His perspective and remind him of all the things to be thankful for and that we’re blessed by and to run from the enemy and hedge of protection around him. So, thank you so much. Appreciate it.
Hi neighbors. It’s Lisa the Encourager. I wanted to call in and especially pray for the dear woman that called in on June the 7th on the community…no I’m sorry…it wasn’t the community prayer…it was just on June 7th. And I, I was actually walking, listening to it, when I came home this evening I looked for it again to see what day it was on because it just really stuck on my heart. And she basically has been…has been a long-time listener and she’s in trouble with her marriage. Her husband recently retired and she retired and he’s a physician or was a physician and is very controlling and now she’s started to drink. So, and it’s damaging to her, damaging to her heart and her soul and her spirit is just broken. And I am just so moved by her call my sweetheart. And I just want to know I am going to pray with you and for you and I just want everybody that’s listening right now to hold hands with me and pray for this dear woman that has been a Daily Audio Bible listener for a long time. And let’s all just pray together. So, I’m reaching out my hand right now on the right-hand side and my left-hand side is for you, sweetheart, because I’m holding your hand right now because I want you to know that I’m here for you and I am praying with you. And I’m praying for your husband too, that God will soften his heart for you. And dear God, I pray for this dear sweet woman that had the courage to call in…been a long-time listener God and now she’s turned herself over to destruction in alcohol Lord and relying upon that because she’s so hurt inside God. And I know You feel her pain. And if we all join hands together tonight and pray for this dear woman, God. We call upon your name to…